Product Type: Fisher Price baby toys
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Fisher Price Laugh & Learn My Pretty Learning Purse
Member Name: nickwock
Fisher Price Laugh & Learn My Pretty Learning Purse
Advantages: Your little one can copy mummy
Disadvantages: Not really educational, overpriced
My daughter received this for Christmas when she was 16 months old. Having two older brothers most of her gifts were very pink and girly which was a nice change!
The main item in the set is the handbag. The main body is made of quite thick, pale pink material which is soft to the touch and has a happy embroidered face on the front. It is surface washable. There is also a little loop of strong material which is to attach the keyring to and a large plastic zipper across the lower part which is yellow with blue zip and clicks when moved. The handle of the bag is made of hard purple plastic, it has numbers 1-10 around the grip and an oval in the middle with the Fisher Price logo on, the magnetic clasp is hidden on the inside which keeps the bag closed quite securely. On the top right of this handle is a pink switch with the off switch and three play modes:
I was going to list what happens for each mode, but generally, there are some phrases such as 'open', 'close', 'zip', 'hello', 'let's get ready' and some songs which I believe have been specifically made for this item. One of the songs is about colours and one quickly runs through the numbers, but I doubt any baby or toddler could pick up anything useful unfortunately. The only song in music mode is about using some of the items in the purse i.e. 'Ready to go out I'll bring my purse along, get my keys and bracelet, sing a little song, look into the mirror, put some lipstick on, wave and say bye bye, I won't be gone too long'. It starts when the bag is opened and stops when shut, then carries on again when re-opened. The songs are cute, but I was disappointed with the educational claims though. I think it would have been better if the purse were to ask for items i.e. 'mirror' so she could learn the names (obviously with our help) or maybe even - 'the lipstick is pink' which would help with colours. What I did like was the female voice was in English - American accents on British toys really annoy me - and it is very clear.
The base of the bag is rectangular and made of hard plastic. It houses the battery compartment (3 AAA which are included) and also has a two level volume control switch. It also provides a base for the bag to stand on so it doesn't have to be held, although it is a little top heavy with the large handle.
Obviously no handbag is complete unless it's full of useful bits & pieces! This one comes included with a purple mirror, a chunky little lipstick, not sure of the brand but it's in a blue tube and in a bright pink shade, a set of keys (one for the house and the other for the car I assume), a pretty pink bangle which is definitely my daughters favourite item and lastly, a fabric note (as in money) which makes a crinkly noise when handled.
The five items fit nicely into the bag, even though on the inside there is a large plastic back to the zip and the plastic base also takes up a fair bit of room which means there is little space for anything extra. Also the handle, being plastic and quite small is only big enough to clutch, not get an arm or hand through no matter how small.
We've had the purse for nine months now and at the age of two I think my daughter has outgrown it. The phrases it says are not educational or varied enough to keep up her interest. But it's the lack of space in it that makes it redundant. She likes to copy me and needs a bag big enough for her keys, lipstick (maybe three), purse, mirror, bracelet, books, mobile phone, food, cuddly toy .....
The manufacturers age spec is 6 - 36 months and I can only find it on Amazon at present, for around the £20 - £22 mark. I think that is seriously overpriced, I wouldn't want to pay more than £10 for it's limited use. Although there does seem to be a newer and improved model out with a fabric strap and a credit card and mobile phone which replace the lipstick and pound note and it is also cheaper.
Summary: Singing purse
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