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My children both love this toy. It was a gift when my first daughter turned one year old and she struggled to get on by herself initially, but kept trying as she loved sitting on it. Even standing just next to it, she could spin the bit on the front that rattles and make the music come on. The base is a very slight slope up towards the centre, which can be slippery with socks on, for a one year old.
The zebra itself moves down when the child bounces, and either bouncing on it, or turning the rattle on the front, make the music come on and there are two volume settings. We find the lower of the two is loud enough. It also makes horse type sounds. It has a very large base so is very sturdy. My kids and visiting friends' kids have all loved it and can get quite maniacal bouncing on it. You can also spin around on it once you're sat on it and it goes 360 degrees. You can't spin it around without putting weight down on it, which is a good thing as I think little ones could spin it and lose their balance if they lean on it or while they are trying to get on it. Once some weight goes on, it can spin.
It's quite a big toy so you need to consider where you will keep this, I know friends have used it in the garden and store it in their garage or shed. Ideal for a 1-3 year old I would say, a bit small for a 4 year old.
I got this on offer at about £30 and I don't think I would pay full price, but it is a great toy.
I had always liked the look of this toy but just couldn't justify the price tag of £70 for it and it is rather a large toy so I was also worried about space in our house for it but I am very pleased to say that one of my daughters received this as a Christmas gift from her nan two years ago now and it is fantastic.
The zebra it self comes ready assembled and all you have to do is put the base together so it really is just a two minute job to assemble this unlike other toys that take ages to put together. It does take batteries which will need to be replaced from time to time but they last for ages compared to other toys as we have only changed ours twice in nearly two years so cannot grumble at that.
The batteries are needed for the music that is played when your child bounces or spins on the zebra, there are 5 different songs and it isn't too irritating like some toys can be but it does mean that it cannot be left out side in the rain.
The age recommendation on this toy is from 12 months but I have to disagree with this as my daughter had this when she was 15 months old and was no where near big enough to get on it her self or to stay on it without being held but she did start to use it on her own at around 2 years old and is now over 3 and still loves to play on it.
After 2 years it is showing no signs of wear so is really worth the price.
I've been interested in getting one of these for my daughter for some time, however I was unwilling to pay the retail price for this item and was lucky enough to find a pink zebra at a car boot sale.
As we have the pink one, the zebra is slightly different to the one shown in the picture. It has a light pink base, dark pink handle, light pink stripes and a purple saddle and it came already assembled.
It has taken my daughter a while to get use to this item and at first we had to readjust her so that she was sat centrally, whilst spinning her around. Now, as her confidence has grown, she is bouncing up and down on it like a loon, but we still need to spin her around. She has mastered the art of getting on and off of the zebra.
As she gets older and her legs longer, this will be a toy that she will use on a daily basis. I'm not sure I will be able to put up with the noise it makes!
We purchased This last Christmas for our lg ( then 9 months)
It is attractive to look at and was very easy to assemble- simply click everything into place.
now at 21 months she goes round soooo fast round and round, bounces up and down giggling away!
I'm a childminder and this has been a big hit with all the children from 1 year to 8 years (although over 4 I think the zebra feels the strain as it starts to sound like it is clicking and we have since had to insist the older ones watch)
As the child spins and bounces there are Lots of lights, sounds and things to touch for the younger children too- there is a wheel in the middle which when spun starts the music and lights and has balls which spin round making a lovely rattling sound, and there are animals on each of the handles which can be spun round.
My FAVOURITE feature is that the zebra doesn't spin without weight on it meaning it doesn't move as the child gets on and if younger children use it as a support for standing it doesn't move underneath them. Once the child puts their weight on the toy it will begin to spin with the child and as soon as they stand up or release their weight the zebra stops where it is
The Only downside is that it is quite large when set up and therefore you do need a 50cm ,ish square space to put it in where it won't be in the way
Lovely bright colours, although the child needs to be able to sit up unsupported and able to hold on as well as reach the floor to get the most use out if it. In hindsight we shouldn't have got it for her at 9 months as she was only able to go on it when we were there
I liked this but didnt want to pay full price after seeing so many comments of 'its not worth 50.00' so i went 2nd hand and brought it for 10.00 for my youngest's christmas (he was 13 months). It has recently dropped to £26 on amazon but that is VERY cheap. Normal RRP is £50-£55 and can be brought from most shops.
*****The bounce & spin zebra*****
We didn't have to assemble it as I got it 2nd hand but its only a zebra, a stand and 6 base plates so shouldn't be too difficult. The zebra is black and white with a very cute look. It has a orange handle and orange stand with a green base plate. Size wise its quite large so not ideal for small rooms. I found it sits well in the corner of my boys bedroom.
There are 2 volume settings as well as the off switch. To adjust the volume or turn it off simply slide the knob up or down. It plays fun music and has a rattle at the top.
******what did my son think?*****
My little boy loved it!! At first he was a little unsure, probably down to the size, it took him a while to actually climb onto the zebra, to start with he would only spin the rattle on the front. As the weeks went on he started to climb onto the zebra, bouncing up and down to hear the music play (it will only spin when pushed down).
I do think its worth the money. It looks attractive to small children, is fun to use and plays music aswel as letting a child bounce up and down then spin round.
My only annoying point about this is that sometimes the green bits from the bottom plate do come up which is annoying but they do click straight in.
It does feel very strong and sturdy, something that wont break within 5mins of being used! my little one will be 2 next month and drags it into the living room so its been pushed/pulled around, banged into door ways and still works and looks great.
The chunky little handles are great for little hands, its got great vibrant colours so your little one is instantly interested.
Overall its well worth the money paid. My little boy has had a lot of use out of this and im glad I brought it.
We purchased the Fisher Price Bounce and Spin Zebra after many recommendations from family and friends. It was purchased for my 18 month old son as the recommended age is 18 months to 3 years.
Firstly, it is a very big toy so you definitely need lots of room for storage and for play. It is very easy to set up, but once it's up it's up, you cannot easily fold it away when it's not being played with.
There is a switch which turns on the music and flashing lights, there are two volume levels so you can adjust the level accordingly. The top of the handle also has a spinning ball with beads in that all the children seem to like. The two options for play are; bouncing up and down on the zebra although there doesn't seem to be much "bounce" the ither option is to spin round, which is the one that seems to bring the most enjoyment! It does make a creaking noise as you spin it but I'm not sure if that is just my heavy children. My son couldn't actually do this part very well until he was around 2 years old as he was a late walker and didn't have the skills required to "spin" himself around. Might be something to bear in mind if you are purchasing for a younger child.
The batteries last very well, in fact I don't think I've had to change them in almost 3 years!
All in all a very enjoyable toy, as long as you have the room for it.
We got this as a gift for my daughters birthday when she turned one, she is now 3 and had so much use out of this, it has hours of fun for the little ones , I would say age 3 is the limit for this unless child is very small. Ours was pink and white and the price was really good too and it sat nicely in her room, it plays some musical sounds and child can bounce up and down or spin round fast (as my daughter loved doing). Everytime she had friends over they were all wanting a little shot of it, I am now looking to sell it on or give to charity as it does take up quite a bit of space and Im sure another child would get lots of great fun out of it too. Great products for boys and girls and lots of great fun for them , the product quality is very good might I add as it is very sturdy/
My Mum brought this for our daughter for Christmas when she was 10 months old. At first she was too young to really appreciate it but she would spend time standing in front of it holding the handles and spinning the bead wheel at the front which would light up and play a tune.
Then in February she started walking two days before her first birthday and very quickly after that climbing!
from then on she has enjoyed getting on zebadee (as we call him) and bouncing up and down or spinning round and round until she makes herself dizzy (which she seems to find very funny!)
It looks great in bright colours and unisex so it is a great one for us to put up for any future babies that may come along.
It is very sturdy and well made and we have found since our daughter was born that Fisher price are one of the best for quality and easy assembly. I can't remember for sure but I think this was almost fully assembled and maybe just needed the batteries but I can't be 100% sure about that as the sleep deprivation has given me permanent mummy brain!
all in all a great product but as the description suggest best suited to 12 months or older. Our daughter is now 18 months old and still loves it and my friends little boy who is 2 loves it also, so one they can grow into.
My daughter has always been a very energetic child, even all my friends have always commented that they've never met a little girl with so much energy, who cannot sit still for very long periods of time. So when stuck indoors because of the bad weather (we live in the Lake District, so try and work that one out) I have always struggled to keep her entertained and ended up spending lots of money on many toys.
The bounce'n spin zebra by Fisher Price was a godsend! The bounce'n spin zebra can be bought online for around £45 to £55 pounds and there are two choices of colour: a pink and white one for girls and one that I would say comes in "unisex colours" (multicoloured), so it is suitable for both girls and boys. It is recommended for children from the age of 12 months and I would say that the easy grip handlebar really does make it safe for very young ones. It bounces, spins all the way round and it features lights and cheerful tunes.
My daughter was absolutely delighted to receive it as a Christmas present and she found a way to burn off all her energy by bouncing and spinning round on it from morning until night. She would bounce on it so hard and fast (my friends and I would sit there watching her mesmerized) that sometimes I thought the whole thing would collapse or tip over, but that was never the case. It is a very robust and stable toy (it has a wide base) that can withstand "rough" playing! The music and lights also seemed to encourage her to go faster! This was a brilliant buy for us, even though quite pricey it was worth it and I would definitely recommend it to those parents with hyperactive children. The only downside to it is that it is quite a noisy toy, so do not expect to be watching telly whilst your little one is on it!
When my little girl turned one last October we wanted to make it really special for her, she had a very traumatic time getting into the world and nearly never made it all so for her to reach her first birthday it was a major achievement. Toys R Us was our main port of call for her presents, yes we of course went over board but as it was her first birthday I felt obliged to. At the time we bought her presents Toys R Us had a 3 for 2 deal on their Fisher Price toys which was ideal as it made the choice a lot easier for us. We ended up taking advantage of this offer and the one toy we purchased was the Fisher Price Bounce 'n' Spin Zebra.
I had first noticed the Fisher Price Bounce 'n' Spin Zebra whilst pregnant with my daughter and thought it looked like such a good toy and of course being into horses myself I was immediately drawn to this toy! This was the first toy I picked up at Toys R Us and I went very girly and opted for the pink version but you can get it in more bold primary colours which is unisex but I just preferred the pale pastel colours of the pink version. Whichever 'colour' your buy it does exactly the same thing it just comes down to personal preference. It has been designed for children from the age of 12 months to 36 months but with a weight limit of 43lbs. My daughter is still on 19lbs at 21 months so she is going to get quite a lot of use out of it!
The Fisher Price Bounce 'n' Spin Zebra comes in a large box which although is quite a decent size it isn't overly wide so should fit in any car easily. The box like most other Fisher Price toys is bright and colourful depicting a child on the zebra itself. Of course being a global brand Fisher Price has wording on their in most languages as well as brief information as to what the product does, is, warnings. Basically the usual stuff you'd expect to see. There is however, a very thorough leaflet inside the box which goes into far more detail and of course has the detailed instructions in how to put it together.
Yes, you heard me correctly, this is a self assembly product and it does need to be done by an adult! Fortunately for me my wonderful father did it for me as he wanted to show it off straight away to his granddaughter. The zebra itself is already pre-made you just need to attach its handles to the side of its head - these are the handles that the child holds onto. The base itself is the trickiest part to attach you will need a Philips head screwdriver for this part (not included). The base pieces are triangular in shape and slot together which will then need screwing in on the underside to make the base completely secure. Even though I didn't put it together myself I was there when my father did it and it took around 15 minutes. It isn't the hardest thing to put together as all of the pieces are quite large and it helps that the instructions are actually very useful with decent sized pictures as diagrams.
You will need 3 "AAA" batteries which are not included so you will have to buy them separately if you want to hear the music. The batteries are at the back of the Zebra's handle and again you will need a small screwdriver for this part. The Fisher Price Bounce 'n' Spin Zebra is made from a hard wearing, durable plastic but it is actually quite surprising how light it is. Don't get me wrong it won't move across the floor when a child plays on it simply because it is weighted down by the zebra and the base does cover a good area of the floor making it quite sturdy. It is however only supposed to be used on carpeted surfaces so it won't move when being bounced on. This is something which is not made particularly apparent on the box but definitely something to keep in mind. I have wooden flooring in my lounge so this sits happily in my office at home so she can happily play in there whilst I am working.
The Fisher Price Bounce 'n' Spin Zebra has been specifically designed to help encourage a baby's physical development through spinning and bouncing on the zebra. Fisher Price have classed this particular toy to help with gross motor skills, sensory skills and balance and co-ordination. The zebra does have sound to it and has a very limited selection of songs (adjustable volume control) which do start to drive the parent a little mad after a while but the music is teamed with flashing lights which will obviously help with hand to eye co-ordination. At the top of the handle there is spinning plastic ball which holds other tiny little plastic balls which obviously when played with makes a rattling noise. At the side of each handle there are two little characters which spin round when played with also. The handle bar is classed as 'easy grip' and my daughter has not problem holding on whilst bouncing on the zebra.
I do like the fact that this has really helped my daughter's balance and it clearly shows as my daughter is very capable of sitting on it and keeping her balance while bouncing on her zebra like it is a bucking bronco! My daughter's face lit up as soon as she saw this for the first time and she immediately wanted to figure out what it is and what it does. The main attraction to start off with was the spinning plastic ball at the front simply because it made an instant noise and of course the songs that play are again an instant hit. My daughter is quite little for her age (21 months old and is just going in to 9-12 month clothing!) so at the grand age of 1 she was too small to use it as when she sat on the zebra her little feet couldn't touch the base which is obviously needed to help them push up and bounce around. So in this instance I do think that if you have a small child you may find they will have to grow into this toy!
My daughter has been using this toy properly for around 5 months now especially as she is just that little bit taller to reach the base. She certainly has not problems whatsoever on getting on the zebra as she holds onto the one half of the handle and then swings her leg over the zebra's back and she is on! She can easily get off by swinging her one leg over - as a horse rider I am actually very impressed in how she gets on and off as she will be my budding jockey!! Although she doesn't use it for a long period of time once in the saddle so to speak she does use it frequently throughout the day where it is just sitting on it looking at the lights or actually bouncing on it. Compared to a lot of her other toys this one does seem to get used quite a bit.
The only thing I have found is that my daughter doesn't spin on the zebra she simply just bounces. She knows how to do it just doesn't seem to like doing it which isn't a concern of mine at all. Obviously to spin the toy they child has to push down and then spin the toy with their legs and their body and I guess this is something which comes with age and strength whereas although my daughter can do it I think because of her height as she can just about touch the base properly she finds a bit difficult and she can obviously bounce far easier. Batteries seem to last well also as I haven't had to replace them yet and the toy for the last 5 months has been used on a daily basis so that's a big plus. However, I do find quite annoyingly that the music starts to play on its own accord and I mean when it isn't being used which is a little spooky! Because the zebra is made of plastic it is incredibly easy to keep clean especially with those sticky little hands children have so it can stay looking in great condition easily.
I don't have any complaints about the The Fisher Price Bounce 'n' Spin Zebra as my daughter seems to enjoy it and does on a very frequent basis so I guess for her sheer enjoyment I can award it 5 stars. I have no problems with it, it is easy to assemble with no fiddly little parts but I would advise to read the instructions just to make sure you have done it correctly so the toy is 110% safe for your child to enjoy. My one downside is simply the noise it makes when my daughter is on it bouncing around and I don't mean the music is doesn't rattle but just makes a lot of noise which fortunately for me my daughter isn't on it for long periods of time! Overall, I would recommend this but I don't think it would be a necessary toy in terms of development it is more for fun and of course if you don't have a house with enough room then this isn't suitable as it is quite large! On the whole I'd give it 4 stars knocking one off due to the noise it can make.
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Brand: Fisher Price
Availability: Toy stores and online
Price: £54.99 - Toys R Us - July 2012
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A great fun toy, suitable for ages 12 - 36months.
The idea of the product is children sit on the zebra and then bounce, music starts when you bounce and a light flashes at the front. The zebra can also spin 360 degrees.
I brought this for Lauren for her first birthday/Christmas (as they fall at the same time) and although everyone gave the advise of 'save your money, she doesn't know at this age) how could I not spoil my first born!? I did however struggle to find something big that either a, she didn't already have or b, that was suitable for her age range. When I spotted this is Toys R Us, I thought it looked great.
Although she was tall for her age, I had to wait until she was about 15months old until she could fully use. The reason being, she was unable to get on and on by herself, so I used to lift her on however she could only reach the base by her tip toes so she was unable to push herself to create the bouncing motion. Saying this, she did enjoy just sitting in front of the zebra and spinning the rattle part on the front which also made the music start and lights flash. She also used to like to sit her dolls/teddies on it.
Once she was about 15months and able to get on by herself, there was no stopping her, on and off constantly.
The only downside of the product it is quite noisy, also, although she became quite competent at climbing on and off, I was always paranoid that she was going to catch her leg as she was getting off and falling over so I always made sure it was in the centre of the room.
I would say she only used it until she was about 2, by this time she had become a little too big or bored with it.
The RRP is nearly £50, considering I only used it for 9months, I think this is a little on the steep side, however I dabble a bit on EBay and have a tendency to keep all packaging so I managed to sell it for nearly £30 making it not that much of a bad buy.
I had the version pictured which is white and black striped zebra with a green base however there is another version which has pink stripes and a pink base.
It requires 3 x AA batteries which are not included
In October I began to plan my son's first Christmas. I was so excited and began hunting online for possible presents for him. A few months previously I had seen the spinning zebra in the ELC and loved it. It was bright, colourful and most importantly had lights and sounds (a must for our little boy!), however, I was dismayed to see that the toy was aimed at babies aged 12months and upwards. At this point my son was only around 6 months old so I put it to the back of my mind. Whilst looking online for possible Christmas present ideas, I found Babies R Us to have a 3 for 2 offer on Fisher Price toys. As my son would be 10 months old at Christmas, I decided to go for it and get the Zebra! Even if it were unsuitable at first, I knew that he would grow into it.
Once the paper had been torn off on Christmas morning (with a bit of help from daddy), we took it out of the large box. We were confronted with a moulded plastic zebra (complete with red trainers!), a yellow handle that had to be screwed into place, and a green base that had to be assembled into a hexagon using a combination of steel bars for strength and plastic covers. It took less than 10 minutes to assemble and the instructions were not required.
Once assembled, we placed our son on it to find that his toes almost touched the ground (he is quite tall for his age) however, he required us to hold him in place and bounce him up and down. We were met with giggles of delight as the zebra bounced and span around to the sound of hooves galloping and the light in the handle flashing in time to the music. It was an instant hit! He has played with it every day since Christmas an is yet to tire of it. Obviously he will gain more from it once he is able to sit on it unaided. He also enjoys practicing his standing by holding onto the handle at the front of the zebra and spinning the beads contained within.
The toy is quite bulky and takes up quite a lot of space in our living room. It cannot be folded or dismantled in any way which is probably the only downside to the toy. It is very sturdy and seems quite well built. If the saddle were to be made of a non slip material, the younger child may find it easier to stay on because as it is made of shiny plastic, my son's bottom slides off the seat.
This is a fun toy, but as it usually retails at around £45, it is quite expensive. It is brightly coloured and encourages movement aswell as stimulating the senses with light and sound. I hope this will become a favourite in our house that will be used for years to come!
This year was my sons second Christmas so although he's still unaware of what Christmas actually is, he does now understand presents. This in itself made buying his presents very exciting because he's now 16 months old and fully reactive to toys. When shopping around this year I was aware my son was in need of toys to stimulate his development as he still had a lot of 'baby toys' that were only working to bore him and make him irratated. This meant I knew I had to buying things that would help him learn and stimulate him.
I'm a huge Fisher Price fan and had seen this Bounce and Spin Zebra many times in shops throughout the last year and it always looked really cute-lots of bright colours, no sharp edges etc just generally a great toy for toddlers. However I must point out that when I looked at reviews of it I was very suprised to find as many poorly rated reviews as highly rated ones. This threw me a little bit because in my mind I had already decided to buy it! I read reviews that stated the toy was unsafe, which as any parent will know is the critical point of purchase for a toy that involves physical interaction. So reading how children had hurt themselves on the zebra made me cautious and for a few weeks I did refrain from buying it. However the more I read, the danger seemed to occur when used by children who were either over excited or under developed, and too unstable on their feet to bounce safely. Seeing as my son is neither of this I gave in and purchased the zebra.
I bought ours from the Toys'r'us website back in October and paid £44.99 for it which at the time was the best price I could find as I got free delivery on it. However I must now note that by December in the pre-Christmas sales I saw it as low as £28.99 in ELC and Amazon now sell it for £39.59 so I would really recommend shopping around for it to get the best price.
The Bounce and Spin Zebra comes in a large square box and the packaging will really excite your child! When my son tore off the wrapping paper on Christmas morning he loved the combination of bright pictures on the white background. The contrast for his little eyes was great and his smile said it all! When we began to assemble the zebra I was very pleasantly suprised with how easy it was to put together. The pieces are all large so there is no fiddly or tricky parts and the accompanying instructions mean it's pretty much idiot-proof.
The first part to be assembled is the large green base. This slots together six co-ordinating pieces of green plastic which fan out and frame around the zebra. I like the fact that the base is there to make the toy sturdy and secure and give it grip on the flooring. When correctly fitted together you can tell it is adding stability and it's therefore it was very reassuring for me after reading some discouraging reviews on the safety aspects of this toy.
After assembling the base, which took no time at all you slot the zebra in place and use the accompanying screws to secure it. You will need a four point screwdriver to do this, but again it's increadably simple and takes a couple of minutes at the most. As the zebra itself comes complete and intact after this all you need to do is put the batteries in and he's ready to go!
My first thoughts when I saw the finished product were excitement! And it's not even something I can use! My little boy had a smile that matched mine and was bouncing his knees and clapping with glee in joy at his new toy! He was so eager to play I barely saw him stand still before he was climbing on and bouncing away!
The zebra and the base are all very brightly coloured, perfect to excite and entice your child to play. When I spend money on toys I don't like it if you can tell that a manufacturer has cut corners in their production of the item by mass colouring it so I was very pleased with the attention to detail that there is with this. The zebra even comes with little sneakers decorating his feet-a cute touch in my opinion!
The zebra comes with handle bars for your child to hold on while bouncing. These feature two cute critters which sit in such a way that gripping is easy for little, unfamiliar hands. There is also a roll around ball section which adds to the noise that is made when bouncing! The idea with these mini toys is to promote hand-eye co-ordination and my son does enjoy stopping from a little bouncing to flick the roll ball and touch the critters.
The reason that batteries are required for this toy is that there are five songs which play as your child bounces away. Each upbeat and encouraging your child to continue bouncing for the next song. I usually find the music to toys very repatative and annoying but this one isn't too bad, just fun and energetic and when the bouncing stops so does the music which I must admit is great from an adult point of view!
As far as it's uses go it's a pretty simple toy. It allows and encourages your child to bounce and spin around too. While bouncing your child can also spin 360degrees at the same time. This helps with co-ordination and motor skills and is great physical activity for little ones. My son instantly understood how to climb on and off the zebra and now he's a lot smoother in this motion as he's had practice at it. Combined with this and the bouncing itself it will really help to strengthen your child's leg muscles and encourage them to be more sturdy on their feet.
The strength of the spring in the zebra is weaker than expected but I am actually quite pleased about this. It's strong enough to create a nice, leisurely bounce for your child but it's not going to catipult them in the air or bounce back with any strength that could cause harm. My little boy loves it because he loves bouncing and it allows him to bounce as hard as he wants or as softly as he wants and he still gets the bouncing motion no matter what force he applies with his feet. I would say then that the spring is very reactive to force but not the spring of the coil doesn't appear to be any danger and so my son is happy and so am I.
Thanks to the base the toy does take up a lot of space but in my opinion it's very worth it and I can't rate this highly enough. It gets a full five star ote from me and my son! He absolutely loves it and I love to watch him on it! So although I paid more when I purchased it than it seems to retail for now, I don't mind and would happily pay the £44.99 again as it's worth that price tag.
If your child enjoyed the Fisher Price Jumperoo then I would thoroughly recommend this. It's like the toddlers version of the jumperoo! My little boy has always loved bouncing as he loved his jumperoo and I knew when he started bending his knees and imatating bouncing that he was ready for this toy. I must say though that the recommended age range for this toy is 1-3 years. However I would base this on your own child. My son was walking at ten months and very sturdy on his feet straight away so I don't worry about him on this, however your child will need to be able to control themselves and the zebra at the same time so it's best to wait until they are cnfident on their feet before using this toy.
Overall? A happy mummy and very happy bouncer!
You will need 3xAA batteries for the zebra which aren't included and you can also buy the zebra in pink and purple for the little girl in your life. For more details please visit www.fisherprice.com
I was so excited last Christmas as my daughter had just turned one the month before and should would be able to understand it a little better than the Christmas before. Finding presents was a lot easier than the year before, and the toy at the top of my present list was this Bounce and Spin Zebra from Fisher-Price. Fisher-Price is well known for it's robust, child friendly toys and I didn't have any doubts about how well made this zebra was as Fisher-Price is a popular brand.
This Bounce and Spin Zebra is available in two different colours, either pink (which we have) or multicoloured with colours such as green and red. It's widely available for around the £50 mark and is suitable for children over the age of 12 months.
*** The Zebra ***
This zebra comes in a few parts in the box, the only parts that need to be assembled are the base, but this was easy to do (I'm glad it was as I left it until Christmas eve to put together and had no one to help me so it could of ended up as a disaster!). The main zebra simply slotted onto the base.
Once assembled the zebra looks very cute. The base is quite big meaning it can take the weight of the zebra and a toddler without it moving anywhere or tipping. The zebra looks like it is galloping through the air, around the sides of the head is an easy to grip handle featuring two spin animal toys that can be spun. Where the handle meets the zebra on the top of it's head is where the battery compartment is housed which takes 3x AA batteries, above this is another spin toy and underneath is a pink light that flashes when the zebra is in use.
*** Play time ***
The zebra does what it says on the tin, it bounces and spins. There is a seat on the zebras back for children to sit on to so that they can sit on it and push themselves from the floor to bounce the zebra. It isn't done automatically and quite some force is needed to get the zebra to bounce or spin. As I said, Kacie was 13 months old when she received this and could only just touch the floor on tiptoes when she was sat on the seat, let alone push herself round or up and down on it so it was, firstly, just a toy where she could only spin the little characters on the handles.
Kacie sort of 'grew' into this toy, as she got taller she could do more bouncing and the zebra became more and more appealing to her. When she could bounce and spin herself properly she was around 18 months, the springiness of the bounce still wasn't that great even though she could bounce it herself.
The zebra has five different songs that are activated by bouncing, these are very upbeat, energetic songs that fit with the toy very well. There are two different volume settings, loud and quiet. The loud setting is exactly that, loud, it's enough to give anyone a headache. The quiet setting is what I would call a normal sound level and is bearable. The only problem with the volume control is that it is on the handle of the zebra so children can easily access it and it is an easy to move switch so Kacie could easily change the setting to loud.
With the base being so big and no way to collapse it, the zebra does take up quite a lot of room. I have had to rearrange my living room to squeeze it into a corner, so for people with limited space I don't think this would be a wise investment.
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I think this zebra was a good purchase, although it wasn't used to it's full potential when my daughter first received it, it has had a huge amount of use for the year we have had it, maybe Fisher-Price should amend the suitability to 18 months. It's a hit to all children that come round as is still regularly played with now. It is quite expensive but the amount of use it has had has definitely made up for the big price tag
My heart sank as we were given this Bounce and Spin zebra; another huge toy to try and fit in our lounge, except this one does not fold up at all!
There is a plastic zebra on a wide plastic base, which bounces up and down, with some degree of spin, whilst being accompanied by fun, lively musical accompaniment and lights. It really does not look subtle or fit in with any colour scheme you might have in your lounge!
For all its gariness however, any child from 9 months to (literally) 9 years who has come into our lounge since we got the zebra, has made a beeline straight for it and enjoyed bouncing around on it for at least a little while. Our little girl has not been her usual fickle self and 6 months after the zebra entering our lives, she still loves it.
The sounds and lights can be controlled with a switch on the front of the zebra, on the handle. There are two volume settings which provide a quieter and noisier option, and of course, there is always a 'take the batteries out' option!
Bounce and spin zebra encourages babys physical development through bouncing, spinning, and music! Fun sounds, delightful songs and dancing lights enhances eye-hand co-ordination, motor skills, balance and coordination. A wide, sturdy base and easy-grip handlebars gives this product stability for added fun.