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VTech Sit-to-Stand Ultimate Alphabet Train

We are excited about the opportunity to talk about this Alphabet Train! Arthur received this toy as a Christmas present from his grandparents.  He still hasn’t stopped playing with it, so we wanted to share it with you.

This toy teaches and allows your child to develop the following:

Letters

The train comes with 13 letter blocks that can be placed into the side of the train. When one block is placed into the side of the train, it then says the letter. This is a great way for children to begin to learn their letters!

The train will also ask for letters. For example, It will say, “Can you put the ___ in the train?” This allows the train to grow with the child, because not only will the train tell the child the letter, but as they get older and begin to be able to identify their letters, they can still interact with the train because the train will ask them for a letter and they will be responsible for identifying that letter and placing it into the train.

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Blocks with Letters

Colors

The train itself is very colorful which provides lots of opportunity to teach little ones, however the train also has five buttons on the side that when pushed light up and the train says the corresponding color. The colors include red, yellow, blue, green and purple.

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Colors

These buttons also talk about the weather. As you can see from the picture the train teaches vocabulary such as windy, sunny, rainy, cloudy and foggy.

Numbers

While there are lots of smaller pieces that provide lots of opportunity to practice counting, there is also a number pad on the side of the train that has the numbers 0-9 printed on them. When these numbers are pushed the train says the numbers.

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Number Pad

Fine Motor

This train is an excellent opportunity to help children develop fine motor skills. There are lots of small buttons and pieces to manipulate. Every opportunity for children to practice using their hands and fingers for fine motor work is important and this train provides lots of opportunity to practice those things.

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Fine Motor Play

Gross Motor

This train is a great way to provide your little one with an opportunity to work on their gross motor skills! The train was developed to allow your child to sit and push the train around using their legs as well as allow your child to stand behind the train and push it as they walk. My son also enjoys walking around the train and moving from the front to the back as he plays.

Additional Features

This train also has parent control buttons for volume and on/off. The volume switch allows the parent to decide on low or high volume, while the on/off switch allows for the toy to be off completely or in story or train mode. Each of these modes allows for different sounds and interactions while playing with the train. This toy requires batteries.

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Parent Controls for Train

My Thoughts

Overall, I think this toy is great. Personally, I would consider this an electronic toy, however I am pleased that it doesn’t have a screen and requires the user to push actual buttons and manipulate small pieces in order to interact with the toy. I like that the train is bright and colorful and it was engineered with gross motor skills in mind. Now that my son is walking (or running) around, it is nice to have a toy that he can push around the room if he chooses while learning at the same time. I also like that I can turn the volume up and down if I choose. Our house typically is fairly quiet so he can hear and interact with the toy just fine with the volume low. I also like that the toy is sturdy. The base of the train is wide enough that I don’t need to worry about Arthur pushing it over and getting hurt. I give this product a thumbs up!

If you would like to purchase this train, it is currently available through Walmart (or click the picture below).  The red one won’t be available for two weeks from Amazon, but you can currently get a pink one there.

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