Product Type: Fisher Price baby toys
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"The Animals Went In Two By Two, Hurrah, Hurrah..."
Fisher Price Little People Noah's Ark
Member Name: joshuas-mummy
Fisher Price Little People Noah's Ark
Advantages: Brilliant for all stages of pre-school
Disadvantages: Unavailable in many retailors
One of the additions to my sons toy collection this Christmas was the Fisher Price Noah's Ark. It's part of the 'Little People' range that Fisher Price run and carries many of the characteristics of this range.
My little boy loved playing with this when we went to my best friend's house as her daughter already had it so I knew in advance I wanted to buy one of his own. I'm glad I knew this in advance because towards Christmas the prices were silly expensive due to the unavilability of the ark. In fact some sellers using the Amazon Marketplace are still asking £60 for this set which is very unrealistic. Argos seem to be the only brand retailer carrying this at the moment and they are charging a respectable £28.99 for it. I bought mine from Amazon before they sold out and paid £35.99 for it which is more in line with what it should be. I just wanted to point out what is the right amount to pay for this toy and what is not.
The ark itself comes boxed and fully assembled, all the stickers etc were already placed so there literally wasn't much to do to it before it could be played with. The only thing we needed to do was remove the plastic bags that contained the animals which delighted my son as he was very eager to play!
I paid a little more than normal because I bought the Noah's Ark Set which came with "extra animals". Usually you will get 14 animals with this but with the extra animal set you get another three making 17 animals. As well you get Noah and his wife and three crate's of food and water for your animals. Following on from the song and the Bible story the animals come in pairs, with one male and one female of each. Fisher Price have distinguished this by flushing pink the female animals cheeks and ears! This is such a cute detail but something almost all children will overlook. For me though, an adorable little extra! In fact my only critism of the toy on the whole is with the extra three animals-three being an odd number means they aren't paired up. I loved that this toy follows the Bible story/song "the animals went in two by two hurrah..." so having three individual animals spoils that cohesion. I would have preffered one or two "extra" pairs instead. But hey maybe I'm being picky!
The ark comes in two pieces, a base and a top which rest snuggly in place until moved. The base has wheels so that it can be pushed around on the floor while being played with which my son loves. It's really easy to roll around as the wheels are quite loose and shallow andcombined with the weight (or lack of) to the toy it's nice to be able to watch my son push it around the floor then stop to unload the animals etc. The base opens at the push of a button and opens wide rather than seperating in to two pieces. I like this as it means I don't have to worry about tracking down numerous pieces when tidying up! Inside is designed to look exactly like the ark-floor covered in hay with a few special sections for the animals. There is also a fold down door that creates a ramp and three large window style holes that are big enough to allow the animals to be put through them. When you put the top back on it all clicks in to place with minimal effort. Designed to look like the top of a boat their is floor decking and a half gated section to provide shelter for the animals. The roof of the shelter features three round style pegs which on further inspection I realised allowed animals to be placed here. All the animals and the two characters have matching round holes underneath which means you can sit them on top of the roof and swap them around etc. My son loves to do this as he's at the stage of taking things off/putting them back on.
In accordance with all Fisher Price toys the attention to detail with this ark is brilliant. The colours are right and imaginative and the detail on the animals is cute without being too much stimulation for your little one. I also highly rate Fisher Price for the way their toys withstand play so well. My son is still young so he often slams things around without knowing he could cause damage to them. This ark has had it's fair share of bashes on the kitchen floor and I don't worry (too much!) about it's durability. In fact I worry more about the kitchen floor! It's not a flimsy toy and because it's designed to be suitable for children aged 12 months and up, I guess their behavior has been aknowledged when manufactured.
Another thing I love about this particular toy is that all the pieces store nicely inside when it's not being used. As any parent will know clearing up the playroom can drive you to tears and knowing I can quickly scoop all these pieces up and keep them together is great for me and means that my son doesn't very often have to hunt for pieces as we keep them together.
Overall we would rate this five stars. I'm so happy with this toy, it's bright, it's fun and it's something that my son and other children can enjoy for years as it's not age restrictive. I find figure type toys very equally enjoyed by pre-school children of all ages. It doesn't need batteries and I don't worry about it breaking. It's a lovely toy that allows children to discover animals and as your child grows I can imagine the fun that can be had when they are old enough to know the story behind the toy, giving it some depth and making it more interesting.
I would recommend this for pre-school children everywhere (if you can get hold of one!)
For more details please visit www.fisherprice.co.uk/uk
Summary: Worth every penny!
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