In case you haven’t heard, the Elmo live toy is one of the hottest selling holiday toys of the shopping season, and for good reason. Not only is Elmo a favorite of children all over the world, but the new Elmo live toy might actually be able to teach your kid a thing or two! How is that, you might ask?
Well, one of the new qualities of many new toys in 2008 is their ability to interact with your child when he or she plays with it, and the Elmo live toy is no exception! This interactive quality is something that toy manufacturers are becoming increasingly aware of to keep their competitive edge and make the toys innovative and fresh.
The discriminating parents of today want a toy that is not only fun for their child, but they want something educational as well, and the Elmo live toy does a nice job of combining both of these attributes. Hopefully the child will love the ELmo live toy as much as mom and dad!
And what’s not to like about the Elmo live toy? In Fisher Price’s latest version of Elmo from Sesame Street the Elmo live toy looks and sounds just like the Elmo on your TV screen. And this Elmo is way more than just a cute stuffed animal too. Touch his nose and he will pretend that you’ve taken it and ask for his nose back. Tickle him and he will laugh hysterically. Touch his foot and he will sit down and tell you a story.
What’s nice about the Elmo live toy is that the Fisher Price company has made an effort to make Elmo’s actions life-like, almost like that of a toddler. Elmo can move his arms and legs, he can tell stories using his body, and when he speaks his mouth moves where it actually appears that Elmo has a voice (as opposed to hearing Elmo’s voice in his belly).
What is unique about this version of the Elmo live toy is Elmo’s ability to ‘interact’ with your child. For example, if you touch Elmo on his belly he will act as if he is ticklish and ask you if you’re tickling him or not. He will also ask for a hug and then say ‘thank you’ as if your child has hugged him. And although this may not seem like a big deal to an adult, to a child this interaction seems magical because it appears as if Elmo is really speaking directly to your child.
And this interaction is a great opportunity to talk to your child about Elmo and some of the things that Elmo says. For example, when Elmo says ‘thank you’ you could ask your child about other situations where your child would say thank you to somebody. Or when Elmo tells a story, you might ask your child what they think will happen next. And although these exchanges may seem really simple, they actually form the cornerstone of helping your child to learn how to predict outcomes and relate cause and effect-skills very important to developing critical thinking.
Now please understand- having your child in the same room with Elmo for seven hours per day is not going to help develop your child’s vocabulary (or anything else for that matter). The crucial part in helping your child is the interaction with you and the questions that you ask about ‘what Elmo says’ that will help your child develop their own ability to form ideas and answers on their own.
So if you’re a fan of Sesame Street (and even if you’re not) the Elmo live toy stands a very good chance of being your child’s favorite toy this season. And don’t be surprised if your child actually learns some new things as a result of playing with the Elmo live toy!
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