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Playskool Busy Poppin' Pals
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2013
I bought this for my almost 1 year old daughter. However, she hasn't quite got a handle on how to make the animals pop up. However, surprisingly, my 3 year old really enjoys this toy. The best part is that he is so proud of himself while he tells me how to operate each one to get the animals to pop up.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
there are a few things that were recommended in a well known child development book we're reading. they all have what he calls excellent "play value". that means your child is engaged and will return again and again to the toy.

this poppin' pals box is actually mentioned by name. however the author goes on to say the levers and buttons must be hair trigger and easy to operate. at the time of the books writing maybe this was true but our popin' pals box was difficult to operate.

all of the triggers require quite a bit of effort from a small child. we have a girl who is not particularly rough. she tries to move them but has limited success. it's not bolted to the floor so when you apply force the thing moves away. it's hard for a kid to hold it down with one hand and push hard with the other.

also one trigger (the one that turns) has to be just right or the pop up never goes back down.

my advice would be to have your child try one at the store and see if they are engaged and can operate it. if they can't be assured it will spend its days in the heap of other "low play value" toys.

perhaps at one time these were made with hair triggers. maybe there was a design change for cost, or quality control is low.

ahhh! i just re-read the book. they actually say the current playskool toy has this issue and recommend another brand. oops.

one more thing. playskool's rec. ages are 12-36 months. from what i read this is more like 8-14 months. the author talks about how manufacturers routinely overestimate the age ranges. big surprise, right?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2003
My son loves this toy. He loves to close it and has figured all but 1 on how to open them. No batteries and very durable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2010
My son loved this around 12 months old. It was great for him to learn how to manipulate the different kinds of switches, buttons and knobs. It took him a while to figure out the knob that turns. That one proved annoying for me as well because the knob has to be turned just right for the pop-up animal to latch closed again. The toy is extremely durable; my son likes to throw things down the stairs and this is one of the items that has been down them. It doesn't require batteries and doesn't make sounds/music. I rated it a 4 because my son prefers the sound/music toys so he played with this one less frequently than others.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
We have the lime green version of this toy and it's a big hit around here. I was actually kind of surprised, considering my girls usually go gaga for the electronic, singing toys, but they both love this. It was one of the first toys my younger daughter could manipulate on her own. It's great for teaching some of those finer motor skills. The button pop-up is their favorite because it squeaks when you press it. My one complaint is that the twist key-type one has to be turned a little more after the animal pops up to get it to go back down again and the girls don't really understand that concept just yet. I don't know if that's a quirk specific to our toy, though. So if you're looking for a cute, durable toy that doesn't require batteries, you are in the right place!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2009
I purchased this toy 4 days ago for my 11.5 month old niece. Already she has figured out how to get the pop ups down, and she's working on learning the various mechanisms to get them to pop back up. This is a great choice if you are looking for toys without batteries that make kids think instead of entertaining them with flashing colors and cool sounds. It's also a great value for the price.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2011
I'm so bummed. I was hoping this toy would be good for fine motor skill development but the knobs are somewhat tough to work with and not very obvious in which way it should be pushed! Terrible and very cheaply made toy for the price! I wish I can return this with free returns but there isn't that choice with this order!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
One of the pop-ups gets stuck every once in awhile. You have to tweak it so it doesn't do that. Otherwise an ok product. My 9 month old got bored after 5 minutes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2013
I haven't done a lot of reviews here, but I wanted to share about THIS toy.

I have 2 granddaughters who BOTH zero in on this toy as soon as they walk into the house. There is something special about sitting on Grandma's lap and learning how to push, pull, twist & turn different buttons, great one-on-one time. I picked this up when they were about 9 months old, and they are pushing 18 months now. STILL their favorite. At this point they can "do" all the buttons independently, but still love crawling into my lap and working on it together. Like reading a book - but this lasts MUCH longer than a book (so far)

To those worried about the recall, that item dates back to December 2000. (13 YEARS ago) Yeah, they fixed that.

I highly recommend this toy if you love to watch & teach your little one to grow.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2013
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If you go to the Hasbro website, you'll notice this item was recalled. That is why the price is so high (it is not being sold directly through Amazon). You can't get the toy in stores anymore. My son did enjoy playing with it and I wish that Playskool would remake the toy in a safer version. Unfortunate.
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