There’s nothing quite like watching children learn. The wide smiles, loud squeals and dilated eyes as their new toy does something fantastic make you want to record hours and hours of video. Fisher-Price® has always been a top pick in Mom’s bag of tricks and two new toys that UrbanMommies was asked to test are sure to be winners for families everywhere.
Little People® Wheelies™ Loops ’n Swoops Amusement Park™ is so tall (over two feet, in fact) that you can stand up and play from both sides. Because toddlers can use it alone or with a friend, it is perfect for the stage of development when kids are moving from solo to parallel play.
As a mom who owns very few tools (can I use a tap shoe as a hammer?), what tends to resonate with any new toy is the ease of assembly. Needing only six screws and one screwdriver, I felt like a building rock star. My kids eyed the enclosed stickers with excitement and we played a shape game as they instructed me where to place the decals. I was overjoyed watching them study a photo of the finished product on the box while their spatial recognition kicked in and they guided me through the assembly.
Once the final flags were placed in the amusement park (they were chomping at the bit to play) the two enclosed ‘wheelies’ started dipping and swooping down two roller coaster ramps and around the gravity-defying loop the loop. A great teachable moment happened when the boys asked why the wheelie didn’t fall when it was upside down.
If your little ones are learning individuation and suffering from separation anxiety, this exciting Little People® Wheelies™ Loops ’n Swoops Amusement Park™ demonstrates that what goes away will re-appear. It encourages social interaction and is pretty fun for parents, too. OK. I admit that I took the first turn. Woosh!
Our next test toy was the Stand-Up Ballcano™ that catches balls at its base while encouraging standing. Baby can fill the centre with the six colourful balls and activate an ‘eruption’ that spills the balls all down the three legs of play.
The colours and obstacles help define the world around the kids and the sounds that are created when they place the balls in different spots encourage hand/eye co-ordination. Music and lights inspire the child to do it over and over again. “Do ‘Gain!” was the comment that I heard most from my little testers.
It was like a mini Physics 101 class. If the ball gets sent down this ramp, X occurs. If you choose a different ramp, other effects are produced. The only drawback? They are so excited about volcanos now that pretty soon I may have to go find a chemistry set.
We know moms and kids are learning every day, and Fisher-Price® is here to help in a joyful manner…from innovative solutions that make parents’ lives easier to toys that help kids learn and grow through play. It’s what we call the Joy of Learning. Discover more at fisher-price.ca.
Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Fisher-Price® via Glam Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Fisher-Price®.