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The Chicco train is not generally available now but I bought mine for a bout £15 from Argos a couple of years ago. The train has a few functions it can be rolled along the floor with its movable wheels on the bottom or they youngster can press the buttons for lights or animal sounds. The animals are a blue dog, a green cow, a yellow sheep, a green cow, an orange pig, a purple horse, a red bird and a purple duck. The animal buttons all make there appropriate sounds when pressed except the driver who stimulates a steam train sound when pressed. It has an additional 4 shapes which are different colours red, green orange and yellow these all make sounds when pressed. The Green bell starts with a bell ringing. I bought this for my son before he was born once I found out he was a boy I wanted to buy a toy that was gender specific although it has now been passed onto a younger girl who loves it. It sat on the shelf for quite a while as he was far too young for it but he has had plenty use from it. It does have a carry handle but it is quite heavy for him to carry around with him. My son enjoyed the lights and sounds when he was younger and was attracted by the lights and the sounds. As my son has got older he has pushed the train around the floor. It is sturdy and hard wearing. I would recommend this toy for both boys and girls, the lights and sounds are very attractive and stimulating
I originally got this toy for our sons 1st birthday in November 2000, as he had become bored of his other toys so I wanted something that would keep him amused. At the time it cost me just £12.99 and was purchased from Toys R Us. My reasons for choosing this item was the amount of interactive sounds along with the extra activities built within the toy. The bright bold colours and the fact that he wouldn’t grow out of the toy in less than 1 year. So what is this toy you may well think to yourselves? Well in short it is a toy in the shape of a steam train (it has smoke moulded in with the handle) with several shapes of animals and other shapes that make a sound when pressed. It is a toy that is designed for co-ordination of little fingers, not only with the pressing of the functional shaped and animal shaped buttons but also with the limited other activities, i.e. a handle to carry around with ease for a young child or toddler, the wheels attached to both the sides of the toy at the bottom for push along freely or held, a part to spin around and embossed moulded shapes on the back of the train for touchy feely stimulation. It features different animal shaped buttons that when press make the sounds that an animal would make in relation to the button, which is pressed. Each animal shape is in bright bold colours and are extremely easy for a young child to press allowing them to hear the sounds for each of the animals and at the same time aid in pre school learning and broaden their vocabulary if used in a certain way. (More on how to get the most for your child’s learning from this toy a bit later) Each animal shaped button are made of moulded plastic i.e. all have features such are eyes, nose, mouth, legs etc detailed with a few different colours on each to highlight such features. So what are the animals? ----------------------------- A blue dog, the driver of the train, who wears a dusty old cap fit for shovelling in the coal and keep his engine going. (No leaves on his track) A yellow sheep, kind of has a close resemblance to Dolly the sheep. (You know the cloned one in the news way back) A purple horse, sorry not a talking horse just one that goes nay. (If that’s how you spell it, never was all that good at animal talk) A green cow bit of a strange colour for a cow especially with its yellow feet. An orange pig, nope not a potbelly pig but an orange one, he’s got a cute whacking great big smile that complements his strange choice of colour. A green cat, perhaps he eat something that didn’t agree with him, that would explain his colour. A cock (the feathered kind) And a sweet little purple duck (quack, quack) Other shapes -------------- A green bell (well you learn something new everyday, I always thought bells were blue) that goes ding ding. A blue long thingy with rounded off edges. A purple square shape with circular dips if I remember this one either goes choo, choo or make a sort of chug, chug engine noise. An orange square with sticky out ridges. I have had to pinch the batteries so I can’t remember what noises some of the shapes made. (When I stick the batteries back in I will update) How to get the most of pre-school learning from this toy. ---------------------------------------------------------------- There is no mistaking that children learn through play and in my opinion this toy is a good basis to start from and from an early age. It is open to so many suggested ideas for educational purposes, so lets try to point a few out. 1: Co-ordination, try asking your child to point to a certain animal or shape, not only will this teach a child different shapes or animals but will aid your child to gain more precise co-ordination. 2: Colours, relate a shape or animal to a colour such as can you show me where the purple horse is? You child will then start to gain more knowledge and more confidence when identifying colours related to different shapes, animals etc. 3: Sounds, this toy features so many sounds that it would be a shame not to make the most of them. This sounds really silly especially in the company of other grown adults but ask your child to find the sound you are making i.e. if you are barking then they would soon press or point to the dog with a bit of practice. 4: Shapes, try asking your child what does the orange square shape make, with any hope they will begin to point to the right shape with in no time. I could go into so much more but I think I will leave it to you to discover and perhaps think a few yourself if you decide to purchase this toy. Conclusion ------------ A strong a sturdy toy that so far has stood the test of toddler torture with no signs of any wear or tear. My son has had many hours of enjoyment combined with education from this product. It is my time to interact with our son and had a real one to one with him. He has gained a knowledge through playing with the animal train and I feel has got him well on the way towards education and preparation for learning come the time he starts pre-school or primary school. At just £12.99 it is a real bargain when you think that so much could be gained from it if utilised to the maximum capacity.
Ages: 9-36 months / A train activity toy with a variety of electronic sounds. It features 8 different animal sounds and 4 train sounds. The train can also be used as a push along toy.