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Fisher Price Little People Noah's Ark
Member Name: Ann-Marie_B
Fisher Price Little People Noah's Ark
Advantages: Teaches recognition of animals, pairs and the story of Noah
Disadvantages: Details between male/female animals vary from factually correct to blue and pink! VHS video outdated
My son received the Fisherprice Little People Noah's Ark as a Christmas gift from his grandparents. It consists of an ark with detachable roof, Noah and his wife, various animals, all in two's of course, and a Fisherprice Little People video. It is currently available from Argos at £21.49 and is suitable for children between the ages of 1 to 5.
The base of the ark is brown with a wood grain effect. There are two castors at the bottom allowing it to be wheeled along. It has a small easy to push button at one side which enables the base to separate through the middle with a hinge adjoining the two halves. Upon opening we notice various details inside including framed pictures on the walls. At the front of the base are three square windows and at the back is an opening hatch. The door to this hatch sometimes comes off when my son plays with it and is a little tricky to re-attach.
The roof, or deck, is green in colour, again with a wood grain effect. A small hatch opens up to gain access to the animals inside when the roof is in position. On the top of this hatch is a small peg where the animals can be attached. There is a hut situated in the centre of the deck with an opening door. The purple thatched roof of this hut has three further pegs where the animals can be positioned. Included in the set is also a flag which pushes into any of the pegs on the ark.
The various animals in the Fisherprice Little People Noah's Ark include giraffes, leopards, toucans, zebras and peacocks amongst others. The small details of these animals baffle me somewhat. For example the pair of giraffes are carefully created whereby the male is larger with darker patches and the female is smaller with lighter patches. However this fine detail is not applied to the toucans and peacocks, the females of which are simply painted pink!
The video included in this set bears no relation to the biblical story of Noah and his ark. It is a rather generic video about random characters, supposedly Fisherprice Little People characters. I did also wonder why this was in VHS format and not a DVD. Not many people do not still have their VHS players nowadays, us excluded rather fortunately!
My son is now 16 months old and has played with this toy time and time again. He adores animals and will point out the giraffes and say "giraffe", his latest word. He is able to detach the roof and open the base with relative ease, though this is possibly due to his inquisitive nature with buttons and latches. I sometimes find all of those pieces rather difficult to keep together however and only today had to search his chest of drawers for missing characters.
In summary, this is a very enjoyable toy with many educational benefits. It will teach the recognition of animals, of pairs and it is also a great aid to teach the biblical story behind it. I do however feel that certain areas have been rushed and more thought should have gone into some of the finer details. My son however certainly approves and this is a toy which is receiving a lot of attention from him.
Summary: Good but should be better
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