Product Type: Fisher Price baby toys
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Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Camera
Member Name: Chippytarka
Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Camera
Advantages: Easy to use, fun to look at, lots of different basic functions
Disadvantages: An actual view finder would be nice as child gets older
When it was my daughters first birthday, we didn't actually plan anything to celebrate it, except the family spending the day with each other, and enjoying the company of my two children. I was very conscious that with her being so young, that spending silly amounts of money on a hundred and one different toys made no sense, so I made sure she got afew nice toys, suitable for her age, that she should use and enjoy and when Christmas came when she was alittle older, I would buy her afew more things to add to the toy box. I bought this from a discount store, such as Home Bargains/Quality Save for around the £5.00.
Why did I buy it?
I never bought my son a toy camera like this, so I knew it wasn't a repeat purchase. I saw this and thought the look of it was good and eye catching, I assumed it would be fun to use for my daughter, the brand name of Fisher Price is reliable and the price was perfect for my budget.
What is this toy and how does it look?
Suitable for ages between 6-36 months, this toy is shaped like a camera. Made from some form of plastic, the main body of the camera is white. At the front on the left hand side, there is a blue and red cylinder which when pushed can turn ( it has a small thin rod running through the middle which means its attached to the camera, but has enough space to move ). Right next to this, there is a bright yellow circular shaped ball, with a cute smiley face painted on it. This must sit in some form of cradle at the back/middle of the camera, as this can be moved about, and when moved shows two different faces ( one winking and one just smiling ) depending on what side comes up. This section can only move up or down, not side to side. When you move this ball around its says different phrases such as ' lets be silly ' ' Im happy ', sings ' if your happy and you know it ', and sings another cute mini song. All of these phrases and songs are geared towards being happy.
Directly around this ball shape, there is a further circle but this is an actual part of the camera. This section has the numbers 1-10 in a clockwise direction, in different colours and set on a purple back drop.
On the far right hand on the camera is a large red section that lights up. This lights up when the buttons or the smiley ball is moved/pressed.
On the bottom you can see a round area with holes in it that basically the sound comes from like a speaker
On the top you have the on/off/volume adjusting button, in orange, that needs to pushed to change setting. This button is right in the middle of the toy. On the left of this button is a larger button, but rectangular in shape, and slightly raised on one side. When this section is pressed down, the camera says afew phrases such as ' hello ', ' on ', ' off ' and ' goodbye '. It also makes a little sound in between the ' on ' and ' off 's.
On the far right on the top of the camera is a large protruding button, purple in colour, that when pressed downed either sings a song that contains number, or it says ' say cheese ,' then this is followed by a camera clicking sound, and it also sings a song about colours. It also says ' smile '. Each phrase or music is very short in time and quite catchy.
On the back, where you would expect a view finder on a real camera, is one of sorts, but a pretend one. Its large and measures just short of 3 inches by 3 inches. In this area is a picture, cartoon style, of a dog wearing sunglasses, appearing to be very happy and enjoying the blue sky and warm sun. Behind this is also the area where you insert the batteries
On the left of this camera, on the side, is a green handle so children can carry this around with them. The handle is ribbed in away that allows your fingers to sit in the spaces so makes it easier to grip onto.
Takes 2 AA batteries which come included.
Camera is 6 inches long ( including handle ), just over 3.5 inches high and 2 inches deep ( 2 3/4 inches deep if you included the ball shaped smiley face at the front ).
What do we think?
When my daughter first got this, she played with it for abit but it didn't grab her. She obviously got excited over the look of it as its bright and bold, but she didn't fall in, love with it. I think the reason for the was she didn't understand what it was supposed to do. Now that the kids have had a good dig around the toy boxes that fill the house, shes rediscovered this toy and loves it! At the age she is now ( 2 ), she knows what a camera is in regards to what it does and how it looks, so it makes much more sense to her.Her hand and eye co ordination is a trillion times better than what it was when she first got this, so she finds it much easier to use. In regards to using it, she does require help to turn it on and off, as the button that you slide to change this setting, although not too small, does require a decent amount of pressure to push.
Shes so used to seeing people around her take pictures on their camera phones, her brother has a camera himself, so the fact there is no view finder I think stumped her alittle bit, but shes a girl with a vibrant imagination and loves role playing and pretending, so she soon got over that.
What do I think? It's a nice toy. I like the fact that the main body is white, with pops of colour in specific areas, as I think this makes the camera stand out more, and clearly defines each section/piece of this toy.
The weight of this toy is fine, although being a shade lighter would do no harm, but still easy to carry around as this is the type of toy kids will move around with. Its chunky build means its easy to grip onto, very tactile. This toy is quite strong, and made of good quality materials, that I find don't scratch or damage easily.
Lots of different functions to keep the children amused-from the light, the songs, the spoken words telling you you have turned the camera on or off, the section on the camera at the front that sounds round when touched. Good mixture of commands and words/phrases, that express emotion which is a huge part in any childs learning journey.
Being able to adjust the volume ( 2 levels available ) is great. Some toys I think are just too damn loud and annoying, others make me wonder if I need to go and buy a hearing aid, so the volume on this is perfect regardless which setting its switched to, because I can hear it!
Would I buy this again? Yes I would. It's a simple toy but really easy and cute on the eye, it screams pre school children but in a good way. Its fun, easy to use, good mix of functions but not going too overboard or over complicating what it does. Well made and was available at a good price.
Available in many places, such as Amazon, who are currently selling this for £8.99 plus free p and p.
Great pre school toy.
Summary: Great pre school toy
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