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I bought this toy for a friend's first birthday and he genuinely likes it. One year olds don't lie and every time I go to visit, it's in a different place and the pieces are everywhere - it's clearly being used! Also, my 6 month old loves watching it and clearly wants to have a go with it. I will definitely be buying one for my son in a few months. It says from 12 months but I think supervised it will be fine younger. As I said, my son was certainly interested at 7 months old.
The good thing about this zoo train from Little People range is that because there is a range, if your child likes one thing, you can easily get a different item from the range and they are likely to enjoy that too - of course that doesn't always work and from my experience, it tends to be girls more than boys that likes to collect things from within the same range.
I like the fact that you drag the train along. I think this makes it perhaps a little old-fashioned compared with many toy trains on the market but in my opinion that makes it better. The child feels more in control of where it travels. Our friend's son picks this about the self-moving trains he has and he does genuinely enjoy it.
There are little animals that come with the train that sit on slots and can be easily moved about and put on again.
My favourite bit about the train and I do notice it being used a lot - if you push the front of the train down, it plays a tune. This kind of things is ALWAYS a favourite with kids.
I love this toy, as does our friend's son and my 7 month old is definitely eyeing it up!
Fisher Price Little People Musical Zoo Train......
This toy was bought for Jack for his 1st Birthday and I thought that he would love it because he already had the Fisher Price Little People Zoo and this could be played alongside it. This was not the case however and it has hardly been played with in the six months we have had it.
Jack also has the Fisher Price Peek a Blocks train which is fairly similar to this one but can propel itself along rather than needing to be pushed along like this one does. This is one reason why I think Jack didn't really play with it because other than it not being as high tech as Jack's other train it really is a good little toy.
The train come in three separate piece with the main engine being one and two carriages being the other parts. The train already comes with animals and people ringing it and these include a driver/zoo keeper, a giraffe and a tiger. These little figures all have holes in their bottoms so that they can be pushed on to pegs coming from the train thus making them say put on the train.
The train has two little tunes that can be activated when the spout of the train is pushed down. These tunes are quite small and are a little annoying such is the problem with most toys like this.
The two separate carriages have different drop down sides to each other and one has a kind of sea-saw part to it and the other a swing type thing. These would be fun to play with but as I said Jack is really not interested. The train can be pushed easily around and glides better across the laminate floor more so than the carpet but on either still moves efficiently.
I would say this is a really good toy but due to Jack's lack of interest in it I have to mark it down accordingly and for that reason I am only awarding a 3 star rating and only a SLIGHT RECOMEDATION.
I hope this has been of some help to you.
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