AD Gifted – We were gifted a Yoto Player for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own.

Review Yoto Player. Kipper loves books and stories of any kind. Often telling me ones he has made up. It is lovely listening to his imagination unfold. So when Yoto Player the screen free audio platform for kids got in contact and asked me if we would like to review Yoto Player I of course said yes. I was intrigued by the idea of a screen free device that gave children some independence with their choices. But at the same time gave us access to mainstream authors such as Julia Donaldson, Judith Kerr and Roald Dahl.

Yoto Player Review

What is a Yoto Player?

A Yoto Player is a connected screen free speaker. It is controlled by popping in physical story and music cards into a little slot at the back. But only playing the audio content that I can control by a parent app. There is no camera, no microphone and no ads. Which in todays constantly connected world where I fear both boys have far too much screen time really appeals.

Yoto Player Features

  • The Yoto Player is also a blue tooth speaker, nightlight and a clock
  • It has a built in battery and a clever magnetic dock to recharge. Which Kipper can use himself.  This means once charged it is fully mobile and Kipper can move it around the house as he likes. He will often take it into the play room with him to listen to as he plays.
  • The pixel display on the front not only acts as a clock but it also displays pictures linked to the content you are listening to
  • The app allows parents  to have control over the player. Managing bluetooth pairing, the library, night light colour and clock operating times. You can also use it to make your own cards.

First Impressions

I really liked the way it came packaged in cardboard only.  I did wonder if it was going to be difficult to set it up as we have had bad experiences with wifi enabled devices before. However it could not have been simpler. All I did was switch it on, download the app and pop in the welcome card which came in the pack. The card walked me through how to use the device and some of its features. The app is self explanatory and is also very easy to understand.

Kipper was listening at the same time and enjoyed understanding how it worked. Including using the buttons on the top to move through the tracks. Naturally he could not wait to try out some of the story cards we had received. So we skipped a number of the welcome tracks! But the whole process took about ten minutes. It was so simple.

The welcome card itself once it has been used can then become one of the blank cards which you can over record. Either with the boys creations or with radio and podcasts downloaded via the app.

Things we love

  • It is so simple to set up – and take hardly any time at all. Perfect when you have an eager four year old who can not wait to try it out.
  • There are a wide range of pre loaded cards which you can buy. There are titles from many well known authors with stories which are great for both the boys ages. Suitable up to the age of 10. Not only that but they are reasonably priced. For example you can get a Julia Donaldson bundle of six stories for £19.99.  Many of the stories are priced between £4.99 and £6.99.
  • It is not just stories there are also activities, music, sound effects, podcasts and radio.
  • Kipper can operate the player all by himself choosing the cards he wants to listen to.
  • Since we spend a lot of our time travelling the fact that you can download the content onto the player via the app. So that you can then listen to that content without the need for wifi is a big plus. The Yoto Player can hold up to 140 hours of content.
  • There is also a lot of free content. Yoto Daily is a free piece of audio content which you can access each day. Plus there is also  Yoto Radio which is a kids radio channel that you can access at any point.
  • The clock feature. Once we move the player into Kippers room we will be making a lots of use of this feature. In the app I can set  the wake up and  sleep time meaning the picture changes from the sun to the moon. Indicating it is bed time.  This is where the night light will come in.

Win your own Yoto Player

We really like our Yoto Player and can not wait to buy some more stories for it and start creating our own via the blank cards.  My shopping basket is already full! But don’t just take our word for it. The lovely people at Yoto have given me a Yoto Player and a Starter Pack to giveway. Worth £89.99.  The starter pack includes six different cards including the Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton.

Yoto Player (kids audio device) & Starter Pack worth £89.99

  • Competition is open to residents of the UK & Ireland  aged 18 and over
  • No cash alternative offered
  • The winner will be drawn at random and will win a Yoto Player and Starter Pack
  • The giveaway will close on the 30th of June at midnight
  • You will need  to provide a phone number and postal address

I have some other giveaways running at the moment so please check them out in the Blog Giveaways Page above.

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Yoto Player Review

86 Comments

  1. Ursula Hunt Reply

    This looks like a great piece of kit an perfect for my granddaughter

    • Lyndsey cooksey Reply

      Oh how lovely! What a great review. My neice would like this as she loves making up stories and using her imagination.

  2. Melanie williams Reply

    Brilliant just brilliant. what a great idea and now more than ever this is perfect for the younger kids x

  3. The number one thing I love about this is how easy the set up is. I always worried for complicated set up and glad this is easy.

  4. What a great idea! I’m always looking for screen free ways to keep my daughter entertained particularly during lockdown and this would be perfect.

  5. Lisa at Following the Rivera Reply

    This is so great for children. You can see that it’s educational and encourages creativity too.

  6. Carly Belsey Reply

    This looks really fun and something my daugter would really enjoy.

  7. I’m all for toys that are interactive like this for the little ones. What a great gadget and learning experience.

  8. I’m intrigued by the no-screen, and no-ads on this. It is so hard to find things like this that still connect to the wifi. Love that they can choose stories, but there is a Parent app and that they can listen to the stories as they play. The Yoto Player seems like a really fun and thoughtful device.

  9. Jazz Tattersall Reply

    I’ll be honest I just brought my siblings a bluetooth speaker

  10. Nigel Soper Reply

    Seems a great device but I don’t think it can replace a parent reading a story

  11. Melissa Cushing Reply

    This seems really cool for the kiddos for sure. I would love to pick one of these up for my god daughter Scarlet as she would truly enjoy this. Thank you for sharing!

    • Louise sexton Reply

      Looking at this for my 3yo birthday so a really helpful to have a hands on review to read. Thanks

  12. This would be the perfect gift to get kids to bed on time so that they can listen to some podcast of their fav stories. I must get this for my bestie’s daughter who turns 3 next month.

  13. Stephanie Moore Reply

    What a brilliant little toy, how lovely for them to be able to just pick it up to listen to a story over and over.

  14. Many thanks for reviewing this. I’ve been deciding whether or not to buy one of these and have been find it a hard decision to make.
    This looks a great little bit of tech that is simple to use and I think my youngest would love one.

  15. Ruth Harwood Reply

    This looks great fun! might be a great idea for my daughter xx

  16. John Webster Reply

    This is a great modern and fun way to help learn children and get them interested in other things rather than just computer games

  17. Kelly Wheelhouse Reply

    My little boy would definitely love this! Thank you so much for the chance

  18. Adrian Bold Reply

    Thanks for the great article and the prize / competition. Fingers crossed!

  19. Thanks for your frank and practical review. Was looking at purchasing this for my own son and another as a gift for my nephew so will be looking for offers now! Thanks again

  20. Michelle Cantu Reply

    This is fantastic. My almost four year old will love this for her birthday. Thanks for the recommendation.

  21. Susan Willshee Reply

    I love the look of this. It sounds ideal for Leo because he often doesn’t want to be left alonein his room at bedtime. If we could set him up with a story card he might settle down a bit better.

  22. Mandy Doherty Reply

    A fab idea, my grandchildren would love it and so would their parents

  23. This looks really good, great for quiet story times which they can use whenever they feel like hearing.

  24. I loved all the Enid Blyton books as a kid! This would be great for my nieces!

  25. Jenny McClinton Reply

    This would be perfect for my little girl, she would love this prize

  26. Carrie-Anne Brown Reply

    wow what a great product! i think my little boy would love this

  27. Ruth Harwood Reply

    As always, a really great review, makes me wanna go online and get one right now!!

  28. Lola Balntas Reply

    Wow this looks excellent – I’ve not seen anything like this before and I really like the idea!

  29. Thanks for the review. These look great. There’s much more to them than I realised.

  30. katrina walsh Reply

    Love the interactions aspect and straight forward to get started with too

  31. This is now on my shopping list. Delighted to read your review and enter the giveaway.

  32. A.E. ADKINS Reply

    This looks a brilliant little device that would be perfect for Lil’ Peewee

  33. Emma England Reply

    The Yoto looks absolutely amazing and the enchanted wood is my favourite story. I think my sons would really love this.

  34. Edward Guerreiro Reply

    I would love to win this for my niece. She loves being read to, so this would be ideal for her.

  35. Caroline Shepherd Reply

    This looks really fun! I’m sure my littlest would love it.

  36. Yvonne Brownsea Reply

    This looks brilliant and I love that it’s screen free! My little man would love this.

  37. Wonderful review and giveaway,. My niece would absolutely love this!

  38. Oh these look fabulous! I’ve just been doing my research as I’ve heard of the tonie one, but never heard of the Yoto, interesting review, I love how easy you found it to set up, great range of audiobooks too, plenty to cater for my 3 year old, fabulous birthday idea!

  39. Cathryn Crawshaw Reply

    looks like a great bit of kit – perfect for my daughter Ava

  40. Sylvia Paul Reply

    This would really keep my Nephew occupied, it looks like lodes of fun x

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