“ Brand: Fisher Price / Type: Baby Toy „
One of the gifts that my daughter received from her grandparents this Christmas was this Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Shape Sorter Picnic Basket which I have seen retail anywhere between £12 and £17. This product is suitable for children aged from 6 months plus and I would say that is a very accurate age description, as my daughter was only four months old when she received this, but it has only been since she was about six months that she has really taken an interest in this toy, and it has now become one of her favourite and one that she plays with everyday.
Through this toy, children should be able to learn shapes, foods, colours and numbers. This pink picnic basket has four shapes that can be sorted - there is a blue square, a yellow triangle, a green circle and red heart. The shape slots are located on the top of the picnic basket. As well as being shapes, these 3D pieces represent food for the picnic, for example, the blue square also acts as blue blueberries, the yellow triangle represents cheese, the red heart is strawberries and the green circle is an apple. Alongside these shapes/food, inside the picnic basket there is a colourful picnic rug where children who are slighter older can then place the shapes on the rug to match up with the shape pictures, and lay all the food out like a picnic.
This picnic basket also comes with a liftable lid, where you can insert or take out the shapes. There is also a handle to make this picnic basket portable. There are also two settings on the top of the picnic basket. One setting is for ABC and one is for music. The ABC setting means that when the child lifts the lid of the picnic there are words spoken, as well as some songs including one for numbers. The picnic basket says things like 'hello', 'bye bye', 'open' and 'closed'. On the music setting there are more tunes for the child to listen to as they play. All these tunes are annoyingly catchy, and my husband and myself continually find ourselves singing these tunes around the house.
As I said at the start, it really wasn't until my daughter was about six months that she really took an interest in this toy and now loves it. She is able to push the shapes in the holes when I put place them for her, and she likes opening and closing the lid, as well as chewing on the handle! This picnic basket can amuse her for quite a while compared to other toys and so it really is quite the favourite with her now. I think there is great potential for learning with this toy and I can imagine my daughter getting a lot more use of this as she gets older, especially being able to set the food out on the picnic rugs.
All in all, like most Fisher Price toys, this is a great, well made toy which offers great fun and learning as well. I have nothing negative to say about it, and am so glad that my daughter received it.