My girls were first introduced to this range of toys when we were round my friends house. As a childminder she has lots of toys and this is one that she had found popular with the babies that she has looked after. She had a dog version and my girls although only just the recommended 6 months at the time both loved it, so much so that she bought them the cute pig version for their first birthday.
About the toy
This toy comes with the 3 x AA batteries included and it was quick and easy to remove it from the packaging so that my girls could start playing. The first thing I noticed was that although they had mastered starting the dog version by pressing the plastic heart on it's tummy starting the pig was beyond them. This was because the rubber snout of the pig needs to pressed quite firmly to start it and the toy is heavy to be picked up. They were not defeated though and finally managed to start it by using their foreheads, by 18 months - 2 years they were strong enough to press it using thumbs. By 2 they had also worked out how that the sliding switch on the back controlled whether the toy would work or not.
The pig is mainly made of plastic with the exception of rubber snout and feet and the bits of ribbon which act as hair. As expected from a Fisher Price toy it is a high quality toy and despite our pig being over a year old it still looks like it's just come out of the box. My friend's dog version has a worn away in places face but is still fully functional and has been played with for many years. The happy face of the pig with it's brightly coloured ears is friendly to little ones and the different textures on the ears are ideal for the younger aged babies this toy is suitable for.
The first time you press the pig's snout you are greeted with a lovely piggy snort, if this doesn't get your little one smiling then a repeat press rewards them with a giggling and vibrating piggy. Both my girls love this and giggle away with the pig. I find this toy is played with quite regularly but only for short periods of time until the novelty wears off. A day or so later this pig is very funny again!
Price and availability
Available from retailers Argos, Amazon and Tesco among others the price does vary even between the pig, cow and elephant designs. Prices currently (November 2012) vary from £10.99 at Argos to £18.57 on Amazon so it is worth shopping around. I think the lower £10.99 is a reasonable price to pay for this toy and I personally wouldn't pay anymore than this.
Would I recommend?
Yes, this pig adds something different to my girls ever growing toy collection and they still enjoy playing with it over a year later.
If my son Tyler was rating this toy he'd probably give it 5 stars, its obsessed with it. Unfortunatly because as Ill explain later I'm the one who constantly has to make it go off it really annoys me!
HOW IT LOOKS
Our toy isnt the same character as the one in the picture. We have an elephant. Its blue and appears to be wearing green pants. The bottom of the pants have a raised flower pattern on them. It has the standard fisher price logo in a raised heart above these pants.
The elephant has two ears with different raised patterns and two curly pieces of ribbon for hair. The hands have swirly imprints in them and th feet have raised zig zags.
The toy is mostly plastic with a rubber nose and feet.
The toy takes 3 AA batteries and they last pretty well. We havent put any new batteries in since last Christmas and its still working fine.
WHAT DOES IT DO
Id say its a sensory toy as well as musical due to the raised patterns. When you press its nose it does 2 things- vibrates and giggles or vibrates,giggles and plays music for a slightly longer time. It only goes on for about 10 seconds though and then you have to press the nose again.
WHATS RIGHT WITH IT
My son adores it, he loves the feeling of the vibrations and he has a little dance to the music. He likes to place it on the floor and hold onto the ears.
WHATS WRONG WITH IT
Its reccomended from 6 months of age but even my nearly 18 month old cannot press the nose down. Its quite stiff and definitly requires an adult to push it. This wouldnt be a problem if the music lasted longer than 10 seconds and he immediatly hands it back to me and moans if i dont press it again. While this is all very well when we're sitting down and playing its less convinient when Im trying to say do an online shop or do chores!
If my son didnt love it so much I'd give it 1 star but its his favourite toy so I'll give it 3. I'd reccomend this toy if you plan to keep it restricted to a toy box that you get out when you have playtime with your little one.
Lottie received this pig as a Christmas present and it is the one toy I give to her and she loves every single time and its always guaranteed to make her dance and giggle. Now the actual toy is very stable and quite heavy so Lottie who is now 18 months always grabs it with both hands. The picture above is how it exactly looks.
The whole toy is plastic and takes 3 AA batteries. The purple hair at the top is silky fabric curled upand it is only the nose which is made from a rubbery type material. This toy is good as a sensory exploration for babies and is reccommended from 6 months old. The ears stripes and square dots on them, the body has swirls, the arms have dots and the legs have curved lines. This is great for baby to touch and explore.
It is a very friendly looking toy with a huge smile on his face. So when you have the toy I hold it out to Lottie and when she takes it I press the nose. The nose does take some pushing for a babies toy so that would be my only slight disadvantage. When you press the noise there are two types of things that happen. The first is that the pig giggles and then vibrates for a little while after. When I say short while it is literally about five seconds.
Second thing is that it plays a jaunty tune at you and vibrates. This one lasts a little longer. That is basically all this toy does.
Now my thoughts are that this is a great toy as it is good for exploration of touch and also it is a bit of fun. Lottie loves it and immediately will dance along to the song and laugh when it vibrates. It is one toy which doesnt annoy me as its quite hard for her to press at the minute so it is not constantly going off. There is an off switch at the back though just in case.
Five stars for me.
This toy was bought for my eldest daughter who is now 5 when she was 6 months old, it was a Christmas present from her Great Auntie.
The toys are still widely available now both on the internet and in high street shops such as Argos, the toy is by Fisherprice which I think is a leading brand in childrens toys. The toy cost around £10 when it was bought and it costs about the same now.
The toy is available in a few different animals, there is a pig, a cat, an elephant and a cow, my daughter had the elephant.
The toy is a largish ball of hard plastic and has little sticking out bits made of rubber for the elephants four legs and the nose although it should be a trunk for an elephant really. The elephants ears are made of plastic in red and lilac and then he had a twirl of yellow fabric on the top of the toy for the hair.
The toy has a bright happy face which I think is good as it makes it look friendly to babies, the toy is meant to be suitable from 6 months but a baby of this age couldn't play with it themselves as it is too heavy to lift and on our toy is was too hard to set off.
My daughter didn't really engage with this toy when she first got it so we put it away for a couple of months and then she did enjoy playing with it. To activate the toy you have to press down on the nose and then it will bounce around the floor and make giggling noises, it also plays music. My daughter found it funny watching it bounce around the floor although she still struggled to set it off herself.
The toy is very durable and bounces around without causing damage or getting damaged itself, the battery life is also very good since we never had to change them in the timer it was played with which was a good number of months. The toy doesn't really have any educational value but it is fun.
My daughter recieved one of these as a stocking filler off my nan for Christmas. My daughter recieved the cow version which costs around £9.99 in Argos and Toysrus. There are also other animals available including a pig and an elephant.
The animal is basically a ball shape with brightly coloured ears and rubbery legs. The cow version is white and black with a red pair of trousers, two textured ears in red and blue, two black horns, a tail and some red ribboned curly hair.
The toy is recommended for 6 months and over. The toy requires 3 x AA batteries which are included.
To activate the toy you need to turn the switch to on and then press the rubbery nose. The toy then vibrates and plays a tune while giggling. If the toy is placed on the floor it bounces along on the rubbery feet.
At first glance this toy looks good, it has bright contrasting colours and it is very robust so will survive being thrown and bashed around by your child. However the design of the toy is flawed in that to activate it you have to press the nose. This is very difficult for an adult let alone a child! The button is very stiff and has to be pressed at the right angle. Another big disappointment for us was that when we placed the toy on the floor it only bounced for about 10 seconds before stopping and needing to be pressed again. My daughter was excited to watch this bounce and the tune is engaging for her. The cow also makes a mooing sound which my daughter has recently started to recreate.
This toy is ok, but it isn't one that I would recommend, unless I actually get it out from the toy box and press the button my daughter seems to ignore it and go for other toys that she can work herself. All in all this is a very disappointing toy. I would only give this 1 out of 5 stars.
My 6 month old daughter is at an age where toys only keep her attention briefly and so it an be quite useful to have a variety to keep her entertained for a while, as she is staying awake for longer periods now. My mother in law recently bought my daughter this Fisher Price Bounce and Giggle Cow which you can purchase on the likes of amazon for just under £9, although I think my mother in law actually bought this in Tesco.
This cow is actually one of three in the range, you can also get an elephant and pig. This toy is stated as being suitable for children from 6 months plus, although I see no reason why it could not be shown to a child who is younger.
This cow has a round body with white and black patches. It has chewable ears, which supposedly make it suitable for use as teethers, although it is pretty difficult for a child to hold this reasonably round and big toy in their hands for long enough to be able to get hold of the ears etc to chew on. I know my daughter certainly wouldn't be able to do this, it simply isn't the right shape for her to hold herself and manipulate enough to get into parts into her mouth.
This toy is meant to be entertaining for a baby in that when you press the animal's nose it will vibrate and play music. It actually plays two different tunes, but doesn't really vibrate very long and you need to re press the nose rather often. This is where the BIG flaw comes in. It would be virtually impossible for a child, particularly a young child although an older one would likely struggle too, to actually be able to push the nose to get the animal to start working. Even I as an adult struggle immensely to get the animal to work. It is only be constantly pressing different parts of the nose until it starts vibrating and playing music, but I still haven't cracked the right technique. It really is very very difficult to work.
My daughter does like to look at this animals vibrating but again there is a problem. Neither the vibrations nor the tunes last long enough. By the time she has started to study the cow, the vibration has practically stopped, and I am struggling to get it going again.
I think you could class this toy, despite it being from the well known and respected Fisher Price company and not child user friendly. It is not easy at all for a child to work, and it simply doesn't last long enough. Even my mother in law was very disappointed when she saw it at work.
I Brought this toy for my youngest boy who was just 6 months old at Christmas. It cost me £6 from tesco on sale I believe they retail at around 9.99 so not bank breaking.We have the pig version of this toy although there are 4 in the range a pig, a cow, a cat and an elephant. The pig is a very detailed toy with all the features of a pig printed over the little round ball shape in bright colours as to catch little ones attention.
They have arms legs and ears molded on the plastic the arms and legs are made of a harder plastic while all other features are made of softer plastic rubbery so nice and soft for little one but with different textures for them to explore so helps there senses.
When my little boy presses the nose which is also the button to start the giggling. Sometimes he can catch it by himself but it can be awkward for a 6 month old to try and do by themselves so I often need to do it for him. Saying that I often do not need to as my 2 year old loves it just as much as my youngest so she gladly helps him.
When you press the nose for the first time the toy shakes and giggles to music for around 10 seconds. If on a carpet it just vibrates and sings but when on my laminate flooring the toy actually wiggles forward towards the child. When you press it a second time in last for around 20 seconds but does exactly the same thing shakes a lot and there is a little giggling from the toy.
The toy itself has be thrown across the room dropped jumped on and is still standing without a single scratch so it is very hard wearing. The toy is very simple and simply shakes and giggles what it says in the title of the toy but with the textures it brings to babies senses and the simpleness of happiness it does seem to have an appeal.
It requires 3 AA batteries which are provided and is suitable for ages 6 months and plus. I would recommend this toy it is very simple but strangely entertaining to my 6 month old and also my 2 year old.
Mother and Father Lools regularly make impulse toy purchases when they are shopping for my twin boys. These "little gifts" are a very regular occurrence and although they have made some brilliant purchases, they have also bought some pretty poor toys. One of their more disappointing toy purchases have been the Fisher Price Bounce and Giggle Animals.
***What are they***
There are 4 animals in the Fisher Price Bounce and Giggle range. These include a cow, pig, elephant and a cat. My parents purchased a pig and a cow for my boys so these will be the products reviewed below.
The Bounce and Giggle animals are a round hard plastic ball that vibrates and plays music. They have legs, arms, a nose and ears that stick out of the ball in the shape of the animal. The pig is a bright pink ball with multi-coloured ears and tail. The cow is a black and white print ball with multi-coloured ears. The sections that stick out of the ball on each of the animals is textured which encourages children to explore the different parts of the ball.
The toys are controlled by a power switch but to activate you are required to press the animal's rubber nose.
The Bounce and Giggle animals require 3 AA size batteries.
Fisher Price states that the Bounce and Giggle Animals are suitable for children aged 6 months and above. Apart from vibrating and playing a 10 second melody these toys do not do very much therefore are very basic and not so engaging for older toddlers. My boys are 13 months and have played with these since 6 months old; however their interest in these toys has steadily dwindled.
The toy is suitable for children from 6 months old and has no parts which I feel could come detached but I feel this is a toy you will need to constantly supervise a young baby with. The toy is very heavy because of the hard plastic construction. It would be difficult for a young baby to pick this up but if they did and dropped it on themselves it would cause injury. I was always apprehensive when my boys were playing with these toys and made sure that they were sat up and apart so they could not knock the heavy toy into the other baby.
The Fisher Price Bounce and Giggle Animals are available from a number of toy retailers including Toys R Us, Smyths, Tesco and Amazon.
The price of the Bounce and Giggle Animals vary depending on retailer but is generally around £15. Tesco are currently selling these for £13 each. I think for such a basic toy this is very expensive as there are not many features to the toy, it simply vibrates and play a tune.
Within the range there are 4 different animals available. I would say that the cow and pig seem the most widely available all of the above retailers stock these toys. The elephant and cat are less popular and I have only seen these available in Toys R Us stores and online.
***Playing with them***
The Bounce and Giggle animals come in a square cardboard box. Once removed from this box they are controlled by an on/off switch located near to the battery section. Once turned on you need to press the animal's rubber nose to activate the toy. Once pressed the animal will vibrate quite intensely and play a tune. When pressed the toy alternates from vibrating for around 4 seconds, giggling and making an animal noise or will vibrate for 10 seconds and play a melody. If you put the toy on the floor whilst vibrating it will move across the floor on smooth floors.
After pressing the animal noses a number of times, I was actually quite shocked just how basic this toy is. For £15 you get a colourful plastic ball that vibrates and giggles which seemed very expensive especially as the animal noise made by the toys is not the main focus, the giggling and vibrations are!
Essentially the animal is a hard plastic ball. This is very difficult for young babies in particular to pick up and hold as the ball is about 13cm in diameter and is 500g in weight. This can be quite frustrating for young babies in particular. The bright colours of the animals make these attractive to young babies and older children, but I find once my boys struggle to pick up the toy, they move onto something else very quickly.
At 6 months playtime for a baby is generally with a parent, therefore my boys really enjoyed me pushing the button and putting the vibrating animal against their legs and feeling the vibrations (resulting in lots of giggles) or watching them vibrate across the floor. As the boys got older play time meant more independent play and the Bounce and Giggle Animals are not really suitable for this for a number of reasons. Firstly the toy is not very engaging, after a few vibrations my boys seem to lose interest as the toy is so basic. Secondly the toy is quite difficult for a child to pick up as the ball is very large for small hands and also very heavy. Lastly the rubber nose to activate the sounds and vibrations is very difficult to press. I find I have to press down with some force so my two 13 month olds have no chance. Even my friends little boy who is 3 can't press down hard enough to activate the toy.
Fisher Price outline that the Bounce and Giggle animals will help with hand eye coordination and fine motor skills. But again I think this is limited. The design of the animals and the fact they are made from different materials will encourage a young baby to explore the different touch sensations with their hands.
For older children there are not many learning benefits to the toy apart from the fact the toy makes a short animal noise, therefore will teach your child that a cow says "mooo" or pink says "oink oink". This is definitely aimed at being a more "fun" toy rather than one with educational benefits.
The toy is made from a hard plastic and the casing of the plastic ball is very durable. My boys are just able to pick this up now and hold it but during the last few months both the pig and the cow have been dropped a number of times, however is in full working order. The toys are also very easy to wipe over with a wet cloth to clean. Because the toy does not have lots of nooks and crannies it is very easy to wipe these over.
The Bounce and Giggle Animals from Fisher Price are very disappointing toys. From looking at the toy it seems a very attractive toy as it is well made and the characters are bright colours and are very durable. However the toy is just so basic in its features that children lose interest very quickly and means the £15 selling price seems extortionate!
Badly designed, and lacking giggles from my boys' means a thumbs down for Fisher Price this time.
We have two Fisher Price Bounce and Giggle Animals in our house, both of which were given as gifts, though I'm not entirely sure if both were given to my daughter or if one of them belongs to my son. Having two very young children means that toys in our house are usually shared between them.
Our Bounce and Giggle Animals are the pig and the cow. The range consists of four in total with the other two being an elephant and a cat.
These toys are available from Amazon. However there are a number of sellers listing them and prices do vary. With shipping costs included, prices range between £20 and £25. In my opinion these prices are too high for such a small and rather basic toy. I would say the actual value is somewhere around £10.
Fisher Price Bounce and Giggle Animals are essentially a vibrating ball. The ears, nose, arms, legs and tail protrude from the ball. The arms are made from the same plastic as the main spherical body, however all other parts are made from soft rubber.
There are textured patterns to the back of the ears and the ends of the arms and legs. The bottom half of the body also has a textured pattern and is made from a contrasting colour plastic, giving the impression that the animal is wearing pants. I'm not sure if this is intended but it certainly looks like that to me! These textures are aimed to encourage young children to feel them, promoting hand and eye co-ordination and sensory awareness. In addition there is also a ribbon to the top of each toy, curled in order to look like hair. This is possibly another touch and feel element.
Each animal has a heart shape to the front with the Fisher Price logo visible on a metallic sticker. This looks very much like a button but it isn't. It is actually the nose of the animal which activates the vibration in the toy. Just beneath the heart shape is the speaker, underneath is the battery compartment and just above the top of the tail is the power switch.
In my opinion these toys are rather heavy and together with the shape and size of the toy, they can prove a little difficult for youngsters to grasp and carry around. The boxed weight is 499g and the product dimensions are 13.3 x 13.3 x 19cm. They are however very strong and seemingly very durable.
When my children received these endearing little animals I expected them to be similar to a toy which was around when I was a child, a ball that continuously vibrated and moved across the floor. This is not the case with the Fisher Price Bounce and Giggle Animals. When pressed initially the animal emits the relevant animal sound, a giggle and a very short burst of vibration, I estimate this to be around 3 seconds. When pressed for a second time the animal giggles, emits a tune and gives a longer burst of vibration, though still rather short at around 10 seconds.
My son is three years old and he is able to press the nose to activate the vibration and sounds, however he does find it a little tricky as he needs to hold the toy securely while he puts pressure on the nose. My daughter is one year old and is unable to press the nose, she will try to tweak it, pull at it and then get rather frustrated and pass it to me. This is somewhat of a disadvantage given that the target age for this toy is 6 months. As the burst of vibration and sound is very short, if your child cannot press the button you will inevitably find yourself pressing it over and over again.
The concept of this toy seemed a very good one, however in reality it does not live up to expectation. I do have many bugbears when it comes to Fisher Price toys in general and have only really been satisfied with their Imaginext range of toys where the only flaw is the price!
Our Fisher Price Bounce and Giggle Animals have had very little play. They seem to have been abandoned at the bottom of the toy box and rarely have the chance to surface. This is personally one toy that I would not recommend.
Fisher Price Bounce and Giggles
**WHAT IS IT**
This is a toy from Fisher Price that is in the shape of a ball and when you press its nose it will play music and shake.
**WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE**
The toy is in the shape of a ball and has arms and legs. There are three animals you can choose from I chose the one that looks like a cow. You can also get a pig and a elephant.
It is in the shape of a ball and has a cute cow face with a rubber nose. This nose is the key to the toy and when the nose is pressed the toy will play music and shake.
The cow has two rubber ears that are textured. One is blue and has dots or bumps on the back and the other ear is orange and has ridges in the shape of swirls. My daughter enjoys chewing on these ears.
In-between the cow ears there is a ribbon that is curled up and this is great as it is another different texture for your little one to find.
The cow has four legs and two of them are hard plastic with a floral imprint so again your child can feel the lumps and bumps. The bottom legs are soft plastic and have ridges.
On the circle the cow looks like he is wearing shorts as it is red and has imprints of squares for your child to feel and in the middle there is a raised out heart with a gold and silver hologram. Inside this heart the Fisher Price logo can be found.
The back of the cow has a raised out tail and there is an on and off button at the back.
**WHAT IT DOES**
This toy is very simple and basic. You press the animals nose and as long as the toy is turned on the animal will play music and laugh or moo (if you have the cow model). If the toy is turned off it won't do anything.
Your child can just play with this plastic and rubber toy and throw it about. When you press the nose you can watch the toy move across the room. It will move better on smooth surfaces (like a wooden floor or tiled floor). If you are pressing the button on carpet the toy will just go around in circles.
When you press the button the toy will only play for 10 seconds or 5 seconds (this is alternated).
This toy cost me £7.50 in the sale in Tesco's. Personally I wouldn't rate this toy highly as my daughter was scared of this toy at the start. When she finally did come round to the movement she still wasn't very impressed by it and this was months after she got it. My daughter doesn't really look at this toy much and it lies in her toy box a lot as she doesn't really want to play with it.
If I knew that my daughter wouldn't get much use of this toy then I wouldn't of bothered buying it at all. I feel that it was a waste of money and not worth buying at all.
Myself and my partner recently went to a large Tesco store (one that sells loads of toys) and we couldn't resist having a look to see what we could purchase for our little girl (six months old), I was looking at all of the soft toys when my partner spotted a bright pink plastic pig.
I wasn't that impressed with it at first but then my partner pushed the pigs nose and it started to oink and then vibrated (this lasted for about five seconds) he then pressed the nose again and it started to jump about, giggle and play a tune (this lasted for about 10 seconds), it instantly made me laugh, we showed it to our daughter who loved it so we bought it.
The pig is a Fisher Price Bounce and Giggle Pig, its bright pink with a blue base (makes it look like its wearing shorts), has one green ear and one yellow ear and a little bit of purple hair in-between (two bits of ribbon), it has two large soft rubber feet at the bottom and a small tail at the back which enables the pig to sit down (it also has two other feet about halfway up but these don't do anything). It has two big eyes and a big smiley mouth and in the middle is a soft rubber nose which when pushed makes the pig giggle and vibrate etc.
The nose is a soft rubber material and is very easy to push, my little girl can activate it quite easily (usually with her forehead though). This toy is suitable for 6 months +, there does not appear to be any bits that will come off easy, I have pulled everything on it with all my strength and nothing has broken yet, at first I was concerned about the hair but this seems to be securely in place.
There are other animals available, you can get the pig (which we bought), there is a cow which is black and white with red shorts a blue ear, a red ear and red hair and there is an elephant which is bright blue with green shorts a red ear, a purple ear and yellow hair. Each toy makes the relevant noise for that animal. All three animals are the same size which is - approx 13cm wide and 13cm high.
They need three AA batteries (mine came with these already supplied). They also have a on off switch so when they are not in use you can switch them off to save the batteries. We have had this toy for around a month now and its still going strong on the original batteries.
This has to be my little girl's favorite toy at the moment, she is constantly activating it and when it's vibrating she holds on tight and laughs her head off.
This toy cost me £9.97 in Tesco and I used my vouchers which I doubled up so I didn't really cost me anything. They are also available on Amazon for £9.99.
This Bounce Giggle animal will delight baby when they start to bounce and rumble to the music and fun sound effects. Baby starts the action by pressing the character's nose. It's fundamental play that enriches baby's development in a brilliant way!