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Erin is nearly 5 but I’m sure she really thinks that she is closer to 15 a lot of the time. She gets frustrated that she can’t do some of the same things as we do and she also likes to have some of the same things as grown ups. When I first heard about the Little Tikes Tobi Robot Smartwatch* I knew that it would be something that Erin would like and we couldn’t wait to try it out.
Erin was incredibly excited as soon as she opened the box and saw a watch waiting there for her. I’m not sure she could get into the packaging quick enough but thankfully I managed to distract her for a little bit while I read some of the instructions and put the watch on charge. The ‘watch face’ comes out of the silicone strap so it can be put on charge and also so you can swap it to the silicone stand that it comes with.
It only took a few minutes to go through the set up of the watch. You have a few options to set the date, time etc. but they are easy to set and it wasn’t long before Erin and I sat down to try to work through the instructions to see what the watch could do.
The first great thing is that the time can be set in 12 or 24 hours and it can be seen on the watch face in various ways. As Erin can’t tell the time on a regular clock yet I have set her watch to digital time and while she doesn’t totally get it yet, we have been working on the numbers and talking about what the time might be.
The Little Tikes Tobi Robot Smartwatch is more than just a regular watch and it has loads of great features. Erin loved the idea of the games and this was one of the first things we looked yet. Noughts and Crosses is a firm favourite but the other games aren’t quite as easy for her at her age. These might be better for older children, especially the math game.
The watch also has some features to help keep children active such as a Search and Seek game and a sort of musical statues game. Unfortunately, this one was quite disappointing for us. The child is supposed to freeze when the music stops but it barely does so for half a second. You can’t really tell whether the music is stopping or whether it’s the song starting over again. However, the idea behind it is good, especially if it gets children up and moving.
The watch face can be taken out and placed into a stand. This allows children to play with the watch and use some of the features a little bit easier than if it’s on their arm. One of these features is the camera. The watch has both a front and back camera but it’s positioned in quite a strange place so if your child is used to using a phone, this will take quite some getting used to.
One of Erin’s favourite features is Tobi the robot. He’s interactive and pulls some great faces. You can talk to him and ask him questions along with tickling him and making him confused by shaking him about a bit. Erin can spend ages sitting and chatting to Tobi, asking him the most random of questions. Tobi’s ‘arms and legs’ pop out of the sides of the watch too which is a really fun feature.
While Erin does love the watch I do feel like it’s a bit too chunky for her at her age. The watch is aimed at children aged between 4 and 6 I think this is about right for most of the features of the watch apart from the size. I know the watch face has to be a certain size for most of the features but it is quite a bulky thing for Erin’s small wrist.
The Little Tikes Tobi Robot Smartwatch has a RRP of £49.99 and it comes in blue and pink. It might be a nice idea to add additional colours to the range to make them not quite so stereotypical for boys and girls.