Friday, July 23, 2010
If roving reporter "Sid the Science Kid," animated star of the PBS Kids series for preschoolers, has made anything famous, it's his trusty orange-and-blue microphone. Offering applause and laughter at the touch of a button, this kiddie mic is a hit on Sid's pixelated playground.
So when The Jim Henson Company and Hasbro unveiled the "Sid the Science Kid" Gotta Know Microphone (MSRP $14.99; ages 3 and up), it seemed like a no-brainer -- albeit one for bite-sized brainiacs.
CC was an instant fan of the review copy we received, pushing buttons and unleashing a cute cacophony of clapping, belly laughs, animal sounds and, perhaps the best button of all -- the "Echo Effect" Effect Effect.
She also enjoyed singing along to the "Sid" theme song, as you can see in the above video.
What might take some getting used to, especially for little ones, are the buttons themselves. You have to hold each one down the entire time you expect to hear the sound -- as opposed to, say, pushing it once and letting the sounds play out on their own. If you lift your finger off of the button, the sound will just stop, which left CC a little perplexed at first.
The microphone is great, though, for when kiddos want to put on a show -- something this parent is always ready to applaud, no button-pushing necessary.