It’s here! Summer vacation has officially begun and we are looking for ways to keep everyone entertained. When it is nice outside, it is easy to just keep the kids outside all day and they stay entertained for hours, but rainy days are harder. The kids get sick of their usual toys and it is always fun to have something new. Playskool recently sent us a couple of toys from their 2013 Summer Collection. We received the Sesame Street Smart Phone and a Transformers Rescue Bots Electronic Optimus Prime Figure.
All three of my kids instantly fell in love with the Sesame Street Smart Phone (SRP $12.99).
This phone rings and lights up when Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Ernie or Cookie Monster calls! Preschoolers can also call each character by pressing one of the buttons or select one of the four pretend apps to hear about music, weather, numbers and letters.
Keegan loves Elmo and I knew he would love this phone. I love that it sings the ABC’s song sung by Ernie and you can count to ten with Elmo. It is a toy that my kids love playing with and don’t realize it is teaching them at the same time. Even Danica at 6 years old likes to play with it (she of course wishes she had a real phone and pretends everything is a phone). My 4 year old neice Lucy came over recently and she played with the phone the entire time she was at our house. It is a good sturdy toy that all of the kids love.
I was very excited to receive the Transformer Rescue Bot Electronic Optimus Prime (SRP $26.99) for my 4 year old Kurtis. I remember my brother’s Transformers from years ago and was excited to share that with Kurtis.
Tackle bigger missions with the ten inch TRANSFORMER RESCUE BOTS ELECTRONIC characters. Each RESCUE BOTS ELECTRONIC figure is armed with translucent spinning rescue tools equipped with lights and sounds. Add to the action signature character voices, created just for little adventurers. Choose from OPTIMUS PRIME and BUMBLEBEE characters; each sold separately.
I immediately disappointed to realize that this particular robot figure does not convert to a vehicle, it is only a robot. Kurtis unfortunately has paid this robot little attention, but Keegan at 2 1/2 years old does like to play with it. I think if Kurtis watched the “Transformers Rescue Bots” television show (rated TV-Y7) he would probably be more interested, but I think at 4 yrs old he is still a little young for the show.
Keegan loves pushing the button and hearing the 8 different phrases the robot says including “Working Together Makes Us Stronger” and “Rescue Bots, Let’s Roll to the Rescue”. It also makes various siren sounds and plays a Rescue Bots song. The robot has a button on its arm to activate a spinning rescue saw that is made to clear danger out of the way. Keegan really likes to make the saw move.
The Transformers Electronic Rescue Bots are recommended for ages 3-7 and requires 2 AAA batteries.
There are several other awesome products in the Playskool 2013 summer line that I know my children would love. We already have the Elefun Busy Ball Popper which my children all love, Lullaby and Goodnight Elmo, and Transformer Rescue Bots (which do transform).
Disclosure: I received samples for the purpose of this review however all thoughts remain my own.