Living / 16 June, 2020 / Ellie Thompson
The new and improved Yoto Player has launched, and we have to say, it’s pretty impressive. Yoto Player is an interactive, entertaining and educating connected speaker suitable for kids aged 3+.
Yoto offers access to music, stories and podcasts free of charge, and you can purchase a range of popular audiobooks, activities, podcasts, radio and sound effects from the Yoto Library.
Yoto Player is a screen-free audio platform for kids. It’s a small cubed shaped device designed with children’s safety in mind. There’s no camera, no microphone and absolutely no adverts, so you can leave your child to enjoy time by themselves with full peace of mind.
Yoto Player will introduce your little one to a world of stories, music, activities, podcasts, radio and other inspiring audio. What we love about this product besides the fact that there’s no screen in sight, is that users can enjoy a whole range of fantastic free content via the app available from App Store or Google Play. Yoto’s free content is updated regularly, so there’s always something new to enjoy each month.
Yoto’s content library is stacked full of books from the world’s greatest children’s authors, securing licenses with the likes of Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette, and Macmillan. You can buy single books or a series of stories in some cases. We have Mog by Judith Kerr’s six-pack series on order already! I can’t wait for my little ones to enjoy the books by Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton.
Once you’ve unboxed your Yoto and downloaded the free Yoto app via iOS or Android, you’ll need to sync them both together using a WiFi connection. It’s a super-simple process, and it only took us only a couple of minutes to get our Yoto up and running.
Yoto Player is controlled using physical cards. All you have to do is insert your chosen card into the slot at the top of the device, and hey presto! your audio content will begin. It’s that easy, even our one-year-old son can do it. He gets a huge amount of enjoyment from putting The Gruffalo card in and taking it out, and putting it in, and taking it out – you get the picture!
The second-generation Yoto Player has a built-in battery to make the Yoto Player portable, so your child can use it around your home. Its magnetic dock is easy to use to recharge the player overnight. The stereo’s sound has been improved, along with its pixel display which helps bring content to life.
You can convert your second-generation Yoto Player into a Bluetooth speaker so your kids can listen, play, and dance to their favourite songs and stories from your Spotify, Apple Music or Audible via your own device. This opens up even more scope for your children to explore.
The new software even allows you to play audio straight from the app on your device, so your kids can make the most of Yoto wherever they are. If you’ve got an iPhone 7 or above, all you have to do is tap a Yoto card on your phone to play content. Yep, really – it’s magic!
Yoto’s Make Your Own cards are a fantastic idea and are definitely worth a go. They’re a great way of keeping in touch with grandparents and other loved ones you might not be able to see right now. These cards can be used to record whatever content you like. Parents and grandparents can record bedtime stories or lullabies for their children to listen back to. It doesn’t have to be voice recordings, you can download other content such as songs and podcasts onto these cards – the possibilities are just endless!
The speaker also doubles up as the perfect sleep companion, which makes a lot of sense because it will probably be bedtime when your child will get the most use out of the device.
You can choose the might light’s colour in your phone’s app, and choose a set time for bed, and a set time to signal to your child that it’s daytime, and time to wake up. The pixel display behind the clock changes from sun to moon, and just like the Groclock, it helps kids to understand when they need to go to bed and when they can wake up.
The Yoto Player can also be used as a sleep aid. Honestly, these guys have thought of everything.
Available to buy from www.yotoplay.com with an RRP starting from £79.99.