Little ones know more about technology than adults these days — it’s almost as if they were born hacking passwords and browsing apps. But while kids have always been fascinated with phones, the smart devices of today aren’t great for your health, so just imagine the effects too much screen time can have on your tot. Still, it’s too cute when your toddler pretends to chat on your cell, so swap it for a play phone for kids that keeps them well entertained sans blue light exposure.
Whether it’s hearing a familiar voice on the line or pushing buttons that gives them a thrill, or they’re just constantly begging for you to pull up Laurie Berkner’s music videos on YouTube, there’s a play phone for kids to mimic their favorite features. From Fisher Price’s retro rotary dial to VTech’s kid version of a smartphone (100 percent void of internet access), these are the best play phones for kids.
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1. VTech Call & Chat Learning Phone
Be careful you don’t confuse VTech’s smartphone for the real thing because this play phone for kids isn’t too far off from Apple and Android devices. This high-tech model comes in two colors — black or orange — and features 10 apps kids love browsing mom and dad’s phone for like music, clock, photos and games. Your little one can even program up to five numbers of their favorite family and friends so they have them on (pretend) speed dial. Each contact gets their own ringtone, too, but for the times your child doesn’t feel like talking, they can choose from a variety of fun yet educational games that teach them numbers, letters and time concepts.
2. Fisher Price Classics Retro Chatter Phone
Fisher Price Classics Retro Chatter Phone is among the few vintage-esque toys that belong in every child’s collection. Ever since it was introduced back in 1961, preschoolers and young toddlers have loved poking their finger into the rotary dial, spinning it around and around. The Chatter Phone is also charming with it’s interactive smiley face display that rolls its eyes and chatters its mouth. The dial actually rings, so while this play phone for kids doesn’t look like mommy and daddy’s handheld device, they’ll still enjoy pretending to call family and friends.
3. Learning Resources Teaching Phone
There’s a teachable moment in almost every playtime activity, and this play phone for kids from Learning Resources is the perfect example of that. This old-school telephone is easily programmable so your little one can save important numbers and record their own voice message. With a notepad to jot down numbers they need to know, you can teach your child how to dial their family, friends, 911 and other emergency contacts.