My son loved to play on his friend's fisher price bounce and spin zebra every time we went to play so, when I saw this VTech Bounce Time Turtle priced at £16 at Asda Direct just before Christmas (reduced from the original price of £40) I decided to get it as an extra Christmas present for him. My son was 21 months at Christmas so I wasn't sure how much use he would get on a small sit and ride toy like this so the price was perfect for us.
The toy is a sit and ride toy for children from 18 months to about 3 years (my son is quite big for his age so I don't think it will last him this long). It is a green plastic turtle with an orange handle for the child to hold, whist sitting astride the turtle on it's shell. The orange handle has two coloured beads - yellow and blue - that can be spun. On top of the turtle's head, it wears a yellow baseball cap and this has three coloured push buttons that also light up.
The turtle is on a blue and red pole which it bounces up and down on. It is held steady with a large yellow base, which is patterned to look like leaves. The idea of the toy is that the child can sit on top of the turtle with one leg either side so that their feet reach the floor. They can then propel themselves up and down to bounce. Whilst bouncing, the toy can be selected to be in music or learning mode so that melodies can play or the turtle asks questions such as 'where is orange' and the child can then press the orange button. It requires 2 x AA batteries, which are included when you purchase.
My son loved this the moment he saw this on Christmas Day. He knew instantly what he had to do. Had he received this at 18 months, I don't think he would have been quite so confident with it - he wasn't quite at the stage where he could lift his leg over things to get on and off safely. He is quite big for his age and already looks quite big on this toy despite not being two yet. Never the less, he loved to sit on it and he seemed quite comfortable on the seat, despite it being made of quite a hard plastic with no cushioning. It supports him well and stands up to his energetic bouncing well.
I was wary about how sturdy and stable this would be as the base just runs in one direction mainly (following the direction of the turtle rather than across the sides) but this seems to hold steady even when he is getting on and off the turtle. The tunes that the turtle plays are catchy and my son smiles when they come on - particularly the 'bouncing is really fun' song. The tunes remind me of those played by his other VTech toys as they are all very similar to one another.
The learning mode is good to help children with colours and numbers. This is quite restrictive and basic though - numbers one to three and the colours of the buttons - yellow, blue, orange and purple. My son knows more colours than this so it isn't exactly stretching in this way but he seems to enjoy pushing the buttons as he is asked.
For bouncing, this is ok. It doesn't bounce far and doesn't spin around much like the Fisher Price equivalent. My son isn't particularly bothered by this - he seems to enjoy just getting on and off the toy and bouncing for just a few minutes at a time. He enjoys standing by the turtle, pushing the buttons and dancing to the tunes
For the price I paid for this toy, I am really pleased with it. I wish I had found it when my son was a little bit younger as I think that is an ideal size for 18 month olds and helps their physical development - learning to get on and off things and to jump. I am not sure how long this will last him as I would be worried about his weight on it as he gets older. I like the fact that this has physical and mental benefits - encouraging my son to be active as well as to follow instructions. It is good to combine the fun aspect with some educational benefits. Manipulative skills are also encouraged too - pushing buttons, twisting beads and sliding the switch to turn on the music.
We have the usual problem of storage for this toy - hardly unique to this toy as we have this with most toys of a certain size. It would be nice if this could be taken apart easily - even into two parts (base and main unit) to help with this. It tends to just sit out most of the time but I only really like my son to use this when I am supervising, so this can be a little inconvenient. My son gets a little frustrated with the fact that this doesn't rock and he can move back and forth quite vigorously on this and has come off the back whilst doing so, so I would definitely recommend supervision at all times.
I certainly wouldn't pay £40 for this toy - the Fisher Price version prices at £40 - £50 and does a lot more (with a more stable base too) so if you are willing to pay this much, I would opt for this. The cheapest I can find it at the moment is £24.99 in Argos and I would say this is probably the maximum I would pay for this. So, at the £16 I paid, I am very happy but had I paid more I probably would not be quite so as it is quite basic. I would recommend this at a decent price for very young toddlers but I don't think it quite stretches to the maximum age limit advertised so I wouldn't expect great longevity from it. And, always supervise your child whilst playing!
Having a nephew that is 3 months older than my son, I tend to see what my son enjoys playng with and when he turned 1 my son took an interest in one of his toys the Bounce and Spin Zebra by Fisher Price.
My son however really likes turtles, I have no idea where this has come from but when I saw this advertised on Amazon for £19.99 I decided to invest in one for his forthcoming birthday.
As we live in a relatively small and cosy house I was a bit nervous about how much space this toy would take up as most children's items are bulky and take up a lot of room but with this toy I needn't of worried.
The turtle introduces a bounce and colours theme offering 2 modes of play (music and learning) and teaches shapes, numbers 1-3 and colours.
When our son was given this he was just 1 year old so he could not really reach the floor to bounce properly and activate the motion sensor, activated by bouncing, however we did find that it build his confidence and encouraged movement as he was able to swing his leg to get off the turtle and tried to bounce with the turtle even though his little legs were too short.
The turtle has 2 sing-along songs which include my son's favourite if you are happy and you know it and the bounce song which also got him very excited along with the 7 melodies.
The toy operates on 2 x AA batteries which are included with the item.
To operate the toy the power button can be found on the handle, it is on the reverse to allow your child, as they get older to select which mode they would like as they bounce along.
Straight away our son was pressing the colours which were found on the hat of the turtle and stated colours, shapes and numbers as they illuminate.
The turtle is a friendly looking thing and our son just loves him and can often be heard babbling away at him as he plays.
The turtle is mounted onto a large yellow base which is very solid but I do have to say if your child only has socks on then it can be quite slippery and many a time we have had to ensure our son cannot play with this toy unsupervised as he gets on and off as he could very easily slip and hurt himself.
The handle has a large orange light which flashes as the tune plays along with the other 3 coloured lights found on the turtles hat. There are two rings on the handle which spin around.
The toy is suitable from 18 months which would be probably the main reason our son can't get on it by himself but he does enjoy sitting on it and pressing the buttons or he often stands over it to press the buttons so it definately keeps him occupied which was one of our worries when we purchased it but with it being a turtle we knew he would show some interest.
It is recommended that this toy is not used past the age of 3 years so we hope it will get some use and what is great about it, is that we can also use it outside in the nicer weather as well as it being compact enough to use indoors.
A great purchase that has a really fun voice to keep your child entertained.
The toy is easy to maintain, I just clean it reguarly with anti bacterial wipes and this has caused some damage to the sticker that displays the play modes on the reverse of the handle but this is only cosmetic.
It is very sturdy and our son is yet to be able to lift it or push it over which is always a good thing where he is concerned!!
If you are looking for a toy that is going to teach colours, numbers and shapes and encourage hand to eye co-ordination, independence and enhance the senses, then this fun motion bouncing and moving turtle by Vtech is definitely one to consider.
The bouncing feature will help to develop gross motor skills and the light up buttons and turning rings help to strengthen fine motor skills. Language development is helped by the friendly phrases, colours and numbers, encouraging exploration of the toy. Your childs sensors will also be stimulated with the melodies, lights and bright colours.
Vtech do some fab children's toys, so this was one of our gifts for our son at Christmas. He was then 18 months old so a perfect age for receiving this toy. At 23 months now, he is still enjoying playing on it and I would expect it to last probably another year before he's not interested in it.
I bought it from Amazon at a very fair price of £29.99. It arrived in 4 large parts and was easy to put together. I was a bit nervous putting it together though because you had to firmly push the pieces into place until a loud click was heard. I did notice as well that, now it's together, it doesn't look like it will come apart! That is both a good thing and bad thing really. It's good in that it's definitely sturdy and isn't going to fall apart, but if you're going to want to pack it away and save it, then you're going to have to find a big enough box to do so or wrap it up well to protect it. The same will apply if you want to sell it on. It will have to be sold on as ready assembled (which many would appreciate I guess).
The height of the turtle is about half a meter and the weight limit is 25kg.The turtle as seen in the picture is brightly coloured, again encouraging colour recognition and its cute face makes it approachable and friendly looking. At 18 months my son wasn't quite ready for getting on it, but he liked to stand alongside it smiling and listening to the music and learning. The electronics are very good as there are 2 songs that you can sing a long to and 7 melodies. I have to admit though, now my son has the hang at 23 months of switching this on and off himself, it can drive me a bit do-lally as it doesn't seem to stop singing until it's switched off! ARGH!!!!!! The turtles head, with his hat has a green and red button for your child to choose to press which then selects the programme for the bounce. On the ears are handles and at the top of the handle is the on off switch.
At 20 months, my son mastered swinging his leg over and sitting on it himself. He now does this daily several times a day. The little switch to switch it on definitely encourages hand to eye co-ordination and fine motor skills, but it took my son a couple of months to learn to do this for himself. In a way I wish it was still me being the only one to switch it on and off! He was about 21 months when he started to realise if he bounced on it it was more fun! You do have to bounce quite hard on it though for it to properly bounce, which is difficult for younger children. I'm expecting over the next couple of months as he reaches and passes 2, he will perhaps be able to bounce better on it but it's not easy! Possible disadvantage perhaps but It's not essential they bounce on it though. I think it's still fun to sit on and enjoy that independence it gives them.
My son is now in the habit of walking over to it, switching it on and then plodding off to do something else, whilst it's me that's then getting up to switch it off after what seems like half hour of it singing its songs.
Overall it's very good value for money and a very well established brand of toy that teaches well. It may well become slightly annoying, but my son adores it and that's the main thing. I adore seeing my son sit on it and say ' Weeeeeeeeeee' as he leans back on it holding the handle, bounces and smiles. Bless!
As Christmas approached I really couldn't think what to get Baby Scarlet. She was only going to be 20 months old all the toys I had seen so far were either too young or too old. It seemed as though I was really stuck. That was until Scarlet tried the Bounce and Spin Zebra by Fisher Price. On a visit to se her cousin Callum he showed Scarlet his lovely Zebra and put her on to have a go. Seeing her bouncing, spinning, laughing and singing was lovely.
I knew this was something we had to buy for her. I didn't want the Zebra itself though as I always like to be a bit different from everyone else and want Scarlet to also be an Individual. So I had the task of finding an alternative. Surfing Amazon I came across the Vtech Bounce Time Turtle. Now we already seem to have a lot of Vtech Toys that Scarlet has used over and over again and I know they are a very trustworthy company.
Vtech have been around for as long as I can remember and my mum told me I had some Vtech branded toys when I was a child. They provide a large range of toys ranging from newborn to 8 years. Each toy that they produce helps enable learning and I find they are extremely sturdy, well built and good value for money. And the Bounce Time Turtle is no exception and shows Vtech's high quality.
Vtech advise that the Bounce time turtle is a motion sensitive Turtle which will ask the child to find the colour, numbers and shaped by bouncing. It comes with 3 modes of play, 3 light push up buttons and 2 turning rings which enables Scarlet to learn as she bounces. Coming with a recommended age range of between 18 to 36 months this would be for Scarlet's age. I thought this would be fantastic for her and she would have so much fun so I proceeded to place the order on Amazon.
Once the Turtle arrived I put him up ready to be wrapped for Christmas. He was so easy to assemble and no screw drivers were required at all. All you have to do is push the bottom of the turtle into the base and push the head on and you are ready to rock. Once the Turtle was assembled he is about knee high and about 2 foot long, enough for your little monkey to sit on. The base is very sturdy and is just a little bit bigger than the Turtle itself to make sure it is sturdy when up right. The base is yellow in colour.
The spring in the middle is very wide and chunky and the bottom half is red with the top half being green. It is very string and even when Scarlet is bouncing as hard as she can I know it will not break. The back on the Turtle where your child sits is a dark green colour with a red tail, light green feet and a light green seat. Then as you proceed up the neck which is also light green in colour you come to the Turtles head. He wears a yellow hat on this head with a green and red button for your child to press.
These buttons allow the Child to decide which programme they wish to use on that particular bounce. Then where his ears go you find his handles. At the top of the handle is the on and off switch which after being shown Scarlet can now use herself. It is not stiff to use so she can turn it off when she wants the music or songs. Then if she wants to just bounce she can turn the sound off.
Unfortunately on Christmas day she was more interested in the table that I had moved ready for dinner rather than all the wrapped toys on the floor. Typical. Once she had started to unwrap them though she got a bit more excited so I couldn't wait for her to open this Turtle. The look on her face when she opened the Vtech toy was priceless. She was so excited that she couldn't wait to start bouncing.
Whilst reading Dooyoo reviews I have noticed that the Zebra version is quite stiff for Children to use but I can honestly say the Turtle is not at all stiff. The only thing I can moan about is that it doesn't spin all the way around as the Zebra does, it just goes from side to side about 10cms. Scarlet though isn't at all bothered and loves it all the same. It was as much I could do to stop her from eating her Christmas Dinner on it (or in her Little Tykes Princess Coupe Car). She loves this turtle so much that she kisses it when she is on it.
I am certainly glad I chose this Turtle and I paid £29.99 for (with my first Dooyoo points that I had saved). The best £29.99 I have spent in a while.