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Vtech Light up Camera:
Some toys just seem to stay firm favourite were as others are destined for the bottom of the toy box to be never seen again until mummy finally decides to have a clear out of toys. The Vtech light up camera was never going to be one of those toys at the bottom of the toy box. Yes it does get replaced now and again for a new toy but it soon makes its way out again! There is just something about it that keeps attracting my son's back to it.
The Vtech play camera is an orange and green brightly coloured camera that could never get lost. It has a flip up LED flash screen, a twisting lens, a big push button and other buttons to push and slide. It is shaped so it has two big handles either side allowing your little one to get good grip of it. It has a viewing clear eye piece right in the middle of it so your little one can look through it as if they were really taking a picture. The twisting lens has a non-breakable mirror on it which all toddlers like.
As well as being a fun play piece which my son's run round pretending to take pictures of one another it has much more to it as you would expect from Vtech. Vtech toys are always more than just the shape of the actual toy they are educational but fun at the same time. Personally I love Vtech toys even if they are often noisy and slightly irritating.
This particular toy is about counting to ten. It comes with three settings one of them being off! The other two are counting and music. The camera comes with two songs which I find my eldest who is three and a half sings along too. It also has six melodies to play. When the camera is in counting mode the numbers light up on the LED screen. It can either count to ten in a song or you can go through the numbers individually. I love the fact that this fun toy introduces numbers to my child. As well as learning it is great for fine motor skills with the twisting of the lens and many buttons to push.
When my eldest son received this toy he was only a year old but he loved it instantly and played role play with it. To begin with I left him at this. The camera makes a great noise when it takes a picture and the LED screen flashes my son was in his element. Over time I noticed my son had become more aware of the fact the camera counted and he began to join in with it. He has definitely grown with the camera. Now at three and half he can count to twenty which his school nursery says is fantastic. Obviously it isn't all down to this toy but I have felt it helped him in the beginning.
Like most toys these days it does require batteries! It takes three AA's. Both my son's have had so much enjoyment out of this toy but unfortunately like a lot of modern singing light up toys it has seen better days. After two and half years of been thrown about by two boys the LED screen has begun to malfunction. Some of the LED bulbs have gone so the numbers flash up with bits missing! This doesn't bother my son's though they still get plenty of fun out of it.
I would highly recommend this toy as we have found it has grown with our son. I am not too sure of the recommended age range but I would say any child over one would love it and they would certainly get a lot of play out of it. It does come at a bit of price and is a little bit more difficult to get hold of now but prices range from about £13 - £18. The amount of use my son's have got out of it and more to come I would expect is worth it.
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