I hate singing. Actually, that’s not strictly true, I really like singing to my children, but the idea of singing in public? It gives me the hebegeebees big time. I don’t do karaoke, the very thought of holding a microphone makes my throat close up, because quite frankly, I am terrible. I’d love to be able to sing, but I sound like I’m being strangled. Betsy on the other hand loves to sing. She sings all the time, everywhere. It seemed a bit of a no brainer to accept an invitation from VTech to review their new toy, the Kidi Super Star, and get a bit of a singing lesson with CeCe Sammy, a vocal coach who has had the most amazing career to date, including appearing on The Voice and the X Factor.
CeCe had some great tips for people who want to practice their singing:
- Practice every day. Be a vocal athlete!
- Try lots of different genres
- Believe in yourself and keep trying
- Record yourself singing and listen back to it
The Kidi Super Star is a great toy to practice with as we found out. The machine itself is light and can be carried around by itself, it also comes with its own adjustable stand and while it’s aimed at children six and above, Betsy, 4, can navigate around it easily. We took a Super Star home with us and have had it for about three weeks now and it has been thoroughly tested by both kiddos. They love it and have played with it every day so far. Betsy loves putting on a show for us and making up her own songs to sing. Arthur likes to press the buttons that give sound effects like crowds cheering and applauding.
There are quite a few features on the machine. While you can just switch it on and sing straight into the mic, you could also plug-in a phone or MP3 player and sing along to some of your favourite songs and will cleverly dampen the main vocals on the song down too. You can change the sound of your voice to make it sound squeaky or low, or give it an echo or even sound like a robot!
Programmed into the Kidi Super Star are a few songs to sing along too and a number of games. These games have been a big hit in this house. They range from a Guitar Hero style game, to make a silly sound at a particular point (which are great about learning rhythm) to Funky Monkey – a musical statues game that we have played every day, it’s the perfect thing to shake the sillies out after school.
Not only that, there is a feature where you can record up tp four minutes and then listen back to – perfect for practicing your vocal skills! There is also a disco light for added atmosphere and I suspect there’s a few things we haven’t even discovered yet.
The Kidi Super Star is a great toy for kids , our two love it, and I might be working on some of my dreadful singing with it too…
We were invited to an event and were gifted the VTech Kidi Super Star in return for a review. All opinions are my own.