Product Type: Fisher Price baby toys
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Fisher-Price Bright Beginnings Tappy the Turtle
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Fisher-Price Bright Beginnings Tappy the Turtle
Advantages: simple, helps hand-eye co-ordination
Disadvantages: doesn't hold child's attention for long
My son received Fisher Price's Tappy The Turtle as a Christmas present and we recently decided to let him have this to play with despite the age recommendation on the toy being 18 months and the fact that he is just shy of his first birthday. The toy is by Fisher Price (a brand I know and trust) and there were no small parts so it seemed safe for him to have this to play with at his age.
Tappy the Turtle is a green plastic turtle about 30cm in length. It comes contained in a cardboard sleeve that states 'exclusively available in Tesco' (coincidently it prices at £10.97 here). The turtle has a dark green shell with five coloured shapes jutting out -a yellow star, orange triangle, blue square, red circle and purple pentagon. It also has four light green legs, a light green tail and head and a yellow underside. It also wears a red baseball cap on top of it's head. There is a red hammer, which is lightweight and made of a thin hollow plastic, hooked on to the tail.
The idea of the toy is that the five shapes on the turtle's back are hit with the hammer to knock them into the shell and, once all five are knocked in, the turtles head pops out from it's shell - accompanied by a 'boing' sound. The toy can then be reset by pushing the turtle's head back into it's shell and this pushes the shapes back up.
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My son is a little too young to gain the full benefits from this toy - he lacks the co-ordination and understanding to use the hammer yet - but he is 6 months younger than the recommended age. He does, however, enjoy hitting the shapes into the shell and laughs as the turtle's head pops out from the shell. I have to the reset the toy for him as, again, he is too young to understand how the toy works.
The toy is basic and there is not much to it so I don't find that this holds his attention for very long. The bright colours are stimulating to him and attract his attention initially but, after hitting the shapes a few times, he grows bored of the toy relatively quickly. There is nothing further to capture his attention - for example the lights and sounds that captivate him on his other toys.
As my son gets older and is able to understand the use of the hammer, I think that this toy will help develop and improve his hand-eye co-ordination. However, I don't expect that this will hold his attention for too long even then - hence we have let him have the toy early to try and extend it's lifespan. The hammer itself is lightweight which is good as it prevents my son from hurting himself (or others). The idea of a hook on the tail to hold this in place when stored is good but, in practice, it doesn't work very well. We find that this doesn't hold in place well at all and we always find that this has been detached in the toy box and have to locate it.
The toy is well made with smooth edges and is also brightly coloured. It is also refreshingly simple and easy for baby to understand and see what needs to be done. It is also good for helping them to understand actions and consequences (if I push the shapes in, the turtle's head will pop out). The colours and shapes will also be a good learning tool as my son gets older and can learn to identify them and follow instructions e.g. 'hit the yellow star'.
However, I do feel that it could be made a bit more interesting to hold baby's interest a little better. Aside from the 'boing' noise as the turtle's head pops out the toy is quiet and perhaps a few noises as the shapes are popped in and out would add to the toy - even a voice identifying the colour/shape as it is hit as this would further enhance the learning aspect. I do appreciate, however, that a lot of children's toys are incredibly noisy and that this toy could be a refreshing change to that (and a welcome break for parents/carers).
Overall, I would say for just over £10 this is a decent child's toy with some educational value. It can help to develop key skills like hand-eye co-ordination and ability to understand. However, it has limited playability and is not overly engaging - do not expect it to hold your child's interest for very long.
Summary: could be improved
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