With music, stories and sounds, all available in eight languages, this speaker successfully combines fun and education. It is durable, has its own handle and is easy for toddlers to operate. Timio is for children two years and older. Your child can play content by selecting one of the plastic discs and placing it on it, so there’s no need for a screen, app or internet connection. You’ll find five discs in the box covering classical music, farm animals, vehicles, sleepers and bedtime stories. Each disk looks like a clock face with pictures on each clock, and children simply press what they want. Additional sets of discs cost $22 (£15) and cover all sorts of topics from dinosaurs to learning to color.
The speaker sounds surprisingly good, and there’s a 3.5-mm audio port for kids’ headphones. Timio is a great way to introduce your kids to other languages or multilingual (press and hold the language button to switch between English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Chinese, Italian and Portuguese). There’s also a quiz mode, look for a police car, identify numbers, or choose a different shape. The Timio requires three AA batteries, and you’ll also find an SD card that holds its contents when you slide the back panel. If the Timio becomes popular with your children, we recommend rechargeable batteries as you will change them often. Even if they are big and you get a bag to put them, there is a risk that the discs can be lost.