Product Type: Fisher Price toys
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Laugh n learn piggy bank
Fisher Price Piggy Bank
Member Name: CosmicLove
Fisher Price Piggy Bank
Advantages: Sings, has several features
Disadvantages: Not many
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.
Summary: Good toy