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Every time you flip on the TV or open a magazine, you are bombarded by photos and ads about the newest toys that have just hit the market. These toys may capture your child’s attention for hours on end, or they may be played with for a brief period and quickly tossed aside. Toy manufactures continue to search for the ‘next best toy’ that will hit the market and spread like wild fire. Although many have good intentions, only a few good toys are able to withstand the test of time.
When my husband and I had children, we could not wait to for them to sit up and begin the playing phase of babyhood. We wanted to experience the newness and joy that a baby experiences the first time they hold a toy in their hand. My husband, in particular, couldn’t wait to share some of his favourite toys with them. You may think that it was a baseball glove or a wooden train, but in my husband’s case it was his Fisher-Price toys.
My husband grew up in a working family of 6. There wasn’t a lot of money to go around, so when his parents bought toys for the kids, they searched for quality toys that would not only engage the child’s imagination and sense of play, but also stand the test of time. One of my husband’s favourite childhood toys is his Fisher-Price Little People. Being the youngest child in the family and the second youngest cousin, most of his toys were used by other family members before he got a chance to play with them. He remembers the fun he had during family dinners at his Oma’s house, playing with the Little People over and over again. He and his twin brother would spend hours on end, creating new adventures for their Little People in the Little People garage and farm. It is a memory he keeps alive today by crawling around the floor with our three kids and playing with the time tested Little People products!
When I was a toddler, my favourite toy was the classic Fisher-Price phone (you know, the bad guy in Toy Story 3?). I would spend hours pretending to have conversations on my phone. Although nobody was on the other line, I would create stories and adventures and amuse myself for hours. I also loved pulling the phone around my living room, giggling as the eyes bobble up and down. It’s a memory my mom loves to share with me.
When we began searching for toys for our oldest son, we looked for toys that could be passed down through our future children and hopefully one day to our grandchildren as well. It wasn’t a big surprise that the first brand we looked into was Fisher-Price. Along with the fantastic oldies (but goodies) that Fisher-Price has to offer, they have recently released a new line that is sure to bring about the same joy and quality that you have expected from them in the past.
My DD2 just recently began preschool and it has been commented on several times by her teachers that her speech is a little delayed. She knows what she wants to say but in many cases it comes out in a mumble jumble format that nobody understands. We were encouraged to provide her with toys that would teach her words and songs that could help increase her vocabulary. When we saw the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Singin’ Storytime Puppy, the hot brand new baby learning toy from the Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn line, we knew she would love it. With playful stories & songs, big arm motion, head nods and rocking action, the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Singin’ Storytime Puppy is sure to delight every child’s senses. Armed with two levels of play, this pup has expanded our DD2’s vocabulary by singing songs and telling stories about ABCs, numbers, colors, and greetings! The interactive book and light-up book worm encourages your child to interact and engage with the puppy to learn more.
DD2 took to the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Singin’ Storytime Puppy right away. She loved discovering that if she pressed his left foot he would sing her songs and rock about, where as if she pressed his right foot he would tell her a story. She responded well to the puppy and engaged in the different activities he offers like I spy and the guessing game. She loved pushing him over and watching him pop back up laughing with glee. The repetitive nature of the puppy and the everyday language that he uses, allows DD2 to be subjected to the type of learning that she needs to improve her vocabulary. Since it’s done in a fun, interactive way, she is progressing at great rates.