“ Brand: VTech / Age: 6 months / Type: Cuddly Toys „
This toy has kept my 8 month son amused for 10 mins alone most days - quite good for that stage I would say compared to other toys. It is also colourful and catches my son'sattention quite easily. I feel the music setting is good but to be honest the vocal setting does become irritating to me. However i do feel the rolling ball really helped develop his finger control as he now prods other toys to see what they do after playing with this one. The battery life however isnt amazing but we were using it lots - the batteries werent available in shops (local DIY or supermarkets) so we had to go online which was a bit annoying but still worth it as he does enjoy it. The anteni are super for grabbing too and help his balance as he is trying to sit up now and play.
This was a birthday present for my daughter's 1st birthday. It was my Mum who bought it for her because it's one of those 'push down and go' type toys and she was really into things like that when she started to crawl, just before her 1st birthday. So my Mum thought it seemed perfect, and with it having noises and songs as well, that was an added bonus.
Unfortunately we were all pretty disappointed with this toy, but I will explain that later. First of all I will try and describe the toy's functions.
It's a caterpillar made from brightly coloured plastic, the main colour is green, but there is a red segment, a yellow one and a blue one. These are really eye catching for a young child, especially one who is crawling and so can spot it from across the room and make their way towards it.
As I said above, it is split into segments of the caterpillar, this is so that you can push it down and it is supposed to then be propelled across the floor. This does not work at all on carpet, and not very well on laminate floor - very disappointing! My daughter found it easier just to push the thing along rather than try and get it to go on it's own.
On each segment is a different activity to occupy your little one when they are not pushing it around. On the red one there is the on/off switch on the side, which also has the option of having it on 'music' or 'voice', then there is a big red button on top which activates the sounds. If you have it set to 'music' then you get either 'Half a Pound of Tuppenny Rice' or 'This Old Man'. My daughter now knows the words to these and will sometimes sit and press the button over and over again whilst singing along. Very cute, but also somewhat annoying after the 33rd time of hearing it.
If you have it set to 'voice' you get bouncing sounds, spinning wheels, or someone shouting 'weee'. I found this quite annoying, and thankfully my daughter doesn't usually keep it on this setting very long.
On the yellow segment is a spinning ball which contains a few little balls which obviously move around when you spin the ball. Quite entertaining for a young child who has just learnt to sit and fiddle with things.
The blue segment has three little flower shaped rings which a young child would enjoy fiddling with, and if they press them down hard enough this activates another tune, the name of which I am not sure! If you have it set to 'voice' it says 'round and round I go' when you press the flowers down and you also get some other random noises.
If you leave the toy switched on, it will keep shouting 'wiggle wiggle' at you, either to remind you to play with it, or to remind you to switch it off. This is quite irritating when my daughter has gone to bed and all of sudden she hears 'wiggle wiggle' and so then wants to play with it! So always remember to switch it off when you are packing your child's toys away!
I have found the battery life to be pretty poor with this particular toy. It takes two of those flat circular batteries (I can't remember the name and I have thrown away the box) and if my daughter is having one of her singing dos, they perhaps only last for a few play sessions before the noises and tunes start to go a bit wobbly.
I started off this review saying I was pretty disappointed with this toy, and to be honest I was, mainly because it doesn't go when you do the 'push down' thing, and that was the main reason my Mum purchased it. But having said that, my daughter has actually had a lot of enjoyment from it, and she is nearing 2 1/2 and she still plays with it occasionally, so it has lasting appeal for children.
But in my opinion, it could be improved by adding a couple more tunes to make it less repetitive because only having 2 nursery rhymes in a children's musical toy is pretty poor. I would also have preferred some less irritating sound effects, sometimes I wonder what goes through manufacturer's minds when they put such ridiculous sounds into children's toys...I presume most of these people are childless and don't know what parents have to go through every day listening to these annoying noises!!
This was a last minute stocking filler I bought for my twin boys for Christmas, I only bought it as it was reduced in Mothercare from £10 down to £5 and I havn't seen it in there since.
It caught my eye on the shelf as it was bright, colourful and in your face! Really fun looking, and I could actually see the product. It was packaged in a cardbox but with the front open so you can see the actual toy. Held onto the box securely by those annoying fiddly unscrewy metal things, you know the ones where you have about 15 to untie for one small toy. This though was probably the only downfall to this toy.
The toy is actually reccomend for children aged 6months plus, but my boys were just over 1 year old at Christmas time and I really wish I bought it earlier, but they still have brilliant fun with it.
At the moment they are fascinated by anything with wheels on so I knew it would be a hit anyway.
The toy itself is a chunky, sturdy plastic toy, not easy to break believe me it's took some bashings in the past few months. It's bright in basic rainbow colours, and really fun to look at. The caterpillars head turns, and the caterpillar's face is cute and smiley, a joy for anyone to see.
On the top there are a few small activities, these include an orange button which can be pressed and it lights up. A clear plastic ball, with smaller multicoloured balls inside which rattles when spun and also a bar with spinning, again colourful, flowers on it. Also when the caterpillar is pushed down in the middle and you let go it shoots off across the floor (not too far though may I add). The pushing down and lifting back up is the caterpillar wiggling, hence the name Wheel and Wiggle Caterpillar. Clever Eh!
There is also a switch on the side to turn it on or off. To be honest there is another downside to this toy and thats the fact that when left on it becomes a tad annoying. Even if not being played with, every now and then it blurts out "Wiggle It Wiggle It", this can also be quite scary at 4 o'clock in the morning when you're half asleep and think nobody else is in the house (lol). When switched on it plays some funky tunes, and talks. Nothing education just basic words such as "Wiggle It" and "Play With Me" (I'm glad it's just a childrens toy lol).
This would be a brilliant toy for any child younger than what my boys were, it would encourage them to crawl and move to chase it, it would also aid with hand eye coordination.
The caterpillar does include batteries and since buying it for Christmas I have never had to change them so not entirely sure what ones it requires.
Couldn't reccomend this toy enough, it's bright and cheery and overall just FUN, exactly what a toy should be right?
Push the cool caterpillar down and watch him wiggle across the floor! Rolling beads aid motor skill development and hand-eye co-ordination. The cool caterpiller encourages independent movement and crawling. Includes lots of sound effects and music!