I had something similar when my boys were little. They loved it and enjoyed learning their alphabet from the little songs and easy to use letter plates. When we were surprised to find out we were having another little person (with teenage boys in the house) I k ew this would be a great learning tool for my newest addition.
Um, no. Not impressed. The first one that was shipped was missing a letter plate. It was quickly exchanged for a new product that had all the letters.
The problem I am seeing (and had never seen with the version my boys had when they were little) is sometimes (a lot more than I would like to admit) the letter plate when placed on the pad, will sing a song for the WRONG LETTER. I am not kidding. Watch the video I posted!!
My daughter will be playing with it, place a letter X and the toy will sing a song for another letter entirely. Once it was singing the song for “M”.
I have since figured out that if you dont push it right from the center it plays the wrong song... I am disappointed as small children could EASILY be confused and learn the wrong letters and sounds.
Isn’t this the whole point of this toy? To help teach letters and their sounds?
Knowing that I sound just like my mother and even, dare I say, my grandfather... they just dont make things like they used to. Doesnt last long and not concerned with quality.
NOW I supervise my child when using this toy to insure she doesnt get confused or learn the wrong names and sounds for letters.
Learn letter names and sounds and create words with these interactive, magnetic letters. Just place any letter into the letter reader and press it to hear its name, its sound and a phonics song. The Fridge Phonics magnetic letter set includes 26 easy-grip magnetic letters and a magnetic letter reader that attaches securely to the refrigerator or other magnetic surface. Requires 3 "AAA" alkaline batteries (included).