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Educational Insights Phonics Firefly

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Youngsters will love learning phonics with lights, sounds and digital speech! The friendly firefly introduces letter recognition with the Alphabet Song. Game 2 teaches the names of letters, then game 3 quizzes letter recognition. Game 4 teaches the sound alphabet: the sound of b' is /b/ as in bear. Then game 5 quizzes letter sounds. Game 6 introduces simple three-letter words. In game 7, children make their own words. Phonics Firefly's word bank speaks nearly every three-letter word in the English language! Includes built-in speaker with volume control and auto shut-off.

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batteries are required (included)

2.2 pounds

14.6 x 12.6 x 2.7

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Best Phonics Toy Hands Down!

By Angie M

from Minnesota

About Me Parent, Thrifty


  • Can Withstand Use
  • Easy To Play
  • Educational
  • Entertaining
  • Fun
  • Interactive
  • Thought Provoking


    Best Uses

    • Children

    Comments about Educational Insights Phonics Firefly:

    FINALLY, I have found the perfect phonics toy! Having sent my daughter to a Montessori preschool, I was looking for something VERY specific and have been searching for over a year. I thought I had seen them all until I stumbled across this one in a children's store. I had almost given up at this point, thinking there was nothing out there that completely met my criteria. Not that Montessori teaching advocates electronic toys in any way, in fact just the opposite, but I applied Montessori guidelines in my search for a phonics toy for the car.

    First, the letters on the toy needed to be in lower case because for a child to learn to read, they should actually learn lower case letters first because words are written in lower case. Capital letters typically only begin the sentence. The problem with talking phonics toys are that virtually all feature buttons that are in uppercase. The center of the buttons on the Phonics Firefly are all in lower case. The letter's uppercase counterpart is written very small off to the side of the button. Perfect!

    Next, there has to be a control for error. One of the problems with other talking phonics toys is that if the child gets them wrong, they simply move on to the next letter/word and don't even correct the child! All the letter buttons on the Phonics Firefly light up. This toy has a brilliant control for error in that if the child gets it wrong, it gives a short chirp/buzz and then after a couple failed tries, the correct letter will flash and ask them to push it so they know which letter they should have selected. Also, due to the lighted buttons, when the voice requests letters to be selected, those letters will go dark once chosen so that the letters not yet dIscussed are still lit. This keeps a child from gravitating towards the same letters continuously and gives notice to all letters. It also enables them to mentally map the ones they've already selected. Perfect! Brilliant!... FINALLY!

    When I have tested other phonics toys, I noticed some letters are actually difficult to understand and not always clearly audible. The electronic voice on the Firefly is clear and crisp. The letters and sounds are well annunciated. Another added bonus is that when it discusses the sound letters make, it then follows with a word example such as, "the letter n sounds like nnn as in the word nest". Some phonics toys stop after pronouncing the letter sound and do not go on to provide a word example. I love this feature of the Firefly. Perfect!

    Lastly, although this toy meets all my standards, I would be remiss to only boast of its functional aspects. This toy is also so darn cute! The Firefly is darling in design and has such a friendly appeal to it. It is truly a top notch and impressive toy and I will certainly be giving them as gifts.

    I could not be happier with my find. We own only 3 electronic "talking/sound" toys. A Melissa & Doug shape puzzle, the other is a fantastic piano by Kids Station, and the third is this Phonics Firefly. I keep the piano and Firefly as car toys only. The kids are obsessed with the Firefly and I know they are truly learning something when I can't directly teach them, instead of just listening to electronic chatter. Restricting them to the car keeps the novelty from wearing off for the kids if they only use it during drives, enabling me to keep my eyes on the road, especially on long trips. A great value, a great buy, and highly recommended!

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    Learn with Lights, Sounds and Speech!

    By Mommy Melissa

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Educator, Parent


    • Easy To Assemble
    • Easy To Use
    • High Quality
    • Lasting Fun


      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Travel

      Comments about Educational Insights Phonics Firefly:

      In order to begin, just press the "ON" button and then turn the large red dial to the mode of play you want. The further right you go on the dial, the more difficult the games and activities are. For instance, the very first option is for singing the alphabet song only while the letters light up in time with the tune. The next two modes deal with letter recognition, the two modes after that deal with letter sounds and then finally, the last two modes are the Word Explorer game.

      In the Word Explorer game, early learners can make their own three-letter words. Phonics Firefly's word bank speaks nearly every common three-letter word (over 500) in the English language! Convenient features include built-in speaker with volume control and automatic shut-off so as to conserve battery power. If you are looking for the perfect toy to help your youngster become more alpha-savvy, then I highly recommend the Phonics Firefly from Educational Insights. This fun and portable educational tool will keep your child engaged and entertained whether at home or on the go!

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