When DD was first born, I purchased quite a few Baby Einstein products. I loved their simple and educational toys and movies. Baby Einstein isn’t just for little babies either, DD is now 2 and still enjoys the simple colours and stimulation. I actually hadn’t played a Baby Einstein DVD for her in over a year, however with the recent release of the Discovery Kits, we were able to review the new World of Colors Discovery kit.
Here is a synopsis of the new Discovery kits:
Level 1: Experience
• Baby Beethoven™ Discovery Kit includes a DVD, Book, Music CD and Parents’ Guide.
Parent and child will listen to the joyous sounds and cherished works of Beethoven. See how music celebrates the sounds of different instruments. Together, they will experience a world of enchanting sights and sounds and make new discoveries with Baby Beethoven.
• Baby Mozart™ Discovery Kit includes a DVD, Book, Music CD and Parents’ Guide.
Parent and child will discover the joy of classical music together and listen to Mozart’s popular works – including “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” – delightfully reorchestrated for little ears. They’ll look at real-life images and enchanting puppet shows bringing a symphony of sights and sounds together as they share new discoveries with Baby Mozart.
Level 2: Explore
• Wild Animal Safari Discovery Kit includes a DVD, Discovery Cards, Music CD and Parents’ Guide.
Parents can take their little explorer on an exotic musical expedition to meet wild animals from across the globe. Together, they’ll journey to the jungle, savanna, desert and forest on a wild, wonderful voyage of discovery with Wild Animal Safari.
• Animals Around Me Discovery Kit includes a DVD, Discovery Cards, Music CD and Parents’ Guide.
Parent and child set off on a fun-filled “field trip” to discover animals found at the park, on the farm, and in their own backyard – whether furry or feathered, winged or wiggly, bumpy or cuddly, they’ll explore the Animals Around Me.
Level 3: Expression
• World of Colors Discovery Kit includes a DVD, Book, Music CD and Parents’ Guide.
Parent and child share a rainbow of sights and sounds and discover the wonders of color together! They’ll join puppet host “Vincent Van Goat” as he creates six Van Gogh masterpieces exploring red, green, blue, yellow, orange and purple with World of Colors.
• World of Words Discovery Kit includes a DVD, Book, Music CD and Parents’ Guide.
Parent and child join playful puppet host Bard the Dragon on an exciting adventure using everyday words, such as flower, cat, and moon, plus beautiful scenery from nature with World of Words.
There are 6 of these new DVD’s and they all include a DVD, Book or cards, CD and a parent’s guide. The Colors Discovery Kit teaches children about colour through Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpieces. The video is less than 1/2 an hour long, but the short clips of colours and toys seem to be mesmerizing – for myself and my daughter. The music that accompanies these clips are also classical tunes that capture your attention.
What I like about the kit is that the accompanying book reinforces everything that was just shown on the DVD. The book has a separate page for each colour of the rainbow, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, each with a Vincent Van Gogh painting. The book is interactive and encourages children to find colours and also ask questions about their own life as well (ex. Are any of your toys purple?) to help encourage them to think past just the book or DVD, that colours exist in their everyday life as well. This book reconfirms for me that Baby Einstein isn’t just for babies, that it is also suitable to toddlers too.
There has recently been a lot of discussion surrounding the Baby Einstein movies. I can’t say whether or not they will enhance your child’s intellectual state or make them a genius. However, I can guarantee that they will get to see some famous paintings and hear some excellent classical music, so they will be well rounded in the arts.
As for DD, some days she knows her colours perfectly (or she’s just a really good guesser), other days she so far off, it’s nearly comical. There is 1 colour that she always gets right, no matter the circumstance, and that’s brown – which isn’t even included in this Discovery Kit – go figure. This just goes to show that kids will learn when they are ready. My poor husband is the one that always get stuck colouring with brown markers, crayons and pencil crayons. “Here Dad, use Brown….”
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