Tonies Is The Ultimate 2020 Parenting Win
Here’s what mom of three Raff Esquivel has to say about Tonies.
With the holidays around the corner, getting a head start on all of the other parents in your search for the toy your kid will be begging for constitutes a major parenting win. So consider this your push notification for tonies, the fresh-to-the-U.S. digital listening experience for kids.
Like many of the season’s hottest toys, the Toniebox is smarter than the toys you grew up playing with. But the parents we asked told us they loved how it completely changed storytime without any screens involved. Don’t take our word for it — here’s what Raff Esquivel, mom of three and the voice behind Raff Out Loud, had to say about tonies:
Raff On How This Thing Works:
"Each character, or Tonie, includes 20-50 minutes worth of songs and stories, and with the Creative-Tonies, you can even record your own! It’s an activity all three of my kids can do together and as a parent, I love that it helps them with listening comprehension. All of the figures have such fun stories to tell, but we have our favorites."
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Raff On What Made It A Win:
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"My kids are loving this!! It’s such a great activity when they need some downtime. The variety of stories and songs keep them engaged and they love that this is something they can totally do on their own — without my help!"
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Like most kid-friendly smart speakers out there, this one requires an app-based setup that a parent can do in less than five minutes. The app allows parents to easily adjust settings like maximum volume and upload up to 90 minutes of custom content. Once that’s done, the Toniebox comes to life when paired with a collection of Tonies, hand-painted characters with hours of songs to sing, stories to tell, and worlds to explore. There are lullabies, birthday songs, Disney classics, and even junior novels for young readers.
Raff On The Characters:
"The hand-painted Tonies are so beautiful and my kids have enjoyed playing with those while listening to the stories. I’m so glad something like this exists!"
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Like your kid’s library, the collection of Tonies is always growing — so you can trust that there will always be something new for your kids to explore as interests and comprehension levels change. Each Tonie's timing ranges from 16 to 50 minutes depending on the story, from around 20 minutes for Disney stories like The Jungle Book and Frozen to 50-minute sing-alongs.
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