Tonies - children's speaker and audio stories
One of the latest products to hit the shelves of our children's Toy Shop in Didsbury, Manchester is the fantastic range of Tonies and Tonie Boxes.
What are these I hear you ask - well, Tonieboxes are a fantastic new way of listening to stories and songs - allowing you to combine book characters with the speaker system to listen to your favourite stories.
The system consists of a Toniebox which is the speaker - it's easy to use and toddler proof, so even very young children can be given them at night time to listen to a story on to help them drop off to sleep, leaving you to reclaim your phone or laptop! They can be charged up in advance and will then have several hours charge on them so you don't need to worry about children grabbing wires or the unit running out of charge midway through a story at bedtime.
The stories come via the Tonies. These are characters that are about 7cm high and which are magnetic so will sit on the Toniebox. There are two types of Tonies - Character Tonies which play specific stories, story collections or song collection and Creative Tonies.
Creative Tonies allow you and your family can record your own stories or songs onto. Because the recording of the content onto the Creative Tonies is done via a phone app, this means that parents working away from home, or grandparents on the other side of the world can read a bedtime story, or record a verbal message which is then uploaded to the cloud, where it can be plucked like magic by the Toniebox owner and downloaded, allowing loved ones to keep in touch and helping to create bonds and special memories. Each Toniebox comes with one free Creative Tonie.
Character Tonies are different - they come with pre-recorded content on them and are accurate representations of the stories they contain, making them lovely little collectable toys in their own right.
Character Tonies can be purchased separately and are £14.99. The Character Tonies currently includes a range of Julia Donaldson characters, such as The Gruffalo, Zog and Stick Man. There are also a number of traditional story characters, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Peter Pan and Rapunzel and these contain five different stories with a running time of approximately 50 minutes. There are also Song Collection characters, for example the Drumming Pig's Anmal Songs and Fox and Owl's Bedtime Stories and Lullabies - these include twenty different songs, again with a running time of approximately 50 minutes.
New story characters are being planned and released during 2019 and 2020 so you can keep adding to your collection.
When you put listening and playing together...
...something magical happens.
Let your children’s imagination run free. Toniebox and Tonies offer endless interactive listening and playing fun without bright screens, scratched CDs or complicated controls.
POP A TONIE ON THE BOX AND LET THE FUN BEGIN
WHEN YOU PUT A TONIE ON FOR THE FIRST TIME, ITS STORY WILL DOWNLOAD DIRECTLY ONTO THE TONIEBOX. BUT HOW DOES IT ALL WORK?
THE TONIEBOX INSTANTLY RECOGNISES WHO'S STANDING ON TOP, AND THEY HAVE THE MAGIC KEY. THE KEY UNLOCKS THE RIGHT AUDIO FILES SO THE BOX CAN DOWNLOAD THEM FROM THE TONIECLOUD. THE STORY WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY. ONCE THE LED TURNS SOLID GREEN, THE AUDIO CONTENT HAS BEEN COMPLETELY DOWNLOADED, AND YOU CAN PLAY IT ANYWHERE WITHOUT A WI-FI CONNECTION.
Launched in Germany in 2016 as a sturdy yet fun and playful way of allowing chidlren to enjoy stories, Tonies became a sensation across mainland Europe, with over two and a half million selling in just over a year. Both tactile and sturdy they are perfect for children of all ages, easy to set up and easy to use.
Another nice feature is that your child can be left to listen to their favourite story without ad content cropping up and the child being diverted to content which you might not necessarily want them looking at, which can happen if they are watching video's on YouTube. And speaking of YouTube - here's a handy video to demonstrate how the Toniebox works.
If you'd like to see one for yourself we've got a demonstration Toniebox system out in our shop - we're located in Didsbury, south Manchester and open daily (other than Bank Holidays when we give ourselves a day off).
Click here to view and buy online the Tonie Speaker Box or Character Tonies from at Giddy Goat Toys. - shipping to mainland UK addresses is done by tracked couriers and is just £2.50.