Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide: Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Dance & Play Puppy Review

Let your children dance and play games with their favorite new playmate, Dance and Play Puppy from Fisher-Price's Laugh and Learn toys. Dance and Play Puppy guides children through their first experiences with motions and games while simultaneously teaching them how to count and how to recognize the alphabet.

As a mom and a teacher I can totally appreciate this toy! This puppy talks, sings, and dances with a simple push of a button. There are two buttons (one on each foot). One foot is the "ABC" mode and the other foot is the "Let's Play" mode. The ABC mode is all about learning in a fun way with the alphabet, numbers, and giving simple directions that your child can follow (like "reach up high"). The Let's Play mode is full of fun songs that your child and their puppy can dance and sing along to.  It has easy steps, like clap your hands, so your child can participate with their puppy.

I think this is an incredibly engaging toy that has enough features to keep the interactions fresh and exciting. The puppy has a cute voice that is not intimidating, and it is also designed with bight colors and fun shapes - making him very approachable (since he is kinda big in size). 

I love that this toy offers a variety of songs, phrases, and activities. Some were new to me, but many were familiar (like Patty Cake). I also really like the fact that encourages movement and gets your child moving right along with him. And if your child stops playing he offers a prompt (such as, "Hey, do you want to play?") offering them the opportunity to continue engaging or signal that they are done.

The puppy has a volume setting on the bottom of one of his feet. It allows you to pick one of two settings. I have to say, my only concern with this toy is that the motor is very loud. When we had it on the lower setting and we were interacting with him, it would become difficult to hear him when he was making a lot of movements and the motor was going a lot. When we switched it to the louder setting it felt like the singing was too loud, but once we were interacting and moving around it didn't bother me as much. 

Over all, I would definitely recommend this toy for young children. It is geared for children ages 6-36 months, so it's a toy that they won't grow out of quickly. And even some older kids would probably enjoy it because of how interactive it is, and how familiar the language is.  Check it out! I am sure your little ones would love to get the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Dance & Play Puppy this Holiday season!

I received this product free of charge for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.