Play and Learn Fun fair
One of the earlier toys we bought our eldest was this play and learn fun fair and as both our little ones have grown the toy still continues to be well played with and has withstood all the tempers and tantrums.
It is recommended for children between the ages of 12 months to 36 months though older children tend to like it too!
The toy stands on a thick blue base with a ferris wheel and a helter skelter. The helter skelter has five coloured buttons which make various noises as well as a hole at the top to push the coloured balls down, watching them roll all the way down to the bottom, out of the door and down another set of five sound keys in to another door and into a storage compartment where the balls can either be stored or have the little door open so the balls fall to the floor. The ferris wheel goes round and round with three compartments for the balls to travel around on. Each of the balls have little faces on so it feels as though the child is taking little people onto the funfair toy.
As well as the various sounds there are also little songs and lights which flash too which simply adds to the childs excitement. There is a volume control on this toy though it is easy for slightly older children to find and therefore deemed useless in our house!
This toy takes two AA batteries which last quite a while. I think we have only changed the batteries once in a year which is great!
This toy can be found for between £10.00 and £15.00 though you could possibly find it a lot cheaper on sites such as Ebay. It is rather a bulky toy though so if buying this way, postage and packaging may be high.
I bought this Vtech Fun Fair electrical toy during Queensday for a lousy 3 Euros. My daughter really likes funny sounds and because she is starting to learn how to count at daycare, and also likes to imitate animal sounds, I thought this normally so expensive toy was the right one for her.
**Vtech Play'n learn Fun Fair**
The normal price for this toy is 20 pounds, which I think is pretty high priced. The fun fair needs batteries (AA ones) and has several options. At the top of the toy you can push a little ball (they come with the toy) through a hole and it will role down the green "tree"slide, going into a blue tunnel and rolling out at the bottom of the toy. A sound will be played when the ball is rolling through the toy. At the top of the so called tree you'll find buttons in different colors that each will tell you what colour they are when pushed. So your child can learn the different colors. If you press these buttons twice the symbol on the button is pronounced. For example "icecream".
On the blue part of the toy a stair of numbered coloured buttons can be found. Once pressing one of these buttons, the number on it will be called by an automatic voice. My daughter really loves to press these buttons and repeat the number (and she can now count from one to three!).
The fun fair also has a major wheel, that is (as you see on the picture) placed on the right side of the toy. This wheel has three carts, one yellow, one blue and one red. A ball can be easily fitted into these cards and when your child pushes on the carts the wheel starts turning. There also can be found a joystick (red with a green button) to turn around the wheel but my experience is that this is mainly used by older kids from the age of 2. My daughter just pulls on the little carts. A yellow star in the middle of the wheel also makes a funny sound and sings a song when pushed.
I have always like Vtech toys, because they have so much to offer. This toy can be used for different ages. My daughter is 1,5 and really loves it but the children of my friends who are around three years old also cannot stop playing with it. The batteries don't have to be changed that much and there is an on/off switch on the toy!
My son loves this toy!! I got it for my son for his first birthday, initially when I got it home I was a little worried that the noise would drive me mad. He has some toys that I can't turn off unless I take the batteries out, which is a bit of a Faff!! However the Vtech funfair has an off button as well as two different volume settings. This toy has really helped my son with his co-ordination as he love putting the balls into the hole had the top and watching them go down the "helter skelter" and suddenly appear from a hatch at the bottom. Although, he needs some help to make the ball fall as it requires quite a hard push to get it through the spring.
There are a number of buttons on the toy for him to press, which is a great idea as my son, for some unknown reason, has an obsession with pressing buttons. Each button makes a different sound and activates a different mode. The different modes are a great idea as it means the music played doesn't get to repetative.
This product is said to be for twelve to 24 months,but I couldn't disagree more.My son is now three and a half and this is still a favourite of his(we've had it since his first birthday)He's learnt so much from this toy,that he was quite a smart chap when he was two.I guess this is why so many parents invest in vtech products,as they have an educational quality about them which stands out more than others.This product teachers numbers,colours rhymes,aswell as improving hand eye co-ordination too.I have been told this item is discontinued now,which is a shame as it was one of the most worthwhile 'toy investments' I made for my boy.There isn't anything the people at vtech haven't thought about.The balls included with the fun fair have a lovely little storage area where they're can be conveniently placed instead of being lost.I don't know what materials are used for when they bild their actual toys,but I can honestly say there isn't a single scratch on the fun fair.No fading or chips.Its still in mint condition.Highly recommend this toy.
I think that the vtech Play and Learn Fun fair is a fabulous toy for little children. It is recommended for toddlers aged 12 - 36 months. I bought it for my youngest daughter on her first birthday and she absolutely adores it, and my three year old loves it too.
It is basically a magic fun fair which comprises of a ferris wheel and a helter skelter. There are different coloured balls, called character balls and all given expressive faces, which your child can make go for a ride on the fair. The ferris wheel has a turning wheel which children have to operate manually and for the helter skelter there is a hole at the top which the balls are dropped down.
Now for the clever bit...
Each of the different coloured balls represent a different mode - shape, colour, music, sound and number. I believe that this works because each ball is a slightly different size and therefore activates different sensors as they are pushed through the helter skelter hole. It seems really clever to me.
At the bottom there are piano keys. When the children press these they will hear diferent thingd depending on which mode they have activated. There are also object buttons at the top of the helter skelter also linked to the various modes.
there are lots of lights and music as the children play with it too. When it is first turned on you always hear this song -
We're going to play at the fair
There are lights and sounds everywhere
The ferris wheel goes round and round
Way up high, up and down!
This gets my one year old very excited when she hears this and my three year old knows all the words (unfortunately so do I!)
Being vtech it runs on batteries (2 AA batteries) but it does not recommend rechargeable ones. This doesn't matter too much as it does not seem to be too heavy on the batteries. We have had this toy over six months and have not changed the batteries yet (and it has had alot of use!)A good feature is the automatic shut off which will turn the toy off if there have been several minutes of inactivity.
As a parent, I sometimes don't want too many loud noises and fortunately this toy does have a volume control switch (don't let your child discover thie one!)
It does seem quite sturdy and has certainly stood up to my two toddlers! At the moment it is selling in Woolworths at £14.99 which I think is a fantastic price for what you get! Both my girls and I would thoroughly recommend it!