The toy is a pretend car steering wheel that attributes different sounds with the images, and lights on the toy. There are three different sound settings on the left side one that plays musical notes, another that makes animal sounds, and the last one making car noises. After the sound is played a voice comes on, and says what the sound is coming from. It has a lot to offer with seven different sections to explore each having three different sound options. The manufacturer has the toy listed for ages six months to three years of age, and claims that it teaches them daily life, colors, fine motor skills, and pretend play. I like the toy because you have to know which setting you want to get the desired noises to appear and you are attributing sounds with visual aids. Plus it is not that large of a toy so if the child wants to drive just like you in the car it wouldn’t be too hard to make it work in a safe way just be sure the batteries are not in it.
I read an interesting article titled “The Role of Context in the Categorization of Hybrid Toy Stimuli by 18-Month-Olds”. In their study they wanted to see if the infants could categorize hybrid toys into groups. They took several different toy bases such as a car, an animal, or a doll having each child play with them. They hinted at how to play with the toys like spinning the cars wheels, having the dolls or animals walk along the surface. Then they revealed the second part of the experiment where they had what they referred to as hybrid toys where they gave the cars legs, or the others wheels seeing if the child would be able to categorize it with the previous set of toys. In the end the infants were able to categorize the hybrid toys with previous groups they were playing with. I liked this article because the turn and learn toy is basically a hybrid in itself. What I mean by this is with the different settings for the sounds you are doing the same hand motions on the toy, but getting different outcomes. If you can categorize the outcomes with what you are doing you would in theory be learning each different outcome for that specific button/lever.
In conclusion I think this is a good educational toy for an infant. It will help them to learn colors, objects, and help fine tune motor functions. It supports the manufacturer’s target areas of learning, and more. The parents may not like the idea of having the ignition key being a volume controller that the infant has access to, but it is fun for the child to be able to identify different levels of sound volume. Possible harm that I can see from this product would be along the lines of you have the basic needs to pass your Utah drivers ed test with this toy, but that isn’t the toys fault.
Bornstein, M.H., Arterberry, M.E., & Lamb, M.E. (2014). Development in Infancy. New York, NY; Psychology Press.
Mareschal, D. & Tan, S.H.(2008). The Role of Context in the Categorization of Hybrid Toy Stimuli by 18-Month-Olds. Taylor & Francis Group. LLC Psychology Press; Infancy, 13(6), 620-639