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VTECH PEEK A BOO BOOK
This was another present that my youngest daughter had for christmas, bought by a friend, I have had a look online and found that it is still available for purchase from mothercare, amazon and ebay, Price ranging between £6.00-£14.99.
This book is made by vtech and is suitable for children age 3 months plus and requires 2aa batteries, This came with tester batteries and it is noted on packaging that they won't last and would need replacing.
So far we still have these batteries in and have not had to replace them.
The book is made from durable plastic and each page has a different nursery rhyme on with pictures and pop up parts and parts that move on each page.
Each page has pictures that are bright and colourful and it also plays music as you turn the page.
I have to say that i am really pleased with this book, I like the fact that it's made from plastic so the pages won't get ruined by my daughter putting it in her mouth as she is currently teething so chewing on everything.
It is great that it has a wide range of nursery rhymes, such as twinkle twinkle little star, hey diddle diddle and old mcdonald had a farm.
Each page the pictures stand out well as they are bright and colourful which catches my daughters eye and she also starts rocking when it plays the music.
This is also fab for my older daughter as it is helping her with all her nursery rhymes, she now knows quite a few and likes singing them to friends and family.
Also as it is made from plastic it will last well and is easy to clean, A great book for babies and toddlers and it is something i will purchase in the future for family and friends children
My daughter has had a huge amount V-Tech toys given to her as presents, for her first birthday she received this Peek a Boo book. A fun interactive book suitable for children between the ages of 3-24 months.
--- Peek a Boo!! ---
This book is made entirely of plastic, making it quite heavy. The book, when opened, resembles the shape of a beautiful butterfly and the spine holds the butterflies face which also lights up when the book is in use. There are six pages to this book, the inside pages that turn each have a little tab on them making them easy for children to learn how to turn the pages themselves. It takes 3x AAA batteries
Each page holds it's own nursery rhyme and buttons that are easy to slide to add another bit of interaction for the child reading the story. The words to the nursery rhymes are on each page, when they are sung by the book, it will only sing half the song, then the reader has to sing the other half. The 6 rhymes are:
* Hey, diddle diddle
* Hickory dickory dock
* Twinkle, twinkle little star
* Rock-a-bye baby
* Old MacDonald
--- Thoughts ---
My daughter loved this book when she first received it and was well loved for around 6 months when she grew tired of it and it retired to the toy box upstairs. I think if she had this book a little earlier it may have lasted a bit longer.
The sliders on each page that started off each rhyme were easy for my daughter to handle right from the word go, so all we had for the first few weeks was these nursery rhymes drowning out all other sounds in our house... until I found the volume control (yay for me!). It can be found on the reverse of the book in the spine. That made this book more bearable for me.
Kacie also loved the way the book would only sing half of the nursery rhymes and as soon as it stopped doing it's bit she would soon look at me to continue on the song, and would watch me as I traced my finger along the words in the book as I was singing.
After a few months the appeal of this book soon started to deteriorate and it was soon only played with occasionally, at around 18 months Kacie lost all interest and now it's played with once every few weeks, if that. I believe it is suited more toward 6-18 month olds, as the sliders and buttons are easy to operate and grew boring for Kacie.
With a RRP of £12, this book is quite expensive, I don't think we got the moneys worth of this book, maybe if we had it earlier it might have provided more fun for my daughter. I'd recommend it for babies over the age of 6 months, but definitely not for the higher end of V-Techs age recommendation.
My eldest daughter was given this for her first Christmas and now my youngest is getting a little older we have retrieved some toys from the loft for her and this book was amongst them. The book is made by Vtech so that generally gives you confidence that it is likely to be a good toy and educational to boot, my sister bought this originally and it was £10 although it does seem that it has gone up a little in price and sells at about £12 now.
The sides of the book are wavy rather than straight like a normal book and two of the pages inside have little tabs which is really good as it is easy for little fingers to work the book, the book is meant to be from 0-3 years although I must say the hard plastic makes me a bit dubious that this age is correct as even my 8 month old hits herself with it.
The book is made to look like a book you would see in a fairytale, the spine is an egg timer type shape with 4 different coloured plastic stripes and then a bright smiley face in the centre of the spine which lights up when the book speaks or sings, there is some detailing on the spine like that of an old book that would have been fastened with a type of leather belt. The whole book is made of quite hard plastic and is very eye catching, the front cover has Vtech written in the corner and then some little pictures to represent the nursery rhymes that you will find inside. There is also a circular bit of plastic which is raised from the cover which has a picture of what I presume to be a fairy which you can press but it doesn't do anything so not sure if that may actually be broken although I don't remember it ever doing anything.
When the child opens the book they find there is a nursery rhyme on each page, the books plays some music when first opened and if nothing is pressed it will then play Hey Diddle Diddle as that is the first nursery rhyme, if the child still does not touch the book it asks the questions where is the cow and where is Humpty Dumpty as that is the nursery rhyme on the second page. On each page of the book there is a button or a slider to move to start the nursery rhymes on each page. Every page has the nursery rhyme written out so the child can follow it and has very bright pictures representing each rhyme, the book actually only plays the first few lines of each song but then you have the words to carry the rhyme on with your child.
In this book there is Hey Diddle Diddle, Humpty Dumpty, Hickory Dickory Dock, Twinkle Twinkle little star, Rock and Bye Baby and Old Macdonald had a Farm so they are all well known rhymes. The words that the book will sing are written in Pink and the words for you and your child to sing are written in white so your child can follow where you are and what's coming next as they get a bit older.
When you close the book it says the end which I found a nice touch and then on the back of the book is the information about batteries and some embossed little pictures such as a little bee and some musical notes. On the top of the spine there is a screw for changing the batteries, the book takes 2 AAA batteries but this book is now on it's second child and has had much playing with yet we have never had to replace the batteries, there is also a button to change the volume of the book for when it begins to annoy you.
Both my daughters really enjoy this book even though the eldest is four next week she has took to playing with it, as a baby my youngest likes the songs and seems to find it funny when I sing along with the book for her but it is also good that she can bash the book as she likes to do and often catches the sliders and buttons so manages to set it off herself. I often find that baby toys are actually not workable by a baby and therefore it is difficult for a baby to learn to become able to independently play which this toy does allow very early. My eldest now likes to sing the rhymes as she has now learnt the majority of them and really likes making the animal noises for Old Macdonald. This is a great toy and is suitable for a couple of years of your childs life which for £10 is great value but I honestly wouldn't say it would be suitable for a child themselves until about 6 months.
Normal books are so 20th century, the new way for babies to read is with interactive books that play music, lights up and make sounds! The V-Tech Peek a boo book is one of these such books and brings 6 of the most classic nursery rhymes to life.
V-Tech call this book ,"a rhyming adventure of every page. You can learn traditional nursery rhymes in a fun and exciting way. A friendly voice helps baby sing along with the rhymes while brightly coloured manipulative buttons on each page stimulate their senses. It encourages motor skills and language development."
The book itself is made of thick plastic and has actual pages that you turn. The spine of the book is the body of a butterfly and when the pages are open they resemble the butterflies wings so already this book has a really cute look to it. The butterfly has a face on it and this part of the book lights up. I bought the pink version of the book as I have a little girl but I believe there are boy friendly versions of this too.
The front page has Peek-A-Boo written on it and has pictures of all the different nursery rhymes in this book. There is also a button with a fairy princess on it which speaks when you press it. There are 6 nursery rhymes included in this book. They are:
Hey, Diddle, Diddle
Hickory, Dickory, Dock
Twinkle Twinkle Little star
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Each nursery rhyme takes up one page of this book. What I like is that the nursery rhyme is written on the page so your baby can see the words and then associate them to the spoken words and music. I think this really aids reading and helps them to become familiar to every day words and songs. There is also a little button on each page that coordinates with the nursery rhyme. For example on the Humpty Dumpty page there is an egg shaped Humpty that you can move up and down that will start the nursery rhyme music. The voice also asks things like where is Humpty Dumpty so the book becomes interactive as well as your baby learns to find the characters that the book is talking about. Old MacDonald is my favourite page as it has a little barn door that you move from side to side that shows a cow in one side saying Moo and a pig in the other saying oink. The sound effects are also included so we also learn about farmyard sounds which babies always like to hear and repeat.
This book is wonderful and bright, colourful and inviting. Like I've said above it is from V-Tech and they recommend it for babies aged 3 to 24 months which I would probably agree with. I bought mine for about £12 from Mothercare.
This is a great book for my daughter to read. She is only 13 months but loves books. The problem is that with normal 'paper' or 'board' books, she eats her way through them or tears bits out in no time. This one is definitely better. It's a plastic book so means she can't eat it or rip it in any way.
The book is also musical and has sliders or bits that move on each page. This then activates the music which sings a nursery rhyme. Bizarrely it only sings parts of the rhyme and then just has the music for the rest of it. To help you though the words are written on each page and are in different colours so you know which bits are sung and which are just music.
My daughter really enjoys playing with this book and I can happily leave her to play with it on her own as I know she won't destroy it. She can turn each page on her own and can find the bits to move to start the rhymes. Her favourite rhyme is Old McDonald has a farm as she can move a slider to choose if it does either cow or pig noises.
Although it is a bit pricey, it is much cheaper than buying lots of new books every time she destroys one of them. It is also easier to clean too. I would therefore recommend this book as a great entertaining toy.
My parents bought my Daughter this as a present when she was approx 3 months old.
She smiled as soon as she heard the first sound it made when I pressed the little fairy on the front. She was a little young when I first used it with her and has to turn the pages for her, however within a short period of time she was able to turn the pages herself.
There are 6 nursery rhymes throughout the book and on the first page it plays Hey Diddle Diddle. There is a round circle that you can turn to start the nursery rhyme. The second page is Humpty Dumpty with a moveable Humpty Dumpty - to teach them up and down.
The third page Hickory Dickory Dock with a mouse that you can move up and down. The fourth page is twinkle twinkle little star - which is my Daughter's favourite. You can just press the star to make the rhyme commence and she can do this over and over!
The fifth page has Rock a Bye Baby which has another turning button with the baby on it. The sixth page is Old Macdonald with a sliding button that shows a cow and a pig.
The singing voice throughout the book is pleasant and some of the words are sung and the second half of the song, you are supposed to read the words and sing them to your child.
This is a book that my Daughter goes for everyday and it is a lovely book, that even after 5 months of constant use I am not fed up with yet!
It is not an expensive toy and it would certainly be something I would pick for another child as a gift.
My best friend had a little girl last year and me being me couldn't wait to go out and start buying all them girly things I of course havn't been able to buy for my twin boys lol! For Easter I bought her a book, not no ordinary board book though. This was in fact the Vtech Pink Peek A Boo Book.
Vtech Peek a Boo Book in Pink is probably going to appeal to girls firstly, thanks to it's colouring - however if you were looking for something similar for a boy you can in fact purchase a very similar product from Vtech in red which is probably more boyish.
This book is a hard plastic book, extremely strong and durable. It comes packaged in an open cardboard box, meaning if you are viewing it firstly on a store shelf instead of online you could in fact 'try before you buy' and have a proper play and feel of things - Yes I am still talking about the book you dirty sods lol! The front of the box itself clearly informs us that it is a Vtech product - a reputable brand when it comes to children's toys, especially educational ones. It then tells us it is the Peek a Boo book, as well as telling us this is a wonderful world of nursery rhymes. The box briefly tells us that this book teaches Music, Sounds and Nursery rhymes and is suitable for children aged 3-24 months.
The book itself has a lovely, girly colouring to it. Dominantly baby pink and each page continues the girly theme in pale purples, pretty pinks and bright yellows etc. It's a chunky book, and you can see immediately it's going to be engaging and encouraging for young children. Thanks to it's quality, material and chunky size the book is quite heavy therefore when it comes to the younger children it's more a book a parent would hold and entertain a child with. You may think how can a simple book entertain a young baby but I will explain how in a moment. As your child grows the size of the book and the weight will lessen slightly compared to before and they will soon be able to grasp the chunky plastic pages and hold the book with ease.
A younger baby would be easily entertained firstly by just the 'bind' of the book. It is the chunkiest section of the book with a smily face in the middle of it which acts as a light. Before you even open the book there is a button on the front page which you can press which creates child laughter and this smile ball face to light up and flash in a very appealing fashion. As you turn each chunky page - there are only 4 by the way the book enthusiastically sings nursery rhymes to you including Rock A Bye Baby, Old Macdonald, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Hickory Dickory Dock and Hey Diddle Diddle. The books voice is a rather high pitched lady, who is again appealing and 'ear' catching for a young child. She speaks fun, loud and clear and suits the book overall.
Each page is decorated in pictures associated with each nursery rhyme, the pictures are appealing, colourful yet not overly bright and busy. Each page also offers a short 'activity' for your child to do such as spinning a wheel, or moving a square up the page. Something so simple yet it can encourage hand eye co-ordination, as well as allowing your young child to explore the book, how it feels and enjoy playing with it whilst enjoying the sounds and lights that are offered. As the book is very short, being only 4 pages long, it may seem a little repetitive to us as adults, but for a young child just learning this is perfect. These songs can grow with them, in their little minds, allowing to gradually learn words, pick up sounds and these are songs and sounds that will be easily recognised as they grow up thanks to this. Each page does have words from the nursery rhyme being sung either in white or pink writing, there are not many words on a page in adult's eyes, but it may seem like alot for a child just beginning to read. Luckily the book sings with them though meaning this could be a book which could help and enable your child to learn to read.
Although the books 'voice' is rather high pitched and almost exciteable the book can be quite relaxing, even whilst stimulating your child with the bright lights and engaging pictures. It could be a soothing toy for a child when it comes to a sleeping routine or a relaxation method for those stressy times your children can so often have.
The fact that this book is a strong and durable product means it can easily grow with your child and not just have to be a 'baby' toy. It can withhold knocks, throws and drops, maybe just scratching the surfaces slightly but nothing major.
When first bought the book does include 2 AAA batteries, but these are apparently only for 'demo' purposes meaning they havn't got a long life and you will no doubt have to purchase more.
The price of the book varies depending where you buy it from I've seen it in shops such as Asda, however I purchased it on Amazon for just under £10 which I feel is about right for this toy. It offers a lot and will certainly grow with a child. It not only teaches a child, but adults as well as not all adults remember certain nursery rhymes and this book can really help, especially as it has some of the words on each page. I'd definitely reccomend this whether it be for your own child or as a gift!
My children have go so many family members that buy for birthdays and christmas that we never know what she is going to get. The first christmas my partners nan asked what she could get her. We did tell her clothes like we do every year but she bought a suprise too. The suprise was this peek a boo book made by vtech.
I like vtech toys for children because I find that they are very educational and also very colourful. I find that they teach children very well and are very appealing.
This book is plastic and quite heavy so my daughter did struggle to hold it, however now she has no difficulty in this and loves to take it where ever she goes. It has 4 plastic pages that sing different nursery rhymes in it. They rhymes are hey diddle diddle, humpty dumpty, hickory dickory dock, twinkle twinkle little star, rock a bye baby and old macdonal had a farm. Each page has a part that can be moved and will sing the song to them, there is also a pink ball in the middle of the book that lights up when the song is singing. Each time you turn a page it will sing a nursery rhyme. I have noticed that the book also asks the child questions about the nursery rhymes that my daughter now 2 is answering when it is being asked.
What I like about this book is on the front there is a press button fairy on the front that make a sparkling sound and sings songs even if the book isn't opened.
The pictures on the pages are very appealing and colourful and you also have the words to the songs on the page too so when you are teaching the child to read this will make it easier because they can sing along to music. There are little tabs on each page so that the child will find it easier to turn the plastic pages which is a brilliant idea. It is a solid book that my daughter loves to sing along to. It has been dropped on alot of occasions but has not broken which has definately made it worth the money. I find it a very chearful book that all my children like and this one is very much for a girl with the pinks yellows and oranges of the book so a boy would not find it that appealing not that you would tell with my son who is 5 and loves to sit and play with it when you are not looking.
The voice that sings the song is actually quite nice and does not get annoying after the 5th time of listening to the song. I have noticed that my daughter will take this to bed and read it when we have put her down, after about 15 minuites she will put this down and go to sleep. This is working as a nice relaxant for my daughter and my new baby likes to feel it although she finds it hard to hold.
This is £15 in argos and in many stores is around the same price. I think this is worth the money and has definately helped with my childrens development. It is a worthwhile investment for a little girl and will last for a few years if bought very young. It is isnteresting and the songs are well known. It helps bond with your child and singing along. I now think that they should make more of these with all the nursery rhymes in a various array I would definatley buy them because I tend to forget some of the songs and my children love to sing and dance.
I would advise people to buy this for their daughter and they also have on in a more universal colour for the boys. This is a brilliant toy for the little ones.
My daughter was bought this for her first birthday just over a year ago. I have had a quick look and it retails for around £12.00. It is a plastic 'book' with six pages each showing a nursery rhyme. It requires 2 AAA batteries; I only changed them for the first time a month ago so they last quite well. There are 2 volume settings, the highest not being too loud and the lowest still audible.
The front of the book has lots of bright colourful pictures of different nursery rhymes. There is a press in button that will sing different rhymes when pushed and on the spine is a light up face that 'sings along'. When the book is opened it says 'it's story time' and the face on the spine has moved around to see you. Each page when opened sings a nursery rhyme, the verse of which is written, a relevant background picture is given and then there is an interactive button relating the rhyme that can be pushed, pulled or twisted to play the music of the rhyme and make appropriate noises. For example the first song is 'Hey Diddle Diddle' so the song is sang when it is opened and then there is a picture button of the cow in the moon that needs to be twisted and it will play the music of the song and then make cow sounds.
My daughter really enjoys this book. Initially she enjoyed sitting with me and I would sing along, point to the pictures and show her how more sounds were given when you used the buttons. As she got older she learnt how to make the buttons work for herself and now it has helped her learn the songs and she sings along at the top of her voice. I think it is good that the song is given and then when the button is pushed the music is played. This gives the child a chance to hear the song and then try to copy it.
When the book is closed it announces 'the end' and that is it switched off until the book is opened or a button is pressed, this helps to preserve the battery life. I am really impressed with the quality of the book, it is made of plastic and nothing has broken or come off even though it has been opened and closed several times. There are also no signs of scratches or wear and tear. The book helps children to learn nursery rhymes, improves hand eye coordination by rewarding them when they can use a button and it also helps them to understand cause and effect.
If I were to buy it, I think I would give this to a child between 1 and 2 to get the most from it as I think it will probably be redundant after the age of about 3. This is an ideal toy to take out with you. It's not very big so easily fits in a bag and can be used to help keep your child amused in the car or when out for dinner.
There are many Musical books around and they can vary in size, shape, price.
This particular book was bought from Home Bargains, and what a bargain it was, i paid just £7, the usual prices is around £13, so shop around as you may find some places selling it cheaper.
~ The Product ~
The book is made of plastic, on the left hand side there is a 'binder' which is multi coloured, at the top is where the battery belongs which can be accessed by using a cross-head screwdriver, it takes 2 X AAA batteries (Mine came with batteries already installed) In the middle of the binder is a purple ball with a smiley face which lights up and flashes when the book is active. The bottom of the binder is where the speaker is, this is green and is in a swirl shape.
Front Cover -
Has the Vtech Logo in a cloud, there is a 'Princess Button'; which when pressed plays a random story (with music) this can be any within the book. If you then don't do or press anything else the book says "It's story time" a few times over.
Past the button there is the name of the book printed - Peek-a-boo, there is then a picture of the characters which are included within the book
Page 1 & 2-
When the book its opened to page one, a melody is played, followed by the book singing the nursery rhyme which is on the first page 'Hey,Diddle Diddle" or it will play the nursery rhyme on page 2 which is "Humpty Dumpty" on each nursery rhyme it will sing the first part of the rhyme then it only play the music (This is where your child can sing the remainder) If no other buttons are pressed from here the book will say random statements like "Where's the cow?" or "Where is humpty dumpty?"
On the left hand page is a 'Rotating cow' button which when rotated, it plays the melody over again, printed underneath this is the nursery rhyme printed with pictures which matches the words.
The right hand page has a 'Sliding egg' button, when this is slid up or down, it pays the Humpty Dumpty rhyme, this has a picture of humpty dumpty to the right and then the words underneath.
Page 3 & 4
When the book is opened on page 3, a melody is played followed by 'Hickory Dickory Dock' nursery rhyme (page 1) or 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' (page 2), again it will sing the nursey rhyme with a tune, it will sing the first part only, then there will just be music for your child to complete the rhyme themselves. If no other buttons are pressed it will say things like "Where is the star?" or "Where is the mouse?"
On page 3 there is a 'sliding mouse' button, when slid, it plays the Hickory Dickory Dock tune again, there is a picture of the mouse to the left and the nursery rhyme is at the bottom.
Page 4, there is a 'star button', when wiggled, its plays Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, the picture is to the left and the nursey rhyme is above the star
Page 5 & 6
When the book is opened on page 5, the nursery rhyme "Rock-A-Bye, Baby" (page 5) or it will pay "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" nursery rhyme which is on page 6. Each nursery rhyme will be sang with the music for the first half, and then just the tune is played for the second. On page 5 there is a 'rocking baby' button, when pressed it resites the nursery rhyme, on page 6 there is a sliding door, when slid to the left it sings Old MacDonald had a Pig (shows picture of pig) and when slid to the right, it sings about a cow (shows picture of a cow) When nothing is pressed, the book will say phrases like "Where is the baby" or "Where is the cow?"
Just another point to add, when the buttons on each page are pressed a second time, the nusery rhyme is played again, but just the tune this time.
When the book is closed, there is the sounds of a wand being wafted, then the book will say "The end"
There is no on/off botton, only a volume with can be turned up or down, if the book is left inactive for for several minutes it will automatically switch off, or will turn off imediately when the book is closed.
What I Think?
Designed to help develop early language and reading skills, with an age bracket of 3-24 months, this is a long lasting toy. At 6 months (when i bought it) my daughter loved the flashing lights and sounds, but that was all she could really do with it, as she got older, this is when the book become more useful, she loves singing along with the rhymes and its really good for teaching children the art of nursery rhymes, singing is a good form of communication and develpops her speaking and listeninig skills. The bad points about this book, particulary for younger children, is that the pages are quite hard to open (my daughter couldn't open them untill she was past 1 year old) The book is also quite heavy and quite diffucult to lift up for a younger child. A good point i found was that because it's made of plastic, you can wipe it clean, with ordinary books if they get food or dirt on them, they are ruined, with this book just use a damp cloth and wipe it clean, good as new!
On page 5 there is a rocking baby button, when pressed, it sings the Rock-A-Bye,Baby rhyme. the nursery rhyme is printed directly above it and a picture is on the right.
Page 6 is a sliding window button, this can be slid form side to side, when this is done, the Old MacDonald Had a Farm tune is played. The picture is above this button and the written words are below.