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My baby had this from about 3 months and initially was not that interested in it. I realised that my baby loved to kick but wasn't big or strong enough for most of the kick toys I could find. I decided to try and teach him to kick the penguin and he loved it. The penguin makes a noise if you push him back far enough and after a few months his legs were getting really strong.
He's now 1 and he still loves playing with him, the only criticism I have is it would be good if he was a little taller as I think my boy would find it easier to play with him. But he is good quality with lovely colours and sounds which has provided hours of amusement for all the family. Good simple toy which will put a smile on your little ones face.
I have found that this toy doesn't drain the batteries like some others so it's good for the wallet too!
I bought the Fisher Price Bat And Wobble Penguin for my daughter when she was about six months old having had it recommended by a friend. To say I was disappointed in this toy is a real understatement and I feel its one of the worst toys I have so far purchased for my daughter.
The toy is an inflatable penguin and must be blown up before giving to your baby, it takes no time at all to inflate luckily. When inflated I would say it stands at about 16" tall which was a nice surprise. The base of the penguin is thick plastic rounded bottom, like a semi circle and this is where the batteries are placed. The body of the penguin is textured so its lovely for the baby to feel and the tummy of the penguin is clear plastic so the baby can see inside where there are brightly coloured balls. This toy follows the Fisher Price standard, with the cute face, yellow beak and three little tufts of colourful hair on the top of the head.
Your baby plays with the penguin by baiscally batting him about, and he rocks back and forth without falling over - it takes quite a bit of force to knock him over which a baby would find quite difficult! I would describe it as like a really big weeble (weebles wobble but they don't fall down). When he is knocked he makes a woo hoo noise and plays a fun tune. While he is wobbling the balls move around in his tummy, but thats about it. There is a switch on the back of the penguin to turn it on or off, and when the giggling and music has gone on for so long I admit I have turned it off but its still playable - just quiet! There is only one tune with this toy, which I think is a little disappointing and it would have been improved with a couple more tunes in my opinion.
While this is a very cute toy, very hard wearing and quite fun for baby, I personally think the price is quite steep at around £25.00. It is disappointing how little this toy actually does in my opinion and I feel it was money wasted unfortunately. The penguin is recommended from six months+ which i think is quite accurate as it is fun for the baby to bat it around once they are sitting up.
I would recommend the toy if you can get it at a cheaper price, as it is cute and your baby will enjoy it I would say but I think £25 could be better spent personally!
The Fisher Price Bat and Wobble Penguin is suitable for babies aged 6 months and over. My daughter has had the penguin since she was 9 months old and is now gone 2 and a half years and has recently lost interest in it (apart from using it as a punch bag every now and again!) so in my opinion the penguin is suitable up until 2-3 years old.
The penguin is inflatable and needs to be blown up before use. It is about 1 and a half foot tall (I was quite suprised at the size of it when I removed it from the rather bulky box) so doesn't take much puffing to blow it up. The base of the penguin is plastic which weighs it down and also holds batteries (2 xC, sadly not included). The penguin is very much like an oversized inflatable weeble.
Because of the plastic base the penguin becomes a little dangerous if the child decides to pick it up and throw it so beware! The battery compartment can be reached using a screwdriver. There is also and 'on/off' button on the base.
The toy is covered in a black and white soft felt material. It has a cute little face, 2 flippers, 2 yellow feet, a yellow beak and 3 tufts of colourful hair. You can see right into the penguins tummy which has 3 colourful balls inside.
When the penguin is pushed he wobbles backwards, fowards and side to side. He returns to his original upright position everytime. The penguin also makes a tune when he's moved and makes funny sounds such as "wahoo", "weee" and "wooah".
The coloured balls roll around inside the penguins tummy which is nice but slightly disappointing in my opinion (although I am not 6 months old!).
The Fisher Price Bat and Wobble Penguin is well made. It is robust, durable and there are no small parts.
Overall I think this is a good and very cute toy for babies and toddlers and is sure to put a smile on every childs face. The educational aspects are that it can help with hand-eye coordination, can instil confidence and stimulates senses.
The only downside is the limited play value. Children won't have hours of fun playing with the penguin each day. In my experience the penguin only gets a couple of minutes play each time.
The Fisher Price Bat and Wobble Penguin is available from The Early Learning Centre, Boots and many online retailers. It generally costs around £15.00 which in my opinion is a little expensive for what it is, so I would recommend shopping around for the best price (Ebay perhaps?).
This pengiun was bought for my son for his first christmas when he was about 6 months old.
It is a velvety feel pengiun which you inflate, and it has a hard bottom which is weighted so that when you bat the pengiun around it doesn't fall over but just wobbles.
There are balls inside which blow around when you put batteries in the base (not included) and the pengiun makes sounds. I must admit, my children have plenty of "noisey" toys so we have never put the batteries in but this has not spoilt the fun!
My son used to love batting this pengiun around when he was in his door bouncer, and it aided him in learning to use his feet and move. He spent many hours batting it over just to see it bounce back up again!
I wouldn't say it was his "favourite" toy, or that it lasted in his affections for very long as once he could move unaided there were many more interesting toys out there that did just that bit more but it was fun while it lasted.
My husband purchased this toy for our youngest son, as a holiday gift after visiting Canada. He purchased it in Walmart for $10 canadian dollars which roughly equates to £7. They are available to purchase in the United Kingdom for an approximate cost of £15 though this can vary by a few pounds depending on stores.
At the time of purchase my son was 9 months old and the recommended age for this is for children aged 6 months and older. You are rquired to inflate the body of the penguin and it also require three D Cell batteries for the sounds and music.
The penguin base is a black hard half circle made of plastic, this enables the penguin to be able to wobble without falling over. There is a clear plastic window at the front of the penguin and inside here are three different coloured balls. The penguins body is a soft velvety texture which is soft and smooth to touch. The face of the penguin is happy and smiley and the material beak sticks out from the face.
Once we had inflated this toy it became an instant it. My two year old daughter was trying to knock it down whilst my son chased after it every time it bounced back up. The balls inside attracted the attention of my son, however he was slightly frustrated at not being able to get the balls out, he gave up after about half an hour, but was disappointed at not being able to play with the bright balls.
There is an off and on switch on the rear of the penguing which is covered by a piece of fabric. This is great as the music does get quite irritating so it was useful being able to turn it off without the children knowing how to turn it back on. The music doesnt get any different so every time the penguin is knocked over, it lets out a little giggle and short piece of music. This therefore gets very repetative and annoying.
We have now had this toy for over six months and it still recieves regular daily use, making the price that we paid for it to be very good value.
Overall it is a simple but entertaining toy for little ones. Ideal as a birthday or Christmas gift due to the low price. I would recommend this toy.
We got this toy as a present for my babies 1st birthday, when we had unwrapped it for him (he was not interested in opening a single present on the big day!) we were most surprised.
The box is roughly 45cms tall and 35cms long and about 6cms wide. It has a picture of a baby sat with the penguin on the front of the box with a big pull up flap which opens up to double the length of the box and has an actual size picture of the penguin, which stands at about 50cms tall.
On the box it states that it is for a child aged 6-36 months and states that you will need 3 C size batteries, which will become apparent why later.
Also on the box is the 'Go Baby Go' logo, this is to show that it is from a range of toys that encourage your child to move around. Not that mine needs much encouragement, in fact toys that encourage him to stay still for 2 minutes would be great!
We took the penguin out of the box to find that his bottom is made out of hard black plastic which is dome shaped so that he wobbles when sat on the floor. The rest of him needs to be blown up with the stopper being hidden inside a fold of fabric so baby can not deflate him.
Inside of his tummy are 3 brightly coloured balls, his tummy is clear, with orange feet poking out the bottom. The rest of his body has a rough (but soft) cotton feel to it, it is wipe clean only.
So what are the batteries for?
This toy works great just as a wobble toy, with his cute little face who could ask for more? If you put the batteries (not included) into a compartment in the black plastic base and move the switch (2 volume settings and off), when you put the penguin on the floor and knock him over he says 'whoo, ooh' and plays a tune. My little boy loves this and has played with this quite a lot more than some of the other toys he also received for his birthday.
As it was a present I'm not sure how much ours costs, but you can buy these from Argos for around £15, and probably find them cheaper online somewhere.
This was a really good toy and although at first I felt it might be a little young for him (as he has an older brother he plays with toys aimed at 3 year olds normally) he really enjoys it with or without the noise, which is great as it means I can have a peaceful afternoon and save money on batteries. And yes I do believe that the battery manufacturers are conspiring to have all toy makers put something electronic into each toy so as parents you spend almost as much on batteries each year as you do the actual toys!
This playful penguin bops back and forth when little effort. Musical fun, sounds, and three colourful bouncing balls inside keeps baby entertained, encouraging physical development.