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Your pour the tea and I'll make the cucumber sandwiches
Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Say Please Tea Set
Member Name: catsholiday
Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Say Please Tea Set
Date: 17/12/11, updated on 20/12/11 (45 review reads)
Advantages: Strong quality toy with very posh songs teaching manners etc
Disadvantages: I can't think of any
This rather cute and very solid small tea set is one of my granddaughter's toys. She got this one from one of her many adoring aunts last Christmas when she was just about thirteen months old. My daughter said it was a godsend on many a car journey as it was something granddaughter could hold and would make noises and sing the songs which entertained her for quite some time. My daughter can sing the songs beautifully now as can we all!
Made by Fisher - Price
Fisher Price was founded in the 1930s and specializes in making quality toys for babies and young children. It is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the toy company Mattel and now all younger children's toys under the Mattel umbrella are marketed as Fisher-Price. The brand has come to symbolize quality and safe strong toys with play value and at a reasonable price.
This little tea set is sold for about £16 which seems a lot when compared to plastic cups and saucer sets you can buy but this toy is one that will last and be passed from child to child as it is strong, I would say unbreakable, and about your only concern would be that the cups and little plate and cakes will get lost. The teapot is a bit bigger and certainly granddaughter often plays with it minus the other bits as it is the most exciting part of the set.
What is in the box?
Well there is the small singing tea pot, two little cups and a plate with three cakes on. It is a pretty small set but as this is aimed at the younger child really the tea pot and cups are the most played with items. I have to confess I haven't seen the cakes or the plate since last Christmas but the teapot is still going strong and can be used to pretend play with normal cups too which is what we do. Once a child is older they would probably prefer a larger set but the age this is aimed at would lose interest in the other bits and that kevel of imaginative play doesn't really come till after two so this is perfect for the younger child.
What does it look like?
The picture above the review on provided by Ciao and Dooyoo is as good as you will get and gives you an excellent idea of what it looks like. It is a pretty set and very obviously aimed at little girls which I think maybe something they should look at as little boys would enjoy the set just as much but it is rather too pink to be suitable as a gift for a little boy I would think. It is pretty pink and purple with little flowers and frills on the tea pot. The cups are plainer and in purple with nice happy smiley faces on them. The plate is pink again and it has indents for where the cakes sit on it. The tea pot has a nice big handle which is easy for little hands to be able to hold and on the round part of the tea pot you see a smiley face and some small pink flowers. Just by the handle is a button with a musical note on it and a switch which alters the setting as to what the tea pot will do. This is pretty stiff for little hands so this needs an older child or adult to move for them until they are a bit stronger. I find the handles on the cups far too small for me but granddaughter has no problem so obviously they have been designed for little hands and fingers. The cakes fit into specific indents on the plate and they are different shapes and colours.
It has carefully designed to be appealing to small children and apart from the fact it is very girlie I do like the set and it is visually appealing to me as an adult too.
Now let's play
The tea pot is the only thing that 'does' anything in the way of singing and noise making. It has different settings which you can alter so that the pot does different noises. The little swirly image makes the teapot gurgle as you tip up the pot so that it sounds like you are pouring a cup of tea then it sort of gurgles as you right it again. The lid opens and closes and has a good sturdy hinge which is good as it gets a battering from inquisitive hands pulling it up and down. As you lift the lid on the swirly image setting it sort of rattles and then giggles like a child which always makes our granddaughter giggle back. If you press the button with the music note on it when it is on this setting then the teapot sings 'Polly Put the Kettle on'
The next setting proudly announces "It's music time!" So now when the tea pot is turned on its side or upside down it makes some a tinkly plinky noises! And then if you press the button with the music note on it when on this setting you then get a very catchy song which my daughter sings beautifully now she has heard it so many times "Tea, tea, tea for two, would you like to pour, tip the pot and fill the cup and then we'll have some more!" "Time to share a pot of tea, some for you, some for me, let's take turns and always say, please and thank you!" Both of the songs are quite catchy and sung by a very posh English lady. You feel like you should crock your little finger and get out the cucumber sandwiches! If the lid is lifted up and down when on this setting the teapot makes a different plinkity plonk sort of sound.
Finally the third setting shows numbers and this is apparently "Learning time!" When you have it on this setting and tip the tea pot it makes the same pouring tea sort of noises as the first setting. When you press the button with the music sign the pot sings a song which is meant to help children learn numbers and counting. The child is meant to use the cup and cakes which come with this tea pot as little learning aids "one pretty tea pot ready for some tea, two little cups one for you and me, three tasty treats just enough to share, shaped like a circle, triangle and square!" Once again we have a catchy tune annoyingly addictive and you find yourself singing these songs even when without the child which can be embarrassing.
As well as enjoying the teapot singing the child can actually play with tea set as an imaginative play prop. My granddaughter loves to pour me tea and then we have to make slurping drinking noises. We also get inspired by the posh accent of the singer on the teapot and I crock my little finger and pretend to sip like a lady. The cakes we 'yum yum yum' and pretend to eat. Ted and Oscar (her favourite bears) also enjoy a cake and a cuppa with us at times.
The plate with its indents and cakes fit together and this requires some co-ordination. At first granddaughter found this very frustrating but she soon became quite adept at getting them into the correct places. We talk about colours when asking for the cakes and I do mention the shapes but that is a bit trickier. We are getting there with colours and every time something is a specific colour I always say that is a 'red' or 'yellow' such and such to reinforce this.
Children love to copy adults and if you use a teapot then your child will love to pretend they are pouring theirs when you use yours. So this toy helps to encourage children to play imaginatively and reinforce manners with their toys. The song mentions please and thank you and I always make sure that I say please and thank you when we play. If you have more than one child or have a friend around to play then this set is great for taking turns and learning to share. The child also learns songs which help with speech and rhymes and they also start to hear numbers and shape names so they become familiar too. The plate and cakes help develop the child's co-ordination as they try to put the cakes into the right indent.
What do we think?
My granddaughter absolutely LOVED this set for a good few months it went everywhere with her. She does tend to get one toy and fixate on this few months then move to another. I haven't seen this for about four months now but that only means it hasn't been brought over to our house on the days we look after her. She may well play with it when she is home. When she lived with us until June 2011 I played with her using this almost daily and we could all sing the song using our very posh voices.
Initially our granddaughter couldn't change the settings but with sheer determination she even managed to do this by the time she was about 18 months old. She wasn't very good at knowing which setting did what so it was trial and error really.
Sadly the teapot only songs in one voice and at one volume and after a while the repetition of the same songs over and over again can become rather tedious but luckily she was easy to distract and we could swap one toy for another if we got too tired of one set of songs.
The quality of the set is excellent, it is sturdy solid hard wearing plastic and the hinge on the teapot lid showed no sign of coming loose in all the pulls , drops and tugs it went through. The cups and very solid and will cope with any throwing, chewing or anything that a child can put them through. The teapot is very solid and quite heavy though not so heavy that a child of 1o months plus won't be able to cope. My granddaughter had it in the car frequently playing with it on her lap in the car seat and could carry it around easily. It often got dropped in the car and at home and the decoration stayed unharmed as did the teapot itself.
We wiped the teapot but the other items in the set without batteries we washed with other dishes when they needed it. I wouldn't be too generous with water near the teapot as it does take batteries and you don't want water seeping in there. I am not sure what batteries it takes as it came with them but they are securely away from little fingers so that it is quite safe.
All in all despite the rather high price tag I would thoroughly recommend this toy. It is a lovely looking little set, even if somewhat feminine but still very pretty and a cheerful smiling face is on each of the cups and the teapot. The songs are better than many in children's toys and the singer is English, very posh English too. There are lots of happy noises that come from the pot too and hen it giggles it sparks off the child too and you can't help but smile too.
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Summary: A nice little first tea set with singing teapot
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