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This fisher price toy has been in production for some years. We were given one of the earlier versions as a hand me down but the children liked it so much that more recently we purchased the newer upgraded model.
This toy is can be one of a child's first instruments and although it is recommended for 18 months plus it was a hit in our house from around 9 months onwards.
It is a rather crudely shaped moulded plastic crocodile which is both a xylophone and a piano. It has six brightly coloured xylophone bars and a key at the end of each one. Attached to the crocodile is a string with a stick for bashing the notes with. Both the keys and bars are big and easy to hit although it would be easier if the string was a little longer. The stick can be stored inside the crocs mouth when not in use.
An additional feature of this toy is that it can be pulled along. The newer version has wheels underneath and makes a bobbing motion when pulled forwards.
Due to the nature of this toy, it receives quite a bashing. I am pleased to say that it is built to withstand this. It is chunky and robust and although not the most attractive toy, it will stand the test of time. The other thing I love about this toy is that, unlike most of the items in our toy box, this does not require batteries.
You can purchase the newer version for around £13 in the supermarket and start your child's musical interest off early. Recommended.
On a recent shopping trip to Tesco the other day my daughter and I were browsing the toy aisle when she spotted and reached out for the Fisher Price Croc Keys. She enjoyed having a little play with the buttons but as she is only 10 months old, I though perhaps we would find something else she would play with more and we carried on with our shop.
Later in the week we then went to Play2days which is a soft play centre with a baby area and she spotted a xylophone toy on the floor and she was off crawling toward it at quite some speed and playing with it for ages. I then remembered seeing the Fisher Price Croc keys at Tesco for £15 and stopped off to buy it for her on the way home.
The Fisher Price Croc keys is a xylophone and piano in one. The tool for the xylophone fits neatly in the mouth when not in use and is attached to the toy by a cord. The Croc Keys is designed to look like a crocodile and is incredibly cute with lovely bright colours and a very friendly face. There are wheels underneath so he can be easily moved or pulled about by little ones.
The Fisher Price Croc Keys is suitable from 18 months plus and this is originally why I hesitated in my purchase as my little girl is only 10 months. However I do feel that this toy is suitable for her she manages this with ease and has so much fun. I wonder if we had waited until she was 18 months if she would have been as interested as this very much suits where she is developmentally now.
Upon arrival home our Croc Keys was quickly renamed Terence and I am pleased to report he has settled in very well! Terence has coped admirably with the constant bashing, tugging, pulling and dropping he has endured at the hands of our little rock star and has not a single wound which is quite an achievement.
My daughter loves to play with Terence both using the piano keys and xylophone and she finds this quite easy to do. She especially likes to play tunes and to sing along. Always ensuring she has a captive audience first of course!
She especially likes to ensure our dog Max is watching and otherwise does her absolute best to gain his attention by shouting, shrieking and pretend coughing. Unfortunately for her she has used the fake cough a few too many times now, and Max knows only too well that she is pretending and no longer feels the need to kiss her better and instead seemingly pretends he has not heard.
My daughter also loves to crawl and loves to pull Terence along with her. Terence bobs up and down as he is pulled which amuses Tilly-Mae and she sometimes forgets to look where she is going in her bid to watch Terence.
I think my daughter would find it a little easier to play the xylophone part of the toy if the cord attached the tool was a little longer as she seems to struggle to get the tool in the right place. Whilst she can manage I think it would have been easier for her if this was even a couple of inches longer.
I highly recommend this toy, I love that it can be used as a xylophone, piano and even as a pull or push along toy. The range of uses and versatility of this toy means he is always first out of the toy box. Terence is extremely well made and has provided hours of fun for my little girl, and I am so glad that I decided to get this for her. I am not so sure Max would agree however!
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