Alilo – Kid’s Digital Player G7 (Big Bunny)

ABOUT

Alilo Singapore carries educational digital players suitable for infants and toddlers with its bestseller being the G7 Big Bunny. The G7 Big Bunny is the only Alilo product with a screen. It’s made from ABS plastic which is 30 times stronger than normal plastic and child-safe with no sharp edges, though it still gives me a mini heart attack when Elise drops it on the floor. Very sturdy. The bunny’s ears are made of soft touch silicone and the bunny head functions as a night light.

G7 comes with a remote control in the shape of a bunny!

FUNCTIONS & SPECIFICATIONS

The idea is simple. It’s essentially an MP3 player and voice recorder repackaged to appeal to kids and save parents from wailing babies. 

  • Nightlight
  • Educational tool
  • White noise machine
  • Voice recorder
  • MP3 player
  • Teether (ears)

The G7 Big Bunny can be charged with a standard USB 2.0 cable and can last for 4 hours on a full charge. Below the high fidelity, 52mm speakers are two buttons – one for activating the colour-changing light-up ears and another to switch the night light on and off. The bunny’s tail doubles as a power switch and volume control. The G7 is the only model with a LCD screen which I like because I can skip directly to the song I want. 

Specifications:

  • Includes
    • Bunny Remote Control
    • USB cable for charging and data transfer
    • 4GB Micro SD memory card (Supportable up to 8GD)
  • Playback – 128kbps
  • Recording – 96kbps
  • ~4hrs non-stop operation on full charge
  • Product dimension: 21.5 x 11.5 x 8 cm
  • 6 months local warranty against manufacturing defects

Switch between the various functions – Songs, Stories, Soothing Soundtracks, Voice Recorder using the buttons surrounding the screen. It would be a bonus if the control buttons glowed in the dark too.  

There is an assortment of soothing soundtracks, white noise and soft music meant to lull babies into sleeping. Elise has hugged it for her naps even though 90% of the exterior is made of hard plastic which makes it not so cuddly. I prefer this to a soft plushy exterior because it’s easy to wipe down with a damp cloth and dirt doesn’t get trapped. 

You can download your own tunes and transfer it into the player via USB or stick with the preset songs. I really like how the ears glow and change colours. The babies are fascinated by it. 

When I first handed the toy to Elise, she wasn’t quite sure if she liked it… until I switched on The Three Little Pigs. From then, she’s listened to the same story at least 10 times since. Toddlers seem to enjoy repetition. What I like about this gadget is that it’s able to divert her attention away from Big Bad YouTube. There’s only so much Blippi! and 뽀롱뽀롱 뽀로로 I can stand. The preset songs include perennial toddler favourites such as Baa Baa Black Sheep, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and ABC… which are all of the same tune. There’re other baby crowd pullers like Wheels on the Bus and Itsy Bitsy Spider. 

You can even record yourself singing their favourite song and let the kids play it back to save your voice, but it may cost you your sanity, so pick your poison.

In total, there are 9 stories, 10 songs and 11 soothing soundtracks pre-installed and you can download more off the official Alilo website.  There’re songs and stories in Chinese as well as more in English.

It sounds over the top to say this, but I owe this bunny one. Look at the photo below. It’s of a baby who had a crazy meltdown and thrashed about, screaming and yelling. I switched on the bunny, turned on some white noise… and IT WORKED.  😛  He calmed down enough to latch and he fell asleep! 😀 

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Alilo – Kids Digital Player G7 (Big Bunny)

*** I received an Alilo Kids Digital Player G7 (Big Bunny) for the purpose of this review.

Esplanade Presents PLAYtime! Koko The Great: 11-27 August 2017 | Pip’s Playbox

Esplanade Presents | PLAYtime! Koko the Great
11 to 27 August 2017

Esplanade Theatre Studio
Tickets cost $20, but if you join the Pip’s Club (free membership), you can purchase tickets for $18!
*** There are also sensory-friendly performances for children on the autism spectrum or with special needs.


ABOUT

Koko is reminded by his mother not to venture beyond the river before she leaves for the market. Once he is alone, he imagines himself as Koko the Great and embarks on an adventure in the kampong and beyond. No prizes for guessing if he crosses the river! The story takes place in a kampong that comes to life with colours, friendly animal puppets, sing-alongs, dance-alongs, surprises and more.

Inspired by Singaporean artist Liu Kang’s oil painting, Life by the River
Adapted from the children’s book Koko the Great, written by Natalie Hennedige and illustrated by Twisstii.

Cast:
Andrew Mark Ong
Julius Foo
Rebekah Sangeetha Dorai
Deonn Yang


We were invited by Today Got Class and Esplanade Pip’s Club to the preview of Koko the Great, a theatre production held in conjunction with the Children’s Biennale organised by the National Gallery. It was Elise’s first time watching a theatrical production. I wondered if it would be too abstract for her to understand but as we sat on the floor, she kept her gaze onto the set while I pointed out the items she knew (dog, duck, balls, tree, cloud, boat).

The 40-minute play was full of movement and sound. Patchwork props and puppets, singing and music brought the scenes to life. Koko dreams big; he imagines a small flower, tiny fish and an infant to be gigantic and enormous, to which the villagers mock. The audience is taught the movements to the song which they can follow along. Elise was a bit too young to catch all the moves. 

Before Koko embarks on his adventure, we’re shown how a typical morning in the kampong is like, with egg-laying hens, dogs and ducks taking baths and Koko the kampong boy, bored of the same old village routine. As soon as his mother goes out, off he goes! 

Probably knowing that children lose focus easily, there is a segment where the audience is invited to help Yellow Duck, Purple Dog and Koko sort out foam fish with patterns from the nets into baskets. It took a bit of prodding for Elise to go up and sort the fishes, but the rest of the children did so with ease. It seems that now she is a bit older, she’s developed some kind of wariness against strangers. 

In this part of the play, Koko meets a menacing tree – the Green Giant, who warns him that he would not be able to go back home. 

The show ends with Koko’s mother returning and rewarding him with a giant popsicle. The story line is simple enough for children to follow without needing explanation from the adults. 

Watching the production from the floor, I couldn’t help but notice beads of perspiration forming on the actors’ faces. It must have been warm under the spotlight, but they put in their best efforts despite the heat. Local theatre is much underappreciated and I’m glad Elise was given the chance to watch art in a form she has not seen before. Children benefit from exposure to theatre arts as it stimulates their imagination – “that looks like a baby, why is it so large? Why doesn’t it have a face? Why is that man wearing a duck hat and acting like a duck?” which in turn makes them question and look for answers, much better than rote-learning and memorisation. 

I don’t usually pay much attention to theatre and art. At the museums, I prefer the interactive exhibits over abstract paintings. Hence, this theatre play was something new for the both of us. 

 

 


After the play ended, we grabbed some lunch and popped by Pip’s Playbox, a relatively quiet space for children to play safely (with free admission!). There are train tracks with trains, magnetic wooden building blocks, a two-storey house and nooks and crannies to chill with a book. There’s also a corner for arts and craft. The place is sanitised daily between 2 to 3pm. One thing I like about this place is that the toys stocked are open-ended and children can build whatever they want according to their creativity. No electronic toys or screens but lots of hidey holes and cabinets which open up to reveal colourful murals. 

Over here, children have to take responsibility for keeping the toys back in their proper receptacles before leaving. 

The place opens till 6pm, but we left earlier to avoid the peak hour train rush. We’re making the most of the remaining time we have with Elise as the only kid, so despite my huge bump, I’m determined to bring her out as much as possible until didi comes in and steals the show. 

 

Today Got Class X The Musical Voyage #1: First Lesson!

Having heard many positive things about the Kindermusik program from the October mummies, I was pretty eager to find out for myself just how the class would be like since Elise has started creating her own dance moves. There are a few operators conducting Kindermusik in Singapore. The class which we are enrolled in is by The Musical Voyage, which includes the following elements:

My friend told me that for Kindermusik, the teacher determines whether the class is interesting. Her kid attends classes conducted by a teacher with a voice “so amazing”, all the kids are enthralled. Once, they attended a make-up lesson by another instructor and she “almost fell asleep”. To be honest, I did feel a little worried. What if the class wasn’t up to my expectations?  

Chomping on her finger to ease her anxiety

The class started promptly with Teacher Natasha introducing the children in the class. Then, we sat our kids on our laps and bounced them up on the sound of “Pop!” in “Pop! Goes the Weasel”. We also played with various patterns like bouncing the kids on our laps thrice before stopping. The children also held rattles which they shook and stopped on command. I was rather proud that Elise took the instructions well.

This is meant to let the kids learn how to recognise rhythms. Elise was extremely shy at the beginning, choosing to stay in my lap. She has recently become more cautious of strangers, but when there’s music, there’s no stopping her. It took her a grand total of 10 minutes for her to warm up and transform from that shy kid at the back of the class to that annoying kid who runs right up to the teacher. Once she got into the mood, she bobbed and showed off her dance moves.

As for Teacher Natasha’s voice? Infinitely better than me trying to sing at karaoke, and I’m not tone deaf. I cannot say the same about my husband though *hides*. She only sang for a short while but I’m sure we’ll be hearing her singing voice over the next few lessons.

Sing & Play for 12 to 24 month olds

Out came a frog which played Peek-a-boo! This caught the attention of the young ones as they ran up to find the frog. One little girl shriekd “There it is!” when Teacher Natasha tried to hide it behind her, creating much laughter at her innocent remark. Elise has been watching Little Baby Bum on YouTube and there’s this Peek-a-boo song which she recognised when it was sang today. We were also introduced to this peculiar instrument in the shape of a frog. It was a croaking frog güiro, which amazingly made a very similar sound!

 Teacher Natasha informed us that our kids could be more interested in the holes at the side of the frog than making it croak. She guessed right, because Elise skewered that frog. She developed quite an attachment to that charred frog and was reluctant to return it back to the basket when the segment was over. 

Frog satay for you?

They also tried to hop like rabbits. We were told that at this age, they haven’t quite mastered how to hop or jump. This was Elise’s best attempt at hopping.

MORE peek-a-boo! By this time, the kids were warmed up and ran around freely with their scarves. Ehhh, how is it peek-a-boo if we can see each other even when the scarf is over your head? This theme was timely as we’ve been playing peek-a-boo with Elise frequently and she just started saying “Boo!”, albeit in an extremely unscary manner.

Best picture of the day. The class lasted 45 minutes, which is less than our travel time (1 hour+ each way), but this face? Pure joy. At the end of the lesson, she was so relaxed and comfortable, she ran up to another parent and tried to sit on her lap. -_- Looking forward to next week’s lesson!

** This is Part 1 of an ongoing review of Kindermusik, The Musical Voyage, brought to you by TodayGotClass.
They are currently having a very attractive promotion of S$24 for 4 trial lessons!