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Every Christmas (and some Birthdays) my children normally receive some sort of Vtech Kids toy. Vtech toys have become a staple toy in our house, and we enjoy discovering each toy with our children as they grow.
Last week my children got to re-live Christmas (well in September) with the receiving of these lovely learning toys from Vtech Kids themselves and boy were they excited to open up the giant box that sat at our door with their goodies.
Nevaeh (age 6) received the Flipsies-Lexi’s Trampoline and Classroom doll set and enjoyed figuring out how to assemble and create a gym and flipside classroom for her Lexi doll. Lexi also came with two wigs, clothing and loads of little accessories such as a trophy, Hoola hoop, dry eraser, teaching wand, etc for each set up to maximize the fun and play. There were no complaints with this toy, Nevaeh loved creating different looks with Lexi and hearing Lexi sing and say phrases with the push of a button on Lexi’s stomach. *This kit comes with small pieces and is recommended for children over 4.
A favorite among all my children (including myself) is the Sit-to-Stand Ultimate Alphabet Train that is not only fun for my kids to ride, but creates an interactive and engaging way of learning.
In a nutshell, everything about this toy promotes learning and in all the areas and ways of learning from hands-on (build with picture and alphabetic legos, flip through a book attached to the train, push buttons), visually pleasing (lights, bright colors), audible (music and phrases along with train choo choos) to just fun to ride on. What I like about this toy is how long it kept my toddlers and 6 year old engaged.
I loved using the lego like blocks as a way to have the kids do a scavenger hunt to find the letters or pictures named to place in their train or build with as they found each piece. Definitely worth using to teach letters, sounds and picture identification. I felt this toy was appropriate for all ages.
The Spin & Learn Ball Tower , was another favorite among all my kids. They enjoyed watching the balls go down the globe and then chutes. The lever in the middle allows the balls to spin inside the globe before dropping down the chutes. The buttons light up at the top with colors and number counting being a prominent learning tool with this particular toy. The only down fall to this toy was how touch assembly of the chutes was as it was hard to click them in place, but once they were in place it was a sturdy toy that stays put.
The next toy opened was this Spinning Lights Learning Hippo that was quite honestly too overwhelming for my toddlers. However, my 6 year old enjoyed the Hippo and its letter, sound and pictorial identification. For this toy you pull the bird lever to spin to different letters, and the tail of the Hippo is moved up or down to go back or forward a letter of your choosing, which is neat and a favorite among myself personally. The downfall to this toy is, my 3 toddlers weren’t that interested in it and it didn’t even come with working batteries, so I had to find batteries from another toy to be sure the Hippo even worked. The Hippo lights up and makes sounds and is a more technological toy than a similiar spin toy I had as a child.
Last but not least:
The Write & Learn Creative Center. This is an updated and colorful magna doodle type writing tablet. The buttons at the top can be pressed to signal a visual that pops up in the viewing screen to prompt instructions for a letter or picture for the child to create. I love how this toy demonstrates how to draw images using shapes and lines, to how to form upper and lowercase letters so a child can follow along, like my 6 year old did above with the upper and lower case letters “Kk” as they were shown on the upper screen.
While the magnet pen can be used to write and draw with, there are also two magnet shapes that can be used for this task aw well such as this bears or mouse ears and house stamp.
I also appreciated this ring of cards with different images children could use for tracing or recreating using their pen. The cards are then placed easily in a compartment on the back of the board when not in use.
Overall this Write & Learn Creative Center was a hit for all my kids (and their friends that came over to play it too) and it is age appropriate for all my kids, as they rather enjoy scribbling, using their fine motor and eye hand coordination skills to learning to write and draw images.
Have you tried Vtech Kids Toys before? Which have been your favorite?