The Crawl-Along Drum Roll encompasses a sturdy clear drum with brightly coloured end pieces and spiralling lights, and three plastic balls. At one end of the drum is an opening with a sensor, so that when the balls--or any object, even small hands--pass over it, it sets off a silly sound effect and twinkling lights. (Note--the sensor is not effective if playing with this item in very bright natural or artificial light.) The bouncy "baby techno" music and four sound effects are controllable with an on-off switch and two volume settings.
The activities encouraged by this toy are intended to stimulate a child's development in 3 areas: developing motor skills by rolling the drum and grasping and chasing the balls, stimulating the senses through the sound effects and twinkling lights and encouraging cognitive abilities through the placement of the balls in the drum and hearing the resulting silly sounds. Of course, even without the sound effects, babies can see and hear the balls drop once pushed through the opening, and our 10 month old testers seemed to prefer this simple activity overall.
A robust and lively toy for any baby nearly on the go. Requires 3 AA alkaline batteries(not included).--Ann Prahl