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Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Nursery Rhymes CD Player
Our littlest one got this CD player toy as a Christmas gift last year and as far as I can find ranges between £8.00 to £15.00 on various online sites which seems average for toys like this nowadays.
This toy CD player does not play real CD's, though comes with a pretend CD which plays five different nursery rhymes, though these are all sung in a slightly different way, a way which to begin with at least does become quite annoying. The songs include;
Knick Knack Paddy Whack
Hey Diddle Diddle
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Hickory Dickory Dock
Variation of Pop Goes the Weasel (which mixes two different nursery rhymes together)
The CD player is very durable even with a youngster banging it around when singing and dancing with it in hand! On the front is a large orage button which when pressed spins the CD which can be seen through the seethrough bit on the front, and then stops on a picture of either a cow, sheep, monkey, mouse or dog - each of which represents a different tune on the CD. On the top of the player there are a further three buttons which plays the song, says the name of the relevant animal and makes the sound of the animal. The CD player looks rather like a face with a handle on top to carry it with some bright colours which really appeals to the child.
Months on and my youngster is still loving this toy, and although I find it a bit annoying, I am happy that it entertains my little one.
3 x AA batteries are needed to play this CD player which were included in the toy and last for quite a long time without needing changing.
Although it doesn't look like much, it is a lovely toy for the age range perhaps between 6 months and two years. The downside is that there is only one pretend CD which is a shame, though fully recommended.
The Fisher Price Laugh and Learn CD Player isn't something i would have gone out and specifically bought for my daughter, it was more of an impulse buy while on a Toys R Us Christmas shopping trip. I was initially looking for a fisher price caterpillar toy (which i can't find anywhere to review!!) and while looking through the shelves i spotted this cute little cd player, and seeing it was on offer was the encouragement i needed to put it in the trolley!!
Lets start with the appearance of the toy - it is beyond cute (aren't all Fisher Price toys???), it is a white background, with purple feet, a bright blue handle (which makes it so easy for the child to carry), one one side is a green speaker and on the other side are sliding rings, and on the top of the player are three buttons with flashing lights - red, blue and yellow. The centre of the cd player is the cute face with a big orange button nose and the "cd's" are behind the face.
The child presses the big button nose and the cd spins, where it stops a tune plays. There are several animal pictures - monkey, sheep, cat, and others. Each one plays a different tune, eg when it lands on the sheep it plays Baa Baa Black Sheep. The buttons on the top can be pressed for different choices - one plays the song, one plays animal sounds and the other tells the child the name of the animal.
There are five different nursery rhymes for the child to discover and learn and also the animal sounds and names, so this toy is good for learning as well as fun. It is a very hard wearing toy and has survived quite a few drops and bashes!
However, this is where the positives totally end for me. The vocalist sings the nursery rhymes in a really random way, from a strange accent to even different tunes to the nursery rhymes which i think most people would be familiar with. When my daughter tried to play with the cd player, quite often it would land on one animal, yet do the sounds and songs of a totally different animal, for example landing on the mouse would do monkey noises - very confusing for a child!! I did take it back to the store and explain the problem and a replacement was given, but the exact same happened so the second time i didn't bother.
When it did decide to work, quite often when spun the disc would just land on the same song over and over which did start to get very annoying! I think the sliding rings on the side of the player are quite pointless, not once did my little girl play with them as it is such a small area for them to slide on. Also, the battery life i found to be shocking, although my little girl wasn't able to play with it all that often, i have still had to change the batteries about five times, i find this very unusual for a fisher price product as they are usually so good for batteries.
The recommended age for this toy is 6months+ which i think is perfect as the child will like the songs and flashing lights, as well as the cute smiley face. The current price of the toy is £17.99 which i think is really expensive for what it actually does so I would say if you find this on offer then it may be worth buying for your child as they will enjoy it (if it works) but be prepared for the songs to drive you batty!!!
When you're buying a toy for young children it's pretty much guess work on whether they're gonna like it or not. I have found that usually if a toy plays music and lights up then it is probably gonna be a popular toy. My eldest son was bought a mini cd player when he was about 1 years old, you got 3 cds to put in the player and each would play different nursery rhymes. This was a very popular toy in our house and still is to some extent. Therefore when we were looking for a christams present for our baby (he's 18 months now but at the time he was only 6 months) we thought this would be an ideal present. A similar concept but totally different design.
As you can see in the picture above the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Nursery Rhymes CD Player is kind of circle shaped with a big smiley face at the front. The face does however have 2 purple legs which means it can be stood up on surfaces. There is also a blue carry handle which is great for when baby wants to walk around with it. There are three lights at the top, red, green and yellow. These light up whenever music is playing.
The CD player doesn't actually play CDs, what you have to do is press the big orange button (which is the nose on the smiley face). Then the wheel will spin and it will either land on the picture of a dog, monkey, cow, mouse or a sheep. It will say what is has landed on and then play a specific nursery rhyme associated with that animal. The nursery rhymes are as follows:
Dog - This old man
Sheep - Baa baa black sheep
Cow - Hey diddle diddle the cat & the fiddle
Monkey - Pop goes the weasel
Mouse - Hickery dickery dock
The CD player doesn't really do more than that. You get to see the pictures of the animals and hear their names and sounds that they make, so I suppose that is good for helping them recognise animals. It is really easy to use as it only has one button on it which is the on/off one, you can also alter the volume with this button too. As far as for the child is concerned all they need to do is press the orange nose.
Although it is a very simple toy that basically just plays nursery rhymes it does get the seal of approval from my little boy. He has played with it lots over the last year. Priced around £15 it was definitely money well spent and has been one of his more popular toys.
My children recieved this off somone who was getting rid of it last year that was still in great condition as most Fisher Price toys are built to last-thankfully as they end up getting thrown all over!
It has 2 very sturdy feet so I can put this in front of them on the floor and it will stand up! It also has a carry handle on the top which is my favorite part as my daughter happily carries this out with us and as it is light she doesnt moan.
The toy itself they both loved as soon as they set eyes on it as it was something they had that was like mummy and daddys and now they could do more pretend play.
Its a plastic cd player (a pretend one not one that you can add cds too) that has 5 different nursery rhymes on-nick nack paddy whack, Hickory dickory dock, baa baa black sheep, hey diddle diddle and also pop goes the weasel. The nose in the middle spins the cd which you can see spinning round until it randomly stops on a song.
They are sung like songs not like nursery rhymes one thing my children loved abot this toy but they now sing the nursery rhymes like this!
It has 3 coloured flashing lights across the top red, yellow and green which do different things about the animal that is on the stopped cd -red one says the name of the animal, yellow makes the sound and green sings the song again. So your children are also getting to learn the animals names and noises as well as having fun.
I wouldnt have chosen this toy first out of all the Fisher Price toys but honestly it is there favourite and I am glad they got it. My daughter is now 3 and still loves watching it spin around.
I was just looking through some toy reviews on here and came across this one, and my daughter received this for Christmas last year so I just had to write a review on it!
It's basically a toy CD Player. It doesn't actually play CDs but has a pretend CD already in it which plays 5 different nursery rhymes (more on this later).
The unit itself stands about 20cm high and is pretty sturdy, it has two large purple feet which are really stable so it's easy for a child to stand it up. It also has a large blue carry handle at the top so it acts like a portable CD player for kids that they can carry around with them
On one side is a little speaker and on the other are two plastic rings, I suppose these could be labelled teething rings if a younger child was playing with it.
On the front is a large yellow disc with a triangle cut out of the top so you can see the 'CD' spin inside. There is a large orange button in the middle which you press and this spins the CD, which then stops on a random picture (either a cow, sheep, mouse, monkey or dog), and a nursery rhyme is played which corresponds to the picture it lands on - for example if it landed on sheep it would play Baa Baa Black Sheep.
At the top there are three buttons which light up, red, green & yellow. Press the yellow one and it makes the sound of the animal, the green one and it sings the song again, the red one and it says the name of the animal.
My daughter enjoys pressing the animal sound button over and over again, especially the monkey sounds, she thinks it's hilarious. I do not.
The on/off switch is on the front and it also has a sound level control of quiet or loud. Ours is always switched to loud as my daughter is old enough to realise what this switch does and she likes it loud.
I must admit when we opened this on Christmas Day my first thoughts were 'what a load of rubbish', it seemed like a last minute purchase, if you know what I mean...because my daughter was about to turn 2 and this seemed way too young for her. But as usual I was wrong, she played with it none stop for most of the Christmas period, we had to take it with us to all the relative's houses. It only makes the odd appearance these days but she still enjoys singing along when she does retrieve it from the bottom of her toy box.
Now what I found slightly irritating about this product was the actual way the songs are sung.
The dog song is 'Knick Knack Paddy Whack' which is fine and sung in the normal way.
The cow song is 'Hey Diddle Diddle' which starts off fine but then I think the singer thought she would add her own twist and when she sings 'the cow jumped over the moon' she extends the word mooooooooooooooon unnecessarily, and my daughter now sings it the same...very amusing but also very annoying.
The sheep song is 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' which is sung along the same lines as Hey Diddle Diddle. She sings 'Baa baa black sheep have you any woooooooouuuuoooollll, yes sir yes sir threeee baaaags fuulllll'. And that's it, my daughter also now sings this the same way. I just hope this version doesn't come out of her mouth whilst singing songs at toddlers! They'll think she's gone nuts.
The mouse song is hickory Dockory Dock and is perfectly normal.
The monkey song is a strange one. It starts off with 'Round and round the mulberry bush, but then goes on to say 'the monkey chased the weasel' to the tune of Pop Goes The Weasel' I thought this was pretty confusing for a child who already knows these two very different nursery rhymes.
I thought it strange that they should change the songs in this way as most nursery rhymes are universal and that's why they work so well because everyone knows the words and tunes. But my husband pointed out that this toy is meant to be a CD Player so they may have thought jazzing the tunes up a bit would make it a bit more funky and fitting for a toy such as this. Perhaps he's right but I still think it's daft.
As with all Fisher Price toys, this one is really well made and is very robust. It has withstood my daughter throwing it around, walking around with it and banging it on doorways as she's walked past.
It's also quite nice looking and it feels really sturdy, I do always like the feel of Fisher Price toys! After my initial negative thoughts, I really am quite impressed with it (apart from the weird nursery rhymes) and would actually recommend it as something a bit different for your child.
It takes 3 x AA batteries which were actually included with it and are still going strong now (4 months on).
This was a toy i had never even seen until my little boy was in hospital, it was the only toy that cheered him up and put a smile on his little face so who was i to deny buying him one when we came home.
The cd player comes with a carry handle which is a great size for little hands to hold onto.On the front of the cd player there is a face and the orange nose is a button, you press this to make the cd spin around and select a nursery rhyme to be played.There are 5 different nursery rhymes on the cd and they are all sung in a different style so it really captures a childs imagination.Its one of them toys that your child will play the same tune over and over and soon enough you will be singing the tune too !!!
There are three buttons at the top which light up, one makes animal noises, one is to repeat the track and the other tells you the name of the animal.Very good for little hands again and also for learning.
There are also some play rings at the side of the cd player which dont do anything but i suppose it something else for a little one to play with.This toy is quite durable as my son is a clumsy so and so and this toy has taken a fair few falls and is still in one piece.
I think this toy is suitable from 6 months as it has buttons to press and your child will be able to give it a go theirselves but before this age it will prove entertaining for little ones as they can listen to the fun nursery rhymes.One downside on this item is the short battery life.I have had to change the batteries 4 times already but my son does play with this lots so maybe thats why....
We bought this toy from ebay as i think its an older toy now so we got it for the bargain price of £6.99 it was in used condition but in a very good used condition.I would higly recommend this toy as it is very likeable and also has alot of entertainment value.The pressing of buttons is great for motor skills too.
All in all a cute, bright, fun toy from the great brand that is fisher price.
We were given this as a present. To be honest, in the sea of toys out there it's not necessarily something I would have chosen myself but my son absolutely loves it!
The 'cd' is actually a plastic disc that spins round (quite ferociously) when the big orange 'nose' of the player is pressed. There is a gap at the top and when the cd stops spinning, the picture of an animal is visible there. A song relating to that animal then plays e.g. when it stops on the cow, 'hey diddle diddle' is played. The versions played of these nursery rhymes are actually quite funny. The woman singing ranges from soulful r 'n' b to country and western versions of popular nursery rhymes. It makes the adults laugh anyway!
There are 3 more buttons on the top of the cd player that can repeat the song, say the name of the animal or make the animal noise. These buttons aren't as simple to use as the big orange button on the front and my son only presses these buttons by accident.
One of the downsides is that it has a tendancy to stop on the same animal again and again - then you get sick of the same song! Also, we've had to replace the batteries in it already. We haven't had to do this for any of his other toys - some he's had for much longer. I suppose this is testament to how much he loves it and plays with it.
We were given it when he was approximately 7 months old and he hasn't stopped playing with it since - he's now 11 months.
His favourite thing to do is to make the disc spin and then put his finger on the spinning disc - he just loves the feeling of it spinning against his skin!
All in all this was a great present - it's a shame that this toy doesn't really stand out from the crowd and shout 'buy me!'
Press the light-up buttons on top to learn 5 nursery rhymes, animal names and sounds.