Product Type: VTech baby toys
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Vtech Roly Poly Penguin - misleading
VTech Roly Poly Penguin
Member Name: PaigeTurner
VTech Roly Poly Penguin
Advantages: Visually appealing
Disadvantages: False claims of how educational it is
The Vtech Roly Poly Penguin promises a little more than it delivers. I mean literally.
The little penguin voice which sings out at your little once says it will teach all about colours, sounds and so much more. In reality this is a bit of an ambitious claim. Even its little chant of 'watch me wobble' isn't accurate. The penguin doesn't wobble.
This penguin was a Christmas present for my daughter but I think it retails at about £10. On first impression this is a visually appealing toy. The penguin, as you would expect, is black and white - good contrasting colours for little eyes - with bright yellow feet, an orange beak with red tongue poking out and a red bow tie complete with little rattling beads inside. There is a bright yellow star on the penguin's chest, with 1 2 3 emblazoned on it which youngsters can learn to press to get penguin to play different songs.
The on/off button is in the centre of the bow tie but there is an over-ride on/off switch at the back of the penguin, difficult for little fingers to use, to switch the penguin off completely.
The inside of the wings are decorated in white numbers, letters and musical notes and are made of crinkly paper which rustles when your little one grabs hold of it.
The penguin has a few stock phrases which it repeats once switched on, including 'rock with me', 'I'm a little penguin skating on the ice', and 'watch me wobble'. If you press the star it will repeat these phrases again in random order.
It also, as stated, invites the child to explore colours, sounds and so much more. If left it will then start playing tinny, musical versions of nursery rhymes such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Here we go round the Mulberry Bush, but if left on too long with no one pressing the star, it will say 'bye bye' and turn itself off.
I don't feel it is as educational as it makes out. The penguin counts to three but that is about it. Apart from the visual side it does nothing to help youngsters learn colours and shapes.
The toy is suitable for babies aged six months and over. At this age they will not be able to press the button intentionally so it will require an adult to help out. Once the child is older I think the penguin claims such as 'watch me wobble' could be a little confusing. Any child will be scratching their head thinking, this penguin isn't wobbling.
My daughter is almost a year old and her favourite things are scrunching its wings and chewing its plastic body. Unlike with other toys, the singing and chanting does little to hold her attention.
All in all, the Vtech Roly Poly Penguin is a nice little toy visually and some of the bursts of music are quite pleasant for as long as they last but there are better toys available, which play songs, that are a little more entertaining and genuinely educational.
I'm glad it wasn't pennies out of my pocket which purchased this one.
Summary: Bottom of the market in terms of musical, interactive, educational toys.
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