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Despite my best efforts to hide my son's VTech Roll and Wiggle Caterpillar out of his sight it's one of his most reached for toys when it comes to playtime. He loves this little critter and will happily spend time pushing it backwards and forwards, picking it up and throwing it down whilst generally enjoying the sights and sounds it has to offer him. Why, therefore would I want to hide it away from him? for the simple reason that it has no volume control and is just so incredibly noisy...
As with all the VTech toys I've come into contact with and have experience of this Roll and Wiggle Caterpillar is extremely well made, hard wearing and is brightly designed with eye-catching colours. It has an on/off switch which is quite chunky and the perfect size for my son to turn on by himself and the choice of 'story' mode or 'singing' mode is offered via a flick of the switch. It's nicely sized so is easy to pick up and turn over in little hands and thanks to a couple of wheels located at the 'tail end' of the caterpillar it can be rolled along though is prone to toppling over as it isn't that sturdy. It's constructed by connected coloured spheres which are able to be turned and the 3 parts that make up the body have fabric pull-tags that produce songs and learning phrases when pulled. It's an innovative looking thing, very cute in its design and I can see the appeal of it for young eyes. It certainly demands attention when it's switched on as my son finds it next to impossible to ignore when it's 'talking' and though I personally do feel that it could have benefited from some sort of volume control I do have to admit to being quite fond of it myself.
The voice used is rather cutesy and charming, when pushed a long with the wheels turning it plays a tune and tells you that it "wiggles to the beat", it teaches colours and simple words such as 1, 2, 3 and A B C a and has a variety of songs that it plays. It lights up, promotes interaction and learning and my son loves his so that's all that matters to me. It's allowed him to be adventurous as he likes to turn it over in his hands so aids his dexterity and as it can be pushed along it can teach balance and careful playing although that doesn't stop my son from picking it up and lobbing it across the room when he becomes a little too boisterous and despite plenty of rough play it's remained intact with no signs of scratches or wear.
Batteries were included when I bought my son's and I haven't had cause to replace them yet, it's not something that offers hours of amusement though so wouldn't be a battery-draining toy really I don't think. It's something that can be picked up and played with for a few minutes before my son turns his attention to something else and when he's done a 'round' of his toys it's something that he returns to for a few more minutes of play. It's light enough to be easily carried around and I think it's a bit of fun for him, it is very loud though as already mentioned, probably the loudest VTech toy that I have bought for my son but that doesn't bother him and it wouldn't be something that would put me off recommending it to other parents. Fortunately the voice used is tolerable and it's not something that gets played with incessantly although I always know when it's time for it to be played, even if I'm in another room, as you can't help but hear it.
Overall I would say this is another excellent toy from VTech, I've yet to buy something that's been a disappointment from them and my son's sits in his toy pile and gets played with regularly. For something that cost around a tenner, now available for less than £8 on amazon at the moment, I think it makes for a good buy and from me gets a very good 4 star rating here. For a stocking filler type present at Christmas or an inexpensive treat for a young one I think it's a good choice, albeit a noisy one, and it's recommended by me. Thanks for reading my review.
My parents came through about 3 months ago to visit me and my son and brought along a present - The vtech Roll and Wiggle Caterpillar (states suitable for 6+ months). The item was played with very briefly initially but over the past month it has been a definate favourite. I have looked on sites and this toy is easily found and costs vary from shop to shop - Amazon £7.99 and Boots £11.23.
The Caterpillar when released from his cardboard cell was pretty much ready to go all you had to do was remove the plastic tab to activate the batteries (Included and are still going strong). The caterpillar is about 15cm long and sits on 3 yellow small plastic wheels allowing your little one to roll it along the floor. The body of the caterpillar is composed of 3 colourful spheres of plastic with ribbons on either side of each sphere to twist and spin the body segments around. I should also mention that the caterpillar has two ON settings a - music setting and b - learning setting: numeracy/alphabet/shapes as well as an OFF and the switch for these is found on the tail end. The head of the caterpillar is a lovely happy smily face with orange antennae that light up when the ribbons are twisted to activate the music, abc, 123, shapes etc.
My son plays with this toy frequently and it has certainly helped him become more mobile as he is so determined to play with the toy that he has learn't to bum shuffle across the room to it. He loves the music and sounds although eductionally these won't noticiably influence him for a wee while. The music is quite interesting and amongst the popular tunes it plays some made up ones which are quite fun although quite repetative and you do find yourself singing the music in the middle of the supermarket.
One thing I should note is that the voice of this caterpillar is quite similar to Joe Pasquale's and even though I find it quite funny and endearing it might drive some people up the wall. I would highly recommend this toy as it has become a firm favourite and will continue to be useful for many more months maybe years.