Recently, VTech sent me a box full o’ toys for Sophia and Maddie to play with. And, honestly, who doesn’t love coming home to a box full of toys on the front porch? First, let me say that the girls loved playing with them. They aren’t difficult to entertain, but they were really eager to break all four of these toys out of their boxes and get down to the business at hand–playing.
While Sophia is just out of the age-range for each of these toys, she didn’t care. She wanted to play with them–and did play with them–just as much as Maddie did.
So without further ado, I bring you a review of each of the four toys that VTech sent my way.
What does the Chomp & Count Dino do, exactly? Well, according to the info on the box and on VTech’s website, it does the following:
· Children can learn about colors, numbers and food with the adorable new Chomp & Count Dino. Simply place one of the eight brightly-colored play pieces in the dino’s mouth and watch as he eats and recognizes each piece.
· Play in either food or counting mode and the dino responds with rewarding sounds and phrases all while introducing colors, numbers, shapes and more. Press the question button and kids can answer the dino’s questions to show what they’ve learned.
· Five shape buttons help kids learn shapes and numbers, while spinning the disc on dino’s back will play sing-along songs. The dino can also be pushed or pulled by a string for even more fun melodies.
The play pieces fit into the Dino’s mouth easy enough and the buttons were bright and easy to press/play. The string attached for it to be pulled around also worked great. The lone fault that I found with this was that the trap door that should hold the play pieces in the Dino didn’t stay shut all that well. Could have just been a loose piece, but I’m not sure.
The thing that I love about toys like this are they really encourage counting and learning colors. For that, this really did the job very well.
Below, you can read what the Sit-to-Stand Smart Cruiser should do for your children. To be totally honest, this one got the most use out of all the toys that were sent our way. Sophia loves riding on anything car and/or bike-related. And, it was a great learning tool for Maddie to get her first experience riding on.
· Cruise into the learning zone on the Sit-to-Stand Smart Cruiser. This 2-in-1 toy grows with children and transforms from a floor play toy with detachable steering wheel activity panel to an exciting ride-on toy.
· The interactive steering wheel features driving, learning and music modes with more than 80 songs, sounds and phrases that introduce animals, opposites and first words. Turn on the engine, move the gear shifter or press the horn to hear realistic driving sound effects.
· Children can pretend to drive to six different fun locations with arrow buttons teaching the concept of direction and road safety. Attach the steering wheel to the cruiser and it becomes a fun ride-on toy.
· The Sit-to-Stand Smart Cruiser also has a fun front activity panel and under seat storage children can fill with small toys for more fun on the go!
I loved the fact that the interactive steering wheel can be used both on and off of the cruiser. It made really easy for Maddie to play with, while Sophia was able to roll around the house on the cruiser, itself.
Assembly was relatively pain-free. And, it was pretty lightweight, so even when Maddie or Sophia weren’t riding it, they could easily push it around the house.
· Parents can cheer on their little sports stars with the Smart Shots Sports Center. This electronic sports center features a soccer goal and basketball hoop for a fun 2-in-1 experience.
· Kick the soccer ball into the net to hear fun sounds or toss the basketball into the hoop and the magic sensor will count up to ten each time a basket is scored.
· Three buttons introduce shapes, numbers, opposites, sing-along songs and more. Turn the gears or flip the page to hear fun phrases and sounds. The sports center also features a light-up screen that plays a variety of fun animations and shows numbers, shapes and letters to reinforce learning.
I actually really loved the Smart Shots Sport Center. Assembly was pain-free and quick. And, once we got it assembled, we enjoyed kicking the soccer ball into the net and dunking like crazy on the basketball hoop. These kinds of toys usually score pretty high with me, even though they’re made for smaller kids. It helps kids learn to throw, shoot, and kick a ball, and this one did just that. Sophia is at a point where she loves throwing and kicking, so having this is great for her.
The balls were rubber and very lightweight–so they’re easy for small toddlers and bigger toddlers to play with.
· Children can pretend to be musicians and sing along to the music with the Grow-Along Music Center. As they sing into the microphone, five colorful lights correspond to children’s voices, or they can play with wacky voice-changing and amplifying effects.
· Rock out with three instrument buttons that play guitar, drum and saxophone sounds. Five animal piano keys introduce kids to instruments, colors and animals. Kids can choose between Learn & Play mode and Sing-Along mode to become learning super stars!
I’m not gonna lie, Sophia could NOT wait to get this out of the box. She’s at a phase where all she does is sing and sing “Let it Go” REPEATEDLY, so I knew she’d love this one. She actually sung into the microphone before we even opened the box. The height is adjustable, so it worked great for sitting and standing for both the girls. My only real complaint that I had with this one–and I don’t know if you can really call it a complaint–was the sound on the microphone didn’t get very loud.
**Disclosure: VTech product, information, and play sets have been provided by VTech for my review.**