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Ubooly Review and Giveaway!

**Contest is now closed**

It’s time for another review and giveaway!! This time we have The Ubooly, an Educational Toy. It’s a magical stuffed animal powered by your iphone! The app is free and you can use it with or without a stuffed Ubooly.

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UBOOLY REVIEW

Cost: Toy – $29.95 App – Free (but different lessons cost money, usually $1 each) Age Range: 3-9

My children were beyond excited to hear that they were getting an Ubooly in the mail. They asked about it every day before it got here. They liked the idea of having a fuzzy friend that they would be able to interact with. Once we got it and downloaded the app, the kids probably played with it for two hours. Which is probably really bad parenting of me and it’s also probably why the iphone overheated and the fun was over. Well, until the iphone cooled down. They come with a handy warning that lets you know it’s getting too hot. The iphone fits really easily into the Ubooly toy, you may have trouble if it’s in a case though.

It was really fun to hear Silas talking to the Ubooly. Coming from an autism standpoIMG_2260int, I was impressed with how long it kept his attention and kept him in conversation.

This app is really smart, your child is able to converse with it and it will understand them as they talk back. It’s always starts with a greeting and saying hello to your child using their name. As time passes and you do more with it, your Ubooly will get to know your child better. You can customize almost everything, even how your Ubooly looks!! Silas’ has glasses. You can even tell it all of your child’s likes, dislikes and hobbies from their database. Although it’s a rather small database, I imagine that it will grow over time. The toy still is really dynamic despite the small database. Ubooly can also recognize when it’s in the room with another Ubooly and will begin to converse with it.

I really like the website (The Ubooly Lab) where I can go and choose what my kids are learning about on the Ubooly. I can purchase Education and Interest Packs (usually $1) and our Ubooly will already know to cover that topic with our kids the next time they play. I get full progress reports of what my child has done and what they have learned. It’s pretty cool.IMG_2300

Most people know I’m not big into “educational” toys because I really feel like outside of school, a child needs to play. I sometimes think “educational” toys take away from what they could be learning by exploring their environment and being outside, doing what kids do. That being said, I definitely let my kids have their share of media time and this is a pretty great way to spend that time. It’s not just all these educational lessons, Ubooly mixes in the learning while encouraging pretend play, art, getting up and doing an activity or exercise, and much more. Ubooly does not promote stagnant video game behavior. I feel like it’s a really good guide to help Silas start using his imagination more while playing into his interests. I can see this being a really great autism tool.

It’s really funny when Isaac comes running and tells me he needs some obscure object. He always says “because Ubooly told me I need it!!”. The Ubooly then makes the object into all sorts of things for him to pretend with.

UBOOLY PROS

In Silas’ own words “nice and does things I really like, tells jokes, plays games and does other stuff”

“My favourite thing about the Ubooly is he has a cardboard box room and he can talk” – Isaac

  • The app is free.
  • It lets me customize what my kids to learn.
  • It promotes pretend play.
  • I get to see their progress with the toy online.
  • It gets them up and moving, drawing, playing, exercising, etc.
  • You don’t need the toy to play.

 

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UBOOLY CONS

“My least favourite thing is that he gets to do more things than me” – Isaac

“He takes too long to answer me” – Silas

  • It overheated my cell phone with extended use.
  • Small database of interests and hobbies to choose from.
  • I get a bit annoyed when Ubooly wants him to use something like the TV remote for a game…but I get over it.

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*****GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!****

It’s easy to enter!! Just leave a comment on this post for your chance to win an Ubooly (valued at $29.95) and a $30.00 credit to your Ubooly Lab. To earn an extra entry please tweet about this giveaway and include me @pluckymama and Ubooly @Ubooly using the hashtag #UboolyLab. Here’s a copy/paste you can use:

I entered to win a free Ubooly Toy! http://bit.ly/1912eTs via @pluckymama and @ubooly #UboolyLab

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Contest closes on June 24th!

This is an endorsement in which I have been compensated for. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

*****GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!****

21 Responses to Ubooly Review and Giveaway!

  1. We need one of these! Actually, we need a couple of these. How about an adult version? Umm.. well, maybe not the adult version. 🙂

  2. I love this! my boys would love it too!

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  3. Omg Jacob and Liam would go ape over this! It looks so cool!!!!

  4. Our lil fellow could use this friend for some pretend play! What a wonderful idea!

  5. I like that it learns and grows its experience as your child plays with it… and to be non-stagnant, sitting-on-your-bum with a digital tool/toy is awesome! I could see my kids loving this, thanks for a chance to win, Leah!

  6. wow that is so amazing Leah unfortunately I have an android not an iPhone. I will have to look into something similar for Noah he would love it.

  7. Cool!! 🙂

  8. I’d love to win as well!! My kids would love this. Great giveaway!

  9. I would love to win one for my son

  10. This is kinda cool, I think Poppy might have more fun with it though!
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  11. I would love to win one for my 3 girls!

  12. I think Lydia would really enjoy this!

  13. This looks like fun! The boys would definitely be into it 🙂

  14. Katherine McEachern

    I think this would be awesome for my 3 year old. She has a extensive speech delay and is afraid of strangers so getting her to talk is always a challenge! Very excited for this draw!

    • I’m excited for you! I’ve seen things where people with autism have a much easier time having a conversation with a robot than a real person. I think we’re on to something here. She will HAVE to talk to make it work.

  15. I’ve not heard of these before, but it looks like a great toy that would help my son with prepping for Kindergarten.

  16. Now this sounds GREAT!! My son, who is Autustic, would love this!! After many pleads for a Fijit, we took him down to the Toys R Us, spent the 70$ and got him one for Christmas! Although the only one there was purple, he shouted “Lala!”.. and that was that! 😉 She has been quite a companion. Without checking into it, one day my Boyfriend brought home a Furby. Worst toy EVER!! I hid it away three days later…what a waste! And not good at all for parents with a child in speech therapy!
    This toy sounds like it would be a good addition to his talking toy selection!!
    Tammy

  17. Cute I haven’t seen before!
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