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I bought this for my daughter as a present for her first birthday. The hoover is very good for entertaining as it has lots of songs and music to keep little ones entertained, and has very catchy tunes. It is educational as it sings the alphabet song and counts from one to three. It also has realistic vacuuming noises. There is a wheel on the front which can be turned to play music. The colours are bright and all primary colours which is eye catching for young children. The only down side to the vacuum is that it does not stand upright without support, which can be frustrating when trying to tidy away and also when my daughter lets go it will just crash to the ground. Also even though it has the vacuum sounds there is no suction which other childrens vacuums i have purchased have had.
Overall it is a great childrens vacuum with a lot of different features and my daughter has definately enjoyed playing with this and had hours of fun.
my mum bought this toy for our son from argos a while back and its his favourite toy when hes at her house. The only downside i would say it that it is unable to stand on its own (like in the picture) it has to be leaning against something of lying down flat. The vacuum makes realistic noises and sings songs, it has 2-3 different modes of play, numbers, songs and noises. The middle part of the main vacuum body spins when the toy is pushed and it has the numbers 1 - 3 on it, 1 has 1 item of washing beside the number and the same with 2 and three. When in number mode if you spin it, it tells you the number of items. Height wise its not the largest but will last until 2.5 years i would say. Battery consumption seems very good and it does not 'eat' batteries like some toys. Like most fisher price toys this is well made and durable, can see it being around for a few years yet!
The Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Vacuum Cleaner is part of a whole range of toys for toddlers, designed to help them to learn through fun, imaginative play. This was one of three toys that we bought for our youngest this Christmas, as part of a 'three for two' promotion from the sadly now departed Woolworths. The current RRP for this toy is around £20 but I've seen it on offer at half-price for just £10 from Hamleys which is a great price for this toy.
Although Santa had left a huge array of toys behind, this was the one that my youngest (then just under 18 months old) was immediately drawn to. He had to wait a few minutes for me to free it from its packaging (and lots of those irritating plastic wires that manufacturers seem to love nowadays!) It just needs the handle slotting into position at the top of the hoover (which doesn't require any effort or special tools) and it's ready to go as even the batteries (three AA) were included.
I ordered this online and hadn't seen the toy or its box beforehand. I was expecting it to be slightly bigger than it actually is, as it is only 18 inches tall (and, yes, I have measured it with a tape measure!) Saying that, it is the perfect height for my little one and the recommended age range is from one to three years so I think the handle height is pretty well-designed. It's very bright and attractive for your child too with a vibrant yellow body including a happy, smiling face on the front, spinning dials and bright purple wheels. The centre piece spins around as the hoover is pushed and shows lots of bright images and happy faces.
The hoover is designed to be pushed along by your little one, unfortunately this is just for pretend play and doesn't actually pick any dirt up (although there are toy hoovers available for slightly older children that do work, so I might have to invest in one when my boy's a bit bigger!) Given that it's a push-along toy, you would probably want to wait until your child is a fairly confident walker before letting them loose on this. It does have a tendency to pick up speed as it goes along and my little one has ended up crashing a few times when he's got a bit too enthusiastic with his pretend hoovering! That said, it is quite sturdy and he can still push it along easily. It seems fairly durable and there aren't really any pieces that are likely to get broken or snapped off. Any dirt or marks can just be rubbed away with a baby wipe and I would imagine that it could survive a couple of children without looking the worse for wear.
The hoover has three settings - a learning mode, music mode and imagination setting. (A bonus for parents is that it also includes a switch at the back to lower the volume although this hoover doesn't tend to annoy me as much as some musical toys do!) My son's favourite activity is the music mode. He can even slide the switch onto the right setting without needing any help - it's that easy to operate! The music setting starts with a song that goes 'I'm gonna clean the house today, doo dah, doo dah' and every time my son starts to push the hoover he sings 'doo dah, doo dah' to himself. It's so cute watching him play with it!
He uses the other settings less often. The 'learning' mode isn't all that different to the music mode really. It includes the familiar ABC song which you'll probably know if you have kids. (The one that ends 'Now I know my ABC, next time you can sing with me.') There is also a song about counting but that only goes up to 123, so nothing too taxing for your little toddler!
The imagination setting is basically the sound of a pretend hoover which isn't the nicest sound in the world to listen to but it isn't overly loud. I sometimes turn it to that setting when I am hoovering up with my own Dyson and my son copies with his little Fisher Price version. I like to think I'm training him to be the perfect little house husband for any future girlfriends and I'm sure they will thank me for it in years to come!
If you're looking for a fun, musical push-along toy that is a bit different, I'd highly recommend this little vacuum cleaner. The only drawback is that it doesn't actually pick up any dirt! It does, however, keep the kids amused without irritating the adults, which is always a bonus with musical toys.
The Laugh and Learn Vacuum Cleaner teaches the ABCs, counting, numbers, opposites and role-play helping fun. Children will love to sing along to the fun songs and pretend play as they clean up.