Tube for Tots

Tube for Tots

Category: Electronics -> TVs & Computers
Cost: $250 (large); $235 (small)
Poly Count: Low poly (856)
EPs Required: None – base game compatible

At Affinity Sims, KittenOnACloud made a request for a TV that her Sim toddlers could watch. Me, I thought this sounded like a great idea – so I made her a Tube for Tots. :mrgreen:

Bonus: If you want your little ones to have their very own TV channel to watch, Kitten (Bubblebeam @ MTS) has created the Tiny Tots TV Channel just for them, here.

As the name implies, this is a TV that your littlest Sims can watch, and so can their parents and/or older sibs. They can’t do it indiscriminately, though; maybe I need to get with the times, but I think that an adult (or at least someone older) should decide what the tots get to watch and when. So, I’ve made it so that toddlers can’t turn the TV on, and they also can’t change the channel – an older Sim has to do it for them. They’ll continue to watch even if the older Sim wanders off, though (because in my mind, their parents/siblings wouldn’t do so without making sure the TV was turned to something kids-friendly first). And once someone has turned it on for them, their TV watching is just like older Sims’, so they’ll gain cooking skill if they’re watching the Yummy Channel, and they’ll also gain enthusiasm if you have FT. And they’ll react to what they’re watching, too, so expect them to whine or even cry if it’s something they don’t like, and to laugh if it’s something they do. They also might make their displeasure known if and when you turn the TV off on them.
The Tube for Tots comes in two variations, a bigger one that goes on the floor, and a slightly smaller, short-legged one that can also sit on surfaces and dressers. You can of course have both in your game at once.

TV Size Comparison

TV on Dresser

And there are recolours, too. It would be rather a boring toddler TV if it didn’t have recols, don’t you think? πŸ˜‰ They are the same for both the bigger and the smaller TV; the only difference is that with the bigger one, the legs are a separate subset, whilst with the smaller one, they’re the same subset as the TV, mapped to the solid-coloured frame.

So. First, you have the seven LACK colours; the pink one is the mesh, so you’re stuck with that one whether you like it or not. πŸ˜›

Pink LACK - mesh

Then, for the tots and parents who think plain colours are boring (or just like some variation), there are five fun flower patterns:


Known Issues

Sometimes, the “Change To” menu option for adults and children will disappear, leaving only the options to turn the TV off and to work out. Most of the time (but not always), it will return if you have a Sim turn the TV off and then back on again, but sometimes it doesn’t. It will always return if you have a Sim work out to the TV for a little while, though, and also if you rebuy it. Despite my best efforts, I haven’t been able to determine what triggers it, but it won’t throw errors or cause jump bugs or anything like that (unfortunately – if it did, at least I’d have an error log to work with :/ ), so it’s perfectly benign, even if it might be a bit annoying. Just so you’re aware that it might happen, and know that I am, too.

Also, since toddlers can’t change the channel but have to watch whatever their elders have picked for them, if you have them watch the Yummy Channel and their overall motives (including fun) are low, you might get an autonomy conflict that will cause a jump bug. So if you’ve plonked your toddler down in front of the Yummy Channel and notice their skill bar going up, and down, and up, and down, and up, and . . . then please take pity on them and change the channel to something that doesn’t involve skill gain. πŸ˜‰

As I said above, the recolours are the same for both TVs. I’ve made two variations: one where the smaller TV is repositoried to the bigger one, and one where they stand alone and have their own, separate recols. The two variations have the same GUIDs, so you can only have one of them in game at a time.


16 thoughts on “Tube for Tots

  1. This is just too cute!

    I don’t normally place more than one television in my Sims homes, and not every household even has one (tend to have them doing other things around the home or out and about the town), but I can’t pass this up.

    Thank you! πŸ™‚

    • Glad you like it! πŸ˜€ And I’m very glad you think it’s cute, because that’s just what I was going for; I wanted to make something that (I thought) would be appealing to the littlest ones, rather than a modern, sharp-edged flat screen thingie. πŸ™‚

  2. Nix, this is darling! Thank you for fulfilling the request by Kitten on a Cloud in such a sweet way. I love the colors and patterns.

  3. Thank you so much Nix! My MTS upload just got approved, so now everyone is pointed in the right direction for this wonderful TV. I’m having a blast already watching my tots, and even their parents, use this. If only Maxis made a ‘sit on lap’ interaction. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you for requesting it; like I said to Nonni above, I wouldn’t have thought of this otherwise. πŸ™‚ And your TV channel must be popular, because I’ve been getting a ton of hits from it (usually, I only get the occasional hit from MTS, but yesterday, I got 20, and the day before that, a whopping 53). πŸ˜€

      “Sit on lap” would have been adorable! Pity Maxis didn’t think of it. 😦

  4. What a fabulous idea! I love it.
    Kudos to Kitten for thinking of it and to you, Nix, for creating this tube for tots!

    • Thanks, Sugah! Glad you like it! πŸ˜€

      Like I said above, I never would have thought of this if Kitten didn’t request it, so I’m very happy she did. πŸ™‚

  5. Usually I am not very interested in toddler things.But… as I know how your creations are welldone ,I thought to give it a try.
    So I downloaded the short standalone and the white and black recolor.

    -only 104 kb for the whole thing,that is genious.
    -the tv itself is welldone,simple without useless decoration.
    -I have tested the tv in one of my spaceships ,it works perfectly.
    -Than I figured out how to make it work as a bedtv,as a tabletv without using the table and as a wallintegrated tv.

    Conclusion:This tv stays in my downloads,it is perfect.

    Have a big THANK YOU.


    PS: Just a question:Is it possible and allowed to add pics to the comments?

    • I thought I had responded to this already, very sorry for that!

      I’m glad you decided to download it even though you don’t usually, and even happier you liked it so much you wanted to keep it. πŸ˜€ I do strive to make all my things the best that I can make them (so I’m very happy to hear you say you think my objects are well-made), but that doesn’t mean everything is everybody’s cup of tea.
      Re images in comments, it’s absolutely allowed, but you have to put the code in yourself in order to add them – and it’s HTML code, not the MyBB code you’d use at forums. (I’d love to have a button or such for it, to make it easier for commenters, but that’s something governed by my blog host WordPress, so unfortunately it’s out of my hands. πŸ˜• )

      Don’t know how familiar you are with HTML, so apologies in advance if I tell you things you already know, but the code for adding an image would look like this:

      <IMG SRC="">

      (Alternately, you can just paste the URL of your image into your comment and it will automatically be turned into a clickable link, but then of course people will have to click that link in order to see your picture.)

      There’s a chance that a comment with images gets marked as spam by the WordPress spam filter (it can be a bit overzealous at times), and is shoved into my spam queue instead of being published, but in that case I’ll use my admin magic to approve it manually. I know you’re not a spam bot. πŸ˜‰

  6. This is cool! How did I miss it before. Thanks.

    Now I wonder if the normal TVs can be made toddler watchable as well.

    • Glad you like it. πŸ™‚ IRL, I’m not a fan of TV-as-babysitter, but in game, I’m up for anything that keeps those little scamps busy. πŸ˜‰

      And that depends on what you mean by “watchable.” To make it so that toddlers have the option to watch TV? Sure, that’s just a matter of checking a box in SimPE. But to make it so that they use proper toddler animations and reactions instead of the ones for adults (because the latter makes them float in the air, stiff as boards, speak in adult voices and generally look like possessed demon children)… that’s a whole different kettle of worms, that’s too complex to work as a global mod. :/ Sorry.

      Of course, it’s perfectly possible to make custom versions of the normal TVs that are toddler-watchable. For that, you (general “you”) can just clone this one and replace the mesh and textures. πŸ™‚

    • I hadn’t noticed that, so thank you very much for pointing it out! The channel seems to have disappeared from Affinity, so I’ve changed the link to point to the (same) one on MTS instead.

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