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The Baby Keyboard


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  • Age recommendation: from 12 months
  • Very simple to use
  • The Baby Keyboard simply fits over the top of a conventional PC keyboard
  • Nothing to plug in – the large colourful keys simply press on to your PC’s keys to play the games
  • First introduction to colours, shapes, music and a mouse in drag mode (mouse not included)
  • System Requirements
  • Minimum package of Pentium II
  • 8 speed CD-Rom and sound board
  • Compatible with Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, Millennium and XP
  • CD no. 3 is compatible with the Berchet Media Mouse for Tiny Tots (not included: sold separately)
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Technical Details
Manufacturer recommended age:12 months and up
Item model number171017
  
Additional Information
ASINB00006AV63
Best Sellers Rank 758,778 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
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Date First Available1 Jan 2002
  
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Amazon.co.uk Review

Come and Join Nax and Oyo the Frog with this wonderful new media product, the Baby Keyboard, from Berchet. Intended for use with very young children, (the manufacturer recommends 12-36 months, but it can be used with older siblings too) it has been produced with input from professional toy makers and multimedia specialists, and introduces the fascinating world of the computer.

Intended for use under parental supervision, the package is accompanied by an excellent illustrated pamphlet, which should be read completely before use. It is written in simple, straightforward language and is easy to understand. Especially useful are the little tips to prevent errors, with explanations on what to do if, indeed, they do occur.

The learning aid consists of a brightly coloured, robust and child-friendly plastic keyboard (which is easy to fix over a conventional keyboard) with 10 large colourful and attractive keys, which are so designed to make young children aware of the cause-and-effect relationship between the keyboard and what happens on screen. This is done by playing games. Particularly useful is a key called the "Family Key", which, when pressed, gives information regarding descriptions of games, suggestions for playing it and some ideas for further play. It also allows the parent to dictate the length of play without the player's knowledge, in increments of 5 minutes, and is a way of stopping the game without annoying or upsetting the child.

Accompanying the keyboard are three CD-ROMs, which are very easy to install. The first enables young players to discover shapes and colours each time a key is pressed, and there are games for each of the 5 coloured keys. The second CD is slightly more difficult and enables your toddlers to use animals and familiar objects to recognise sounds and express emotions. The last CD is aimed at the older age range, and therefore the games are more complex. Use of the mouse is introduced as a compliment to the keyboard, but clicking, as yet, is not necessary. This is an excellent product that has been well thought out in every aspect--it really does make learning fun. (One to three years) --Susan Naylor

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Pattison on 8 Nov 2002
The baby keyboard is an ideal introduction to the computer for pre- school children. There natural curiosity makes them want to copy you and with this keyboard they too can play on the computer.
The keyboard is very child friendly and attaches to the computer by means of 2 blue velcro straps. there is no installation needed and it is very portable ( we frequently take it to Grandmas to play with there).
It has ten large buttons, 5 are coloured shapes with cheerful faces on them, 2 are backwards and forwards buttons in the shape of arrows, 2 feature the characters of the games, Nax and Oyo( a frog and a bear) and the last one is a parental button which can be used to learn about the activity and also to set a time limit for the games.
The keyboard and the buttons are chunky and robust and able to withstand the vigorous handling of toddlers.
It also comes complete with three cds. the first two are used only with the keyboard whilst the third is also used with the mouse, giving the child a further dimension of using the computer.
All three cds feature the characters Nax and Oyo and start off in a familiar setting such as the nusery or park. By choosing a coloured shape button the child is taken to an activity. There are 5 educational games on each cd such as playing musical instruments. fitting shapes in holes and blowing up and catching different coloured balloons.
My son, aged 2, has had many hours of enjoyment out of the keyboard and I have watched his progress with interest. Children soon learn about the different colours and shapes and he know uses a mouse with great skill. He has progressed along through the cds put still goes back to the first one now and again because he still enjoys it.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Feb 2003
The Baby Keyboard is a great idea - a robust and simple adaptor that straps on on top of your usual keyboard & allows baby to participate in educational stuff without the fiddliness of a keyboard or a mouse.
The software is pretty good - it's shockwave based, so it's sometimes not as responsive as you'd like - for example, when Nax the dog tells you off for not pressing a key for a while, you have to wait for his animation to finish before you can actually press a key.
Content-wise the software is quite good - lots of visually stimulating toddler-age stuff that focuses on visual interaction - pressing the right key, or series of keys to get a reward. Each CD has several games that are easily switched when baby gets bored. It's a french package that's been translated, so you might not recognise some of the songs, but they certainly had baby clapping along. Baby would play quite happily with this with a little guidance, and really looked forward to her time on the computer.
The adaptor is a little fiddly to fit & of course doesn't give you access to the other keyboard functions when it's fitted, so you may have to boot your machine, strap the keyboard on & start the software whilst fending off baby, who's desperate to get started ! One major downside is that the parental control keys are also big, brightly coloured and chunky keys very close to the game control keys, so of course baby wants to press them too. A busy baby will be constantly switching games and exiting from the software when you don't want this to happen, which I found quite annoying - just as you get going, baby presses the wrong key and out you go !
The adaptor itself is pretty simple in construction, and the keys need a good firm press to work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "theaikens1" on 7 May 2004
My son received the baby keyboard for christmas in a bundle with 3 Oyo & Nax games and 1 Boowa and Kwala. He can not get enough of this toy. Normally he would play with a new toy for a few days and never touch it again but with his baby keybord it keeps him entertained for hours at a time. If I didn't make him get off hte computer he would probably stay on it for days. The games and activities are helping him learn at a fast pace and he loves it! It is a lifesaver for his dad and I. I highly reccomend this item!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Nov 2004
This is a fantastic purchase. It has given both of my children hours of fun. My oldest still plays with it and she is 4 and a half. She shows the trickier bits to my son who is 2 - so they are interacting both with the computer and with each other at the same time. It is interactive and a great teaching toy. It also helps to develop mouse control which is great for developing fine motor skills.
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