When Little AG was little we had one of those stuffed animals that responded when you pushed on its paws, etc. It was cool for our purposes at the time (to stop the screaming and crying) but as she got older she quickly lost interest because it was very limited in the activities it could do and songs it sang. We all got sick of the ABC’s. My other complaint was that it was very hard because of the battery pack and operating mechanisms, which isn’t the best for a toddler or baby. That toy got a new home a while back, but we recently had the opportunity to review the Smart-e-Bear (ok, we actually have the Smart-e-Dog) which is similar in style to the aforementioned toy, but way cooler for older kids.
First of all, when we took it out of the box I was all but doing a happy dance at how soft our Smart-e-Dog was! No hard battery packs, and I actually had to squeeze the thing a few times to really understand it. I couldn’t believe the level of interaction that our Smart-E-Dog was capable of all the while still being so very squishy. Little AG immediately took it in her arms and fell onto the ground to give it a big Bear (Dog?) hug and started barking at him (yes, we just make animal noises in our house). Then, she discovered he could actually “play” with her. We played a few rounds of Simon Says, right out of the box, before we were able to even attempt to personalize it any further. Yes, you read that right — you can personalize your Smart-e-Bear to fit your child. That means, if you are all IF I HEAR ONE MORE ROUND OF ABCs I MIGHT JUST JUMP OUT THE WINDOW like I was then you can simply CHANGE it and add something different! Do you hear angels singing? I know I did.
Our Smart-E-Dog came with his very own USB cable so that we could plug him into our computer to personalize him. I kinda felt like I was setting up a really, really puffy iPod. We did have to register and download the software, but it was free, and very very simple (read: easy to do at 2 am Christmas morning!). Now our Smart-E-Dog actually says Little AG’s name, which she basically thinks is hilarious. Every time he says it, she looks at us like “Did you hear this guy? He totally just said my name!” We like that. The Smart-E-Bear software works kinda like iTunes — there are lots of great options. However, some options come with the bear, others you can purchase for 99 cents – which really is a steal in my opinion — because it means that it will be quite a while before Little AG outgrows this guy. In some ways, the toy can always be new!
Oh, and did I mention that the Smart-E-Dog will work with headphones? Yes, so even if you are sick of playing Simon Says, you won’t be tempted to hide him under a bed somewhere. I’m also thinking that this little guy will be great for longer car rides and flights. You can try out the Smart-e-Bear, Smart-e-Dog, or Smart-e-Cat online before you buy to see what you think, and I have to tell you that it’s identical to what our dog does, so it will really give you a good feel for what you’re getting yourself into. The perfect Christmas Gift for anyone ages 2-6 on your list! Oh, and I forgot the BIG plus for us — he will be able to speak French very soon — great for Little AG who is learning both English and French.
You can buy these awesome little guys on Amazon — the Smart-e-Dog is currently $81.43, the Smart-e-Cat is currently $73.81, but best of all, the original Smart-e-Bear is majorly on sale for $43.99! I know it can seem pricey, but I really think that the longevity of this toy will impress you, and you will definitely get your money’s worth. I would buy another one in a heartbeat.
Would you like to win a Smart-e-Bear, Smart-e-Dog, or Smart-e-Cat for a kiddo in your life? Follow the easy-peasy instructions below and they just might find one under the tree!
- Visit the Smart E Bear website and then come back here tell me your favorite feature of these little guys!
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US entries only, winner will be chosen via random.org at the end of the contest. Winners are posted here and on Prizey Fetch, please leave a valid email address or blog address if you’d like to be contacted should you win. Winner has 72 hours to claim their prize. This contest ends at 11:59 pm CST on December 14th, 2008.