When you have a second (or third, fourth, fifth...) baby, they rarely get anything new. Clothes, books and toys are mostly hand me downs from their older sibling, especially if like me you have two siblings of the same sex. I was very excited for Lucy when the Fisher-Price® Stand Up Ballcano™ arrived on our door step - something special and brand new, just for her.
With her ever watchful and protective pooch observing in the background, Lucy had a brilliant time playing with it. It took me a little bit of time to set up, but being a pretty handy DIYer, a Philips head screwdriver and 3 x AA batteries sorted it out pretty quickly. Lucy was super keen to get her hands on it - there may have been some huge excitment followed by an impatient tantrum after the Fisher-Price® Stand Up Ballcano™ arrived!
Open it NOW Mummy!
Once it was set up, I sat back and watched. Lucy is 18 months old now so she is at a stage where developments are happening everyday and she picks up new things constantly. I wondered how long it would take her to work out how to use it.
The Fisher-Price® Stand Up Ballcano™ is designed for the child to fill up the centre with colourful balls. The child then activates the centre console using the roller ball or character on the side, causing a huge eruption. The balls spill down the side legs of the toy and the lights and music accompanying the eruption cause much excitement and encourage the baby to continue filling the centre and activating the eruption.
She quickly worked out how to activate the music by moving the little character tab on the side. Lots of dancing and clapping happened, then she spied the roller toy on top. She pushed it and WHAM! Ball eruption! Cue lots of squealing, clapping and hysterical laughter. It was hilarious to watch!
Once she realised she could make the balls erupt, she was addicted! It was really interesting to observe her chase the balls and pick them up to start the eruption process all over again. It is a great toy for hand eye coordination and ball handling skills. Lucy is already a confident walker, but for smaller babies who are pulling themselves up and learning to stand, this would be a brilliant choice.
With perfect timing for Christmas, one of my lovely readers will win a Fisher-Price® Stand Up Ballcano™! Just leave a comment telling me why the little person in your life would love one and I'll choose a winner. Be creative with your answer! You must be an Australian resident to enter, and make sure you leave your email details so I can contact the winner. The competition closes on 16/12/12 at 8pm AEST. Check out the full terms & conditions here. Competition now closed.