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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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After some quick-and-easy adult assembly (you'll need a Philips screwdriver) and battery insertion (you'll need three AAA batteries and three C batteries), we found it easy to start playing right away. Just plug the included receiver into your television, VCR, or DVD player's audio/video input jacks, and the game introductory screen will appear on the TV. Using wireless technology, the pony's motions control the video games. Your child can bounce and spin while riding the pony to interact with the "learning sites," or games, that she chooses to play.
We found the wireless technology very convenient: we could put the pony anywhere from 3 to 15 feet from the receiver. That said, we discovered that, as recommended, the pony should be positioned on a carpeted surface, since it slides relatively easily on hardwood floors or other smooth flooring material.
Games That Grow With Your Child
The educational games feature simple, colorful animation that's easy for a small child to relate to, as well as perky, bright background music and fun sing-along songs. (Adult caregivers will appreciate that the potentially relentless background music can be shut off during play.) The child causes the animated features to react by bouncing on the pony and turning the drum on the pony's handle.
Level 1 teaches the youngest toddler about action and reaction. For example, in level 1 of the "Colorful Home" game, a puppy appears on the screen and simply makes motions whenever the pony bounces.
Level 2 introduces letters, shapes, numbers, and colors. For example, in level 2 of the A to Z Zoo, each letter of the alphabet appears as the pony bounces, with the onscreen voice naming the letter.
Level 3 allows children to "count along," and works with ideas like opposites and spelling. In level 3 of the Count & Grow Farm, for example, the child makes an animal jump over consecutively numbered hurdles and is encouraged to count along with the game. Spinning the drum on the pony's handle creates additional effects, such as playing new songs or changing the weather in the scene.
Stand Alone Mode
The child can change the game herself with arrow buttons on the pony's handle. If the child stops bouncing, after a short period a pony appears on the screen reminds the child to bounce and get the game going again. It will go into "sleep mode" after three minutes to preserve battery life. Just turn the drum or bounce the pony to start it up again.
Smaller children will especially like that the pony can be played with by itself without the video games. Change the pony's switch to "stand alone mode," and the pony will play its own music while the child bounces and spins. In fact, in our estimation the stationary mode is best for the youngest toddler -- and only with lots of adult help.
While our 22-month-old child tester found it very easy to mount, dismount, and ride the pony, most 12-month old children will not be able to balance safely on it, let alone bounce and spin independently, unless they have prodigy-like athletic abilities.
What's in the Box
Smart Bounce & Spin Pony with base and handlebar; receiver
Bought this for my daughter when she was one. She loved it! She was too tiny to really ride it for awhile but she loved havin me bounce her on it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kori Ambrose
We purchased for our grand daughter for Christmas. Have not yet opened this toy. Can't rate other than to say it seems to be great.Published 8 months ago by Granna
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Bounce & Spin Pony
We just purchased this for my 22 month old son and he absolutely loves it! Read more
By the time my kids were old enough to figure this out, they had lost interest in it. It is fun to bounce on though.Published 16 months ago by Margaret Demars
My son is 2.4 years old and he loves this pony! I bought it used off local sellers as I did not want to pay full price for an item my son won't be using for too much longer as he's... Read morePublished on January 7, 2012 by HoHMommy
Grandma bought this for our first son, but we've never hooked it up to the TV, just used it on it's own.
The cons: I think it's a bit pricey for what it does. Read more
i purchased this toy for my 1 year old son and about 2 weeks into the toy the sensors don't work anymore. Fisher Price please create a more durable toy for my son to enjoy.Published on April 14, 2011 by Cory
I think my daughter rides this as often without the tv on as she does with. The gallop is really all she needs to have fun! Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by mmmyrra