Product Type: Lamaze baby toys
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Sir Prance-a-lot is our prince. Lamaze Sir-Prance-A-Lot soft toy
Member Name: GillMN
Advantages: Bright, funny, aids child developement.
Disadvantages: Could be more widely available.
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?
Summary: A favourite amongst all the toys.
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