This toy has a pull string. It does so much more! [Update!]

The VTech Chomp and Count Dino asks the user to feed it certain foods, which are provided on little pucks with an image of the food. The child is supposed to put the pucks into the dinosaur’s mouth and they then fall into its stomach where the kid can retrieve them. He also loves watching us tow the dinosaur by the attached pull string. …more on that later!

Our son loves taking the little “food” pucks out of the compartment and he tries to feed the dinosaur.  At 13 months he doesn’t know the difference between the pucks, and therefore doesn’t follow its instructions, but he is starting to become successful at getting the pucks into the dinosaur’s mouth.  It took him a few weeks to understand that he really needs to push the puck through, as it doesn’t just easily slide through the hole (the puck needs to trigger a small switch inside the mouth so that the toy responds). My son really enjoys this toy and he has spent a good amount of time sitting and playing with the pucks, putting them in and taking them out of the Dino’s belly.

VTech Chomp and Count Dino Toy

He grew so attached to this toy, that when he would play with it he would hold the pull string in one hand while feeding the dino with the other. He was so insistent on not letting go of the string that he took his first 10 steps while pulling the dino across the room! We were thrilled to say the least. Bonus points for that! Up until that moment he had really only been walking while holding onto our hands, even if it wasn’t needed. I think it was a security thing. The string apparently fulfilled that role and now he walks on his own. If only we could keep up!

Being a VTech toy, the music is lacking any sort of… musicality. I have decided that VTech puts no effort into creating decent songs and tunes for their toys. They are often out of tune and each song just ends, strangely. This is a bummer since the VTech Chomp and Count Dino seems to sing incessantly. I swear, these are undiscovered songs written by the Shaggs.


Our son is now almost two and half and this toy has come back into our lives with a whole new level of excitement.  He loves feeding it, dragging it around, pretending that he’s a dinosaur and tons of creative play.  I’m really glad we held onto this because it’s had a whole new second life…and I’ve gotten a bit more used to the music.  🙂

I give the VTech Chomp and Count Dino 4 out of 5 stars because my son really enjoys playing with it, but I just can’t stand the music!

Is It a Book or Is It a Puppet?

Curious George Pat-a-Cake has been a fantastic book in our house.  One of the many items we received at the Holidays from family, this book was a hit from the beginning. Thanks to my husband (a complete character in his own right,) my son LOVES puppets. He also loves books (yay!) and the combination of the two is a win-win for everyone.

Basically, George’s arms are little finger puppets.  You simply stick your hand in from the back and make him go through the motions of Pat-a-cake.



Along with “Munch” by Matthew Van Fleet (previously reviewed) this book is a go to when needing to distract and cheer up my son.  He knows Pat-a-Cake now, except that when I do it on my own, he needs to find the book and pull it out.  “Only George does Pat-a-Cake, Mom!!” (George also gives great hugs. …Talk about making your kid love books.)

Beyond the simple rhyme and puppet action this toy has been an interesting learning experience for our son.  He kept wanting to figure out how it worked.  Watching him try to do so was obviously super adorable.  Watching him eventually put it all together, stick his fingers in the puppet and make it move blew his mind.

This book has provided us with non-stop laughter and excitement for the 7 months we have owned it. In fact, we had to eventually ban it from the bedroom or else nap time would never happen.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.


Best Book So Far!

Munch, by Matthew Van Fleet, has proven to be one of the most exciting items my son could have received.  As with most children, I am sure, he loves books, especially interactive, pop-up, and lift-the-flap books.  This book gets my son to screech with excitement at the site of the cover.  We can’t even read the book anymore because he is so excited to get to the moving pages he begins turning them himself. And, as soon as the page is opened to the first munching alligator he shrieks with excitement.

If this book is within site of my son all other toys are dropped.  I even tried showing him a new pop-up book, which I thought would be more visually exciting, and he pushed it out of the way to find Munch.

It is a simple, rhyming, delightful little book.  Unfortunately, and I knew the day would come, one of the moving parts has been damaged, but I will not hesitate to replace it!

If I had to choose one book to add to any child’s library, it would be Munch, by Matthew Van Fleet.

5 out of 5 stars