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- Smart Cycle is a Plug and Play (TV), Hardware/Software system
- Games reinforce important preschool concepts like letters, numbers, shapes and colors
- In Explore/ Encounter mode, the child pedals to drive through various environments, learning on the way
- In Arcade Games mode, the child can take a pit stop into an arcade game that is played with the joystick
- The toy comes with the Learning Journey software and other themes sold separately
- The child can customize his/her vehicle on screen (color/model etc.) and explore different themes (environments) that are sold separately
- Include Dora's Jungle Safari, Sponge Bob's ocean adventures, Hotwheels, Barbie, Space and Dinoland
- Child's favorite character friends offer help and encouragement during game play
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
1) Drive, steer and learn at your own pace--visit Math Mountain, Shape Lake, Number Fields, Letter Creek and other stops along the way.
2) Learn, stop and rest, but don't stop learning! Use the joystick to reinforce important learning skills with plenty of games and activities with different levels for growing kids.
3) Race--put the pedal to the metal as you race with cars on-screen, against the clock, or with another player.
Includes Learning Journey software and the other themes sold separately include: Nick Jr.Dora the Explorer Friendship Adventure, Nick Jr.Go Diego Go! Diego's Animal Rescue, Discover the Dinosaurs, Nickelodeon SpongeBob Squarepants Ocean Adventure, Hot Wheels Barbie Fairytopia.
Developmental Benefits: Teaches: upper & lowercase letters, numbers & counting, spelling, problem-solving, shapes, matching, creativity, spatial reasoning, motor skills & lots more! Requires 4 "D" batteries, not included. Measures 26.7"L x 18.5"W x 25.1"H. Weight Capacity 200 lbs.
The Smart Cycle combines the fun indoor activity of video game playing with the physical activity of the great outdoors. View larger. View product demo (requires Flash).
By using the bike's joy stick and buttons, your child can navigate through many other games and adventures. View larger.
Pedal and steer your way through different environments. View larger.
The Smart Cycle games provide different levels for growing kids. View larger.
The Smart Cycle plugs directly into your VCR or TV and requires no need for a separate game system. Simply connect the Smart Cycle to your television's input jacks, insert the included game cartridge "key," and your child can start riding -- and learning -- right away! Your child pedals the bike to keep the game going and "steers" with the movable handlebars. A large, easy-to-use and conveniently placed joy stick and bright buttons control the games and educational tools.
The Smart Cycle comes with a "learning adventure," in which your child drives a car by pedaling the bike and turning the handlebars. She can splash through mud puddles and take treacherous corners as she tries to catch letters of the alphabet along the road. She'll learn to keep pedaling to keep moving, while at the same time learning her alphabet!
Versatility Adds to the Fun
The Smart Cycle includes a game cartridge that features several fun and educational adventures that will keep your child happily entertained. A trip to "Math Mountain" will help her practice her numbers, while an adventure-filled trek to "Shape Lake" will introduce her to a wide array of different shapes. The Smart Cycle also includes an exciting car racing game that two children can play at the same time, while a "creative journal" lets your child create pictures and snapshots of her "worldwide" travels.
The fun doesn't have to stop when your child gets her fill of exercise: she can stop and rest, and continue the fun and learning by using the bike's joy stick and buttons to navigate through many other games and adventures. And best of all, several optional game cartridges that can be used with the Smart Cycle (sold separately) will keep your child continually entertained, including games that feature favorite characters such as Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, Barbie, and Hot Wheels cars.
With its wide array of games and height-adjustable seat, the Smart Cycle is designed to grow with your child. So as your child grows both physically and intellectually, the Smart Cycle will grow with her.
The Ultimate Test Drive
We found the Smart Cycle easy to assemble and very simple to install with our television set. All we needed for assembly was a Phillips screwdriver and four "D" batteries (not included). As long as your television or VCR is equipped with the red, white, and yellow RCA jacks to connect the Smart Cycle, you're set to go. We simply connected the included plugs to the television's jacks, turned the television on, and we were ready for hours of fun. Once the game started, the cycle seemed easy enough to operate, making it not too much of a challenge to result in frustrating a child, but not so easy that it would soon become boring. With the additional optional game cartridges, we believe the Smart Cycle promises to be a long-lasting source of entertainment.
The Smart Cycle comes with an easy-to-follow instruction manual, and the set-up only took a few minutes. However, one minor set-back we experience was that we needed the paper instruction manual on hand to understand how to play the video game; we found some elements of the games to be nearly impossible to understand without the instructions. An intuitive set of online instructions designed for children to follow, without the need to consult a paper manual, would make for a near-ideal gaming experience for any child (and parent). Also, although the seat offers four height levels, the handlebars are not height adjustable, which may present a problem for some smaller children.
- Provides a source of indoor exercise for young children
- Designed to grow with your child's physical and intellectual development
- Helps develop your child's motor skills
- Easy to install and use
- Includes several fun and entertaining educational games
- The instructions to some of the games are difficult to understand
- The cycle's handlebars are not height adjustable
Top Customer Reviews
1) The machine doesn't remember what work the child has done once it has been turned off. Consequently, when your child plays with it again they have to start at the very beginning of every activity every single time. This means they'll be doing the exact same word lists in the exact same order each time.
2) The machine doesn't store user names to allow differentiated play. This means that our 3 year old, 5 year old, and 7 year old have to each do the same games in the same order. It would have been much better if you could select what level play was appropriate for each player.
3) Most importantly, the machine suddenly crashes and turns off if a child pedals very energetically. Since the whole point of the toy is to get them to pedal fast while playing games, this is hugely frustrating. Especially because the child has to start over again at level one after the machine is turned off.
Overall, this toy is fun but could have easily been much improved. Our 3 year old is most enthusiastic about it, it's best academically suited for our 5 year old, and is too easy for our 7 year old but she still wants to play with it. Although kids pedal while playing a few (not most) of the games, don't think of this an exercise bike. The "exercise" they get is very modest. Think of it as an active educational toy.
The concept is great!
Like all Fisher Price toys it is durable with controls just the right size for the 3-7 year old set.
On the first day after 1 hour we had to replace the brand new Duracell batteries. Since then we have replaced batteries twice more. (It's been a week since it arrived at our house).
Why did Fisher Price build this without an alternate AC/DC feature? I'd pay extra for it. (Goodness knows, I'm paying extra for the batteries)
Also it is annoying that you can't save your place. But for the 3-5 set, they do say that repetition is good.
Otherwise a great toy for my son to use while I use my recumbent bicycle.
I came to Amazon to check out the specs and I was impressed. This is an "exercise bike" for children ages 3-6 that allows them to play learning games while exercising. Now my son isn't exactly the sedentary type and there are just times when it's too hot, cold, rainy to go outside to let some energy out. I figured the Smart Cycle would be perfect for him because it would allow him to get rid of some energy while he was learning numbers, shapes, letters, and words.
I ordered the Smart Cycle a couple of days ago, and now it's here with free 2-day shipping courtesy of Amazon Prime. You should have seen the look on my boy's face when he saw the box for the bike. His eyes lit up and he started yelling, "My bike! My bike!" Getting the bike together was easy enough and only took about 10 minutes. All you have to do is put some pieces together, plug it into the TV, insert the game cartridge and install 4 D batteries. My son's been playing with the bike for about 45 minutes now with no boredom in sight (this from a kid that loses interest REALLY quickly.)
My only real gripe with the bike is that you can't plug it into an outlet. I'm not sure how long the D batteries will last, but it would have been nice to have a permanent source of power.
If your kids love to run around, I would highly recommend this toy. It seems to keep them entertained for more than just 5 minutes, it's built well, it allows them to exercise, and it's educational. What more can you ask for on a hot, cold, or rainy day?
There is however one major flaw with the bike. The new batteries (Duracell) we used went dead after one day. The following day same story, although he may have left it on when he stop using it. I could foresee this getting expensive, so I decided to hook it up to an A/C adapter.
It is fairly simple to do this. Knowing how to use a drill, a screw driver and basic soldering skill is all that is required. I went to radio shack for the power adapter (6 volt 800 amps) and size N panel mount DC power jack. I also used a little wire I had around from an old A/C adapter I didn't use any more. This all cost about $26.00 plus tax.
The first thing to do is seperate the two halves of the exterior body. This includes removing the two base stands. After removing all the screws the body easily comes apart. Then remove the battery compartment cover and any batteries. Using a drill create a hole big enough to attach the power jack into the battery compartment cover then another smaller hole in the top of the battery compartment to pass the spare wire through. Attach the power jack then solder the wire to it and then to the connectors on the outside of the battery compartment. I connected the positive lead to the tip of the power jack as is my preference, however, since the adapter connector can switch polarity this really doesnt matter. Just remember whether the power jacks tip is connected to the positve or negative lead.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thank you so much for your effort to follow through with me on this purchase I'm glad we finally figured it out thank you so muchPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The ONLY reason this is getting stars at all is because my 2 year old finds it entertaining. We won this toy in a raffled and I hopped online to check what is costs and was... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cabookie12
Concept is wonderful but the execution is lacking. If your child does anything more than a slow pedal or gentle turns the toy resets. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Heiko Ramirez
Bought this for the grand kids. Works well and functions as advertised. Kids bot bored with it pretty quick. There seems to be a small window of age that would like this toy. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jerry
My kid used it till regularly till she out grew it,. Very helpful to kids for motor skills, good at teaching numbers, letters, words, etcPublished 17 months ago by Monikhs