So this blue dog, sitting on a shelf at Target caught the eye of both me and my 6-year-old son. I think the design of this little fellow should have won an award. I just gave it to the boys, so we haven’t had it long enough to really test the boy-breakage-factor of the Woofer. But the people at B. Toys are proud of the little guy and we picked up the Ribbit-Tat-Tat drums for a full-scale boy band.
A 6-year-old and his 3-year-old brother are able to make a lot of noise on their own. Buying them a music-making toy – a drum set no-less — seemed like a recipe for tinnitus. But Woofer was so cute. And we don’t buy them many electrical toys. They have a roaring dinosaur, a Dino-alarm clock and occasional use of their sister’s computer for games. For the most part, they build with building blocks, building logs and some neat magnetic geometric things that they make castles out of. So, this is new and it was a real thrill for both of them. Once they were torn from their packaging, the Woofer and Ribbit-Tat-Tat became instant hits with the boys. I haven’t figured out what algorithm is used to decide what is played by different combinations of buttons and string strumming. The Woofer belches out howls, “woofs” and “ruffs” with surprisingly good tone. I’ve got a video below that captures the boys playing on the B. Toys. Audio is captured from two-piece orchestra after the boys left them alone. The boys played with the synthesizer sounds on the Ribbit-Tat-Tat, but have not figured out the Auto-tune-like capabilities of the little microphone on the drum set. Both toys have obvious power buttons on them and volume controls. I wish they would design them with some kind of parental volume control – something a 6-year-old couldn’t figure out, but neither toy is excessively loud. Like any toy, with enough time, it is an irritation to adult ears but if you want a music toy that is both cute and with bearable audio – check out the Ribbit Tat Tat or the Woofer.
Cliff: An accomplished author, in that I drink a lot of coffee, look at obscure websites, own a copy of Microsoft Word and know what an Oxford comma is. Hobbies include mocking Ab Lounger ads on Craigslist and napping. Former Marine, mail carrier and dental chair technician, now I spend my days trying to live up to my wife and dog\'s expectations of me and show my kids how to live life well.