Product Type: Chicco baby toys
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Bags of fun!
Chicco Fun & Music Bag
Member Name: Ann-Marie_B
Chicco Fun & Music Bag
Advantages: Promotes hand eye co-ordination and sensory awareness. Teaches numbers and problem solving.
Disadvantages: I haven't found any!
At my daughter's first Christmas she was just two months old and so most of the gifts that she received were either clothes or soft toys. My parents however did buy a selection of things that could be enjoyed during her following year, one of which was the Chicco Fun and Music Bag.
This is essentially a toy in the form of a handbag. It does not open like a handbag, but is packed with features to keep young children entertained.
Beginning at the top, the chunky grip of the handle is made from white plastic. Housed inside this are yellow and red lights. When the toy is activated or when a tune is played, these lights flash intermittently in time with the music. Attached to the side of the handle is a keyring and from that hangs a large green plastic key and a teddy bear of around the same size.
At the very top of the handbag is a pop up section which is revealed when pressing the centre of a pink flower just below it. Inside the pop up section is a plastic Mp3 player and headphones, housed in transparent plastic. When this section is revealed, a tune is activated and the lights on the handle flash in time to the music.
On the left hand side of the main body of the handbag is puzzle where four pieces can be rotated to create three different images; a butterfly, a little girl and a cat. Next to the puzzle is a circular mirror, with a plastic flap to cover it. When the flap is opened, again a tune is activated and the lights on the handle flash. Next to this is a plastic coin purse shape which has a little window at the bottom. When twisting it around it emits a clicking sound and visible though the window are images with the number 1, then '1, 2' and then '1, 2, 3'.
There is also a button to the front which enables the user to switch off the toy or choose from two different volume settings. Ours is usually set to the highest level as I generally let noisy toys be noisy toys.
Finally on the right hand side of the handbag is a little pocket which holds a removable chunky toy mobile phone. When the phone is inserted into the pocket, it presses on a button which activates a ringing sound. This also activates the lights in the handle.
The Chicco Fun and Music Bag is available at the following prices:
Toys R Us £19.99
It is suitable for children of 9 months onward.
When my daughter first received this I did introduce her to it, despite the fact that she was still a very young baby. I would lie her on her activity mat and activate the sounds myself. It always caught her attention and she seemed to very much enjoy the flashing lights.
As she has grown older, she has gained more interest in it and is of course now at 17 months able to carry it around herself and operate the features. This toy tends to get put away in the toy box for a few weeks before re-surfacing and being played with again for a while.
My daughter is able to operate the button which reveals the Mp3 player. She can also flip the puzzle pieces (though not solve the puzzle), open the mirror and rotate the coin purse shape. She can also remove the mobile phone and place it back in again with ease. She is very intrigued by the lights in the handle but most of all loves the music. My little girl has always loved music and will dance away merrily at any tune she hears.
This product is not too heavy and so she can carry it around with ease.
My three year old son has also played with this toy, as have a few of my children's little friends who are boys. He is able to complete the puzzle as well as use all of the features. He will usually activate a sound and pass it to his sister saying "Here you go Perdy" before moving on to one of his own toys.
Chicco also make this toy is a backpack shape with blue colours for anyone looking to buy it for a little boy who does not fancy the feminine colours of this one.
The Chicco Fun and Music Bag aids hand eye co-ordination and sensory awareness. The puzzle teaches problem solving skills and the twisting coin purse teaches numbers to slightly older infants. This toy could also be used to encourage young babies to crawl when the light and sound is activated and it is placed just out of reach. There are many benefits of such a feature-packed toy, though above all it is lots of fun and this is what has drawn both my children and my friends' children to it.
Summary: Bags of fun!
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