Sing-A-Ma-Jigs: adorable, or off-putting in a flesh-eating-monster kind of way?

There are many kinds of Sing-A-Ma-Jigs. Here is a sampling.

There are even some that are duos.

You press their tummies, and they sing (one note per push). You press their left hands, and they change modes (jabber, song, scale).

Yes, the Sing-A-Ma-Jig fad is way over, but we just got this one recently. She’s called Frost, according to her tag.

 

Frost sings the song “Sing, Sing, Sing” in a medium-high voice. Each type of Sing-A-Ma-Jig sings a different song and has a different voice. When put together, they are supposed to harmonize. We tried it at the store and it wasn’t mind-blowing, which is why we just got one.

Their mouths are funny:

 

The first thing Nica said when she started playing with Frost was “She has real teeth!” Indeed, they are pretty realistic.

The kids have fun playing with Frost once in a while, and they think she’s very cute. Me, I’m torn. Some days, I think this:

 

But some days,  I think this:

 

It’s a toughie.

Learning Tunes Karaoke: Heaven and Hell

The kids love music. Ham likes rhythm, and loves to dance. He’ll seriously dance to anything.

Nica likes melody. She loves to pretend to play instruments, and she loves to sing. Sometimes she can be quite dramatic and expressive.

 

So, we got them Vtech’s Learning Tunes Karaokewhich comes with several song menus and five different voice settings (normal, high-pitch, echo, robot and one that I refer to as “kidnapper”). And there’s an attached microphone, of course.

When you turn on the machine, an emcee’s voice comes on. It’s a Moviefone-guy type of voice. When he is forced to say things such as “A tisket, a tasket,” I feel a little embarrassed for him.

Nica loves this toy. She has so much fun singing along to the songs and using the voice modulators. Ham tries to play with it too, but:

I’m impressed with how many features they’ve crammed into this little karaoke toy. It even has a button you press to hear only the instrumental version of a song, if the child wants to sing without the sing-along vocals. I’m not impressed with the sound quality of the microphone and speakers, but it’s better than on some other toys. And, though I am not pro–kids-strangling-themselves, I must say that the microphone cord is too short and that it’s a bummer sometimes.

If your child takes to this toy right away, the first day will be full of song.

FIRST 15 MINUTES:

AFTER 30 MINUTES:

AFTER 1 HOUR:

AFTER 1 HOUR 4 MINUTES:

But, not to worry. After that, Nica only sang a few songs a day. Now she or Ham will pick up the toy once in a while and belt out a couple of tunes, then put it down. It won’t be like the first day… until another kid comes over.