Detailed ReviewManufacturer's Description
Arched playset surrounds children in interactive sounds and lights. The top of the arch has five areas, each with its own color and set of sounds. (Fisher Price calls these areas “blocks,” so we will, too.) Volume can be adjusted to either low or high. A switch on the underside of the arch changes the playset’s mode, with each mode changing the sounds available for each light-up block.
Piano Play- Each block will make a different piano note and light up when touched, followed by a short song.
Dance Party- This mode plays rhythmic, beat-heavy music with occasional spoken phrase such as “Let’s dance!” Touching another block will add sound effects, more phrases, and start a light-show.
Learning and Games- The playset will ask questions like “Where is the color blue?” or “Can you touch the number 4?” Responding by touching the correct area, children are rewarded with a short tune and “Great job!” or other similarly supportive phrases. Games cannot be chosen. Children must start a ‘game’ by waiting for the playset to ask a question.
Claiming this toy will help teach children their colors, numbers, and ABC’s, we feel this is an overreach on the part of the manufacturer. Cause-and-Effect may be developed by the lights and sounds responding to touch, but a child who is still learning how to stand up and walk is too young to learn the alphabet. Additionally, we do not expect toddlers to be so thoroughly engaged with this toy that they will have their language skills challenged and improved.
Aside from the three play modes, both the inside and outside of the playset have assorted non-electronic, moving parts. The spinning sphere sounds like a rattle, a dial clicks as it turns, and a hole in the archway’s right leg sends balls down a short slide. Three plastic balls are included in the set.
The playset requires 4 C Batteries, which are not included.
A Phillips screwdriver is required for assembly.
Dimensions: 30 X 6.5 X 16 inches
Children can interact with any of the three play modes or play with the accessories on the arch’s legs.
With mostly positive feedback, this toy seems to hold children’s attention in bursts of time, usually less than an hour with each play.
Children are able to sit or stand while using this toy, as they can reach the interactive blocks and most of the side accessories from either position. The ball slide seems to be quite entertaining for children under 6 months, with their interest gravitating towards the blocks around or after that age.
The ball slide deserves a bit of praise, and we are impressed with the thought Fisher Price put into it. There is a small lip at the slide’s end which slows down the balls as they come out. This means the balls don’t roll as far once off the slide, thus decreasing the amount of time spent chasing down and finding them once they have gone out of baby’s reach.
A storing place for the balls is nonexistent, though, so keeping track of them may be a hassle.
The music and sounds aren’t as repetitive or frightfully obnoxious as they can sometimes be with children’s musical toys. Though we will note that the playset’s voice is clearly noticeable over the music. Not quite shrill, just very, very noticeable. (The above videos feature the voice speaking a few phrases, so please, check it out.)
Babies who are unable to stand may prefer Mode 1 which encourages them to raise their arms in order to activate the blocks. Older babies and toddlers may prefer Mode 2 since it plays fun music, letting them add sound effects when they activate the blocks. Mode 3 is advertised as having games that help children identity their numbers and colors, though we still believe that interactions with older children and adults is the best way for children to learn about their world.
Able to hold the weight of a small child (even when they stand on it), the playset’s stability allows babies to practice pulling themselves into a standing position. This action helps babies learn the gross motor and balance skills needed for standing and walking.
We have noted a number of users who report the playset toppling or breaking apart as their baby tried to pull themselves up by it. We do not know if this is an issue with the included screws being improperly threaded, or the playset being assembled incorrectly. We highly recommend putting the playset together upon purchasing and leaning on it, just to be sure it will hold up.
Of course, what lets the playset be this stable is its wide size. Reaching 2 ½ feet across, this toy may not be best for small spaces. The toy can be disassembled in order for storing, though since it takes most users around 20-35 minutes to assemble the first time, we can’t imagine many people would want to do this a second time.
Assembly has frustrated many users. Here is a video, created by Fisher Price, demonstrating all the steps needed to put the toy together.
- Wipe down with a damp cloth
Parts and Pieces
Replacement parts can be purchased from Fisher-Price’s website.
While most users report being rather satisfied with this product, we have received enough feedback regarding construction quality to make us take note. We recommend assembling the product upon purchase or arrival, just to make sure the sounds and lights work, as well as ensuring there is no question of construction stability. As with most purchases, please check the return policy before purchasing, just in case.
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