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When my little girl was first born she recieved a large selection of toys manafactured by the company Lamaze. They seem to specialise in toys for very young children to toddlers. Most of the toys are a teddie of some kind hat has a large range of interactive features.
My uncle owns a few horses so it came as no supprise to unwrap Sir Prancerlot from him for Amelia. Sir Prancerlot is a knight on a brightly multicoloured horse. He is soft and light with a number of features for my daughter to play with as she developed her interactive skills.
The toy had two different shapped teething rings attached to where the tail of the horse would be. One is a smooth ring and the other a slightly bobbled ring. Out of them both amelia chewed on the smooth one the most as I can imagine the other may be a little uncomfortable to chew due to its shap.
Where the knights saddle is there is a crunchy sound material when squeezed and when shook there is a rattle inside the toy which amelia loved along with the very bright colours.
My favourite feature of the toy is the hook that allows you to attach the toy to your pram or play mat. Babies love to throw when they have had enough so this attachment is a brilliant idea.
Though this is not my favourite lamaze toy it is one of my little girls so from her it recieves top marks. I prefer the toys with move interactive features such as mirrors ect but this doea not make this toy any less valuable in my daughter's opinion.
Lamaze are a distinctive brand, distinguished by the brightly coloured fabrics used to make their toys, and the high quality of their developmental toys. We have a number of toys from the Lamaze range and Sir Prancealot is a firm favourite.
What is it?
A cuddly toy (in the form of a horse, with a knight sitting on top of him). that can clip on to a buggy or cot. There are two teething rings attached, one with a ridged surface, one with a bumpy surface. A range of fabrics is used, with designs on the saddle evocative of those used in medieval times. The hooves crunch and the knight squeaks.
What interest does Sir Prancealot provide?
We received this toy as a gift at Christmas when baby was 7months, (4 months corrected). He was an instant hit due to his brightness and the feel and sound of his hooves going scrunch. The teething rings can be knocked together to make a clicking sound and this is reminiscent of the noise that horses hooves make, so as time has gone on we have become more elaborate with our play and now make Sir P whinny, harrrrumph and clip-clop away.
The different textures hold great appeal; there are silky fabrics for the horses attire and hooves, fuzzy fabrics for his muzzle, and legs, these latter being knotted to provide knobbly knees. There are numerous tags around the horse and forming his mane. These have been good for developing the finer motor skills as they are twiddled by baby's tiny fingers.
The teething rings speak for themselves- they have been used for chomping down on when baby has felt the need to chew.
Yes- this retails for about £10, and there is such variety of texture that baby happily plays with him for ages. He regularly accompanies us out as he can be clipped safely to the buggy. The seams are tight, the stitching neat and precise as well as secure; he feels like a quality toy.
Yes- and the colours have remained bright, and no bobbling has appeared anywhere.
None that I can think of. I would definitely buy this toy for other children.
Update: Five months on we are still playing with Sir Prancealot, definitely a worthwhile toy.
Sir Prance-a-lot was a gift from Hollie to David at Easter last year, at just (then) four months old he was too young for anything egg-related so together we chose this toy for him. Made by Lamaze it's very reasonably priced at £7 and is one of those shockers where when it arrives the toy is actually bigger than it looks on the Amazon piccie, instead of the other way round where what look like huge toys are actually the size of newborn kittens when they're delivered!
It's a really odd design for a toy, but one I fell in love with straightaway. The bulk of the toy is a cheerful looking horse, to me it looks like a medieval war horse as he's designed to look like he's wearing battle get-up (albeit a bit brighter than the real war horses of the time would have worn!). Sitting on the horses back is a gorgeously basic little knight, there's just enough detail to make him recognisable for what he is but this is fine as it makes the larger horse the main feature of the toy.
David loved him instantly; it has a clip to be used as a pram toy but really is too bulky for that so lives in the toy box. Like a lot of Lamaze toys, this one features a gorgeous tinkly rattle which is responsive enough that even the smallest baby can get some sound from it - the plush knight conceals a squeaker, but this is a bit awkward and even at a year old David can't manage to squeak it himself.
The horses four floppy legs are each knotted at the middle to give baby a different texture to explore and the brightly contrasting feet have a 'crinkly' sound/texture, again to add some interest and exploration to this sweet soft toy. David's an odd child, he doesn't get excited about crinkles at all (unlike me, I love the sound of baby crinkly toys!) but despite the fact that this horse is nearly ALL crinkle (thanks to a large portion of crinkly material on his back) he still treats Sir Prance-a-lot like his favourite toy.
The horses tail is made up of two clacky rings, these make a fab sound when knocked together - to be honest with you these tend to be used as carrying handles for David to lug the toy round with him, but I have seen him deliberately banging these rings together to create the noise.
Aside from all the jingle jangle crackles there's much more incorporated into this toy to keep baby entertained. The fabric used to make him is a mixture of soft velvet and smooth silky material, there are also short ribbons attached to the bottom of the horses 'armour' and making up his mane - this gives Sir Prance-a-lot a slight Taggie feel, non-parents would be surprised at the pleasure a few cut ribbons can give a very young baby so to me this is a fab addition to the toy.
Sir Prance-a-lot is a brilliant baby toy, definitely one of the few Lamaze toys that I think lives up to it's claims (Lamaze generally being overpriced crud, in my humble opinion). One recommendation I would give is to try and introduce the toy to your baby as early as possible to gain the most from the various functions - it's suitable from birth and the clip can be used to attach it to the side of a barred cot, the upper age limit of two years is debatable as there's not really enough variety to keep an actual toddler entertained for long. David has pretty much 'grown up' with Sir Prance-a-lot so I think he'll use it as a soft toy for some time yet, although his interest in the knotted legs and crinkles is definitely abating now but I'm not particularly fussed about that as considering the low price he's definitely had his money's worth.
I have worked in a Childrens Centre and the one thing I have experience in is that of creating an environment in which babies and toddlers thrive and choosing the right toys is also a big part of the environment.
In the past toys were often tagged by the sex they were aimed at and to be honest were fairly boring in the colour stakes. As time has gone on and educational toys have become the rage Lamaze have carved out a large slice of the educational toy sector as their own and Sir-Prance-A-Lot is a prime example to how they do it.
Firstly this toy is anything but dull-bright with lots of different textures perfect for a baby to start experimenting with. Then you have the soft limbs of his legs, which is a contrast to his head. The colourfulness of this toy catches the eye of even a twelve week old, even if they cannot play with it yet.
The 'tags' provide babies with something to tug on or chew on. And the rings help those babies going through the 'everything in the mouth' stage.
I would recommend cleaning this toy straight away should it get rusks etc on it-it's easier to clean then.
Although this toy is from newborn up, I started using it when my little one could focus better around twelve weeks. She has only recently started enjoying playing with this little gem, at five months of age.
The clip is useful to connect the toy to a pushchair or car seat-this I find is useful if you connect a small baby link to the chair and then attach the toy so baby can play and you know they won't be able to lose the toy.
I would recommend this toy to everyone with babies in their mist. It makes a great gift too which in my experience will last a child until they are around 18 months.
A great toy which will provide entertainment and hours of joy-a must for every toy box.
I'm a huge fan of the Lamaze Play & Grow range on soft toys and year old Freddy has rather a large collection. Most of this collection is played with on a daily basis, but poor Sir Prance-A-Lot spends most of his time stuck at the bottom of the toy box. I really don't know why, I think he's lovely, but Freddy really doesn't agree with me and will give this poor horse a quick glance and then move on to a different toy.
Suitable from birth, Sir Prance-A-Lot is a rather large soft toy featuring lots of textures and activities for your child to explore. Measuring just over 20cm from the tip of his nose to his bottom and 20cm in height, he's probably a little too large for the very youngest of babies to hold. But he does feature a handy clip that allows him to be hung from cots, buggies, car seat handles or even baby gyms, which means that these little ones can still access his activities. At just over 110g in weight, he's light enough to allow slightly older babies to hold and carry him around. So in terms of size, weight and accessibility he definitely gets a thumbs up.
Sir Prance-A-Lot's body is made of incredibly soft and huggable plush material, his body being brown and his nose orange. His facial details are formed from stitches rather than buttons, meaning that there is no worrying that the eyes are going to come loose and choke baby. The horse's friendly and inviting expression is perfect for catching a baby's attention, with wide, expressive eyes and huge smile. As the name would suggest this is horse from back in the age of chivalry, and so Sir Prance-A-Lot is wearing a silky hood and skirt (I don't know the proper names for these, if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'll make the appropriate changes). This material is beautifully silky and makes a wonderful contrast with the plush. There are also a number of silky strips around the skirt, and the mane is also formed of silky strips that are the perfect size for little hands to fiddle with and mouths to suck. The skirt is also filled with a material that crinkles as it's scrunched.
Just like a real horse Sir Prance-A-Lot has four legs, but unlike a real horse his are made of plush material each a different colour with a knot in for baby to explore. His hooves are then made of the silky material with plush bottoms. The bottom of each hoof features a different high contrast pattern in black, white and red, which is designed to catch the attention of the very youngest of babies and help them learn to focus. Each of the hooves is also filled with crinkle material that will encourage them to use their hands to explore. Sitting on Sir-Prance-A-Lots back is a little knight made of plush who contains a squeaker. And that's not the only noise this toy makes, if you shake the horse his head will rattle. The final feature of this toy (yes there is more) is the pair of teething rings hanging from his tail. Each of these rings is a good size for baby to hold and has a different texture, while they clank together in a very satisfying way.
As an adult, I think this is a lovely toy full of activities for baby to explore. I love the range of textures, the friendly face and the sounds. I also love the addition of the clip, which means that I can attach it to the buggy and reduce the risk of it being thrown on the floor. But even better I love the fact that it doesn't require batteries. What I don't like is that it is sponge clean only, meaning that should it get grubby I can't stick it in the washing machine. As an adult I would give this four stars out of five, but it's not just my opinion that counts.
==Back In The Stable==
This toy was bought for Freddy when he was about five months old and already had (and loved) various other toys in the range. I thought that this would really be a no brainer and he'd love this too. But no, he basically ignored it, even if it was the only toy in sight. I spent a considerable amount of time encouraging him to play with it, by squeaking the knight, clanging the rings together and making it rattle. But, while Freddy would occasionally have a chew on the rings, he really wasn't that interested. With his other Lamaze toys, he would spend ages exploring all the different textures, sucking on pieces of material and banging them against surfaces. But for some reason Sir Prance-A-Lot just doesn't keep his attention.
Seven months later and Sir Prance-A-Lot has been played with perhaps half a dozen times and can generally be found lurking at the bottom of the toy box. Now my little monster is more mobile, it's perfectly clear which toys he likes and which he doesn't. While he will make a concerted effort to get hold of and play with many toys (including his Lamaze Firefly), he will not make any attempt to get this out of the toy box, none at all. When he does briefly deign to give Sir Prance-A-Lot a few moments of his time, all Freddy will actually do is chew on the rings, he has tried to make the squeaker work but found it a little difficult as it does take quite a lot of pressure.
So while I'd love to be able to say that this is a well-loved toy, I really can't. My little munchkin really doesn't think much of it, and it really was a bit of a waste of money. What I can say though, is that just because my Little Man is not enamoured, it doesn't mean your child won't be. But, in all honestly I can't say that Freddy would give this more than one star out of five.
Being part of the Lamaze Play & Grow range, Sir Prance-A-Lot is billed as being a toy that will encourage your child to develop their senses as they explore the different sounds, textures and patterns. Lamaze also state that while the toy itself won't change, the way your child plays with it and the skills it helps develop will change as they grow. Now, to be honest, I can't say that this toy has helped Freddy's development in anyway, but that's because he is simply not interested in it.
The high contrast patterns on the hooves will help encourage the very youngest of babies to focus, as all they can see as new born is contrast. Then as they get older the various textures and sounds will encourage them to reach and grab for the horse, until they are able to hold it and use their hands and mouths to explore all the different textures. The silky strips may also provide comfort, as many young children do really like to stroke these tags, while the ears are the perfect size to suck on. Then as baby gets a little older still, the squeaker rewards improving dexterity. While the teething rings may provide comfort when baby is cutting his teeth. The complete horse is the perfect size for babies from six months to cuddle and then as the child begins to develop their imagination they can use the horse in their role play.
As to the age range that this toy is suitable for, well the lower age of newborn is perfectly correct, even though they will need help to access the different activities. The whole horse is incredibly well made, I have pulled at all the seams and not one bit of stitching has come loose. There are no small parts, so no worries about choking and as it doesn't require batteries you don't need to worry about them getting into the battery compartment. The upper age of two years is probably about right too, although if this were to have been a much loved toy, I'm sure it would have been in use for longer as a comforter.
I think this is a lovely toy and I really did think that Freddy would think so too. But sadly it's not, I really haven't been able to work out why, it has everything that his other Lamaze toys have and he loves them. At first I thought it might have been because it wasn't as brightly coloured as some of the range, but Freddy loves his octopus and that's a rather murky blue. Perhaps it's because it doesn't have as many activities as some of the range, but neither does his lion and he loves that. The best that I can work out it's because, unlike the others in the range this toy has neither bright colours or lots of activities and so compared to the others it comes a poor second.
So making a recommendation is quite difficult, because while this is a nice toy it is in no way the best in the range. Therefore if your child owns other Lamaze toys then this may just end up at the bottom of the toy box. So while I am recommending that it would make a good present for a baby who doesn't have any other Lamaze toys. It's just not as brightly coloured as the lion or peacock, doesn't feature as many activities as the octopus and certainly isn't a patch on Freddy's favourite, the firefly which is brightly coloured and has lots of activities. And so sorry Lamaze, but I really regret paying the £6.50 I paid for this.
~~Why this toy?~~
Lamaze, cashing in on their reputation in child developement areas have brought out a large range of childrens toys that meet their requirements of education and developement enhancement. They are all bright, quirky and make various noises to hold the childs attention and invite it to explore through touch, sound and sight. I love them and I wish they had been around when my two were small. Although, come to think of it, I probably couldn't have afforded them then.
Olivia our granddaughter is of course the apple of my eye so when I saw this funny little toy for sale in a Keswick toy shop I had to buy it. What else are doting Nanas for?
~~Once a King always a King but one a Knight's enough!~~
Sir Prance-a-lot sits on his trusty steed looking rather like a small sack of blue potatoes. I think he looks like a hippo'. His 'armour' is purple. He is well attached to the horse and no amount of pulling prodding and chewing has so far had any effect in seperating the two of them. He squeaks when pinched. (not a very dignified sound for a daring knoght!) Protruding on a colourful small strap from beneath his bum is a plastic ring/Lamaze link to attach the toy to the pushchair, cot or dungarees! It's also handy for Olivia to chew on, as is everything else in her world that comes within range of her gappy little teeth. She has discovered that the various rings about the toy are very handy to hold on to whilst she wangs the thing around to make noises. This has resulted in her whacking herself on the head with it several times but as it's soft we have had no tears just quite a few suprised looks from her.
Sir Prance-a-lot goes to bed with my daughter and guards her through the night.
~~A horse, A horse! My kingdom for a horse~~
The horse is made of various bright colours in different textured materials. It is visually very appealing. It has different coloured knotty legs and bright squidgey hooves. The majority of the horse itself is a soft plush fabric.
The horse's heraldic coat is quartered in orange and red print and finished off with 'taggy' style yellow tabs. Olivia loves to rub the satin of these in her fingers and will soothe herself by repeating the action time and time again. As they are quite small this must be aiding her dexterity and fine motor movements.
There is a slightly goofy and benign smile on the horse's face, his eyes are printed on and stand out visually, not physically, so there is no fear here of small parts detaching and being choked on. Taggy style lilac ribbon makes up his mane.
Concealed inside various parts of the horses anatomy are materials which make different noises when handled, so the horse doesn't neigh, it goes "Scrunch" or "jingle". At the moment these sounds occur randomly as Olivia handles the toy and she has made no move to produce the various noises deliberately. (All the grown ups do though!)
The horse's zebra stiped tail has two coloured plastic rings attached. A blue knobbly one and a smooth red one. According to Lamaze these are supposed to "clack together and make a sound like galloping hooves". They certainly clack together well but I would be seriously concerned if I heard a gallop that sounded like they do. Working with all the toys must have over stimulated the Ad' men's imagination! However, galloping hooves aside, Olivia loves them and alternates between clacking them, chewing them and waving the poor horse about with them. (An ignominous fate for a knight's warhorse!)
The toy measures about 8 inches (22cm) long by 7 inches (18cm) high. It is quite light and easy for a child to grasp and keep hold of. I like the way that the link is easy to use and holds it securely to wherever we place it.
~~Mucking out the pony~~
Sir Prance-a-lot is well made, securely stitched and a lot of thought has gone into the design. It's bright colours are very attractive and the style of the toy is very cute. It appeals to adults as well as babies. It is durable and although it hasn't needed to be washed yet, sponges down very well. The colours have stayed bright and it hasn't been reduced to a soggy mess by Olivia's none too gentle handling and chewing of it. It looks as good as new and she has had it for three months now.
~~Does it aid development?~~
Yes, I think it does. I have observed a few things as Olivia has played with this toy.
She is stimulated by the sight of it and smiles and chatters to it. (verbal stimulation)
She reaches and picks it out from other toys. ( visual discernment. recognition)
She will turn her head towards the noises it makes to see what is making the noise.(Auditory discernment)
She will pick out the tabs to stroke between her fingers. (Fine pincer movement, manual dexterity)
Adults will describe the various colours to Olivia.(language and social skills)
She alternates between the different textures. (tactile differentiation)
She will crawl or pull herself up to reach the toy. (Motor skills, self support,)
She shows pleasure at the sight of it and frustration if she can't reach it. (emotional expansion)
I have probably missed things out but it does provide stimulation and pleasure. Many other toys would too but this does seem to meet Lamaze's claims.
~~The final analysis~~
It's a good toy. It's hardwearing and cleans up well. I think it's reasonably priced. (between £5 - £7 online) I paid £8.99 in the toy shop. It's bright and funny and cute. I would definitely buy it again if this one got lost or damaged.
I love it. Olivia loves it. What more could I ask?
After the success of our first Lamaze toy, Jacques the Peacock, obtained when our son was a little over a week old and still a firm favourite today, our next purchase was Sir Prance A Lot.
Like the rest of the Lamaze Play & Grow range, Sir Prance A Lot is an excellent developmental aid right from birth and well beyond. Hung on a car seat or play gym or above a changing mat, Sir Prance A Lot's bright colours will capture the attention of even a very young baby, encouraging them to reach out and grab.
Once this skill has been learnt, there are plenty features on Sir Prance A Lot to keep inquisitive little hands and mouths busy. Crinkly feet, little tags around the saddle and mane which my son loves to suck! Teething rings to chew on, and a squeaky knight on top which he has yet to discover yet himself, but this is one of the reasons the toy is valuable from birth and well beyond - each little detail is suited to varying stages of development.
I would recommend Sir Prance A Lot, and indeed the entire Lamaze range, to everyone as an excellent plaything and developmental aid.
Yes it is another Lamaze toy review - I seem to be writing absolutely loads of them lately but I promise this is the very last one...until Christmas anyway LOL. Anyway this is the latest toy from this range that Alfie has been bought to add to his ever growing collection and I think this may have just pipped the octopus toy to the post and become his favourite as its certainly the one he goes for the most at the moment. My mom bought Alfie this toy a few weeks ago and she has been going on at me ever since to review it so I thought Id finally get around to it today just to keep her quiet. :)
Lamaze is a brand that make baby toys that are not only fun but also educational as they will teach your child really important skills that they will need in life eg. sensory development. All their toys I think are different animals that come in a wide range of shapes and colours and believe me if Alfie is anything to go by a child will love ANY toy from this range as they capture a babies attention immediately and shockingly manage to keep their attention for ages.
Sir-Prance-A-Lot in case you hadn't guessed is a very colourful and brightly patterned horse who has a little knight in shining armour sitting atop his back. As with all the Lamaze toys Sir-Prance-A-Lot is very bright in colour and has loads of different patterns all over his face, body and feet. There is a rattle inside his head, his feet all make crinkle noises. the little knight has a squeaker inside it and there are two clanking rings hanging out the back of him. So basically this horse has everything noises, colours, different textures which even though are very fun for a baby are also educational as well - not that Alfie realises this he just likes to chew on the rings rather than make them clack together but whatever makes him happy! This toy is actually suitable for babies right from newborn up until at least 1 year old - most of the Lamaze toys are suitable for older children than that so I cant understand why this one isn't as it is very similar to the other toys and I don't think Alfie will grow out of this one for ages yet.
This definitely caught 5 month old Alfie's attention as soon as he saw it and now when you put him on his play mat this is the first toy he goes for so believe me I think any child will adore this and if it is helping them learn at the same time that it a great added bonus in my opinion. Obviously the little squeaking knight bit may be a bit more suitable for older children as when they are very young they wont have the force needed to push it down so you might have to do that for them but that's the only slightly negative comment I have everything else is fabulous.
Like all Lamaze toys this has a large clip at the top which means in can be transported pretty much anywhere you like play mat, car seat, high chair, pram, cot ETC my mom always takes this one when she out in the car as Alfie plays with it for a bit and then falls asleep with it so it gives her peace and quiet for a few minutes at least.
I highly recommend this to everyone with children up until about 2-3 I would say because I think it will capture older children's attention as well down to the bright colour and patterns. Alfie certainly loves his one and I bet that most if not all babies would as well so highly recommended. An educational toy that's fun as well.
This cost around £10 from amazon and that includes P&P.
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