There's many a joke that can be made about "training" your children to help with the housework. To be honest it's when Little Miss C is capable of making me a cup of tea in a morning that I'll be really impressed!
Joking aside though, little children do love copying what mummy and daddy are doing and they want to help with everything too. If you're parent you'll know that this "help" isn't always as useful as it could be. LMC's efforts to help me sweep up leaves in the garden resulted in the piles of leaves being spread around again with the brush instead! That's where toy versions of things that parents use around the house come in so useful. If they can do the housework just like mummy or daddy without creating more mess then you're on to a real winner.
The VTech Counting Colours Vacuum Cleaner provides your little one with their own vacuum cleaner that they can help hoover with. It makes vacuum noises as well as coming with three plastic balls that it will "hoover up". In the usual VTech way there are both learning and music modes which aim to teach the children some a-b-c and number basics – like counting the balls as the children hoover them up. There are also buttons to press and a twist switch to alternate between the two modes – all sized and shaped for little hands to use.
The Vacuum Cleaner is recommended from children aged 12 months and up, but whilst encouraging them to walk around pushing it the buttons and lights on the front mean that it can also be a play station for children who aren't fully mobile yet.
Until you can get them to do the real cleaning efficiently then the VTech Counting Colours Vacuum Cleaner is the next best thing!
Win a Vacuum Cleaner!
The lovely people at St Albans' favourite toy shop Cuthberts have kindly provided me with one VTech Counting Colour Vacuum Cleaner to give away to a lucky reader. To be in the draw to win all you need to do is leave me a comment below.
For extra entries please follow @Cuthberts_Toys on Twitter or like Cuthberts Toys & Games on Facebook. You will get one extra entry to the draw for each of these, but YOU MUST leave additional comments saying that you have done so below this post. There is a maximum of three entries per person.
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Terms and Conditions
- Competition will run until 12 noon GMT on Tuesday 20 March 2012.
- The winner will be drawn at random from all valid entries.
- All reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner, but if they are uncontactable after 5 working days a second winner will be drawn.
- The competition is open to all residents of the United Kingdom.
- There is no cash alternative to the prize.
- The prize can be collected from Cuthberts Toys in St Albans, or will be posted out by them.
This VTech Counting Colours Vacuum Cleaner was provided as a prize by the lovely people at Cuthberts Toys. Cuthberts is an independent toy shop with physical shops in St Albans and Letchworth, as well as an online shop on their website.