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162 of 169 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs too much strength, August 20, 2012
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Playskool Play Favorites Busy Poppin' Pals (Toy)
It seems that someone is going around and down-voting all of the negative reviews of this product, no matter how clearly written or factual. If you read through them, though, you will see the same opinions expressed again and again:

First, the Amazon price is way too high. You can find this toy in most big box retailers for around $12-15.

Second, the buttons are very stiff and hard for young toddlers to use.

This was our experience too. Our baby liked seeing the animals pop up, and she figured out how each lever or knob or button was supposed to work; she just wasn't strong enough to make it happen. You really have to have some strong fingers to use this toy.

Since doing the right thing doesn't work, the educational value is nil. Baby can only play with it if we help her push the buttons, which defeats the whole point of exploring and playing.
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Initial post: Dec 1, 2012 3:34:43 AM PST
Sue H. says:
As a teacher, I can tell you that building strenghth in hands and fingers is really important for writing, so while this may be hard now, keep encouraging! It helps in ways you might not realize. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 10:09:49 AM PST
R. G. says:
I'm sure it's important, but if the buttons are too hard for even me (the mom), there is something wrong with the product. My 19-month old boy, who is otherwise very strong, gets stuck on the monkey and lion because they are far too stiff. It only frustrates him and hurts my own fingers.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 11:57:43 AM PDT
Angela T. says:
I agree with all points. Got this for my son when he was about 7-8 months to work on his fine motor skills, was way too hard so I put it away until he turned one, and even now at 19 months he has difficulty with half of the buttons, and otherwise he is very strong (he's the size of a 3 year old). I was also an early childhood special education teacher previous to children, and I would never use this product as a teaching tool.

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 3:58:12 PM PDT
KKogs says:
My 16 month old can only do the panda push button. This review is spot on.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 9:42:04 AM PDT
R. G. says:
Also, it is true that someone is voting down all the negative reviews of this product. It happened to mine too in 2013.
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