At three years old, our daughter is talking up a storm. We are picking up about 90% of what she lays down these days and her grammar improves constantly. We spend a lot of time talking to her through direct conversation, tea parties and games and having fun games on hand that also talk back to her help as well.
We were recently sent the Talk To Me Basketball Set which is good for kids aged 18 months and up. This toy features a talking, animated backboard that both encourages and educates growing minds. The backboard has over 40 different phrases and sounds which is great for developing and building vocabulary. It has an active and counting setting and three different language settings (English, French and Spanish).
The set up was a snap. Actually it was four snaps. No tools were needed. The post snapped in to the base, the backboard snapped in to the post, the rim snapped in to the backboard and the ball return snapped in to the rim, then we were off and ready to play. The whole set up took about one minute. It took me longer to get the pieces out of the box than to put it together.
The batteries that are included with the set are for store demonstration only so you may not get much game time out of them so you will want to have 3 AA alkaline batteries on hand and the battery compartment does require a screwdriver to open. Included with the set is a soft basketball that is the perfect size for little hands.
The Talk To ME Basketball Set was fun to pay with for both our daughter and us. It keeps us active while playing inside and our daughter has been repeating what the toy says which will help to improve her speech as she plays. The counting feature also counts up from 1 – 10 and helps with numbers in addition to grammar. As the set talks, the mouth and eyes move for a more interactive experience that our daughter really enjoys.
The ball return that snaps to the rim can also be adjusted to return the ball back to the person who is tossing the ball, or off to the side to a catcher or to encourage little ones to run after the ball.
This toy is meant for indoor use and is wonderful for those rainy days or long winters where active play is a little harder to come by.
Here are some highlights from the game of the season; Little Bird versus Dad.
* I received the Talk To Me Basketball Set for free to complete my review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine only and are in no way influenced by any outside factors.
Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.