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Fall 2010 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Hasbro, Inc.
Price: $39.99

Alphie had our testers smiling from the moment he was taken out of the box. He is a friendly robot who makes learning letters, numbers, rhyming, patterns and counting fun. The design is superb. Alphie is made of sturdy, white plastic and has a handle at the top, making him easy to carry around. There is a slot in his back that looks sort of like a jet-pack backpack where the cards are kept, ensuring that they won't end up strewn about one's house. His sing-songy voice is adorable and engaging. He encourages learning by prompting the children to pick different cards, and praises them when they pick right answers. Parents will smile every time he tells kids "I love learning with you!" Alphie functions like a personal tutor in one's home, and he makes learning so fun that kids won't even realize they're doing it. Our younger testers loved to hug Alphie, and to some he became a new friend. Even older testers who could already read were encouraged to learn more when Alphie said, "I can tell you're getting smarter! Let's keep playing!"

Melissa Strunc   ©2010 Parents' Choice

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