DIY Volume Control For Noisy Toys

6 November 2011

It's taken many years to get back to Sunday mornings filled only with the sound of peace and silence.

How did I do it?  Well I had to wait lots of years for the children to grow out of playing with noisy toys and instead become insular beings who attach themselves to iPods and iTouches, happy to please themselves and don't feel the need to do everything at 100 decibels.

If you're reading this to a background track of noisy electronic toys, are sick and tires of Dora the Explorer singing away in your ear and run the risk of shooting Tad - the frog from LeapFrog - if he dares to recite another nursery rhyme or invite you to count with him again, then this hack that I stumbled across over at ParentHacks is just what you need!

It's one of those amazingly simple ones; one of those that forehead smacking ones that leaves me wondering how it never crossed my own mind because it's so simple.  Here it is, are you ready for it?

Tape a piece of duct tape over the speaker of the offending noisy toy!

How genius is that?!  The result is muted sound on toys whose manufacturers were either too lazy, or too sadistic, to add volume control.  Don't tell me, you've been doing that for ages; it wouldn't surprise me, I was, initially, surprised at how many people over at ParentHacks said, "Oooh, I do that too - but I use sticking plaster!"

It seems like it really could be me who never thought laterally enough to figure this little gem out.

What do you think?

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