This kids' audio player is the best thing I’ve ever bought, and it’s 20% off on Prime Day

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Almost every parent will agree: travelling with small children is a nightmare, but this Prime Day deal could be a real winner.

Firstly, it’s the sheer amount of stuff you have to pack. A one night stay with grandparents? It’s still a two suitcase minimum job. 

Books, toys and endless changes of clothes. Secondly, the nice novelty we adults enjoy from collapsing onto a hotel bed, freshly made by someone else, does not extend to small children. Bedtime routines, slavishly built over time to now run with military precision to make sure parents have something resembling an evening, go out of the window. You will cling to anything that keeps familiarity. That is one of many things that makes the Toniebox such a brilliant purchase and it’s on offer right now as part of Prime Day 2022. 

The Toniebox is an audio player designed for young children. It’s a soft box that's virtually indestructible, and it plays using 'tonies', little figurines who each hold a story or some songs on them. You stick the figure on top and the story plays. That’s it.  

My three-year-old son is obsessed with stories and it’s been brilliant for him. If it takes a while for him to go to sleep, which is often, then he can have as many stories as he wants, and, it's screen free, so no worries there.

Toniebox Bundle Including. 1 Creative and 3 Characters £109.99

Toniebox Bundle Including. 1 Creative and 3 Characters £109.99 £87.99 at Amazon 
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. This is the best way to get started with a Toniebox, with three great stories from Julia Donaldson and a creative Tonie, which comes pre-loaded with songs and stories. 

Crucially, it’s also incredibly portable. You need Wi-Fi to set up the Toniebox and for each new tonie you buy, but once you’ve put a figure on top of the box once, the content will be downloaded onto the Toniebox in full, thus you can take it everywhere, in the car, in the garden, camping, and, on foreign holidays. 

We took it to Greece in April, it’ll go with him to his grandparents’ house next month, and on every holiday or night away we have. It has seven hours battery life too, so if you’re going away for a week, you’ll need to take the charger, but there’s no need to have one next to your kids’ bed and risk tiny fingers going where they shouldn’t.

The range of figures is increasing all the time, but all the classics are there. On both sides of the pond, you’ve got Disney classics like Frozen, Moana and The Lion King, all the Julia Donaldson big hitters like The Gruffalo and Zog, as well as more soothing characters which play sleepytime songs and white noise. They’re easy present ideas for aunts, uncles, grandparents and godparents, with the range growing so quickly. 

Disney Princess Toniebox Bundle including. 1 Creative and 3 Characters £109.99

Disney Princess Toniebox Bundle including. 1 Creative and 3 Characters £109.99 £87.99 at Amazon
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There's an array of Disney characters as part of the range of tonies, but this is the Princess collection. You get Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Frozen's Elsa and Mulan. 

There are also creative tonies, which allow users to load them with their own content. You can download stories and songs from the tonies' website, which has a range of free songs and stories on there, and, if you want to, record your own audio. 

Want a message from a grandparent? Or maybe to record something if you're away from home? You can drop it into a playlist via the tonie website and you can change them anytime.

Disney Favourites Toniebox Bundle including. 1 Creative and 3 Characters £109.99

Disney Favourites Toniebox Bundle including. 1 Creative and 3 Characters £109.99 £87.99 at Amazon
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Not into Princesses? Then this bundle which has The Lion King, The Jungle Book (the classic 1967 version) and Aladdin is the one for you (and your kid). 

A Toniebox isn't a cheap investment. A box with no figures bar the introductory fellow, who is dressed in a wolf suit like Max from the timeless story Where The Wild Things Are, comes in at £69.95. Starter packs, which come with four characters to kickstart your collection, are even more expensive, at £109.99. Once you’ve got the box, every new Tonie is £14.99.

However, it’s Prime Day and you can pick up 20% off on the box and a starter pack of three character tonies. It comes in at £87.99, a saving of £22. With expensive licensing fees to pay for the characters, tonies rarely come down in price, so this is a good charge to make a decent saving.

Paw Patrol Toniebox Bundle including. 1 Creative and 3 Characters £109.99

Paw Patrol Toniebox Bundle including. 1 Creative and 3 Characters £109.99 £87.99 at Amazon
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Are your little ones obsessed with Paw Patrol? Then this is the Toniebox starter kit for you as it comes with three Paw Patrol tonies, each with an hour's worth of stories. 

If you just want to try the box itself and not commit to any characters, that's down 20% too, from £69.95 to £55.99, a saving of £13.96. As we've said above, tonies aren't cheap at £14.99 each, so we'd recommend investing in a bundle to get you going.

The Julia Donaldson bundle is my pick of the deals, but that's down to personal preference rather than anything else. There are lots of options and each one comes in a variety of different colours.

Toniebox Starter Set including 1 Creative Character: £69.95

Toniebox Starter Set including 1 Creative Character: £69.95 £55.99 at Amazon
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This is the basic collection, so you'll just get the box and a creative tonie, which comes loaded with a mixture of songs and stories. 

Looking for some more Prime Day bargains? We've got you covered here with our coverage of all the best deals. 

Tom Goodwyn
Senior Entertainment Editor

Tom Goodwyn is TechRadar's Senior Entertainment Editor. He oversees TechRadar’s coverage of the best TV shows, documentaries and movies across streaming services, theaters and beyond. Based in East London, he loves nothing more than spending all day in a movie theater, well, he did before he had two small children…