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I bought this for my grandson for his first birthday. It looked so bright and cheerful on the shelf at The Early Learning Centre I couldn't resist it. Over the years I have seen several of these pop up toys and I always think they are a lovely toy for a child to play with as it helps them to learn about how their actions can make something happen which is lovely and a surprise! +++ What it looks like +++ This toy is not too large, it is about 20cm x 8cm and is made from a sturdy plastic. It has a handle on one side so a little one can carry this around should they wish. It has a yellow bar at the front which has three controls on. Behind this bar there is a circle which you can spin around. Behind that is the section where the animals are. These are a tiger, an zebra and a monkey, all hiding in thier holes. The holes are covered with little round disks. This is a very bright toy which will have your little one interested right away with big contrasting colours next to each other. It is suitable for a boy or a girl so again ideal for my grandson who is most likely to share this with his sister! +++ How it works +++ The 'aim' of this toy is for little ones to make the animals pop up out of their holes. To do this the little buttons in front of each animal will make them pop up but each one works in a different manner. The first one is a blue button that you press in and then the lid will flip back and the monkey pop up. The next one is a white circle with black holes. If you turn this round in a clock-wise direction it will then make the zebra jump up out of the hole. The last one is a switch, which is green on a red background. If you push this to either side it will cause the tiger to jump up. To begin again you simply push the animal back down until it gives a little click and then they will stay in place and you're ready to play again. The little spinning circle in the middle is just an added extra. +++ A baby playing with this +++ When my grandson plays with this he finds it very challenging but fun. You can really see the concentration on his face as he tries to get the animals to pop up. He finds the middle one easiest but struggles with the switch one although he is able to do it by himself sometimes so it is just all about building those motor skills. When he manages to get the animal to pop up he laughs. He isn't ablr to push them back down himself yet but I am sure it's just a matter of time. He really does seem to enjoy playing with it, it's lovely to watch him laugh at something he has been able to do. +++ Learning from this +++ A baby can learn a lot from this toy despite them thinking it's just a game. You can teach them about colours by asking what could be under the blue disk. You can teach them about the animals by talking about what they are and what sounds they make. Children will develop their motor skills as they learn the movements required to help the animals to pop up. There are always things that a little one can learn through play and this one is a lovely toy to help those very little children to develop. +++ Conclusion +++ I am pleased I bought this and it is so lovely to watch my little grandson enjoy playing with this. It isn't too heavy either although he isn't yet at the stage to carry it around by the handle but I can imagine in a few months he will be carrying this around. It is lovely and bright so really does draw your attention to it so I can see why it's so attractive to a little one. He enjoys playing with it and it's nice to know it's helping him to develop in more ways than one. It seems to be very good quality too as it's a firm, robust plastic. It has been dropped on several occasions but still stays in very good condition, working nicely. It's also good to have a toy which is quite simple, no batteries, music or flashing lights here. I am very happy with this.
I prefer to buy educational toys for my son to help him develop his skills. He likes animals and enjoys it when I make the sounds of the relevant animal so when I saw this toy I thought it would be ideal especially as I managed to buy it in the ELC sale. Appearance This is a well made toy with nice bright colours which appeal to children. There are three pop up animals which are activated in different ways. The monkey pops up when the button is pressed, the zebra when the dial is turned and the leopard when the lever is pulled. The monkey and leopard are the easiest for my son to use and the green lever for the leopard can be pulled either right or left. There is good attention to detail as the lids covering the animals match the colour of the popping mechanism and ach lid is textured with a different pattern. The monkey has a blue lid and blue button, the zebra a white lid and white dial and the leopard a green lid and green lever. There is a handle at one side so it is easy for my son to pick it up from his toy box. The expression on the animals' faces are good too and remind of the CBeebies Raa Raa characters.. Use My son is enjoying playing with this toy and after seeing me pop up the animals has copied my actions with varying degrees of success. I bought the toy when he was 11 months. He finds it easy to push all the animals back down again. He particularly enjoys the zebra as there is a colourful wheel in front of it which spins when the zebra pops up or is pushed back down again. He likes pushing the blue button which operates the monkey and I would say that this is his favourite. It is also the easiest to use in my opinion. He also enjoys pulling the lever for the leopard but at present finds the zebra mechanism difficult. I hope that this means that the toy will still be of interest to him as he discovers how to turn the wheel passed the sticking point. The toy is good for him to learn about cause and effect as he discovers what happens when the different mechanisms are used and also improve his eye to hand co-ordination. Obviously babies develop at different rates so I would consider this toy suitable from the age when you child can sit up unaided and has some fine motor skills to activate the pop up mechanisms. The manufacturers guide age is 9 months. The toy does not make a noise when the animals pop up apart from that of the wheel spinning in the case of the zebra. Although no doubt my son would like to have the animal sounds incorporated into the toy I prefer it without them as I tend to find repeated noise and music from his other toys irritating after a while. In any event I quite enjoy making the sounds myself and encouraging him to identify the animal which matches the sound I make. My son does enjoy picking it up by the handle and swinging it around so I can confirm that it does survive quite a lot of wear and tear. Basics This toy is available from the Early Learning Centre and costs around £10. As I said earlier I managed to pick up my one in the sale and it is worthwhile looking out for similar sales as it only cost me £8. Overall For the amount paid for this toy and the time my son has spent playing with it I think it is worth the money. It is my hope that the difficulty of getting the zebra to pop up will keep him engaged with the toy and he develops so it should entertain him for a while longer.
This is one of those toys that I bought as a last minute thought and didn't really think it would be too much of a fun toy but it has turned into one of my little boy and girls' favourite toys. My parents actually bought this for my little boy for Christmas. We were in The Early Learning Centre and they had £50 to spend on each grandchild. My little boy did not have much given that he was only 2 months at the time so we bought him lots of little toys. They had about £10 left and I saw this and just added it to their pile, basically as a last minute thought just to make the total up to £50 if I'm honest and didn't actually think it looked that fun. I also thought £10 was a little steep to pay for this toy too but as my parents were paying I didn't mind to much!! The toy is very simple and I think that was why I thought it didn't look to fun but the mere fact that it has little animals that pop up will startle my little boy and make him laugh at the fast, sudden movement. The toy is a basic plastic upright toy. On it there are three different buttons/dial. THe first button is large, round and blue and when you press it a little money pops out of the top. The monkey is covered with a blue flap which opens at the same time as the monkey pops out. The monkey is brown and has a cheeky little smile on one side of his face. The middle button is actually a white dial with black holes in it, almost like a telephone dial of old which you can put your fingers in to spin around until a zebra pops out up above. There is a white flap covering the zebra. The end button is a little lever that you move to either side and this makes a tiger pop up. The tiger is yellow with black markings and has quite a cat like look to it. There is a green flap covering the tiger. This toy is definitely thought provoking and had me and some other adults stumped for a few minutes. When I first popped up one of the animals I tried to put it down again by just closing the flap. It wasn't until I tried this multiple times and found that it was not working that I figured out you needed to push just the animal down to make it stay and then you could close the flap. My little girl got this straight away, what are the odds hey! The buttons are quite sensitive so they do not need to be touched very hard to get the animals to pop up which is nice as just a simple baby touch will work. The Early Learning Centre say this toy is suitable from 9 months but my little boy has been playing with it from a much earlier age, maybe he is just advanced for his age. He knows exactly how and which buttons to press to make the toys pop up and although he cannot put the toys down again and cover the flaps and knows that this is the way to do it my little girl will help him out so the combination of the toy of them playing with it make it a very fun toy for my little boy. There is a little handle on the side which allows you to carry the toy and my little girl will carry it around whereas my little boy will grab onto it and bang it against the floor. They will play with this toy for at least 15 minutes at a time or longer which in baby minutes is a very long time so I would definitely recommend this toy for little ones.