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VTech Thomas Calling All Friends Phone
Member Name: DavyMichelle
VTech Thomas Calling All Friends Phone
Advantages: Original, Well Designed, Durable, Affordable
The VTech Thomas Calling All Friends Phone is much more unique than it first appears to be. It looks a lot like a toddler toy does, yet it's actually suitable for children aged 3-5yrs because of the games and functions it has to offer. When I looked this up on the internet, I was amazed to see a lot of reviews grumbling about how it was too complicated for their two year old Thomas fan to manage! That's because it's not meant as a toddler toy, but as a pre-school through to reception aged toy.
On the surface, this toy can be used just as a role-playing telephone. It's got a nice, smooth and chunky telephone receiver which is just the right size and shape for small hands to manage easily. The cord which attaches it to the phone can also be detached by older children if they want to go for a cordless effect! It's got a robust handle on the top that is part of the base unit, so there's not much chance of it breaking through being carried and swung about the place.
The buttons and the wheel slides on this are what really take this toy onto another level. There are some fun and simple games programmed into this that will provide both entertainment and education for children old enough to count, follow instructions, understand patterns and enjoy undertaking simple challenges. This toy doesn't stretch a child's knowledge in any particular area, but it does help to hone in their concentration and encourage them to pay attention and follow the rules which are important skills to help them learn in school. Slightly younger children of two or three years old may well find it helps them to learn their basic numbers and colours though.
The two big winners here in our house are all the flashing lights behind the keys, and the music you hear when you press Thomas's face. If this toy had been designed specifically for autistic children they couldn't have made it any more appealing to the grandson than it is! Autistic children are often fans of Thomas the Tank Engine and lights, so this is a pretty great combination! It's also ideal that the music that plays is gentle, and most importantly, quiet. It's plenty loud enough for the child to hear without startling or annoying them.
As I said before, this seems like it's the same as a load of other toys which are already on the market, but it really does have something slightly different to offer in that the games on it are not aimed at toddlers. A lot of pre-schoolers and reception aged children still love playing with toy phones but find a lot of them too babyish. This one is specifically designed for their age group, and well designed at that.
The retail price is a very reasonable £14.99, and some shops have it available for less than that. Argos have it on sale for £8.99 at the moment which is a bargain if you can find stock in your local store.
Summary: Highly Recommended
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