The Vtech Tambourine, is a musical and light toy designed for children from 6 months. It is priced between £7 & £10 and can be purchased from ELC, Amazon, Argos and many more toy suppliers. Our son was brought this as a gift when he was born, and at 9 months still loves to play with it.
The Tambourine, is bright orange in colour, with a yellow duck on the handle, 3 coloured symbols, 3 coloured light up segments and a yellow star button in the middle. The device has a small blue switch that switched the tambourine on, then has two volume settings. The handle is easy for a small baby to grip, and not to wide for little hands, and the tambourine is also light. The main body is a lightweight but strong plastic so now amount of throwing or dropping it has yet caused ours to crack or break!
When you shake the tambourine the symbols click together to produce a soft sound. If you switch the toy on, there are a variety of songs that are played and a counting game, where the child is asked to tap the yellow star once, twice of three times. As any sound is being produced the three light sections light up.
The tambourine is a nice little toy that keeps young children entertained with music and lights. It teaches them 1-2-3, and helps develop fine motor skills but also mental development such as showing their actions, i.e tapping the yellow star, causes a reaction from the toy.
Due to its small size its easy to throw in your handbag or change-bag to keep at hand should you need something to keep them occupied! The device takes 3 x AAA batteries and these last a very long time - we haven't had to replace them on ours as yet.
The Vtech tambourine is a great little toy that any baby will love. Its fun with music and lights, but also educational and helps babies develop! A great little buy!
The Vtech musical tambourine was another present that my daughter received for Christmas. It is definitely one of her favourite toys and something that she always tries to get to - it's impossible for me to pick it up without her wriggling to get to it. From a quick look today, it seems the majority of supermarkets sell the tambourine and it costs £8.97 from Amazon. Vtech produce a few small toys that are similar to this, for example my daughter also owns a vetch baby fun camera that I think is fairly similar in some respects, in terms of the noises and some of the sounds it makes.
The tambourine is bright orange in colour, perfect for drawing babies to it to investigate. It is also bright yellow, blue, green, red and purple in some areas that make up the cymbals and buttons on it. There's a small handle that joins around the tambourine's main frame so it's really easy for my daughter to pick it up and shake it, although the three cymbals don't actually do much - they just rattle against the main frame of the tambourine and make a noise that way. My daughter loves to shake it around though (although she's not found her rhythm just yet!). The whole thing is made of plastic so is very easy to keep clean. It takes 2 AAA batteries in order to play the sounds but these were included with it and we've not had to replace them just yet.
It is a lot smaller than you'd expect it to be (compared to the tambourines we used to use at primary school) but that's expected for a baby item - it's only around 12cm in diameter but it makes up for being small with the loud sounds it creates. Luckily there is an on/off switch on the tambourine so it can be turned off. The whole family finds the tunes very repetitive after a while so eventually the off button is used! The on/off switch also lets you choose two sound levels, one being a bit quieter than the other. When it is first switched on, the tambourine always plays the same tune, almost like a welcome tune. I've noticed that after that, the sounds it plays don't seem to have much of a pattern. It randomly plays little tunes every so often and even if the toy is no longer being played with, it carries on playing them for a few minutes afterwards and then eventually stops.
The tambourine is designed to help with numbers and counting but only up to the number three. It has three sections just below the cymbals that are bright reflective strips that have the numbers one, two and three printed on and these all light up. There's a star on the front of the tambourine that presses in to light them and each time the star is pressed, it counts up by one and plays a tune - eventually it lights up all three. My daughter hasn't paid any attention to this yet (she just likes to shake the tambourine around and put it to her mouth) although vtech suggest that the toy covers the 6-36 month age range so I presume this will engage her more in the future. I feel that the age range is correct even though she's not interested in that aspect as she was 6 months at the time of receiving it and started to play with it straight away by holding on to it. Now at 12 months, she still has just as much enjoyment from it.
The tambourine is a simple toy but I feel that at that Amazon price of £8.97, we have received very good value for money. It has been known to keep her occupied for half an hour at a time which I think is very impressive as she doesn't seem to like to stay still for long at the moment. She finds it interesting to explore and it isn't bulky at all so it's really easy for her to carry it around in her little hands. She's even got to the stage now where she uses it like an adult and knocks it against her thigh to make it shake! I rate the tambourine four stars overall, with just the limited number of songs taking one off.
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For those of you that have not read the past few toy reviews I have written my sister and nephew lives with me and my home is surrounded by toys, so I will be reviewing then as I go along,
The next toy that I am reviewing is the Vtech musical tambourine, this has to be one of the more annoying toys that my nephew has and first thing in the morning when he is awake hearing "shake shake the tambourine music is such fun" along with "shake shake shake" or counting and banging over and over again can be slightly annoying.
The tambourine is an orange tambourine with three coloured plastic symbols that have three sections with lights that also flash as you shake the tambourine. It plays phrases, songs and melodies. The tambourine has an off button along with that you can also adjust the volume to suit there is a loud setting and a quieter setting. This takes 2 AAA batteries and the great new is that when this toy arrived it came with the batteries in making it ready to use as soon as you take it out of the box.
The sound is created when baby presses the star button on the side of the tambourine and whilst playing the three lights flash to the music. It doesn't just sing and play music it also introduces number to your child, as they enjoy shaking it along to the music, there is a handle that is great and designed for your child to hold the tambourine with ease.
This for a not a toy for young babies my nephew really started enjoying the flashing lights and music at around 6 months old, we tried it when he was younger and the loud noise just startled him.
This was a gift but in looking around online this tambourine can retail from £6 to £10, which I think is a great price. If you are looking for a quiet toy to take on holiday or to give to your child on the plane to amuse them this is not the ideal toy to purchase. It can becoming slightly annoying to adults ears which is a shame as I can see how much fun my nephew has playing with it.
Due to this being annoying I would give it three stars, but I think my nephew would disagree and give it five.
My youngest daughter was given three different Vtech musical instrument toys for her first Christmas when she was 3 months old. She got this one, a trumpet and an accordion which meant three noisy toys for mammy to contend with!
The tambourine in this group costs about £10 usually however if you want one of these anytime soon Early Learning centre had them reduced to £7 when I was in their store at the beginning of the week.
The tambourine is mainly bright orange with a gap at the bottom for your baby to hold it and a bright yellow chick character next to the handle bit and a bright yellow star in the centre of it. There are three lights across the top in blue, green and red and stating 1, 2 and 3 and then above the lights are the musical pieces of the tambourine.
This toy is good in my opinion as it has a motion sensor so even if your baby can't push the buttons just shaking it about they are rewarded with flashing lights and numerous tunes. When you push the star button in the middle it will play tunes to your baby and the button is quite easy to activate even for little hands and we found our daughter was able to press the buttons and get them to work at about 5 months old.
The three 1, 2, 3 buttons flash along whenever the toy makes a noise and our daughter was fascinated by the lights when we waved it in front of her. As she got a little older and began sitting up with the toy she liked to bash the tambourine until she hit the star and then she would wiggle around on her bum and dance to the music.
The toy introduces your baby to the usual numbers and colours and plays the usual style catchy tunes. The on off switch is a slider on the front of the toy which my daughter still can't switch herself and there are two different volume levels to the toy always great in my opinion. Our daughter is nearly 2 years now and this has moved to my parents house as she doesn't play with it much anymore but we still haven't had to change the batteries in the toy even after this amount of time. I would recommend this toy although a 3 month old shaking it about can end in a few bashes to the head.
Shake to the beat with the Musical Tambourine. Learn 1-2-3 and listen to fun tunes by pressing the big star shaped button and shaking the tambourine! There are three colourful lights that will flash along to the sounds and melodies, and tambourine pieces that make shaking even more fun. There is also a cute birdie on the large and easy to grasp handle that makes this tambourine even more appealing to your baby. Features - Tambourine rattle with motion sensor - Introduces numbers 1-2-3 and music - 3 colourful flashing lights and 1 chunky button - Introduces friendly phrases, sounds and melodies - Suitable from 3 months+