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      05.07.2014 22:16
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      Daughter loves it! Recommended

      My daughter got bought this for her first birthday from her godfather. It''s a lovely colourful pig, that makes noises when you push it''s nose or enter a coin. My daughter took a great liking to this when she unwrapped it. once we showed her how to put the coins in the slot after a few attempts she got the hang of it. The coins are lovely and bright and easy to hold. They are going to very helpful when when it comes to learning colours. They also have animals on each one, she has not yet really noticed these but my friends daughter who is two likes the animals. There is a flap you pull down which lets all the coins out so the children can play it again. This is a great toy when we have friends children over as it''s ideal for sharing as it comes with lots of coins so they can all have a few. My daughter loves dancing along to the music too. The only down side that I have found with this is the flap is quite hard for my daughter to pull down, although she is only 14months and has learnt what to do just can''t quite it yet. But i think she will get the hang of it very soon. The pig does have an off switch, although we don''t turn it off as when it''s not in use it''s quiet unlike some toys. The pig has been dropped by my daughter a few times and there''s not a scratch on it. I think this will be a long lasting toy!

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      05.10.2013 11:23
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      a great toy children will love, best to look for it in sales

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      I first came across this toy in a baby play group with my son that we were regulars at. We turned up one day and they had this toy out. My son, who was known as the whirlwind of the group and at 8 months old the only walker who was never ever still, sat down and played with this little pig for 20 minutes without moving!! What was it?! I had to have one!!

      WHAT IS IT?
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      The fisher price laugh and learn piggy bank is another great toy in the laugh and learn range. It's a little pig with a slot in the top to put coins in and a door on the side to take them out again. It comes with 10 coins all different colours and sizes. The pig talks and sings as the coins are dropped in and when the door opens and closes. The dimensions are 28.4 x 24 x 17.4 cm and it requires 3 AAA batteries. It currently sells on amazon for about £18.50 but we managed to get ours from toys R us in the sale for £11.

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      The best bit about this toy for me is it caught my son's attention and held it for 20 minutes. That in itself makes this toy amazing to me as he finds it hard to sit and concentrate on anything for more that a few minutes at a time. Now at 20 months it still comes out sometimes now. My 3 year old daughter even likes to join in.

      It is a good quality product that has with held many drops and taken a few bashes and has never broken. It is very bright and colorful so grabs children's attention right away. It is also made of shiny plastic which makes it easy to wipe clean.

      It definitely has educational purposes too. As the coins are put in the slot the pig counts them and I find my children counting along. It is also a good way of teaching colours as all the coins are different bright colours. Size concept comes into it too as the coins are different sizes.

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      Firstly one of the most obvious negatives is the price. I think £18 + is far too expensive for this little pig. Its a Fab toy, don't get me wrong, but £18 is a little much for me, its not so bad if you can find it on offer like I did.

      The only other negative I will mention is it is so annoying! As I'm typing this I've got one of the pig's songs stuck in my head and I can guarentee I'll be singing it all day, "ohhh I'm a piggy bank with some coins big and small, with lots of colours you can learn them all..."
      Saying that though I think its a given now that kid's toys are annoying! Any of my children's favourite toys seem to have some catchy tune or song that you'll find yourself singing!

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      Overall I think this toy is Fab! It's loved by all children I know who have played with it and educational too by beginning the concept of maths with them. I'll give it 4 / 5 just knocking 1 star off as I still think its a little expensive.

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        18.09.2013 15:10

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        Excellent fisher price toy for over 1.

        Bought this for my daughter last christmas when she was 7 months old as fisher price had an offer on it in toys r us, and thought it would be beneficial for her with the bright colours, the songs and the counting.

        The toy has two modes to use its singing and counting and can switch between them. The counting mode counts up to 10 when placing the coins in through the slot then goes back and starts again.

        Daughter had absolutely no interest in it till recently as only liked to push its nose to get the songs and got too annoyed when unable to put the coins in and out correctly so much that I stored it away for a few months until she took interest in it at a toddler group and now she doesn't seem to want to out it away, she still loves the songs the nose plays and has grasped the concept of putting the coins in and then emptying them out.

        Meant to be a toy from 6 months plus but I don't think it benefited my child till she was around 15 months as that's when she got the hang of it so wouldn't recommend for younger children, but definetly another great toy from fisher price for older children.

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        16.09.2013 15:19
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        Brilliant counting toy, more suited for babies 1yr +

        This piggy bank was bought for my daughter last year when she was 8 months old. It comes with ten coins in red, yellow, blue and green, have animals on either side and are two different sizes. There are two different settings, musical and counting and if you press it's nose it sings a song that I know now all the words to, It's not too loud but if you do find it annoying there is a volume setting at the bottom of the pig. The counting mode counts up to ten when you put the coins in and resets after it gets to ten.

        It's recommended age is from 6 months, but I don't think younger babies would get much fun out of it to be honest, it's not easy for littler ones to get the coins in the top. My daughter only become interested shortly after she turned 1 and now at 17 months has finally got the hang of putting the coins in the top, each time a coin goes in her face lights up. There is a door on the side of the pig and it's easy enough for a toddler to open, our daughter prefers to open and close the door rather than actually putting coins in.

        I consider this toy quite heavy, but my daughter has no problem picking it up and throwing it about. Knowing she has thrown it about plenty of times I can definitely say it is a very durable, strong toy. I do wish that the door was a bit stronger though so my daughter wouldn't take the coins and lose them, I have to hunt around to find them all and don't always get all 10.

        All in all, this is a great toy. It can help teach your little one colours, counting and helps with hand eye co-ordination. Although I find it's price a bit much, if this was not bought for us I probably wouldn't of bought it myself at full price. If you can get it at a good price though, go for it!

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        16.09.2013 09:26
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        great toy for little ones to play and learn with

        This piggy bank was bought for my almost 3 year old son who is autistic and developmentally delayed. I purchased this toy because at his pre-school they have the same pig and he has been fascinated by it and plays with it often.

        This pig comes with 10 colourful counters which are very striking and visually appealing. The counters are large and easy for little hands to hold. These counters are not big enough to fit comfortably in a child's mouth so I do not feel there is any risk of choking involved with this toy. There is a slot in which the child places the coins which is a fairly easy task to do but I don't feel it would be appropriate from age 6m as the manufacturer recommends. I would say possibly from 12m + as I don't feel a 6m old has the ability to slot the coins in correctly.

        There is a door that comes down to allow all the counters to come out. It is well built and hasn't broken yet and my son is rather rough with his toys so it definitely stands the test of time. There are 2 modes on this pig. One is music and the other is numbers. This toy helps a child learn how to count up to 10 so is appropriate for older toddlers as well as for babies.

        You can also encourage your child to learn their colours as the counters are different colours.

        All in all I would definitely recommend this toy as it has provided my son with hours of fun, is educational, not too pricey and lasts a long time.

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        16.09.2013 00:18
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        Good toy but may not be a hit with all kids,

        I bought this toy for my daughter last Christmas (she was 15 months) and to be honest she has no interest what so ever. She enjoyed pushing the pigs nose so it sang but became very frustrated when she could coordinate her hand to get the coin in the slot first attempts. She would often have one attempt then get annoyed and move on to something else.

        I presumed it was one of these toys that appeal far more to adults than the children it's intended for. I put it on a shelf and forgot about it. A few months age (daughter now 2) I rediscovered it. My daughter now seems to think its a great toy she now has the coordination to out the coins in and can sing alone. She also things she is very clever as she can also count alone and is able to name the colours.

        Guess this is another one if those toys that they will either love or show no interest in at all.

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        15.09.2013 09:58
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        definite must have for any toy box!

        The fisherprice piggy bank is an absolute must have toy for any child!
        We brought this when my son was 1 - he is now coming up to 3 and STILL plays with it on a daily basis.
        He loves the satisfaction of pushing the coins into the slot and hearing them drop and the pig rewarding him with a little sound or song!
        The piggy bank includes 10 bright and colourful coins - perfect for little or big hands!
        It also features a numerous amount of songs which play once a coin has been pushed into the slot! These include songs which teach about counting, animals, colours & sizes. Perfect educational and fun toy!
        The plastic is very hard wearing and ours still looks brand new! I feel this toy will be in my sons toy collection for many more years to come as this is definitely a number one favourite! even i enjoy it!! Simple but useful!

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        21.04.2013 19:44
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        A great toy but don't expect too much in the early days

        My daughter received the fisher price piggy bank for Christmas - it was one that we'd put on her list because we'd seen him on the shelves of Toys R Us and Smyths and thought he looked very cute! It was also one of a few toys that met the 6+ months age group that she'd fallen into. He costs around £12.99 and is available from most toy shops.

        The Fisher Price piggy bank is mostly pink and has a big red nose that is in fact a button that can be pressed. His tail is in the same red and looks like a button but doesn't do anything, it just spins around. The nose button make sounds and songs depending on the setting that the pig is placed on. There's a switch on the top of the piggy that can be turned to either a counting setting (in which case the nose plays a tune that teaches the numbers 1 to 10) or a song setting (in which case the nose plays a tune to teach how the piggy bank works and how the counters slot in). He comes with 3 demo AAA batteries already so there's no need to immediately buy endless amounts of batteries - ours are still working since Christmas!

        He has two cute ears too that stick up from the main body but these are just for show. The whole thing is made of tough plastic, which is one of the reasons I love it - very easily wiped after all those dribbles on it and feels very sturdy. The piggy ejects coins via a pull down door on the side of his belly and depending on which setting the switch is placed on, even this chants 'open' and 'closed' to teach this mechanism to children. The counters fall out when open and the side easily then clips back into place - the numbers 1 to 10 are also printed on the door.

        He comes with a series of large counters inside his belly. They are a selection in red, blue, yellow, orange and green colours. Presumably the different colours could represent a different monetary amount if using with toddlers to teach the concept of money, although the counters don't actually have any amounts written on. Instead there's pictures of animals embossed on them instead eg the red counters have a bunny face on one side and a bunny tail on the other. In addition, some counters have smooth edges and some have bumpy edges to help with textures and touch.

        The piggy has a big slot on the top where the counters slide into the pigs belly. Every time a counter drops in, the pig makes a 'ching' noise, a bit like the noise you'd hear of a cash register in a cartoon! I think it's a great idea although this hasn't caught my daughter's attention as yet. It is designed primarily as a co-ordination toy to teach how to find and slot the pieces through the small gap on the pig, but my daughter isn't able to understand this and I can't see her doing so for some time. I sit with her and show how it's done but at 10 months, she doesn't seem too interested in any of it's features at all really, the only enjoyment she gets is from chewing on the big counters like teethers and playing with the piggy as a normal toy by touching it with her hands and grabbing it as she crawls. The counters are really the star attraction for her at the moment - if I empty them out for her, she makes a beeline for those and poor piggy is cast aside! I would go as far to say that the counters on their own are one of her favourite play things as her eyes light up as soon as she sees one.

        The age range is a fair reflection, but I do think if buying for a 6 month old baby, not to expect too much from it until they're a bit older as even at 10 months, we have had limited use from it and not as it's intended use. I'm really glad we asked for the piggy bank, but we'll definitely be waiting a while longer to see any benefit for it's main purpose. This does mean that the toy will have longevity though and I think in the future it will make a nice change to help with her co-ordination as it isn't a run of the mill shape sorter - there seems to be so many of those available in the shops.

        I rate 4 stars, as I think it's an excellent product but I do think it should be outlined on the box regarding how different age groups may interact with the toy. I can see some parents being disappointed that their 6 month old baby can't count and slot all the counters away in their first days of using it and this for the majority (if not all!) children just isn't going to be the case!

        Thanks for reading :o)

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        22.02.2013 01:52
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        Good toy

        Kai is 13 months old & becoming increasingly harder to control and entertain. He desperately needed some more stimulating toys a couple of months ago and luckily he received plenty for his birthday last month.

        One of the toys that he likes is this, and it keeps him focused and concentrated. To look at it you wouldn't think that it is particularly stimulating - it is quite basic in appearance, however this is one of the toys that he plays with most often.

        I knew that Kai would love this straight away because he has shown an interest in putting things together for a while and I knew that the little coloured discs would be great in helping him get some basic colour recognition.

        The design of the toy is basically a piggy bank. It's not the most aesthetically pleasing toy, and it's very generic. It's made of plastic which I was disappointed by as I like Kai's toys etc to be as natural as possible (eg wood or chemical free plastic) but I couldn't exactly take it off of him after he'd seen it and started playing with it.

        The pig has a compartment on the side which stores the coloured discs/coins. This part is see through so the baby can easily see the coloured coins inside. The coins are quite large so it'd be hard for a baby or toddler to choke on one but I would still recommend always supervising, and I wouldn't leave Kai alone with this particular toy due to the discs.

        The top of the piggy bank has a slot, which is a decent size so Kai doesn't struggle to get the disc aligned to the slot. He does obviously need a little help at times as he's only 13 months. The toy requires batteries, and ours came with the batteries already in it so we didn't need to set it up before Kai could play with it (which is a bonus).

        The toy has several features. It has 5 different songs which play when you press the pigs nose. Kai would press it over and over at first, then the novelty wore off. An odd sneeze would come out which he found hilarious too and I thought that was a nice touch rather than it being too repetitive.

        The songs are catchy, fun and clear to understand. Kai burbles along to the songs, and gets excited as each song plays, looking at me as if to say "listen mama!" The songs are very brief, but Kai doesn't mind this. Counting mode can be switched on or off via a switch, this basically counts the coins as the child puts them in. Kai doesn't like it, I think he finds it a bit loud and he's not at the learning to count stage yet anyway.

        The toy retails at about £16 and I'd happily have paid this had I bought it myself. The only disadvantage is that it's plastic, but this is only an issue to me because I'm a bit paranoid when it comes to chemicals etc in my Baby's toys. I'm unsure whether the toy is BPA free, but I am going to assume that it is.

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        19.02.2013 09:35
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        Nice well made toy

        This is quite a heavy and very robust toy which can make it a bit awkward for small hands to grapple with however my daughter has loved playing with it since last easter when she was given it as a present instead of getting a chocolate egg from her grandfather as we are trying to keep her away from sweets which is quite a struggle

        She loves the bright colours of this piggy bank which has a lovely smiley face on the front, it is a very jolly expression indeed with a large red nose, pink body and a red tail. The nose can be depressed with a relatively light touch, ideal for a youngster, and it emits four different sounds, an oink naturally enough as well as a sneeze, laugh and a song. The tail is also interactive as it can be spun around like the pig is very happy. The power source is provided by 3 AAA batteries and it does appear to be reasonably demanding on the batteries then again maybe that is just because my daughter played with it an awful lot when she first got it and the batteries did not seem to last that long. Usuing a better quality duracell battery has seen some improvement to the logevity of the battery life combined with the novelty wearing off a bit after a while.

        The pig comes with ten different coloured coins, in the learning mode then the pig counts as the coins are dropped in the slot so it is helpful when learning to count to ten. There is also a music mode which plays a few notes whenever a coin is dropped in the slot. The coins are different colours and have animal pictures on them which helps give it an extra educational dimension.

        The batteries are easy to insert and there is a volume control as well on the pigs belly as the limited melodies and song do get a bit repetitive on the ear. By daughter was aboy 15 months old when she got this and she found operating the nose and inserting the coins no problem at all. She seemed to pay little attention to the tail after a few initial turns.

        Ideally aimed at the 12-14 month age range, unfortunately as it was a gift I have no idea of cost but I would guess it is around the £10 price range. It is well made and a relatively safe toy however because of the coins you do need to supervise a child when they are playing with this.

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        06.02.2013 15:26
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        A lovely learning toy for little ones

        For my little girl's first birthday, amongst other things my husband and I chose her the Fisher Price Piggy Bank. She absolutely loves to count, loves coins (though obviously we can't give her real coins or play money as they get popped straight into the mouth!) and loves pigs, so this was ideal!

        We purchased the Fisher Price Piggy Bank for £16 on offer at Boots, and the average price seems to be £15 - £18 so that was very fair (and we got Advantage points!). It's still available in Boots, in Argos, all major toy shops and at online retailers including Amazon. The second hand price for it on eBay looks to be about £5 plus P&P but often these are missing a few coins, which can go astray!

        So, what do you get? You get the Piggy, which is already fitted with batteries, and you get 10 large plastic 'coins', two red, two yellow, two green, two blue and two orange.

        The Piggy is a nice vibrant but not neon pink colour and is styled in smooth plastic. It has a big red nose, little 'mound' of a tail with a curly effect etched into it, big happy eyes, a big red-rimmed coin slot in the top and a clear pull down door which is decorated with green numbers. This door opens up to the inside of the Piggy so you can take out the coins (or store them in there in between uses - all 10 fit in there at once.

        The Fisher Price Piggy Bank has a three way green switch on it's rear, counting mode, which counts the coins as you put them in, the middle is off mode, and then song mode, which sings catchy little ditties and plays tunes as you put the coins in. As you put the coins in a switch inside the slot is pressed and it counts up the coins you're putting in, brilliant for my daughter who at 22 months now still plays with it and counts to ten! We also use the coin colours to learn the colour names which is an added learning bonus.

        Not only does the Fisher Price Piggy Bank sing when you put coins in, it also sings when you press it's nose! (But not always - sometimes it sneezes and says 'atishoo! Excuse me!' which is so sweet and now when my daughter sneezes she says 'excooos meeee!'

        So, the songs, from memory (and you know you've heard them a lot...) we have..

        'Put some coins right in my slot, oink oink oink, hear them drop! Open up the doors and then, play again!'

        'Oh, I'm a piggy bank with some coins big and small, with lots of colours you can learn them all, we have red and yellow we have orange and blue, what's your favourite colour, we have green ones too! Let's count the coins, from one to ten, when we're all done, we'll count them again! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7...8 9 10!'

        They're very catchy, sung in a British English accent by a female voice (same as the voice of the Piggy) and not annoying at all (and trust me, some songs are SO annoying on some toys!!)

        I think the Fisher Price Piggy Bank is a great little toy - my daughter has played with hers lots and it's been a great way of learning colours and numbers with her. I prefer learning type toys, and the Fisher Price Piggy Bank is part of the Fisher Price 'Laugh and Learn' range. For the money and the entertainment value along with the learning potential, I think the Fisher Price Piggy Bank is a great gift for any 1 - 2 year old.

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        31.12.2012 00:44
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        very cute, lovely toy, solid

        Daughter 18 months had this for christmas and has enjoyed it so far.

        Press the nose for songs/sayings. Very solid as daughter very rough and has launched it across the room a few times. Side flap opening to empty the coins. Coins have different animals etc on them, different sizes and colours. 2 different settings. Two different volume control (on bottom of pig) but even the loudest isnt that loud, only problem i find with it so far. Very cute, I love it, plastic and solid. Noises when put coins in as if you are putting real money in. "clink clink"

        personally I can't see the interest for children of ages 6 months or as old as up to 3 years. I'd say ideal age would be 12 months to maybe approx 2 years but that is just going by my daughter and her toys and each child is different

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        18.11.2012 21:10
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        5 stars

        Despite my daughter being 4 and a half, one of her favourite toys for the last few years has been her Fisher Price Piggy Bank. Aimed at toddlers, I'm not sure why she has taken to this toy in the way she did, but she became almost inseparable with it. I gave it away last week to a friend with much younger children, after she came round to our house, noticed the piggy bank on the floor and said 'oh are you having a sort out of all your old toys?' embarrassing! I didn't dare tell her, that actually she plays with it every day all the time! I wasn't too concerned about the age range as recently I have been using the large coins to do basic adding and subtraction with my daughter who is in reception, and this has made it much more fun!

        I'm not quite sure where this particular toy came from, as I certainly didn't buy it, but they sell for around £10 online, with the RRP being £16. I have seen these a few times at car boot sales so there must be tonnes of them around! The toy is an extremely cute pink piggy with a see through hinged door on his side which opens up to release the large and colourful coins that can be deposited through the usual piggy bank slot on the top. From the Laugh and Learn range, it sings away happily to itself and comes with 10 very bright and colourful coins which are extremely oversized and perfect for the younger age range (for ages 6 months to 36 months), with no worries of being put in mouths etc. There is also a volume control which is always extremely important to know as a parent!

        The piggy bank while at first a seemingly basic toy, it is quite versatile as it can be used for many different uses. As we have had it for a few years, I have played many different games with my daughter with the piggy bank. When she first started playing with it, we focused on learning the colours of the coins and fine motor skills by placing the coins in the slot. While the piggy counts and sings, it also teaches about animals and the sounds they make, as well as comparing big and small. We have played along to the tune of the piggy bank (which becomes a little annoying after a while) and we in more recent months have been adding and taking away by starting with ten coins and asking her to work out how many she has if I deposit 5 in the piggy bank, etc. This has helped us work alongside things she is learning at school, but by doing so with her own toys from home, she perhaps hasn't realised that she is actually learning.

        The piggy's nose can be pressed to change the mode that the piggy is on, one being numbers and the second songs. It is well made and I would say one of the most played toys she has owned and still looks as good as new. I thought that we may have lost some of the coins by now, but this hasn't been the case (perhaps has had something to do with the size of them!).

        Does require 3 x AAA batteries so do make sure you have some before buying this!

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          17.11.2012 16:26
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          This is a fun toy but dangerously heavy

          WHAT IS IT?

          A toy for babies and toddlers that is shaped like a pig. It plays musical tunes and can help you teach your child about learning and counting.

          HOW DO YOU USE IT?

          Push one of the ten large plastic coins through the slot on the pigs back. You can set the pig to either count the coins or play a short tune after each one has been pushed through. When you have used all the coins you open the large flap on the side of the pig and take them out again. You can also press the pigs nose in to get it to play music.

          WHAT I THINK

          I bought this Fisher Price Piggy Bank for my daughter who is now 6 and I have today taken it out of the cupboard for my baby daughter who is 5 months. It is still in good clean condition and the batteries still work. I do not like the voice of the pig very much because it is very American but it is a happy voice that young children like because of how bright and cheerful the female voice is. It sings in the same bright voice and even though I think the tunes and short songs are not very good they are appealing to children and my daughter sings along every time she hears them.

          The coins are decorated with animals so that's another thing that might help your child's development because you can use them to teach them about animal names. The coins also have different textures on them so they are fun for small children to hold, there are two sizes of coins and they were good for teaching my daughter the difference between big and small things. The counting part is the best I think because it is so clear that children will automatically want to copy the pigs voice and I do think this helped my daughter learn to count a lot earlier than I thought she would.

          The pig is very heavy and if you drop it on your foot it can cause some damage as I learnt this morning when I knocked it off the coffee table onto my toe. I do not know why they have had to make it so heavy but that means it is very stable when it is standing up. It is for children aged over 1 year and young children can use this toy on their own easily because the switch sticks up and moves smoothly, the coins are also very easy to push through the slot in the pig.

          4 Dooyoo Stars.

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            11.11.2012 11:18
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            A great coin-posting toy

            "WOOOOOOOAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!! I'm a Piggy Bank, with some coins big and small. In lots of colours, you can learn them all! We've got red and yellow, we've got orange and blue, what's your favourite colour? Here's some green ones too! Let's count the coins! From one to ten! When we're all done, we'll count them again! One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, [dooby, dooby, dooby, dooby] eight, nine, ten!"

            This catchy jingle, is just one of three sung by the Fisher Price Piggy Bank each of which neatly summarises aspects of its entertainment value. A second jingle really hammers matters home: "I am a Piggy Bank, I have a Piggy snout, You can put coins in my slot, and you can take them out. The coins go in the top. Can you hear them drop? Come on and open up the door so we can play some more."

            There is an 'off' button, and a volume control... but actually I have grown fond of this sturdy plastic pig, with his twisty tail and protruding snout, and I like to belt out the songs at full pelt. You press the snout to get her to sing/sneeze/apologise/oink/giggle/snort, though I must confess that Baby CrazyEgg does not really do this, even though she enjoys the sounds and songs too. It occurs to me as I write that the Peek-a-shoe Octopus we also have, shouts out "Press the music button to hear a song!" and then Baby presses it, so clearly the fault here is with the design and I shall have to write to Fisher Price urging that they add a similar feature to the Piggy Bank. Meanwhile I shall start impersonating Piggy's voice and urge Baby to "Press my snout to hear a song!" She'll soon twig I'm sure.

            Ten plastic coins are included with the Piggy Bank, consisting of five large and five smaller coins. They are red, yellow, green, blue and orange as the Piggy's song states. They are too big to swallow, they are apparently good to chew, though this applies to many things. Each coin is decorated with an animal head on one side, and the same animal's bottom on the other, with the animal looking round cheekily: a sheep, cow, dog, duck, rabbit are depicted. Rather oddly, most of them have four eyes. I cannot fathom why, but I think we can all safely dismiss Mr CrazyEgg's suggestion that these are in fact 'horns'. Because the animal heads and bottoms are shown in relief they could also be used to make imprints in play-doh.

            Helpfully the bigger coins depict an adult animal, the smaller coin in the same colour depicts the baby. Well... mostly anyway. For red, we have a cow and calf; blue, a duck and duckling; yellow, all good, both rabbits; orange: adult sheep, baby...puppy; green ... possible adult dog, baby... lamb. They've got them mixed up at the expense of hours of taxonomic and biological confusion. Perhaps this is why this model ended up in TK Max at £12.99.

            Baby CrazyEgg has had this Piggy Bank since she was 14months (11 months corrected) and now she is 17months (14 months). She is very small for her age, and her development is mixed in that her fine motor skills are very good, but her gross motor skills are a bit delayed. Because she mastered the Peek-a-shoe Octopus, where you put balls down chutes pretty quickly, we thought the Piggy Bank would be a good progression: it's the same concept, it's just you have to turn the coin to fit the slot. Despite many demonstrations Baby CrazyEgg prefers to simply slap the coin on top of the Piggy and point at Mum or Dad. We line it up. Then she taps it in. "Dop! Dop! Dop!" she says, and the Piggy counts or plays a tune depending on whether it is set to learning or music mode. The Fisher Price Piggy Bank states that it is suitable from 6 months, and this probably is about right in that at this stage many babies will be challenged by the concept of posting and can use the Piggy Bank and coins to learn this skill over the course of many months. For Baby CrazyEgg, a coin poised to drop is very enticing and she will crawl the length of the room to get to it and push it in. If your six month old can post the coins themselves, they are a genius.

            Although Baby CrazyEgg cannot yet post the coins herself, this is still a toy that she will play with by herself. She enjoys opening the door and taking the coins in and out the easy way. The door is opened and closed quite roughly, but is clearly designed to withstand a typical baby onslaught. It is fair to say though that Baby CrazyEgg is smaller than most and one of the things she likes best about the Piggy Bank lies on the underside of the pig.

            Fisher Price always have safety in mind, but it is worth noting two potential hazards if your baby is small. Baby CrazyEgg is 14 months corrected, but still in 6-9 month clothes. The Piggy Bank is made up of two plastic halves that are screwed tightly together. The screws are well hidden at the bottom of narrow shafts in the piggy's trotters- they are big enough just for a screwdriver. However, they are also the right size for Baby CrazyEgg's fingers. When she pokes them in they can get stuck. Combine this with the heavy weight of the Piggy Bank and there is a nasty finger breaking incident potential.

            Overall, this is a great toy, which Baby and I can recommend.

            12/11 ...Breaking news: Baby CrazyEgg has got a coin in by herself!!

            © CrazyEgg 2012

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          • Product Details

            At a Glance This cute piggy bank featuring five songs includes ten colourful coins Features and benefits for Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Piggy Bank This cute piggy bank featuring five songs includes ten colourful coins.With two modes of play - learning and music - it teaches counting, animals, colours and sizes.