Inside: A review of the TIMIO screen-free educational toy and music player| Gifted item
Over the last few months, I have found balancing time with 3 children really difficult and more and more I have found that I have relied on screens to help keep my three-year-old entertained. Don’t get me wrong, screens have their place and there are some great apps, but sometimes I just want him to be able to go off and be entertained in another way – preferably learning as he goes.
I am always on the lookout for educational toys that will entertain and teach at the same time for a best of both worlds scenario, so when TIMIO approached me I was keen to see how their screen-free device would work for us.
When you think of screen-free devices you immediately conjure up an image of your child listening to something and then getting sidetracked, leaving the device playing along on its own, right? Well, this is where TIMIO is different – it is indeed screen-free but it has a bright and colourful interface and requires interaction from little ones to keep it going.
What do you get in the box?
Inside the box, is the TIMIO device itself and 20 discs with different content to be played on the player. You also get a drawstring bag to keep all of your discs together.
The 20 discs include:
- Nursery Rhymes Vol. 1
- Nursery Rhymes Vol. 2
- Fairy Tales
- Bedtime Stories
- Christmas Songs
- Alphabet A-L
- Alphabet M-Z
- Farm Animals
- Wild Animals
- Sea Creatures
- Body Parts
The TIMIO has an on/off switch on the back, which is easy enough for little fingers to use.
On the front plate of the device, there are two volume control buttons – one for louder and one for quieter – there is also a headphone port so they can listen without disturbing anyone else. There is one more button to change the language, with English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese and Dutch options available – perfect for bilingual children or if you are wanting your little one to be exposed to other languages.
How does TIMIO work?
TIMIO reminds me of a music player I had when I was younger, switching discs to play different songs. And this is no different, with 20 discs to choose from kids can be in control of what they listen to.
Each disc easily sits onto the front plate, not at all fiddly so perfect for small hands to manage themselves. Once the disc is in place, they simply touch the picture for the song or sound that they want to hear.
All that is required are 3 AA batteries and you are ready to go. There is no need for an internet connection either so it is perfect for taking on long journeys (make sure you remember those headphones!).
I wasn’t sure how William would get on as he has been so used to screens but he absolutely loves it. His favourites are the nursery rhyme discs and he’s been singing them to himself all day every day since our TIMIO arrived.
As a busy mum, there are plenty of times when I need him to play independently and now I can be happy that he can turn to his TIMIO and enjoy listening to his favourite songs and learn his shapes, number and the alphabet.
While most discs are suitable for ages 2 to 4, my six-year-old has been enjoying them too so I would definitely say it is suitable for up to age 6 too.
So, if you are looking for a screen-free way to entertain your little one then the TIMIO audio player is a great option.
To buy your own TIMIO, head over to timio.co to find out more.
I was gifted the TIMIO in return for this review. All words and thoughts are my own.