Since becoming a parent I’ve started delving deeper than usual into Toy isles when we come across them. I’ve never been one for dolls (although that will have to change soon) and I’ve always been more concerned about development than anything. But what you come to realize is that after the first year and that “New Parent Concern” wears off a bit, is that it’s just a important to have FUN as well.
She’s just gotta be a kid and enjoy herself, learning will happen in time. So these days I walk through the Toy section with a more open mind, looking at all the random dinosaur dolls and Nerf equipment. But it hasn’t fully escaped me that I want Emma to have more things she can learn from, so I’ve set up a criteria with my Wife about the particular things we look for: it’s gotta be fun, AND educational.
I’ve always been aware of V-Tech, even before becoming a parent. When it came time to find stuff for our brand new little one, they were one of the first companies I searched for. So it was really nice to get an email from them asking me to review some of their items, and post it as part of my site. As a brand I think they do great work, and I was happy to do it.
So here’s what they sent me:
VTech Chomp & Count Dino (Ages 12-36 months, MSRP: $19.99)
Your child will learn about colors, numbers, and food with the adorable new Chomp & Count Dino. This has made for a great teaching experience so far. Being that Emma is 1, she’s not quite got the color’s or foods down yet, but that’s what’s great about this toy. She has tons of fun just sitting there putting the colored food coins in the Dino’s mouth, so as she develops, Dino will be right there with her. It’s started out as just fun, but as she grows with it she’ll have an easier time learning each of these aspects.
Upside: It will stick with her for a long time, teacher her colors, counting, and different foods.
Downside: Emma seems to be able to fit the “Coins” in her mouth, not easily, but still keep an eye out just in case.
VTech Sit-to-Stand Smart Cruiser (Ages 6-36 months, MSRP: $39.99)
This 2-in-1 toy grows with your children and transforms from a floor play toy with detachable steering wheel activity panel to an exciting toy. From riding along the living room floor, to pushing it around the whole apartment, to just laying on the floor playing with the detachable steering wheel, this has been an excellent toy. Being that it provides multiple uses she’ll play with it often.
Upside: Comes with multiple sounds for each button, including Animal sounds so that she can start recognizing them.
Downside: Although its easy for adults to remove the steering wheel from the rider, it’s pretty much impossible for the little one to do it on her own. Not that it’s necessary, but would be a nice addition for her to decide which she wants to do while playing.
VTech Grow-Along Music Center (Ages 12-36 months, MSRP: $29.99)
Your children can pretend to be musicians and sing along to the music with the Grow-Along Music Center. This features an awesome “keyboard” which has light-up buttons to teach the little one “Do-Re-Me-Fa-So” as well different settings for the microphone. One of the settings is a “Robot Voice” which is absolutely hilarious!
Upside: Standing toys are excellent for little ones her age who are getting used to standing/walking. This is also great for exercising the little one’s voice and learning to sing along to music.
Downside: The working microphone isn’t as loud as I would think it should be. Not that we need Emma’s yelling to be even louder, but in my opinion she should be able to hear her voice more over the playing music.
VTech Smart Shots Sports Center (Ages 12-36 months, MSRP: $39.99)
You can cheer on your 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. Playing with this has been crazy awesome! This is a really hands-on toy for parents to get down with you’re little one and play along. Teaching her how to kick the ball around to score a goal, or slam-dunk a basket ball has been great fun, and the interactive scoreboard is great. Motion sensors in both nets provide goal for goal coverage on the little screen above.
Upside: Learning how to do more with her arms and legs has shown some great improvement in her balance.
Downside: Occasionally she will go headfirst into the soccer net to retrieve her ball, and unfortunately that means standing up while underneath the basketball net. Furthermore, her head fits perfectly inside the net, which can be a hazard.
I can honestly say we’ve had great fun with all of these products and highly recommend buying them this Holiday season, however, YOU MAY NOT HAVE TOO!
Dad on the Mic and V-Tech are partnering to bring you a great giveaway, where you can win ALL FOUR of these excellent products! One lucky winner will receive the Chomp and Count Dino, the Sit-to-Stand Smart Cruiser, the Grow Along Music Center, AND the Smart Shots Sports Center for your little one this Holiday Season.
There are TWO ways to enter:
Tweet it! Send us a Tweet @dadonthemic and @vtechtoys telling us your favorite out of the four! Don’t forget to include #BigFourGiveaway in your tweet!
Instagram it! Tag @dadonthemic and @vtechtoys in a photo of you and your little one! Tell us what your favorite of the four are and use #BigFourGiveaway in your post!
All submissions must be in before Sunday, November 16th! I’ll send a Direct Message to the lucky winner so we can send it right to you!
These are wonderful products you and your little one will love this Holiday Season, don’t miss out!
All photo’s by Carissa Mullen @momonthemic
***I was compensated by V-Tech for partnering on this giveaway***