You know, I’m one of those dads that before I had a child said “I will not let any of those stupid Elmo toys into my house”. I just thought he had been created as a cute little Muppet just to make kids fall in love with him and want their parents to buy them every product he was on. Of course, that is actually exactly the reason he was created. Yet, despite my earlier opinions, my son has several Elmo toys. It started with the Elmo you shake and his head flops back and forth (hey, as a parent who was anti-Elmo even I wanted to try it to help vent my frustrations with that red little Muppet). Next, we ended up with the Elmo cell phone, and a second version with Cookie Monster on it as well. I will have to admit though that the best toy my son has received has been the Elmo Activity Table.
This is a very sturdy piece of play furniture that is about one foot high. It has nice thick plastic legs that support the table well and allow your child to use the table to learn how to pull themselves up into a standing position. It has some of the standard activities you will see on many of the other activity tables. These include the wheel you spin that makes a rattling noise and the keys you press to make music. Of course there are unique features too. There is a 4 inch Elmo on the table that will sing to your child when they do certain activities with the table. There are also shapes buttons next to a flat big bird character that teach your child squares, triangles, and circles. I have found my son loves phones and this one has a little one to play with as well. The phone isn’t very functional but if you take it out of it’s holder he hears Elmo “calling him”.
The best feature of this table in my opinion though is the buttons on the Ernie on the table. These are for Ernie’s eyes, nose, and ears. When your child pushes one of them Ernie sings a song about the item the child pushed. Now, we can ask our son “where is your nose” and he points to it. This is a great feature to supplement the teaching we have given our son about where his eyes, earns, nose, and mouth are.
In the end this toy is not cheap, it’s close to $40 at many stores to get it new. We were lucky enough to get it as a Christmas gift from my brother. If you don’t mind purchasing used toys though you can find it at places like your local consignment shop, ebay, or other sites that allow people to sell used toys for approximately $10. In the end that will be some of the best money you have spent on a toy for your child.