VTech.SmartAnimalsThanks to VTech’s new Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset, playtime turns into a wild (and educational!) adventure. Kids ages 1 to 5 can go on a fun tour of the zoo with the included SmartPoint rhino as he responds to the zoo’s seven SmartPoint locations with different phrases, music, and sounds.

The zoo play set also includes manipulative features, such as a turning gate, a spinning water take, a flip-up board, and stacking pieces, that little ones to strengthen their motor skills while they learn. The electronic zoo entrance teaches animal names, animal traits, letters, and colors, as well as plays music.

VTech’s SmartPoint technology is really what makes this play set (and the Go! Go! Smart Wheels line as well) stand out. The educational aspects of these toys don’t interrupt the physical play pattern, but rather are integrated right into it. It makes the transition between play and learning seamless—and, in fact, really makes them one in the same. For kids as young as 1, being taught that learning can be fun is important.

I love the adorable animals in the line (which are each sold separately). They are a great size for little hands have a light-up button that plays fun animal sounds, sings three sing-along songs, and teach letters and animal names. All of them feature friendly, smiling faces that are appealing to little explorers.

The track is made of brightly colored pieces and can be reconfigured or connected to other Go! Go! Smart Animals and Go! Go! Wheels play sets to encourage creativity—and providing a much greater play value and keeping kids engaged with new tracks. The play set contains 13 track pieces, so even if your kids don’t have the other play sets, there is still a lot of possibilities for creativity and imagination.

The Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset takes fun zoo adventures that kids already love and bring it into the playroom. It also has parent-friendly features, such as a durable design and automatic shut off. This play set a great educational toy for kids with a bit of a wild side!