Hope springs eternal
Thanks, just bought the countdown clock, am not entirely sure if it is for my kid or myself! (Answer: both)
Glad lots of people like the Yoto. We have something different-but-similar: a Toniebox. It is nice starting at younger ages because you just put a figurine on top of the box and squeeze one of its ears to make it stop playing, so even toddlers can do it. Also there are Tonies that you can record your own material on in addition to ones with pre-recorded material. Also, niche interest: I like it because it is German so I can buy lots of German-language Tonies as well and it lowers my kid's resistance to using both his languages! It will be interesting to see if he ages out of the Tonie box or not but so far age 5, going strong.
My four year old got a Yoto for his birthday and it’s a huge hit. He goes down for “quiet time” in the afternoons while the baby naps, and the Yoto has stretched that quiet time to almost 90 minutes. He’s obsessed with the Disney, Marvel, and Paw Patrol stories.
I'm going to buy all this stuff. High school is reactivating a bunch of ADHD stuff and, combined with the thunderstorm in my teen's head, I can't anymore.
And the answer is....a popsicle stick glued to a pom pom and then covered in colored masking tape! But, also, art???! I'm gonna get myself this effin lockbox rn.
I want to plug Playaways from your library if a Yoto is out of reach financially - they’re only one book, so not as exciting as something multipurpose, but maybe that’s helpful in its own way. (If you haven’t seen these before, they’re little mp3 players with a single audiobook on them. They also make graphical/nonaudio ones for comics.)
I cannot tell you how long I’ve wanted a visual timer.
Love these recs. That timer clock thing has been really helpful for us too. I am intrigued by the Yoto audio thing but the whole talk of downloading things onto cards is making me think it will take a lot of effort to set up. Will it not? Will it but it will be worth it because my kids will entertain themselves for hours?
So many things covered in tape over here.