Friday, March 14th, 2008
Hear Myself Sound Phone
Here’s a simple battery-free toy phone. The Hear Myself Sound Phone by Lakeshore Learning is hollow molded plastic. Your kid talks in one end and hears himself out the other.
This class of phone is often sold by retailers who specialize in special needs toys. It helps kids who have speech issues to better hear what their voice sounds like so they can work on pronunciation, volume and such.
Is it appropriate for a toddler who has no speech or hearing issues? I don’t know. It might be like talking into a paper towel tube, amplifying the voice and thus conditioning the child to speak softly. Maybe good for a screamer, maybe not for a kid who is already on the quiet side. Still, it strikes me as a bit more engaging than a regular non-electronic toy phone. It’s 6.75" long, which may be a factor in whether it "fits" for your child’s current size.
Direct product links on Lakeshore’s website expire, so to find the phone, start at the front page and search for "phone."