Product Type: Fisher Price baby toys
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Bounce, giggle, bounce... ah it's all over!
Fisher Price Bounce and Giggle Animals
Member Name: Ann-Marie_B
Fisher Price Bounce and Giggle Animals
Disadvantages: Difficult to grasp and activate. Very short vibrations and sounds
We have two Fisher Price Bounce and Giggle Animals in our house, both of which were given as gifts, though I'm not entirely sure if both were given to my daughter or if one of them belongs to my son. Having two very young children means that toys in our house are usually shared between them.
Our Bounce and Giggle Animals are the pig and the cow. The range consists of four in total with the other two being an elephant and a cat.
These toys are available from Amazon. However there are a number of sellers listing them and prices do vary. With shipping costs included, prices range between £20 and £25. In my opinion these prices are too high for such a small and rather basic toy. I would say the actual value is somewhere around £10.
Fisher Price Bounce and Giggle Animals are essentially a vibrating ball. The ears, nose, arms, legs and tail protrude from the ball. The arms are made from the same plastic as the main spherical body, however all other parts are made from soft rubber.
There are textured patterns to the back of the ears and the ends of the arms and legs. The bottom half of the body also has a textured pattern and is made from a contrasting colour plastic, giving the impression that the animal is wearing pants. I'm not sure if this is intended but it certainly looks like that to me! These textures are aimed to encourage young children to feel them, promoting hand and eye co-ordination and sensory awareness. In addition there is also a ribbon to the top of each toy, curled in order to look like hair. This is possibly another touch and feel element.
Each animal has a heart shape to the front with the Fisher Price logo visible on a metallic sticker. This looks very much like a button but it isn't. It is actually the nose of the animal which activates the vibration in the toy. Just beneath the heart shape is the speaker, underneath is the battery compartment and just above the top of the tail is the power switch.
In my opinion these toys are rather heavy and together with the shape and size of the toy, they can prove a little difficult for youngsters to grasp and carry around. The boxed weight is 499g and the product dimensions are 13.3 x 13.3 x 19cm. They are however very strong and seemingly very durable.
When my children received these endearing little animals I expected them to be similar to a toy which was around when I was a child, a ball that continuously vibrated and moved across the floor. This is not the case with the Fisher Price Bounce and Giggle Animals. When pressed initially the animal emits the relevant animal sound, a giggle and a very short burst of vibration, I estimate this to be around 3 seconds. When pressed for a second time the animal giggles, emits a tune and gives a longer burst of vibration, though still rather short at around 10 seconds.
My son is three years old and he is able to press the nose to activate the vibration and sounds, however he does find it a little tricky as he needs to hold the toy securely while he puts pressure on the nose. My daughter is one year old and is unable to press the nose, she will try to tweak it, pull at it and then get rather frustrated and pass it to me. This is somewhat of a disadvantage given that the target age for this toy is 6 months. As the burst of vibration and sound is very short, if your child cannot press the button you will inevitably find yourself pressing it over and over again.
The concept of this toy seemed a very good one, however in reality it does not live up to expectation. I do have many bugbears when it comes to Fisher Price toys in general and have only really been satisfied with their Imaginext range of toys where the only flaw is the price!
Our Fisher Price Bounce and Giggle Animals have had very little play. They seem to have been abandoned at the bottom of the toy box and rarely have the chance to surface. This is personally one toy that I would not recommend.
Summary: Bounce, giggle, bounce... ah it's all over!
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