Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
Dress-up Dresses, New and Improved with Batteries
I like a toy that teaches parents a few lessons. Acting Out Musical Dress-up Skirts are a line of ballerina-type dresses with motion-activated battery-powered music boxes. Your 3- to 6-year-old child dances around while music plays. Each dress contains a different music recording.
I know what you’re thinking. My, how far we have come since the days of Thomas Edison’s phonograph princess gowns. Edison was a visionary, but no toddler wants to dance while turning a hand crank. Even the most graceful of dancers could not escape causing the needle to skip or having the wax phonograph cylinder crash to the floor in pieces.
Here are a few perceptions I’ve gleaned from reading about 21st century music dresses.
Lesson #1: Dresses that don’t play music are boring.
Lesson #2: Stereos, boom boxes and other home audio players are obsolete. Dancing should be conducted with a personal audio player attached to your body.
Lesson #3: Playing a music CD on an obsolete boom box or home stereo while dancing, or worse, playing no music at all, is to disrespect the inherent, unique inner music of your garment.
Lesson #4: Toys that don’t use batteries are suspect. Check the box’s fine print or the product’s web page before spending cash on outdated technology.
Lesson #5: Organizations that issue toy awards are experts. Just look at the various awards this toy has received.
Of course, what do I know? I don’t own one of these dresses. My daughter plays with mute ballerina skirts purchased at garage sales and then dances to music from any CD we choose to pop into our CD player. One must wonder how long before un-electronic dresses are a thing of the past.
See previous: Cranium’s Giggle Gear: Dress-up Play with Batteries
I don’t mind ruffling feathers. A certain portion of people will read these words, say, “Haha, very funny” and then buy this very product for Christmas. As they say, any publicity is good publicity.