CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Bounce & Spin Pony
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- The Bounce and Learn Pony is an active learning toy that interacts with the television
- The Pony uses a wireless device to connect with the TV delivering animated content
- Baby interacts by bouncing up and down and spinning a roller on the handle bars
- Mom can choose the level of play and audio options
- Without being connected to the TV, baby can play on the pony and be rewarded by songs and sound effects from the pony itself
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The Smart Bounce & Spin Pony is a molded plastic pony that sits on a wide, sturdy plastic base. But this pony is much more than your standard rocking horse: it is also the actual controller for the included educational video games.
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
CAUTION This product contains small parts which are for adult assembly only.
Top Customer Reviews
Now that we've had it for two weeks, it's not the kind of thing that will hold his attention for long spans of time like the little people farm does, but he does have a lot of fun on it for a few minutes a couple times a day.
The biggest complaint I have is that it really doesn't bounce that much. It does spin, but not that easily. It doesn't even rock back and forth. My daughter couldn't get it to move much, so there wasn't much going on on the tv. I don't think it's that she's not heavy enough- she weighs 22 lbs. If that's the case, they should change the age range.
She absolutely loves bouncing, but this thing doesn't really bounce. Too bad...I'm going to have to return it.
The reason why I bought it:
My son recently had surgery for a cochlear implant and we've been cooped up inside for a few days so he was getting extremely restless, needing to burn off energy! So I did some research for stationary toys that he could ride/bounce/spin to help him release some of that pent up energy that's been storing up for days.
I gave it 4 stars for these reasons:
~Very fun and entertaining for toddlers
~Has 3 levels with different game play/educational materials.
~Very easy for toddlers to figure out that the only way the characters on the tv screen will move is if they bounce or spin the pony.
~Entertaining even if it's not hooked up to the tv, I can take this pony outside on the deck and my son will have just as much fun as if it were hooked to the tv.
~The voice/music on the game is clear enough for me to understand (I am hearing impaired as well)
~The pony doesn't have much of a bounce, my son can easily bottom it out. (Granted the pony is used, but it was only used 2 times from the previous owner so it's like new)
~Pony doesn't rock back and forth
So thus, 4 stars for two minor cons. :) If it had the rocking capabilities, and had more of a bounce, I would definitely rate it a 5 star item.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The kids don't really use the TV game part of it...but they have just as much fun without itPublished 4 months ago by Michelle Jo Bliss
My son was very excited when he opened the box for Christmas. Can't wait to get it set up.Published 8 months ago by Brenna Agamaite
My kids have been playing with this for 3 years and still love itPublished 17 months ago by Wendy Nunn
I ordered the pony and received the zebra, but wanted the zebra originally so that worked in my favor. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tracy Ann Arkin
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 on May 28, 2014 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 on December 3, 2013 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