Last year we had the opportunity to review Playskool’s Alphie (read review here). Alphie is one of the toys that my daughter often selects during playtime. This year we met Alphie’s mini-sized counterparts – Alphie Databots. There are two Databots, one focuses on numbers while the other specializes in music. We received DECI-BOT who counts, adds and subtracts. His fingers light up while he’s giving kids ages 3 and up the basic math lessons. Robots always catch my daughter’s attention and she immediately noticed Alphie’s “brother”. She turned him on (batteries included) and started to bounce around and tap along to his catchy songs. So what did I think?
He’s cute but, wow is he loud! I looked for the volume control switch but there isn’t one. My hope was that he would make a nice travel companion. We have taken him on car trips and my daughter played his songs over and over and over AND over! Yes, of course she really likes the accompanying songs and music. I’ve decided that he’s better left at home. That being said, Teagan told me that Deci taught her how to count on her fingers. Teagan is almost four and has been counting since forever. She can count to a high number and she understands the concept of addition and subtraction and can keep up with Deci.
I’m considering picking up the MAESTRO-BOT (even with the volume issues!). Teagan is constantly singing and playing instruments with my hubby musician. It would be interesting to see what the MAESTRO has up his sleeve. The Databots are cute and I do like that they focus on one subject. This might also be good a “tutor” for those kids who need an extra push to have fun with their numbers.
Databots are sold separately and include 3 AAA batteries. Purchase DECI-BOT or MAESTRO-BOT at www.toysrus.com for $17.99.