There’s no denying that my two year old twin daughters are a whirlwind. They are inquisitive, always want to know what’s going on and a tad heavy handed; I’ve lost count of the amount of toys they’ve managed to break (note to parents – wooden baby cribs are NOT a good idea, they will sit in them on Christmas Day and break them no problems!) so whenever I’m looking to buy toys top of my list is how sturdy and twin proof they are. I need toys that are going to withstand two very active rough and tumble toddlers so when we were picked to try out the new V-Tech Toot Toot Range I was quietly optimistic that we would manage to get them through the first play without a toy casualty not to mention super excited as they look brilliant. Charlie has a VTech Innotab and KiddiZoom which he had as a toddler and are now in the little hands of the girls so I know from experience that they are built to last and can survive enthusiastic and clumsy children!
WHAT WE WERE SENT
The girls were very lucky to be sent all six Toot-Toot Friends (priced £8.99) who are Dylan, Dawn, Maddie, Luca, Jacob and Cici who all have their own modes of transport. They also had the Toot-Toot Friends Hospital (£29.99) and the Busy Sounds Discovery Home (£44.99) There was also the Trot and Go Pony (£15.99) which I have to say the girls absolutely LOVE as it walks along singing.
The products are suitable from ages 1-5 but Charlie (who is 6) loved playing too! The characters are easily gripped and there are no small parts or extras that can be put in a little ones mouth or can be swallowed.
I rarely assemble the toys as I’m no good with fiddly bits and have very little patience but as my husband was away and the kids desperate to play, I grabbed the instructions and set to it. Luckily there’s very few small bits (nothing smaller than a fist) that need putting together and I’m pleased to report I unpacked and built both large sets in under 10 minutes which for me is a record!
The girls have also played with their “toys” as they keep saying as soon as they get up frequently and are yet to dismantle any of the parts which is a record for them. I would say that the lift in the house will probably be first to go as they try to push it down but we are teaching them they need to be gentle. The characters have little buttons on their chests and when pressed they talk or sing. If you put them onto various points around the house which have a little plug on they will do various things (flush the toilet, tell the Doctor their ailment)
I was impressed that all the characters are compatible with all the various sets, for instance Dylan doesn’t just work on his skateboard; you can put him by the piano and it will say something relevant. It’s good that you know that all various products will work and you’re not just limited to a certain set.
The characters also talk with English accents. We have had toys previously who use American words such as diapers which confuses them when they talk about diapers and learning their a to zee!
I love that there’s a variety of different products and all at differing prices so a smaller gift is affordable opposed to asking a relative to shell out for a more expensive large sets there are various price options. The sets have been a real hit with the girls. They usually lose interest after a few days but for over a week the girls are still really interested and love that there’s so much variety and that each part can give a different answer or sound/song. It’s been great for hand eye coordination too as they have to put them on to the little peg to get them to talk.
The product has really taken some hammer with the girls and is still standing tall. Having had VTech previously I was reminded why they are such a good brand. These are perfect for toddlers as there’s no small bits that they may struggle to navigate nor are there any flimsy parts that can get snapped – if it’s twin proof it’s got to be good!#
The new range is available from today (12th September 2015) and it gets four big thumbs up from my two.
Disclaimer – we were sent the products listed and photographed for the purpose of this review. All words, photos and opinions are my own and belong to this blog.