My kids are big into Paw Patrol. I think they have watched each season at least twice. So when we found this Paw Patrol watch by Vtech, we thought it would be a great fit for our 6 year old.
At the get go, it seemed like a cool watch. The packaging featured games and other activities our 6 year old would love to do on a watch that featured the Paw Patrol. Let’s go over the good and the bad about this watch.
The watch comes with everything it needs to work. Right out of the box the watch turns on and your kid can play with it – or can you? You might notice that the watch only does one thing without the ability to make any choices. This is because it’s in demo mode.
The watch is in Demo mode out of the box
The kicker is that you cannot just turn demo mode off. You have to buy a new CR2450 lithium battery and switch it out with the battery that is only compatible with demo mode. Once you put the new battery in and reset the watch out of demo mode is when your kid can finally use the watch properly. Set the time and now you’re finally good to go.
Yes, you need to buy an additional battery on top of the watch. This was mildly infuriating as you find this out after you buy the thing and your kid wants to play with it to the fullest extent. Wish they noted this on the box.
Putting the watch on can be a task as well. The wristband is rubbery and there are two prongs that each go into one hole to secure the watch on your little one’s wrist. They don’t go in super easy. My tip is to push the middle part in between the holes of the two prongs down until secured.
How it Works
I’m glad to say that actual gameplay of the watch is much better than demo mode. There are some various games and activities your child can choose from including answering math problems and finding items for the Paw Patrol.
Granted, these games aren’t state of the art. This isn’t a Apple Watch. You get what you pay for. Your child might play with the activities on the watch for about 10-15 minutes then go do something else. Especially if they are used to playing with a smartphone or a tablet with games on it. They won’t be too impressed. It reminds me of the old Tamagotchi toys back in the 90s. Those got old quick.
Your kid will most likely end up using the watch for Paw Patrol decoration and start pretending that they are part of the Paw Patrol. This is fine in my eyes because I like my kids using their imagination.
How it Works
Cleanup and Storage
All you really have to do to turn this off is to close the watch. Now you can find a suitable spot to store it. My kids tend to lose this frequently. Hopefully you can do a better job of helping your kids find a good storage spot for this watch.
Cleanup and Storage
Overall, this is a pretty gimmicky watch. Don’t expect too much out of it or your kid to spend a whole lot of time playing with it. They might end up just wearing it to pretend like they are part of the Paw Patrol or just feel like wearing a watch.
There are a couple of different version of this watch based on character. Get the best one that your kid likes the most.
VTech PAW Patrol Marshall Learning Watch
This interactive watch features Marshall, PAW Patrol’s fun-loving Dalmatian fire pup, and includes the real voice of Ryder
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