Product Type: Fisher Price baby toys
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A day at the zoo at home!
Fisher Price Little People Animal Sounds Zoo
Member Name: taramorg23
Fisher Price Little People Animal Sounds Zoo
Advantages: A fun educational toy
Disadvantages: Difficult to find animals!
My daughter recieved this from her nan for her 1st Birthday in March. The zoo is available in most large toy retailers and also places like Argos and Amazon. It costs around the £35 mark depending on where you buy it. The zoo is recommended for ages 18 months to 5 years. I asked my mum to get this as my daughter has in the last few months started making animal noises and I thought this would help her develop and learn more noises.
The zoo comes in several pieces which pop together really easily. The instructions are easy to follow and it took me less than 10 minutes to assemble this. There are also several stickers that need to be stick onto the zoo. Finally you need to insert the batteries it requires 3 x AA which are included in the box.
You also get with the zoo a zookeeper figure, a polar bear, a gorilla and a lion. You can also purchase other animals separately. The zoo when it is assembled is made of sturdy plastic, the colours are bright and vivid. It can be played with from both sides making it ideal for more than one child to play with. There are four separate areas in the zoo the north and south poles, the grasslands, the jungle and the water. Each area of the zoo has a sticker with animals on to direct your child to place them in the right areas, so for example in the north and south pole there is a picture of a polar bear and a penguin, and in the water there is a space for the flamingo and the hippo. The playset also features a spinning and swinging tree top which you can place the zookeeper in, there are also a squeaky button at the top of the playset, a slide which winds around the playset for pushing the polar bear and other animals down, there is also a gate that open and closes around the back of the set and some pull down ledges to place the animals on. The main feature of the zoo is the unique pawprint, each animal has a unique code on the bottom which when placed on the pawprint tells your child what the animal is and the noise it makes. There are also other noise features from the lily pad in the water area which when depressed makes the hippo in the water open his mouth and make a hippo noise and finally there is a ticket area which when depressed or when an animal is placed on top describes the areas of the jungle or says it's time to feed the animals or put them to bed, it also plays a few different jingles.
The zoo can be set on two noise levels. I always use the highest noise setting as I find the zoo quite quiet. The zoo has a handle on the top so it can easily be moved from room to room. This makes it ideal for us as I can take it downstairs in the day and easily take it back to my daughters room in the evening. The animals that come with the zoo are really sturdy and made from squishy plastic. My daughter loves playing with the zoo she is able to place the animals on the pawprint herself and with a little help from mummy or daddy press them down to make the noise. She also likes to place the animals in the zoo and then remove them as well as try to make some of the noises. The noises are realistic and it states the name of the animal clearly. I can see this zoo lasting us years as when my daughter is older we will be able to discuss animal habitats and the different areas that they like to live. The only problem I found with this zoo was being able to get extra animals. They are widely available in the US but not over here.
You can get them on ebay and Amazon at very inflated prices. I managed to get a flamingo, tiger, hippo and an elephant from Mattel directly. They had a small stock available from the factory directly and were allowing 5 per household. You can also get them in Boots when they are in stock for £2.50. This is my only complaint with the zoo as I would like to get all the animals for my daughter, except the zebra as the toy has an American accent and I don't want my daughter to learn about 'zeebras'. I would recommend this toy and I would give it 4 out of 5 stars in the last month it has been well played with and currently my daughter seems to head for this over her other toys.
Summary: Learn about all the animals!