My toddler LOVES helping mommy clean up (I know, he’ll outgrow it in a couple of years, but I’m enjoying it while he lasts), but he’s scared of the vacuum. Not when it’s off – if it’s just sitting there in the corner he’s fine – but as soon as I turn it on, he shrieks like he just saw Pennywise the Clown coming for him. I was able to try out the KidzLane Dyson Play Vacuum Cleaner, with the hope that playing with a kid-sized vacuum would get him over his fear of the grown-up vacuum. (Not that I have a Dyson, mind you; we’re the proud owners of a $49 Walmart special that has amazingly lasted over two years cleaning up after four boys – knock on wood!)
It takes four C batteries (which, of course, take a screwdriver to install), and there’s a simple on/off button on the back right next to the battery compartment.
When you turn it on, it makes a sound like a real vacuum, albeit at a lower volume – AND it actually picks up small items (like scraps of paper or small poly beads)! There’s a teensy little removable dustbin in the back of the vacuum that can be popped out and emptied.
There’s also a clear “collection canister” on the front – it doesn’t really collect anything (all the little bits the vacuum picks up go in that little pop-out bin in the back), but there are small colorful foam beads that spin around when the red button on the front is pressed – great for developing imagination and playing make-believe! Taylor loves running back and forth across the living room with it, as long as it’s turned off – he’s still pretty intimidated by the sound of it when it’s turned on, since it sounds so realistic (just quieter).