Review – Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Love to Play Puppy
My daughter, Alexandra (aka – Alex, Alley Cat, Buttercup or Boop Boop), is about two and a half years old. She’s getting to the point now where she is picking up EVERYTHING that she hears (yes, Mommy has to be VERY careful) and her memory is continuously getting stronger and stronger. She truly amazes me on a daily basis with the way she dances, plays air guitar, talks to her baby dolls when she thinks nobody is watching or just simply by the things that come out of her mouth. I told her one day last week that her face was dirty. She looked at me and said, “Then wash it Mom”. I had no idea what to say because she had never spoken to me with that princess-like attitude before that moment, so I ended up just laughing. In retrospect, it probably was not the best course of action at the time, but it really was very cute.
I absolutely LOVE to watch Alex play with a new toy. I can see in her face how her mind is racing, trying to answer a thousand questions at once: What does it feel like? Does it move? How does it move? Does it make any sound? What does it sound like? Is it an animal? What kind of animal is it? What can I do with it? And so on, and so on… It’s
just such a great pleasure as a mom to see pure happiness, joy, excitement and wonder in your child’s eyes. I can honestly say that holidays and birthdays are very satisfying times for me because I thoroughly enjoy watching my children. There’s truly nothing quite like it.
So every year, I’m asked the same question by several different people: “What should I get Alex for Christmas?” or “What should I get Alex for her birthday?” My answer is ALWAYS the same: EDUCATIONAL TOYS! I’ve bought her stuffed animals, but she rarely touches them. I’ve bought her baby dolls, but they only keep her attention for a short while. Educational toys usually have buttons or make noises. They keep her attention for hours while she learns. So if any of my friends or family are reading this, I’ve answered your question and you do not need to ask me this year 🙂
When Alex was just a year old, I had bought her some educational toys for Christmas. They were a bit old for her age at the time and ended up in the closet for quite a while. One of those toys ended up being one of her absolute favorites: The Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Love to Play Puppy. This puppy is adorable. It’s a soft plush puppy with a light-colored spot around its left eye, blue ears and is wearing a purple shirt with different colored letters on it. I think this one is more likely the boys’ version because they do have a Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Love To Play Puppy-Pink pink puppy as well, but the store (at the time) did not carry the pink one. I would assume that aside from the colors, these toys are exactly the same and operate in an identical fashion.
There are several buttons to press and/or squeeze:
- Left Foot: The puppy’s left foot is orange. Squeezing it allows you to turn it on or off and to switch between the learning mode and music mode.
- Right Foot: The puppy’s right foot is yellow and on it is the word “FOOT”. When pressed while in learning mode, it says the word/phrase “foot” and “yellow foot” accompanied by some fun sounds. When pressed in music/game mode, is says things like “Got my toes!” and “That tickles!” and a rhyme, “This Little Puppy” (Similar to This little Piggy).
- Left Hand: The left is green and on it is the word “HAND”. When pressed while in learning mode, it says the word/phrase “hand” and “green hand” accompanied by some fun sounds. When pressed in music/game mode, it sings “Pat-A-Cake” and says “Soooo Big!” or makes some fun sounds.
- Right Hand: The right hand is red with a music note. When pressed in learning mode, it sings the complete alphabet, a song about colors, a song about counting numbers or a song about body parts. When pressed in music/game mode, it sings head, shoulders, knees and toes, or says phrases like “Hug me!” or “You’re my friend!” or “I love you!”
- Right Ear: The ears are blue and on the right ear is the word “EAR”. When pressed in learning mode it says the word/phrase “ear” and “blue ear” accompanied by some fun sounds. When pressed in music/game mode, it sings “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” or makes some really cute barking noises.
- Tummy: The word “TUMMY” is printed across the puppy’s belly. When pressed in learning mode, it says “tummy” and “You’re fun!” and “That tickles!” along with some fun sounds. When pressed in music/game mode, it sings “If You’re Happy And You Know It” or says “That tickles!” and “Hooray!”
- Heart: : On the puppy’s chest is a red heart/button that lights up every time it talks or sings or makes fun noises. When pressed in learning mode, it says “heart” and “red heart” and “I love you” along with some fun sounds. When pressed in music/game mode, it sings a song about how much he/she loves you and says thinks like “You’re wonderful!” and “Can you give me a hug?” and “You’re my friend!”
- Idle: After about 10 seconds and again at about 20 seconds without being touched, the puppy will say something like “Hug me!” or “I’m your friend”. After another minute or two sitting idle, it will automatically say “Bye-Bye!” and then shut off.
Alexandra adores her Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Love to Play Puppy and carries it around with her all the time! She is counting to five and can get up to the letter D in the alphabet. She tries to sing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider*” and “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” with me. I think that her “puppy friend” (as she calls him) has taught her quite a bit and I highly recommend this toy to any toddler.