“ Fisher Price / Green dinosaur toy using the roll around balls / Type: Push, Pull & Roll „
When we first had our daughter, I was a bit obsessed with wanting to buy her lots of toys! We found this at a car boot sale and as it was only £4 my husband said we could have it. We bought it for her for her first Christmas.
The Fisher Price Roll-A-Rounds Drop and Roar Dinosaur is one of a series of toys that use the roll-a-round balls. The dinosaur comes in three sections which which can be pushed together to make the dinosaur. He has a mouth on one side that opens and steps down to make the tail. The dinosaur has 3 circular holes along the top through which a ball can be pushed. As they are pushed through, they push a small lever which sets off a tune and lights. If you push it through the right hole the ball goes down the neck and out through the mouth of the dinosaur. If you push the ball through the middle hole, it goes down the middle pushing the pendulum and out the foot by the head. The left hand hole allows the ball to go down the steps of the tail. The last hole has no lights or music and the ball just comes straight out of the left foot.
The dinosaur itself is a nice bright green with other bright colours on it. There are two rubbery animals on top that can be used for teethin or they just turn round. There is also a pink butterfly over the left steps which spins.
We gave this to my daughter when she was 5 months old. At the time, she used to like us putting the balls in for her as she liked hearing the noises and watching the balls roll out. She also used it when learning to stand up and would pull herself up with it. As she got older, she learned how to put the balls in herself and gets very excited about putting them in the holes. She's also obsessed with putting them in the foot and hiding things in there.
I think this toy is excellent for learning hand eye co-ordination. It took her a while to work out how to put them in the holes and she took a while to be able to pick them up after they've escaped. It is quite sturdy so has enabled her to learn to stand up as well. She also likes the roaring noise the dinosaur makes when the balls come out of his mouth. I'm really pleased that we bought this toy and would definitely recommend it. I'm not sure that you can still buy them new, but there are lots of second-hand ones for sale.