Elmo …just mentioning his name sends his laugh through my ears. There’s just something about this little red guy that makes us smile. Perhaps it’s all of those memories of watching Sesame Street on rainy afternoons? Either way you go, Elmo certainly isn’t a name that is new to the scenes. In fact, he first appeared back in 1972 and ever since then, he has been a big hit. Do you remember many many Christmases ago when “Tickle Me Elmo” was a “must have?” You literally had people fighting in the store over the last Tickle Me Elmo. Now, we have Love2Learn Elmo to look forward to and surely, he’s going to be something your little ones want this holiday season, especially if they are Elmo fans!
Since you may be buying this in the near future, we believe it is only fair that you learn all about the product. This way, you will be able to tell whether or not this is a viable option for your child …
Here we are, staring at a new Elmo toy, 20 years since Tickle Me Elmo was established. We have noticed every year, a new signature Elmo doll is released and there’s no complaints about that. This year, though, there’s the Love2Learn Elmo and we actually had the opportunity of seeing him during the Toy Fair in New York.
When it comes to a new Elmo doll, you know what you’re getting – a lot of positivity in that sweet Elmo voice, lots of belly rubs, and we cannot leave out the singing. Elmo LOVES to sing …surely you’ve noticed this? Love2Learn Elmo builds on to all of that, but he is much more than just an educational toy that teaches the little one how to use the potty or laughs when you tickle his tummy – he’s a helpful assistant.
There’s a neat companion app and that is where a lot of the value is nesting. Parents can download the companion app free of charge on their tablets or smartphones. By using the app, parents can find Elmo-led lessons in a large amount of categories. Some of the categories include numbers, colors, foods, letters, shapes and animals. You can enter the little one’s name in the app, which will let Elmo use their name, giving the toy a personal touch that the children will love. In the past, as a child, if you had the opportunity, wasn’t it cool when a toy mentioned your name?
Apart from the normal school stuff, Elmo is capable of helping parents teach their children life basics as well. There’s a parent helpers section in the app that will allow you to have Elmo say things that are related to brushing teeth, potty training, and even household chores. Elmo can prompt children to clean their rooms or use the bathroom and offer positive reinforcement afterwards – this can all be controlled and prompted by you from the app.
There’s also a large amount of bonus educational games in the app that little ones will enjoy – for example, there’s one that involved finding animals in a picture. Again, his app can connect with Elmo in order to make the experience even more fun, with Elmo sitting next to them giving positive feedback and exciting facts.
Love2Learn Elmo seems like it’s going to be a pretty big hit. It can do and say a lot that parents would normally have to take time to say. The idea here is that kids would rather hear these things come from Elmo than from their parents. This is especially true when it comes to potty training, brushing teeth and chores. If getting props from Elmo gets children to help their parents out and they’re happy to do so, then that is a major win right there.