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Fisher Price Amazing Animals Learning Train
Member Name: Lools_24
Fisher Price Amazing Animals Learning Train
Date: 01/02/11, updated on 15/11/11 (144 review reads)
Advantages: Suitable for younger babies and toddlers, helps children develop
Disadvantages: Catchy/ annoying songs played
***What is it?***
The Fisher Price Amazing Animals Learning Train is a colourful plastic train with carriages carrying animal figures which moves and plays music.
The train has a main front carriage with two carriages further carriages that can be removed. The front carriage is very sturdy, it is bright red with a green light up button in the shape of a train chimney that can be pressed for the train to move or for the music to start. Inside of this carriage there is a bright yellow giraffe figure which has joints that move on the legs, base of neck and head. In the front carriage under where the giraffe sits is a pressure pad which when pressed (either placing the giraffe back in the carriage or with a hand) more music is played. On the sides of the carriage there are bars with plastic leaves attached. These can't be removed but spin around.
The second carriage is slightly smaller and made from yellow and green plastic. Inside there is a bright blue elephant figure which also has joints that move on the legs, trunk and ears. The ears of the elephant are textured.
The last carriage is made from yellow and blue plastic and is quite small. Over the top of this carriage is a bar for a monkey to be attached to. The brown monkey figure inside this carriage is quite small and has a curved tail to clip onto the bar, or can be carried inside of the carriage.
The train takes 3 Size C batteries.
The Fisher Price Amazing Animals Learning Train states it is suitable from 6 months to 36 months. I purchased this when my twin boys were 4 months old and started "playing" with it from then. Obviously at 4 months old the boys were too young to play with the toy on their own, but did enjoy watching the train move around the room and listen to the music that it played. On the other side of the scale, my friend who has a 4 year old little boy has commented that her son still plays with the train and the animal figures.
As you would expect as this is a Fisher Price toy the Amazing Animals Learning Train is sold by a number of retailers and outlets. Large retailers such as Mothercare, ELC, Argos, Toys R Us and Smyths all stock this toy.
The price of the toy varies I paid £35 from ELC (in May 2010). Online the cheapest price I have seen this toy new for is £32.00 from an independent online retailer.
The Fisher Price Amazing Animals Learning Train is very easy to use, something that you would expect from a children's toy. The train has two switches to set the mode of the train on the front carriage. The main switch has three options, off, on (half volume) and on (full volume). I personally really like the option to have two different volumes. Full volume is quite loud and will be heard over the TV or you will need to raise your voice if you are having a conversation. I set the train to half volume for the boys, that way the boys can still hear the music clearly however Mr Lools and I can still make telephone calls or talk to each other at a normal volume!
The second switch controls the movement of the train. You can set the train to static so it plays all of the songs but does not move or to full movement so the train moves around the room. The static function is probably best for younger babies who can only sit up, so benefit from the full range of songs, but the train won't move away from them when they press the buttons.
To get the train moving you press the light up chimney on the front carriage. This is a large button which is easy for little hands to press. When set on movement mode the train sets off after about 3 seconds of being pressed and lights up. The train moves at quite a slow speed and sings a song which lasts for about 30-45 seconds and moves about 2 metres (on my laminate floor). I have not used on carpet but have used the train on a rug and the train moves just as well. I do find that if there are obstructions this stops the train from moving even more so if the batteries need replacing. With daily use I find I need to replace the batteries every 2 months or so.
The train also sings three different songs about animals, where they live, their colours etc. if you press down on the pressure pad inside the front carriage. This is activated by putting something inside of the front carriage where the giraffe sits. There is also a little blue button on the front carriage which when pressed makes a variety of animal's sounds.
I do find the songs that are played are very catchy (and annoying when played over and over) but my boys love them, and because they are repeated the boys seem to recognise them . The songs are sung in English and the words are very clear.
The animals can be played with on their own as well as part of the train. In addition to the animals included with the train Fisher Price sell others separately. I have purchased the Fisher Price Amazing Animals Tiger for £5 and I believe you can also buy a polar bear. As a mother of twins my only criticism of the animal figures are that they are slightly large and heavy. For a single baby the figures do not present too many problems or danger but for two babies especially playing together you need to watch your children closely. This is because the animals are very easy to pull on top of each other (which are heavy ) and also my children often use the animal figures as weapons to hit off each other. Because of the sturdy animal figures we have had a number of tears over this!
However because the carriages and figures are made from quite durable material the complete toy looks as good as new even though it has so far withstood over 8 months of very rough play. Including being gnawed on (when the boys have been teething) being thrown and being dropped! I am very impressed with the overall quality especially as a number of other toys have been broken by the boys after withstanding less than half these activities.
Skills wise the Amazing Animals learning train is great for young babies and also toddlers as it develops a wide variety of skills. In the early days I found the train was perfect for helping with the boys motor skills and because of the large easy to hold animal figures, it helped improved their coordination by taking the figures in and out of the carriages. It also greatly helped with their physical mobility skills as I could set the train off moving and both boys would crawl forward to chase the train around the room.
For older babies and toddlers the colourful train, figures and music played all help learning about animals and colours. The train sings songs about animals which are educational and also makes animal sounds which you and your child can copy or identify which animal sound it is.
My boys love the train and have done since the day I bought it. In the early days it was great for keeping both or one amused as they would watch it move around the room. The bright colours make this very attractive for young babies. As they started to become mobile, the train was a great way for getting them to crawl, especially my lazier baby who needed some encouragement to move. Now they are mobile, I actually find them at the toy box and in a lot of cases one of them will have part of the train to hand, whether that is a carriage or animal figure.
This is definitely one of my best purchases in terms of toys for the boys. Initially and quite naively I did think paying £35 for this seemed quite expensive, however since buying it at 4 months old it has been one of their favourites and we have had a number of fights over who is playing with it on a daily basis.
The quality of the actual train and animal figures are excellent. It is very durable and after 8 months of regularly "rough play" the Amazing Animals Learning Train still looks brand new.
A great toy to help your child develop different skills that will be played with by babies and toddlers alike. Top marks for Fisher Price, even if the music played by the train is rather catchy (and annoying!).
Summary: An excellent toy from 6 months to 3 years
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