This is part 3 of a series looking at everyday [tag]play[/tag] activities and toys for [tag]toddlers[/tag].
Why he likes it?
- He can shout- legitimately, into the microphone.
- He can hear his voice.
- He loves to try to make different sounds, talk, vary the pitch and imitate what he can hear.
- He can take it anywhere, including his favourite place the bath ( extra echo effects).
- Dances about infront of the mirror singing a song.
- He can get ‘crowd’ participation and interaction by pushing the microphone into everyones unsuspecting face and demanding they sing or say something…. No luck with the dog yet though 🙂
Why we like it?
- He sings nursery rhymes and VeggieTale songs.
- He likes to sing to the music so wants to put on a cd.
- He’s always in a good mood when he takes up the microphone. It’s one thing that doesn’t get thrown but put down.
- Encourages confidence to try words in a fun situation.
- It’s a toy he revisits time and again spontaneously.
- He controls the sounds instead of passively pushing buttons with an electronic toy that he doesn’t/won’t imitate.
This was a toy I walked by many times before I thought to get it. I would especially recommend it for the toddler age where they are experimenting so much with language and getting their mouth around words. It’s a fun way to play with language and communication. Even more so for those toddlers struggling with language.