Product Type: Fisher Price baby toys
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Anyone for Cookies?
Fisher Price Cookie Shape Surprise
Member Name: chrisandmark
Fisher Price Cookie Shape Surprise
Advantages: Very well chosen 'voice', looks great, fun and mildly educational
Disadvantages: Foot crushingly heavy!
My mum has a bad habit of buying noisy toys; it's highly irritating as she patently doesn't understand the logistics of having four children and can't fathom why ridiculously and excessively loud toys aren't particularly appropriate. So I wasn't really surprised to find an all-singing-all-dancing cookie jar in Hollie's stocking when Nanny arrived with her contingent of Christmas presents for the spoilt little people residing at the chrisandmark residence.
I deliberately didn't include it in Hollie's regular playtime for a while, furious with mum for buying something she knew (by her own admittance) I'd hate. In the new year however I was starting to feel childish so I'd sit Hollie on my lap and let her poke around at the cookie jar; she was around seven months old by then and liked the flashing light, the tinkly voice and cute cheerful music entertained her for a few minutes (if that!) but she soon got bored of the cookie jar in general and despite my minor thawing towards the toy it went away again.
Fast forward another couple of months, Hollie was sitting up and I decided she was ready for another crack at the Cookie Jar. Proving that babies really do grow and learn incredibly quickly, this short period of time took the toy from 'ignore' status to gurgles of 'this is my favourite toy; gimmegimmegimme'. The bright colours appealed obviously but Hollie loved to sit and activate the various sounds, and wonderfully these sounds are not irritating in the slightest - in fact they're very sweet!
So, you might be thinking, what the heck is a Cookie Jar. It's a crazy cross between a musical activity toy for babies and an educational prop designed to help you teach your little one number skills... at six months old. Yep, it's strange I know - as a cute fun toy it's excellent, but by the time your toddler is at number recognition stage I doubt the Cookie Jar will hold much appeal for them. I'm all for educational toys and have always looked for things that will help my kids to learn as they play - but this toy simply isn't age appropriate as far as number work goes, Hollie was (and still is) very quick to pick up on numeracy but had tired of the Cookie Jar by eighteen months old so the numbers aspect simply passed her by. Moan over, apart from that it's been a fab little toy.
The Cookie Jar has holes cut out of the side, with each one corresponding to a plastic 'shape' of which five are included. The shapes are all different colours and each have a number painted on the top, using a small slider switch you can choose between number or shape modes and depending which one you go for you'll get a short and sweet comment from the Jar. There is also the option to turn off the electronic effects and use it as a quiet-time toy. It's not overly loud and on the bottom of the Jar there's another slider switch where you can set the volume to loud or quiet - there's an audible difference between the two, I like to keep it on the quiet(er) setting if possible! The sound works by a push button that's activated whenever you slide a shape through a hole, or alternatively you can simply press this button down with your finger if you feel the need to hear the Jar speak to you! There's also a sensor located across the top of the Cookie Jar so the action of a toddler placing their hand into it will activate a short musical burst, the same thing happens if you press the Jar's cute little flashing nose. This is great as it allows less dexterous children who can't manage to slide the shapes through their corresponding holes to make the toy do *something*, there are enough short statements and jingles that the toy doesn't become (too) repetitive - although after four years of intermittent use I'm finding the phrase 'yummy' slightly irritating now.
Hollie used it for around a year all told, but we didn't get rid of it with our regular charity shop deposits as it's such a substantial and attractive toy that I wanted to keep it for a while. Then David came along and I was glad I did as he adores the Cookie Jar! My only issue with David playing with it is that it weighs a tonne and I'm scared to death that he's going to throw it at someone and fracture their skull (or at least their foot)! David, or demon-babe as I like to call him, is a miserable little sod and this is one of very few toys that will sometimes calm him if I activate it as he's about to go into full screaming mode - presumably the bright and tinkly voice is what does it, but he'll often literally beam with delight at the sound of the Cookie Jar beginning its song.
I like this toy, I really do. It's bright and colourful with not too many garish flashing lights and Fisher Price have chosen an excellent voice, which in my opinion is the main draw of the Cookie Jar as so many of these 'talking' toys are just plain annoying as such ridiculous (and usually highly Americanised) voices are used - this one is so sweet that you can't help but smile sometimes when you hear it.
Summary: A great little baby toy that encourages shape recognition, if not counting!
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