My youngest son is now 34 months and the world around him is becoming an adventure .
He is literally into everything and anything that moves and makes a sound and he seems to be engaging in toys for longer periods of time if he finds a true interest .
At the moment our little boy has found his brothers interest of watching YouTube and loves to watch musical and educational videos and if I were to let him he would stay watching them for hours on end but sometimes I feel all senses need to be used and so I try not to have him watching most of the day and encourage play more .
We are lucky to be able to have a home educating room which also doubles as a toy room and so we spend most of our day (if not out) in the room building his imagination and learning through play which I thoroughly enjoy seeing and I have to admit that with help from some fantastic toys that are available , I believe he becoming a very smart little boy and when we received this in the post it really did make me feel so proud.
Lets Take a little look -
Brio sent us the Play and learn musical caterpillar aimed at children over the ages of 24 months .
This cute and adorable looking little insect requires 2 AAA batteries (which are not included ) and costs £34.99.
This product comes with 5 pieces -
You also receive instructions to replace batteries , a Brio leaflet showing you a small catalogue of their products and you also get a lovely little leaflet of musical instructions and different combinations that make the board come to life.
I remember being in school and working with circuit boards but it only came about when we were around 8-9 years old and that was mainly due to the small pieces of wires and batteries that were involved. We probably were only allowed to at this time as we were more likely trusted not to swallow anything that was harmful whereas at a younger age we were putting everything in our mouths and at one point I distinctively remember taking apart the battery compartment of my doll and swallowing the screws that kept the compartment closed and even more strangely and unfortunate I even swallowed a furry caterpillar when really little when I held it in my hand and being all excited by my discovery I took a deep breath while holding it up to my eyes to take a closer look and losing my New found friend forever, it devastated me and since then I've always encouraged my children to be inquisitive and enjoy insects. Lately it has all been about digging in our soil and preparing it for our new planting that we are going to be doing at the end of this season and we found some gorgeous caterpillars and worms in our garden , especially due to the fact we have a rather large allotment consisting of hundreds of cabbages and other various vegetables which attract lots of butterflies and caterpillars .
I love how this reminds me of my younger years in many ways for good reasons.
Combining technology and learning can be a hard balance for children at a toddler age and I find many products concentrate more on the technology than that of the learning side of things . My son loves his IPad but that use of over stimulating his eyes and mind in vision and basically making him stare into oblivion is something I do not like seeing so this toy is something I really love.
Not only is this toy bright, cheerful and colourful stimulating the eyes along with the added features of it lighting up with every movement and added block but it is also stimulating in sound with 10 different songs that it plays depending on the 10 different circuit patterns made by placing each wooden block into each of the spaces available on the board.
The head and tail of the caterpillar are attached to the board always and are the only light up features which flash along in tune with the song playing at the time. The wooden blocks have a magnet on the bottom of each of them which triggers the circuit hidden inside the board making it work and give out a tone for each placement but only when the head is connected in full circuit to the tail and joined up will it play a full tune.
It was so exciting to watch my only 2 year old son looking at the musical instruction leaflet and following the patterns and making it flash and play a tune , you could see his face light up with achievement .
I love to see a reward at the end of an achievement , especially when he was doing it all on his own and seeing that if he does something as instructed , he can achieve results .
We absolutely love the Play and learn musical caterpillar , I can see this being a hit with the younger children that visit us in our home and even the older children have had fun with it too.
What do you think of the Brio toys, will you be taking a peak at their range or do you already own some of their educational toys ?