“ Brand: Playskool / Type: Activity Gyms „
We brought this for our first little boy before he was even born as it is suitable from 0 months plus.When you receive the toy there is a little assembling to do but nothing much it is just attaching the legs to the main base. It requires 3 AA batteries that are not included and has an on/off button on the back of the top unit.
It has a green kicking pad that sits on the floor which has little feet marks detailed on it. Above this held by two arms is 3 lights on a post that respond to the baby kicking which is what encourages baby to learn how to make the connection between eye foot co-ordination.Also hanging from the top post are two bird toys to catch little ones eye. When the child is older and knocks these toys they make tweeting sounds which all my children loved.
The whole toy is steadied by two feet either side which fold up to the main part of toy to make it really easy to store when little one is not playing.While babies not kicking away and having a rest the unit plays a soft tune and the lights flash a little so it keep baby entertained even while there resting.
This is one of the few toys my children actually used from birth. At first we would place it on top of his play mat and he would just lay and listen to the music but within a few weeks he caught on what it was for and used it right up until around three months when he became bored of it. Then at around 7 months he re found the toy as a younger cousin was visiting and decided he loved to sit and play with his hands so we got a little more use out of it.
The only bad point for me is that it does not seem to have any sense of when its been left alone. If not turned off it will just randomly start to play tweeting sounds and music for ages until someone gets fed up and turns it off and it also seems to drain batteries rather fast compared to other toys.
I found my children to love it all three of them. I have used the same gym for all three of them and it originally cost me £15 on sale which was around 4 years ago now but with 4 years of use and 3 babies ( and friends visiting) it has earned that value over and over again keeping little ones entertained. I would recommend this to anyone it is great value for money and I know that all three of my children adored it.
Playskool Kick Start Fold N Go Gym
I purchaced this for my daughter when she was born in the hope that it would amuse her as she was a rather difficult baby who didn't like her ''alone'' time and so I hoped that this would change that - no such luck!!!
I paid around £25.00 from argos and thought that it was a bargain for this type of toy.
The Gym itself has blue base legs, yellow upright legs and a white top board. Along the front of the blue base panel there is a green kickboard with raised footprints. Hanging fron the top panel there are two coloured animals and on the top board there are three lights, red, green and yellow and the Playskool logo.
When the base panel is kicked the lights on the top board flash and a melody plays, with each kick more music sounds. Music and sounds also play when the hanging animals are knocked or pushed which is good as baby's cannot reach them unless they have a really good aim which is wherre the vigorous kicking helps!!
The gym itself was quick and easy to put together, even my partner (who has a strong allergy to reading instructions) could do it. Also it folds away perfectly and compactly for easy storage, you just press in two buttons on the back of the base legs and it swivels 270 degrees backwards making it flat.
Overall, even though my child didn't enjoy it - nothing personal to the toy, just her being her, I think that it is a brilliant aid to small babies, helping them to find their feet and amusing themselves at the same time.
I brought this for my son as i saw it on a half price sale who at the time was 2 and a half months old. It was great for a few weeks, as his legs got stonger he used to kick the gym aay from him the cry when he couldnt kick it any longer. Its a nice colourful toy with two hanging animals and three coloured lights that flash when the green foot panel is kicked. we had to put the back of the gym aginst our sofa so he could still play and i could get on and do what i needed to. With a kick is plays a section of a song and whit another ick it plays another section of the song and so on. It helps babies get to no there feet. It folds down for easy storage. To put the toy together is simple and easy the instusctions are very easy to follow. It kept him entertained for hours. I now use it when he is in his door bouncher so he has something to look at and listen to as he loves the music.
This was a Christmas present for my youngest daughter (not from us) who was 2 months old at the time. And I must admit my first thoughts were:
'oh no not another giant plastic piece of junk that makes ridiculous noises and is just generally annoying...'
But I was wrong in nearly every aspect of that thought. My daughter actually loves this thing. If I lay her down and she starts to cry cos I've put her down, as soon as she sees me getting this out her legs and arms start flapping around and her mouth opens excitedly...so it really is good entertainment for your little one.
Let me describe the item in question.
When we opened the box we realised we would have to build it ourselves before she could use it, but it was pretty simple, just a matter of attaching the arms and legs with the screws provided. Even though I say it's simple, I still managed to put it together back to front - an easy mistake and easy to rectify.
So once assembled it sits on the floor with two long plastic legs stretched either side to keep it stable. There is a soft plastic foot section along the bottom where the baby's feet are meant to rest and kick to activate the sound controls (the sounds are just activated by movement, not the actual foot rest - I thought it was some ingenious thing that was all connected up, and you had to press the foot rest, but it's not, it's just the movements of the baby's legs that sets it off). At the top is a white unit with 3 different coloured lights that flash in time to the music or sounds, and 2 dangling plastic bird type things which move a little bit when the baby kicks the foot rest.
When baby is not using it, it can be folded away - by folded away I mean the two legs at the bottom fold up so they are flush with the arms at the top. This is quite handy as we just store it down the side of the settee, within arms reach for whenever baby needs a play.
The tunes are quite annoying, I think I recognise BINGO (there was a man he had a dog and Bingo was his name..), Pop Goes The Weasel, and some other tune which I don't recognise. In between each tune there are various sounds such as birds tweeting, and other weird annoying noises that seem to entertain my daughter!!
There are two settings, one is where it will play continuously, and the other where the tune or sounds will change when the baby kicks. The first setting is better for a baby who doesn't move much, and the second for an active baby (like my daughter who enjoys kicking anything and seeing what happens).
The unit is quite lightweight so if your baby is quite strong, they could actually end up kicking it away from themselves. I have seen by daughter work herself away from it a few times. I have just noticed, it does actually have some red gripper type things on the bottom of it which I presume are to stop it from sliding around on the floor, which is a good idea but doesn't work too well.
Anyway, all in all a good toy for your baby, if you like this type of thing. I would say it would last a baby from birth up til about 5 months when they'll probably be more interested in playing with toys that they can hold.
It takes 3 x AA batteries (and uses them quite quickly, I've just replaced ours and its only been going for 2 months)
I think they cost about £15 from Argos.
This Fold N Go Kick Start Gym will keep baby amused for hours on end as the gym uses babys natural kicking action to activate music, lights and sounds.