Over the last few years we have had the opportunity to review some amazing toys from VTech.
I just adore their company and all of the hard work they put into making practical, educational, and functional toys. If you take some time to look around their website, vtechkids.com, you can browse their Parent Resource Center, search for age specific products, and read over development milestones.
A few days before we moved into the hotel VTech reached out about reviewing a few of their latest products. I happily agreed knowing some knew toys would keep them entertained and happy.
Special thanks to VTech for sending four awesome products for review. As always all opinions are 100% my own and I will never recommend a product I won’t use with my family.
First up is the VTech® Sit-to-Stand Ultimate Alphabet Train™.
Although it’s rated for 12-36 months I am not quite sure who likes this train better, my 1 year old daughter or 3 year old son. The train required a little assembly but only took a few minutes and required no additional hardware. Once assembled there are a few stickers to place but it was a very easy and quick task.
The train includes 10 different activities using 13 blocks that are double sided to represent every letter in the alphabet. It’s nice only having 13 blocks to pick up instead of 26. The blocks can be inserted to a docking station on the side panel of the train to learn about different letters, numbers, and colors. The radio can also move from the side panel of the train to the steering wheel. The side panel has a very interactive activity panel with six manipulative features that help build motor skills.
When the child gets too old to sit on the train the caboose converts into a wagon they can use to pull around their favorite toys.
Although we have a few different ball towers I was very impressed with the VTech® Spin & Learn Ball Tower™. It was easy to remove from the packaging and required no tools to put together. Assembly only took a few minutes and the batteries were included.
The tower is the perfect size for a playroom. Not too large or heavy but sturdy enough to take a decent beating. The four colorful balls included are a perfect size for little hands and light so they are easy to pick up. With 100 different songs and phrases with several manipulative play features to strengthen fine motor skills the Spin & Learn Ball Tower™ is perfect for children ages 9-36 months.
The Spin & Learn Ball Tower™ is rated for children 9-36 months. With manipulative play features and light up buttons that teach insects, colors, and numbers this tower is the perfect mix of educational and playful activities. Once the ball is pushed through the top the Spin & Learn Ball Tower™ comes to life teaching children a variety of insects, colors, and numbers.
Next up is the VTech® Write & Learn Creative Center™. I love the advanced nature of this etch-a-sketch. My Parker loves to draw on the traditional ones and was really excited when he saw this had a computer he could do “working” on like Mommy and Daddy. It’s light weight and relatively flat which makes a great toy for travel and to store in a suitcase.
They used different objects for the letter of the alphabet than the VTech® Spinning Lights Learning Hippo™ which is great for keeping him engaged with new words. There are 6 different activities he can choose from each giving instructions on the screen.
This activity center walks him through the proper way to write letters. It also guides them through the skills of drawing lines, shapes, and eventually objects. The melodies and sounds are extremely catchy and keep him entertained for quite a while.
The age range for this is 3-6 years and while Parker is on the early side of the range it still keeps him engaged. I think he maybe a lefty but he keeps changing it up!
Last but certainly not least has become one of Caity’s favorites, the VTech® Spinning Lights Learning Hippo™.
This is a great take on the traditional see n’ say toys. The bright purple hippo with big eyes really catches my daughter’s attention. When the Spin wheel lights up she is engaged immediately. Both the chick and tail are levers that can be pulled to start the light up spin in addition to the ball in the center of the hippo. The tail can also go up allowing the child to scroll through the wheel both forwards and backwards.
What I noticed about this product is that the items they used for each letter of the alphabet were different than the ones you normally see. C for cow, H for harp, P for pineapple, U for Ukulele which is really nice. Children can learn the letters of the alphabet, word fun, and music.
It’s small and perfect for the car seat or stroller but seems very durable.
VTech is currently running a Thanksgiving sale so stop on over and score some awesome deals on early Christmas shopping!