Soon it will be Bambina’s first birthday and as her understanding of Italian is developing at the speed of a Ferrari, I have been on a mission to find her some bilingual English/Italian toys.
Other than this orange Chicco kangaroo that I found on eBay, let me tell you, the search for toys has been no mean feat! Leap Frog do a lot of French and Spanish, VTech do a few things in French but English/Italian toys are extremely hard to come by. I understand that this may be because Italian isn’t spoken much outside of Italy by non-Italians and it isn’t on the British national curriculum as a second language of choice.
You would think that Chicco, Italy’s biggest children’s brand, would have an array of items to choose from. They do. In Italy. Toys that speak only Italian, not English too. I have found very few that offer both English and Italian. Disappointing.
We have a few music CDs in Italian and one story book but I really wanted something interactive. She is very musical and has recently started singing!! I say “singing” but really mean humming a tune to ‘the wheels on the bus’ melody.
Nevertheless, I want to buy her something that speaks English and Italian, has music and lights, is educational and something fun that she will enjoy.
There’s a funky camera that teaches numbers, colors and greetings. There are several musical story books that Bambina would absolutely love. There is even a mini laptop that helps the baby learn parts of the body with musical games! First there was no choice – now there is too much choice!
* If you are teaching your child/ren to be bilingual, do check out Babeltots as there are many languages and toys to choose from.
** Disclaimer: I have not been contacted by or asked by Babeltots to review their products. I am just so absolutely thrilled to have found a company that supplies bilingual English/Italian toys that I wanted to tell the world about them – that’s it.
- Bambina Babbles (teaandbiscotti.com)