There is a lot of learning fun going on in the Count & Roll Tree. There are two modes of play: Color mode and Counting mode. The yellow bird button in the center of the playset gets the action going, and the light flashes as kids play. The apple buttons will play songs in Color mode and encourage basic number awareness in Counting mode. Kids can drop the four colorful balls down the spiral slide and turn them around the Ferris Wheel as 26 melodies, sing-along songs, and phrases play.
In addition to counting and colors, there are also lots of activities for little hands, such as dropping balls into the chutes, understanding randomness, developing fine motor skills, and cause and effect, engaging kids in a holistic way that helps encourage interaction and learning. As the balls roll around, there may be some gross motor skill development for kids as they chase them across the floor. Overall, this is a nice balance of diverse skill development and age-appropriate activities for its target age.
The Count & Roll Tree is for ages 9–36 months. For the youngest kids, co-play with a parent or caregiver can be very effective in helping kids with some basic concepts and reinforcing the learning. Older kids will be engaged, exploring and interacting on their own.
Two AAA batteries are included for the in-store try-me features. VTech recommends replacing them before you play for best results.
The toy does have volume control. The lower volume will probably be best for most kids playing close to the toy.
2 AAA batteries required
Pretend & Discover Doctor's Kit
Mighty Makers Director's Cut Building Set
Think & Learn Smart Scan Word Dash
My First Lab World of Wonder Scope
from C & A Scientific Co., Inc.
Pull & Learn Alligator
LightUp Tesla Kit Bluetooth Edition
Kids First Science Laboratory
from Thames & Kosmos
STEM Explorations: Swing Ride Building Set
Wiggle & Crawl Ball
My Fairy Garden Charming Garden Scape