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PRODUCT: VTech My First Music Maker ( My First Music Maker

DESCRIPTION: A musical activity toy with instrument sounds, melodies, phrases, and flashing lights. Requires 2 x AA batteries (included). Suitable for children aged 6 months upwards.

GOOD POINTS: This is a really lovely toy for a young baby with many sounds, melodies, and buttons to keep them entertained. The toy is a nice compact size, with a carry handle for easy transportation, and a combined on/off and volume control switch on the front.

On the right hand side of the toy are three small colourful buttons sporting pictures of a guitar, a piano, and bells. The buttons are easy to operate and activate the corresponding instrument sound as well as some fun phrases and various melodies played by the instrument in question. There are six different melodies in total, and the selected instrument playing the song can be changed mid-melody by pressing one of the other instrument buttons.

In the centre of the toy is a yellow star which not only lights up when any of the toy's buttons are pressed, but also activates drum noises and phrases to teach your child their 1-2-3. In addition, when any of the melodies are playing, pressing the star button allows your child to introduce their own drum sounds over the music.

On the right of the toy is a blue joystick-style knob which can be wobbled to activate cymbal sounds and music. Similar to the drum button, this cymbal feature can also be used during melodies to introduce cymbal noises into the music. Below this is a red turning disc which makes 'scratching' noises when turned, as well as sound effects and melodies. Turning the disc while any of the melodies are playing cleverly speeds up or slows down the tempo of the song.

In our opinion this is an imaginative toy which teaches your child about basic instrument sounds and numbers, and is ideal for sensory stimulation and development of fine motor skills. The toy is made from a good quality, hard-wearing plastic to withstand rough play, and it has an automatic shut-off feature to preserve the life of the batteries.

BAD POINTS: Batteries may need to be replaced quickly with heavy use, and rechargeable batteries cannot be used.

PRICE: £10.99

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