My daughter’s love to be “helpers” and while they do many of the chores listed in my article, “10 Best Chores for Your Children to Do” there is one chore that they would love to do but just can’t, and that is sweep the floor. As a result, when I had the chance to get them Dusty the Talking Vacuum by Hasbro and Playskool from a friend whose child had outgrown it at the ripe old age of 5, I grabbed it.
Facts about Hasbro Playskool Crew Dusty the Talking Vacuum
Retail Price: (based on Toys R Us) $19.99
Recommended Age: 3+ (small parts not recommended for children under 3)
Three AA batteries are required. These are included in your purchase.
Dusty the Talking Vacuum is orange, yellow, turquoise and purple. There are rolling eyes back and forth to form Dusty’s face at the bottom of the sweeper. A see through screen shows thick, primary colored yarn strings that rotate around just like watching the inside of a real vacuum cleaner. A face also decorates the “accessory” that children can move around just like the hose on a real vacuum to tough corners and other spots. On this face the brush acts as an adorable “mustache.”
Hasbro Playskool Crew Dusty the Talking Vacuum is just like a real vacuum. The handle adjusts so that the children can vacuum under the couch and there are realistic vacuum motor and suction sounds. The good news is I don’t ever have to empty it! Dusty says 30 different phrases such as, “Nobody cleans better than we do,” and “Clean you later!” Provoking giggles from my children and even from me from time to time.
My Experience with the Hasbro Playskool Crew Dusty the Talking Vacuum: The girls really enjoy vacuuming with this realistic vacuum that adds just enough fun to make vacuuming seem like work. If my Hoover had all these sounds and giggles, I might think sweeping was fun too! The on/off switch means that I can turn it off if I get tired of the sounds, but since the talking voice is not a high pitched whiny sound usually associated with children’s toys, I normally just leave it on. The animation of the smile on the base of the vacuum as well the rolling eyes adds just that much more fun to our little friend “Dusty.” The girls really think that they are sweeping and remind me quite often, “Look mommy how clean the floor is now!”
The colors are fun, the “lint” of yarn twisting around and viewed through the see through screen ads to the illusion of doing real work.
The only problem I have with this toy is like so many real life sweepers the attachments don’t securely fasten. The girls can’t even attach the hose to the little clip that is there and most of the time I can’t either so the hose keeps “flopping” around.
Overall, it’s a fun, interesting, realistic way to encourage pretend play as well as pride in working hard and a job well done. They don’t know it’s not really sweeping, but I know we all enjoy when mom calls out it’s time for clean up clean up and sweeping the floor and they grab their Hasbro Playskool Crew Dusty the Talking Vacuum and their mini “Dirt Devil” hand vac.
Would I buy it again? Absolutely, it’s a wonderful toy full of fun.
Would I recommend it? Yes, most children ages 2 and up will enjoy it, so far I know of at least two families of four children that enjoyed it as well as it is sturdy and durable.