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Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn My Pretty Learning Purse
I bought this for my daughter as a gift for Christmas when she was 1years old, bought from Argos, I think it was on offer for £13.99. Easily reserved online and picked up same day from local store. It is suitable from age 6 months plus.
Its very pink and girly has a smiley face on the front of bag, it has a button to switch it off or on to the abc mode where it tell you it's opening or closing the bag or music mode which plays different tunes, each time, and a let's play mode. Also you can press the heart on the bag and it will sing the abc song, which she likes to dance to because it lasts a bit longer than the tunes when just opening and closing the bag.
It comes with the 5 items in the picture, the phone that doesn't do anything just made from hard plastic and has little rattle sound, bracelet, bank card, key and mirror. All designed to fit in the bag together. She enjoys me putting them all in the bag then she can take them out, but once she has taken all 5 items out of the bag, my issue is the bottom of the bag which is made from hard plastic that's where the battery department and speaker is, but she always thinks it's something else to take out and gets very frustrated with it and starts getting upset, so for this reason I don't think it's the best of designs. I turn it inside out just to show her, she will understand one day. It takes 3 AAA sized batterys which are included and last a long time.
The Fisher Price Pretty Learning Purse was another present bought for our youngest daughter's first birthday. Like most babies, she loves rummaging through my handbag and emptying the contents out - so the purchase of this toy was partly a selfish one, in an attempt to keep her off my bag!!
The learning purse costs £16.99, and is essentially a woven nylon bag with a plastic electronic base and clasp which has various - supposedly educational - song and speaking settings. The base houses the batteries and speaker, and there is a button to make the volume soft or loud. The bag has a smily face and "ABCD" design which makes it look friendly and appealing to a young child. It comes complete with a rattly mobile phone, a set of keys, a credit card, a bangle and a mirror. It's aimed at children from 6 months and over, but personally I think it's better for 12 months onwards - with children of around 2-3 years getting the most out of it.
There are 3 different modes of play - "learning time", "music time" and "let's play", which are decided by sliding a button on the clasp to whichever mode you choose. There is also (thankfully!) an OFF switch. Learning has an ABC symbol, music has musical notes, and play has a swirly symbol. There is also a heart shaped jewel button on the clasp, which when pressed says/sings a variety of things depending which mode setting you have chosen.
In Learning mode, the heart button says three things - "(giggle) heart", "pink heart" and sings the alphabet. When you open the bag it says one of three things - "open", then "close" when you close it, then "hello" when open and "bye bye" when closed, then "let's get ready" when open and sings a song about opening your purse and putting things inside, learning, counting to 10 etc.
In Music mode, the heart button does three things - first a song about colours and the favourite colour being pink! Then a dreamy harp jingle, then another giggle. When opening the bag it sings a song about going out with all and all the items inside.
In "Let's Play" mode, the heart button says three things again - "let's get ready", "let's go shopping", and the last sound is just a giggle. When opening the bag it just plays the harp sound, and when closed it makes a "click" sound.
My daughter at 12 months enjoys repeatedly emptying the bag and putting items back inside again, plus dancing to the music - but obviously she will be older before she understands any of the words and songs. It hasn't kept her away from my handbag though!
My opinion of the learning purse is that it's not really that educational or interactive. I initially thought that when putting the items inside the purse, it would recognise them and say "keys", "mirror" etc. so she'd actually learn what the items are - but the items are completely non functional. Any reference to colours and numbers and the alphabet are part of rather nauseating, and not particularly memorable songs, with the main lyrics being about going out/shopping - rather than the songs being specifically about numbers and colours etc.
However, my daughter enjoys it and at £16.99 it's not overly expensive, so perhaps my expectations were set a bit too high. I would still recommend it purely for role play - you'll probably find you want to remove the batteries after a few days anyway!
At a Glance My Pretty Learning Purse is baby's very own stylish, soft purse with five play pieces, learning content and four sung songs Features and benefits for Fisher Price Laugh and Learn My Pretty Learning Purse Requires 2 x AA Batteries batteries (included) My Pretty Learning Purse is baby's very own stylish, soft purse with five play pieces, learning content and four sung songs.The purse straps are sized just right so baby can slip the purse onto their arm or shoulder. With three modes of play - Learning, Music and Imagination - baby can learn about ABCs, colours, numbers, manners, opposites, greetings and more. Press the heart shaped jewel to hear pretty ditties and learning songs.Open and close the purse for more tunes and learning. The purse fosters early role play with the five play pieces: rattle phone, compact mirror, bracelet, credit card and keys.Requires 2 x AA batteries.