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Two dimensional toy
on December 29, 2012
My 22 month old daughter received this toy as Christmas gift. We have a few toys like this one, which we all enjoy, but this one is the least educational of the bunch.
On the plus side, as many reviewers have noted, the completely flat surface is easy to clean and has no moving parts. The sound is acceptable, the recorded voices professional, and the graphics colorful and attractive. The board is light-weight and so easy for our daughter to carry about with her.
I believe the negatives outweighed the positives, however, the main one being that the toy is very passive and does not provide even a minimum of kinesthetic feedback. It is like the TV of learning boards. Again, as other reviewers have noted, the lack of tactical boundaries provides our daughter with a "sloppy" auditory and learning experience compared to the more clearly defined cause-and-effect relationship that her other learning boards provide. I think this toy is poorly positioned in the market, in that it is too confusing for younger children but potentially too boring for children who have the mastery of fine motor coordination necessary to work this toy successfully.
Ironically, her favorite thing to do with this board is to sit and then slide on it, setting off a cacophony of sounds and voices. It was fun the first few times, but she (and we!) have quickly tired of this. Another negative, which I realize is subjective, is that of all the toys she received this holiday season, this is the one she plays with the least. Finally, because of the issues noted above, we do not feel we can incorporate this toy into our intentional play sessions to the same degree as we can her other learning boards. Therefore, it is currently sitting in the garage. We have always wanted our own school bus, though, so maybe we will convert it to a tiny house camper.