Fisher-Price Discover ‘n’ Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym
The Fisher-Price Piano Gym entertains your baby while helping him develop, grow and learn. There are different activities for babies of different ages so it can be altered as your baby grows, up to about 18 months.
There’s plenty to do and play with, but does it live up to parents’ expectations? Let’s find out.
Fisher-Price Piano Gym Features
* Helps strengthen motor skills (legs and arms)
* Helps develop hand-eye coordination in older babies
* Responds to baby’s actions with lights and music
* Batteries included
* Age 0-18 months
Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym Review
The Kick and Play Piano Gym from Fisher-Price is a high quality educational and development toy that can stimulate a baby’s senses and encourage visual and muscular development in the arms and legs.
Young babies will reach out for the hanging toys with their arms and kick at the piano with their feet. Older babies can sit at the piano and hit the big baby-sized keys. Either way, it encourages babies to develop independent play.
It’s a great way to entertain them while you do something else – although of course you should always be watching them.
As you would expect from Fisher-Price the mat and toys are well designed with muted but attractive colors and simple patterns that encourage sight development and hand-eye coordination. The piano plays musical notes and short tunes that are designed to encourage the baby to kick more and develop coordination of the legs. The tunes are not too loud or long, so it’s not annoying for parents.
Different Activities for Different Ages
You can adjust the toy as your baby grows and develops. This is how it manages to keep being fun for such a wide age range.
As you can see from the pictures, young babies will mostly lie on their backs and reach for the toys hanging from the arch. They can also see themselves in the mirror. However, the arch can be repositioned for tummy time play.
As babies begin to roll and move about on the mat, you’ll need to take care they don’t hit their heads on the bases of the arch. Some parents in reviews felt it was necessary to cover the arch bases with bubble wrap or similar for protection at that stage. You might also want to reposition the mirror so that your baby can still see him/herself in it.
For babies who can sit up, you’ll take away the arch and change the position of the piano so they can sit to play with it. At this point it changes from a gym to a musical toy. This means it can go on entertaining your child longer than something that is only designed for little babies.
The Fisher-Price Piano gym can be relied on to provide from 30 to 60 minutes of continuous play for your baby at each session. That’s as long as most babies will concentrate on anything. It’s a great toy for encouraging baby’s development in many different ways, and good value for the price that you pay. We give it 5 stars.
Published April 23rd, 2013