“ Brand: IMC Toys / Age: 3 Years+ „
I purchased this for my niece after seeing other children having lots of fun with it at a playgroup my son goes to. My niece was initally very excited to have it and for quite a while got lots of fun out of it. However it became apparent after a while that the toy had quite a limited shelf life. I am not sure my niece ever plays with it now - and I think part of it may have broken. Although it did look to be quite sturdy and so I suspected it would last quite a long time, certainly the one at play group is treated quite roughly and survives! The one at the play group remains popular so may be it is just not that appealing to my niece. Or maybe when she gets older she will come back to it again - and might appeal a bit more then. We are all different aren't we?
We have a lot of young and creative children in our family, so when I decided to buy this electric violin as a present to one of the youngest girls, it came as no surprise to me that the violin insantly became quite a hit! Most girls have a time in their life where everything is about pink, dolls and Barbies, and for that time, this is the perfect gift, as it combines those things together with the joy of music! If this is a product that can get young girls interested in music, than I would say that`s a really good purchase! Our experience is that this violin is made up of a very solid and stury nature, meaning that it can take a falling down or two, and with that also being very long lasting, unless your child decides to jump up and down on it... This is an electric product, and will demand some battery usage; however, I have found this to be a instrument that is a lot more pleasant to listen to as oppose to electric keyboards, guitars and so on for kids, as this product has a sound that isn`t all that sharp and demanding, it has a softer and less irritating tune to it... There is on the downside only one audio setting, so if it gets on your nerves you can`t turn the volume down... But the sound isn`t really that loud, so it should be all right... The look of the violin is absolute girly, with flowers and butterflies, pink and you name it... So I would say that this is a lovely product for girls 3-6 of age, as above that age one often considers buying the child a regular beginners violin. The violin is easy to use, turning it on and off with a switch in the back, when playing placing the bow onto a part of the violin, as the violin doesn`t come with regular strings to play on... This is a product that creates fun and creativity, and with a solid nature I would believe it could last for many years! A great toy for young girls!
I bought this Barbie electronic violin for my niece for Christmas last year. Having a ten year old daughter, I know how important pink and Barbie becomes to a four year old. So I knew immediatley when I saw this in the shop that I was onto a winner. This toy is a battery operated toy. It is activated by the on and off switch which is on the back of the violin. Although the violin looks really girly and pretty with it's vibrant pink and purple colours and butterfly and flower designs. It is also suprisingly sturdy and obviously more than able to take a bit of man handling. The actual shape of the violin is very accurate when compared to a proper violin. It has all the characteristics. What I found most comical and cute was the bright pink chin rest. The bow which is also included, is also very attractive and girly.Indeed This toy screams barbie and pink and princesses and all things girly. By pressing the buttons up the top of the violin, this will activate eight different melodies. which I have to admit I found slightly grating on the nerves after a short while. The childcan also use the buttons on the violin to operate the speed of tempo and volume of the melody. By sliding the bow back and forth across the violin, the violin will make appropriate violin noises. Thus making the cild think they are playing the instrument. I paid around £12 for this violin. I believe that to be of excellent value for such a well made and fun toy. It really promoted my niece's imaginary play skills. Also she became more aware of music and where music comes from. I know that she is in love with this toy and has played with it for hours. I am impressed to learn that as yet, the batteries are still going strong. This violin is something a bit different. It offers girly glamour but also an opportunity to explore different methods of play and in turn promote learning. I have got nothing but praise for this toy and feel it was money well spent. I think that four is around the right age to introduce this toy. I don't personally believe that a three year old would have the dexterity to handle the tuning buttons as they are quite fiddly. However I may be wrong. What I do know is if your child is into Barbie, they will love this violin. (you might not!! but they will)
My daughter recently celebrated her 5th birthday and we had a party for her which a few of her school friends attended. One of the many gifts she received was this Barbie Electronic violin. I had never seen the violin for sale anywhere and didn't realise that they were available. The violin is made of hard plastic and comes with a solid plastic bow. Both pieces are obviously made in the fetching Barbie pink that is instantly recognisable. The violin is decorated with flowers and butterflies and the bow has a small flower on each end but is otherwise just plain. The violin is made to look like a standard violin but does not have any strings. There are three buttons on the neck of the violin and a small rocking part where you place the bow. The violin can be switched on and off using a small button on the back. This toy comes complete with batteries which are inside a secure section on the back of the neck. You will need two AA batteries and a screwdriver when they need to be replaced. The violin plays 8 different tunes but you can also 'play' the tunes yourself by using the bow. You can adjust the tempo and change the tune that you are playing. Unfortunately we never did read the instructions and so we just press randomly at the buttons and see what happens. As my children are five, three and one this is fine with them and they don't mind what happens as long as the violin makes lots of noise. My daughter likes to pretend that she is playing the violin and so prefers this setting but they all enjoy using the violin as a radio and letting it play away to itself. The violin is quite sturdy and I don't think there are any small parts that are likely to come off. This violin has taken quite a battering and is routinely dumped into a toy box and so far it is unscathed. The violin is recommended for children aged over 3 years and this is probably about right. I don't think a child younger than this would necessarily have any trouble using the violin but the Barbie theme would be wasted on them. The music is not too loud but has the same tone as all the other electronic toys seem to have. There is no volume control so you cannot turn it down if it does get annoying but at least it means your children cannot turn it up either. On the whole I think the violin is a very nice toy and it makes a change to see a violin as opposed to a guitar or keyboard. I have found the violin for sale on www.amazon.co.uk priced at £14.67 with free delivery and I would say that this is probably a fair price. I have not seen the toy in any toy shops yet so cannot say that it is available cheaper elsewhere. The only downside I would say is that to play the violin you place the bow onto a small rocking butterfly and gently tilt the bow from side to side rather than sliding the bow across the strings or neck. I appreciate that this is probably easier and there is less chance of any breakages but it just doesn't seem right to me. I would recommend this toy to anyone who has little girls as it is bright and girly and very entertaining.
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