Monday, January 5, 2015

Toy Review: Great Gift for a Grandchild

I recently had the opportunity to visit my grandson. I am a long-distance Gramma, so this visit was long-awaited and much anticipated. He is already 19 months old and I haven't visited since he was a couple of months old.  

While there, I was able to see what toys he enjoyed most and what toys he already had before I went to the store to add to his toy collection.  I bought several things for  him and he seemed to enjoy everything I gave him.  But there was one toy that seemed to stand out as something he enjoyed more than the others. I have to say that I was surprised that of the things I bought for him, this little Laugh & Learn Sing-with-Me CD Player seemed to be his favorite.

Because it is made by Fisher Price, I expected it to be of good quality.  It is.  I didn't fear that anything would break while he played with it.  I suppose the "CD" door could pop off if pulled with enough force, but it didn't seem at all fragile while he played.

Laugh & Learn Sing-with-Me CD Player photo by Amazon
It is important to know that the name of this toy is slightly misleading. It does not play CDs.  The discs have titles of those sing-along songs that many of us learned as children.  The discs are for the child to insert in the slot at the top or to open the door and place them inside.

When the door opens, there's a little voice that says, "ooooopppeeeenn". She also announces when the door is closed.  He enjoyed triggering that voice.  The voice made me smile.  

The buttons, when pushed, light up and trigger music to play.  I sang along with the ABCs, 1 - 2 Buckle My Shoe, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and more. Oh how he giggled with I sang Itsy-Bitsy Spider complete with the hand motions. 

This toy is clearly good for helping to develop his motor skills.  The handle is the right size for his little hands, and he enjoyed carrying it around. He enjoyed learning how to put the discs into the slot and into the door as well as learning to push the buttons on his own.  Putting the discs into the slot took some time and concentration. But for some reason, he stuck with it and enjoyed doing it.

If you are looking for a gift for a baby shower, your child, or your grandchild, I highly recommend this Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Sing-with-Me CD Player. 

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  1. Fisher Price is a reliable good brand!
    Feel free to share this, or any other reviews in my weekly review linky that I post on Sunday's.

    1. Thank you, Marsha, I will do that. I love Fisher Price.

  2. Dawn, I have a step-grandchildren and this gift sounds like a great choice when the time comes for gift giving, I'll keep it in mind

  3. An excellent toy review! Sounds like a great gift for a toddler. Of course, since it is music related, I would personally opt for it over other toys for gifts.

    1. Mouse, yes, I like music related toys. I was so surprised to find a toy that still had "itsy bitsy spider" as a song.

  4. I've bought -- and given -- many Fisher Price toys over the years (first my children, now my 5 grandsons) and have always trusted Fisher Price for a quality toy. This CD player with children's songs looks like a really fun toy, although I have been begged by the parents of my grandchildren to 'please' not get another 'noisy' toy...LOL. But that's what the children like - talking toys and toys with sound.

    1. Elf, the good news is that this has two volume choices. I didn't realize that as we were playing. But the video review on the amazon page shows that! Maybe you could squeak by on the excuse that it has volume control! :)

  5. Fisher Price toys were always my favorite brand to buy for my son, 40+ years ago! It sounds as though you had as much fun with Laugh & Learn as your grandson did, as it should be.


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