Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Vintage Toys and Encyclopedic Knowledge

Hunter has been quite interested in this old toy of mine lately.

It was produced by Vtech and is called World Wizard Traveler, something you might be able to find on ebay but the technology is not all that good so I'm not going to say I exactly highly recommend it.

Hunter on the other hand could care less and this is his toy of choice lately. It's basically just a little box with forty-some cartridges and eight option buttons. The little black and white LED screen flashes you a letter (which corresponds to a picture on the slide you just put in) and you're supposed to select the correct answer of the name of that picture with a little button on the right hand side. If you're right it plays a happy, ascending tune and, if you're wrong, the opposite. But, the nice thing is that, when you are wrong, it immediately tells you what the right answer was. So a little trial and error can make anyone a pro at this game, even if you're previously clueless about the content.

The slides he can toy with include:
  • Countries of the world 
  • Countries of Europe
  • Provinces of Canada 
  • Territories of Australia
  • States of the USA
  • Architecture styles
  • Famous inventions
  • Parts of the brain
  • The human respiratory system
  • Dinosaurs
  • People of ancient times
  • Chemical elements
  • Types of triangles
  • Parts of a flower
  • Leaves
  • Ocean fish
  • The anatomy of a shark
  • Desert wildlife
  • Flightless birds
  • Constellations
  • Space vehicles
  • Space pioneers
  • Flags of the world
  • Authors of famous classic literature
  • Parts of an animal cell
  • Monkeys and apes
  • World musical instruments
  • World coins
  • Ancient artifacts
  • Endangered species
  • Types of clouds
  • The planets

It is a toy Mommy likes having around even though the tune is somewhat on the annoying side. After all, learning is play, right? 

"I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker."
Job 36:3
Hunter is 5 years, 0 months old

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