Technology is amazing. When I was a young girl, I played with blocks, bricks, dolls, plush animals, built forts and skipped rocks. Never in a million years could I have imagined that in the near future hi-tech toys would have the capability to not only speak to you, but also interacted with your kids. Then again, I could have never imagined things like computers, iPads or iPhones. They didn’t exist when I was a child. We made phone calls the old fashion way – with a corded phone that had a rotary dial. Do you remember those?
Technology has changed a lot since my teens were children, and that wasn’t that long ago. That said, there are plenty of educational and interactive toys on the market these days that I know I would have purchased for my children when they were younger.
I recently had the opportunity to test one such toy for a Kickstarter campaign. Her name is TuTu, and she is a plush, iPad powered rabbit.
Do you remember the Tamagochi? ? The tiny key chained creature that the kids of Gen Y collected and cared for? The creature needed you to feed it, give it water and play with it. The DiDi and TuTu play toys remind me a lot of a Tamagotchi.
I received the cute TuTu plush bunny to try out. The toy is not that big – maybe a little bigger than a Barbie doll. It’s size makes it ideal for young children to tote around with them. She’s lightweight and easy to carry and snuggle with.
Tutu can be enjoyed and played with “as is”, however if you download the FREE app from the app store (TuTu Dreams) your child can not only interact with TuTu but also play games.
Setting up Tutu is super easy. You simply download the FREE app. Then you unzip the zipper found in the back of Tutu and insert your iPhone inside (if you have a case on your iPhone you’ll need to remove it). Make sure to line up the Tutu face on the app with the hole on your Tutu so you can see the entire face.
To wake Tutu up just touch her face. Once she’s awake, your child can engage in real play with Tutu.
Tutu has a sweet voice that is sure to appeal to children. I’d go as far to say she sounds like she’s a child. Therefore, it’s as if your child is interacting with someone his or her age.
The toy comes with accessories like a carton of milk, apple, carrot, toothbrush and a special ring. Each of these accessories can be used with TuTu. Sometimes she’ll request something (for examples she’ll say she’s thirsty) and your child simply has to gently place the appropriate item on Tutu’s face. When she told me she was thirsty, I gave her milk and when I took the milk away she had milk on her face (like a “milk mustache”) and she licked it off her lips. How cute!
TuTu is not only interactive, she’s educational too.
One of TuTu’s games is one where players identify fruit (apple, orange, banana, etc). Once they are familiar with the fruit there is a little game where the fruit rains down from the sky inside bubbles and players needs to “pop” the bubbles to reveal one of each of the different fruits. It’s a very easy game to play. I’m guessing a three year old could play it.
There are six fun and engaging games that your child can play with TuTu.
The toy also teaches life skills like brushing teeth. Whenever Tutu is finished eating she will ask your child to brush her teeth with the toothbrush accessory. Hopefully this will inspire your child to want to do the same after eating.
Check out this video that shows you a bit more about Tutu.
This toy works with both the iPhone and iPod Touch.
The toy and the app were created by a company called Roam & Wander.
As a parent I really enjoy this adorable toy. It helps to inspire real life play and encourages your child’s imagination.
There are so many interactive apps you can download on your phone or iPad but none as unique as Tutu that comes to life when you combine the app with the toy and accessories (the accessories are included).
I didn’t get the opportunity to try out Didi. Didi is similar to Tutu except Didi is a bear that is made to be used with the iPad. Unlike TuTu, which has one screen for the face, DiDi turns the upper part of the iPad’s screen into DiDi’s face and the lower portion of the iPad into the belly for games, activities and books.
DiDi will available on Kickstarter April 12 for the ridiculously low price of $25, which will include the DiDi toy, four of his magical accessory toys that interact with DiDi and access to the app. Also, there will be a special deal for the first 100 customers, who will get a DiDi toy and a TuTu toy, valued at around $100, for only $25.
Their second toy DiDi is similar to TuTu, but for the iPad.
What do you think about these toys? Do you think it’s something you would like to get for your child/grandchild? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.
*I have partnered with Roam and Wander to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.