“Scout” is a familiar name around the Vinez House. My friend purchased My Pal Scout for Parker when he was a baby. Parker slept with him every night until Gage was about 6 months old, and then Parker passed Scout down to him. Scout quickly became a part of Gage’s bedtime ritual. For 2 years, he couldn’t go to be without Scout in his crib next to him, and the bedtime music playing. A few weeks ago, we moved Gage out of his crib and into a toddler bed so that Carly could have the crib. I expected Gage to bring Scout with him into his new bed, but he didn’t. He wanted to leave Scout in the crib for Carly. And I’m pretty sure I know why…
Scout has been replaced… by Read with Me Scout. Gage doesn’t go anywhere without him. I think that Gage associates the other Scout with bedtime and being in the crib. But Read with Me Scout is different. He interacts with Gage, reads him stories, and Gage absolutely adores him.
Read with Me Scout comes with 5 illustrated books that make reading fun. He also asks more than 70 different comprehension questions, and it’s so neat to see Gage try to come up with the answers. In the few weeks we’ve had this toy, I’ve seen Gage grow and learn so much.
Another great feature of Read with Me Scout is the Sleepy Time feature. Gage can listen to a bedtime story and then 8 minutes of bedtime music. Again, Scout is a part of his bedtime routine, but in a different way than before.
We have had one issue with Read with Me Scout, and it’s that his buttons are really, really sensitive. There are times when Gage can’t listen to a story because Gage has him pressed up against himself, and Read with Me Scout keeps thinking that Gage is “kissing” his cheek. We hear “You’re so sweet” over and over again, and all Gage wants to do is read. When that happens, I move Read with Me Scout a few inches away from Gage, and let him finish the story that way. But, Gage doesn’t like him to be away from his side, so it usually takes us half an hour to get through one little book.
I do love that Gage is learning the process of reading through Read with Me Scout. Scout will ask Gage to pat his (Scout’s) head when he’s ready to turn the page. That’s teaching Gage how to turn pages and how reading works. And the colored books and matching buttons on Read with Me Scout’s collar always ensure that Gage understands which button to push to get Scout to read the book he wants.
Overall, I have found Read with Me Scout to be an excellent addition into our learning toys. Gage absolutely loves him, and I love that Gage often wants to sit down and have Scout read to him. It keeps the TV off and the learning ON! The sensitive buttons are a little annoying, but I will more than put up with it to see how happy it makes Gage to have a new little buddy.
I would recommend Read with Me Scout to any family with children between the ages of 2 and 5, especially if learning is important in your child’s playtime.
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