Product Type: VTech Toy Train
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Member Name: clairebear1984
VTech Smartville Alphabet Train Station
Advantages: Great learning toy with many activities
The v tech smartville alphabet train station was bought for my daughter on her first birthday. Being a huge fan of learning toys I loved the whole idea of the station. I had looked through catalogues for different ideas of things that would provide play as well as learning activities and this train station stood out from the rest.
The box for the train station is fairly big although it is not heavy to carry. Once the station has been taken out of the box it can be folded out to create a brightly coloured station and a large blue rail track. The station has a clock on it with moveable pointers where children can learn how to tell the time. The station also has a top platform with 5 different steps, each have a shape on and when pressed they will help children learn shapes. Underneath the main station are a few different platforms with circles on the top. You must put one of the characters into the circle and it will announce the animal type.
All around the main track there are different squares that each holds a letter of the alphabet. Depending on which category the game is on, these will either say the letter or say a word that begins with this letter. There are 2 different modes to this station. The first is learning mode. This allows children to learn different letters and shapes. The other mode is discovery mode where the child can learn different words that start with a certain letter. It will also ask questions like which animal goes with this sound.
The train station comes with a bright yellow train that can be pushed around the track. There is a circle part of the train where one of the animals can sit down. The station comes with 8 different animals altogether and by putting these on the allocated circles you can learn what the animals like and dislike as well as their colour. You also get a few different pieces such as signs, which can either be placed around that track or on the circles.
On the station there is an interactive board that will display sounds, colours and objects that can be seen lit up. The whole station is very colourful and inviting and is fully playable with any other characters from the startville playsets.
This train station cost around £30.00. I think this is great as there really is a lot of activities to do and the toy is made incredibly well with strong plastic.
I would definitely recommend this toy for ages 12 months and plus. Although smaller children won't be able to use the learning activities, they will be able to play with the bright and fun characters provided.
Summary: great toy, very well made and fun for kids