We have a new fuzzy friend in our house who likes to share random fun facts, play pretend, tell stories and jokes and can create quite the giggle episode, especially when my 5 year old starts bouncing up and down. Let me introduce you to our new friend Ubooly! (Click “Video” below to see him in action)
Ubooly is a smart fuzzy toy that currently uses the iPod touch 4G/5 or the iPhone 3GS/4/ 4S, and 5 for it’s brain and face. You simply insert your device into the top of the toy, zip it up and you are good to go! Ubooly can play a variety of activities like pretend, trivia games, story telling, jokes, fun facts and music. New activities are added every month. This plush toy is geared toward children ages 4-9, but I have caught a couple adults sneaking some Ubooly time in as well.
My children normally do not get to play with my phone because I am afraid they will drop it or break it. Since Ubooly is filled with memory foam to protect devices from drops, I am a little more comfortable allowing my kiddos to use my phone. And thus, they think this is the best thing E.V.E.R…. “Mom is actually letting us play with her phone!” Shhh! I won’t tell them that they may actually be learning something from Ubooly, too, if you don’t!
We have been having a lot of fun learning, playing and listening to all Ubooly has to say. He will pause to let my children answer his questions and will even ask them what they want to do next. He does understand simple commands like “Yes”, “No”, “Play a game”, etc., but we discovered there is a bit of a learning curve when trying to get the pitch or timing right. With my daughter’s high pitched voice, she has learned she needs to wait a second before answering and needs to speak a little lower and slower.
As a bonus, when Ubooly is not in face/toy mode there are free games available with the app needed to use it. You can earn coins and more games from playing with your Ubooly and/or from playing the games on the free app. And when you get your hands on an Ubooly be sure to try bouncing up and down. I am sure the result will bring a smile to your face!
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