“ Brand: Crawl 'n' Cruise / Type: Play Mats „
I bought this way back in 2001 for my daughter, and it was great she loved playing with it. I am now using it again with my new child, yes i managed to keep it and all the bits. It is a great toy there is a bit on the front where they put balls and watch them roll round to the bottom. There is 2 settings one for crawling and one for when they can stand and walk round, on the yellow circle on top you have a ball hanging and when hit the music will start to play there are also things that can be spun on top to that also activate the music. When in the crawling mode the music will come on very easily ie;- when baby goes near it. When in walking mode they have to go and turn things to get it to play. Also when the music is activated lights will flash on the top. Is a good playground for babies and toddlers that is why i have kept hold of it.
When my daughter was turning 1, Fisher price brought out this new play gym thing which was to help in teh development of crawling to toys and under and also to help them once they started walkng and to pull themselves up and cruise round it! It was called the Fisher-price Crawl'n Cruise Playground. When my son was about 6 months I started thinking about buying him some new biggish toys that his sister had not had. One of these was the crawl'n'cruise playground. It is a big circular toy which doesn need a bit of room to play with. The top of the circle has various playthings like a phone dial, and a couple of circles on their side which spin round. In the middle of these 2 toys is a hole. 5 coloured balls come with the playground and you put a ball down the hole, and it falls down the run and comes out at the bottom. While the balls go down some music plays and the lights on the arch bit light up! The ball run only goes 3/4 of the way round. There are 2 levers and this allows, the circle to have an arch. If they are walking this means that the child can walk straight into the area and play with it. A blow up beach type ball, with 2 balls in it hangs down from the arch too. You can also leave the arch down and have it like a circle so if the baby is crawling, they can crawl underneath into the playground and then they can play with the face which is on the back of the playground at the back with a ball which can be spun round. The playground comes as a pack which has to be built up. It took about 30 mnutes to build up, but is a very sturdy and heavy toy, which makes me believe that it would be hard to make it fall over with a child. It is brightly coloured in the 3 primary colours on the main parts, while the ball runs are green and orange. It also has on one side just above the ball run a mirror which baby can look at themselves. When the lights light up, it reminds me of a disco in the way that they light up. The music is about 3 tunes, but so far I have found that the batteries run out very quickly. We bought this from Toys R Us and it cost us £44.95. I know most good toy shops have them and Mothercare I have also seen stocking them. My 3 year old loves this, and her brother, whom it was bought for really enjoys it now he can pull himself to standing. It is very sturdy so when he pulls himself the playground stays firmly on the ground. It has encouraged him to start cruising so that he can reach all the different activities. One problem we have come across is that he bangs his head off the arm when it is in the upright position and he stands uo! It is better being in the full circle so that he can cruise round it. I have noticed one other thing just this morning and that is that he seems to be pushing it along the floor as though to help him walk. I think it may be time for the walker now. Personally I feel the price is quite expensive as it doesn't do that much, but in development terms for the child it is a good buy as it will help them get more mobile while helping their manipulative skills at the same time, with the balls and all the little things to play with