Edwin the Duck is a reimagining of the classic rubber duck. This app-connected toy guides children through an animated world of stories, games, and songs. The exclusive SQUACK technology enables the rubber duck toy to control the animated Edwin in the app. During the songs, you can tap Edwin's sides to add music sound effects to the song. As the app reads the stories, kids will be prompted to tap Edwin's sides or shake Edwin, for instance, to animate the on-screen duck. Kids are also prompted to do the same thing when playing the games, which involve finding and matching shapes, and popping balloons. For the lullaby, Edwin is basically just a Bluetooth speaker. You can also tap Edwin's wing and use the duck as a nightlight. The Edwin app is a free download for iOS and Android devices. At the time of this review, there were two songs, two stories, one lullaby, and three games in the app.
If you want to use Edwin for more than just one lullaby at nighttime, download the free iOS and Android Edwin's Sleepy Time app. This app has lullabies and soothing sounds, plus you can adjust Edwin's nightlight and set a sleep timer.
Like classic rubber ducks, Edwin is waterproof for tub and pool time. You can download the free Edwin's Bath Time iOS app to enable the toy to take the temperature of the bath water and send it to your Apple device so you know if the water is too cold or too hot before placing your child in the water.
And because Edwin connects to your smart device through Bluetooth, kids can also listen to any music or movies through the toy duck.
This is a cute toy that brings more interactivity to the classic rubber duck. It's a versatile toy that's fun for playtime, bath time, and bedtime. The app can also be used on its own without the duck, but the interactivity between app and duck (and your smart device and duck in general) is what makes the toy so appealing.
Edwin the Duck is for ages birth–5, although kids probably won't be able to interact and play with the duck through the app until age 2.
Edwin the Duck comes with a charger that can be plugged into a USB port or wall outlet. It takes four hours to get a full charge.
The Edwin's Bath Time app was not available for Android devices at the time of this review.
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