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Fisher Price Bubble Mower
My little one loves copying everything mummy and daddy do, and so when we saw this Fisher Price Bubble Mower, we knew we had to get it, especially as, looking out of the window, the garden was in desperate need of mowing, and with the warm weather recently, I just knew my little one would love to copy daddy in the garden!
The price of this mower is a little expensive for what it is at £20.00, though this is a lot cheaper than some toys similar to this. We were lucky to get this second hand, practically brand new, for only £7.00 so we got a real bargain!
To put this mower together takes literally seconds thank goodness (I have never been great at putting complicated children's toys together!) with only two main parts which simply slot together.
The lawnmower is quite attractive with its bold red and blue colours with silver handle which is adjustable to your childs height. The age recommendation is two years plus and I think this is about apt with regards to the height. I would say that, depending on a childs height, the mower will last a good few years before they are too big for it. The wheels of the mower are large and have a good grip enabling the child to push it along easily.
When the mower is pushed along it does sound like a lawnmower (though a lot quieter you will be glad to hear!).
One of the main things which attracted us to this mower opposed to other makes (apart from the bargain price we got it at!) was the bubble feature. You simply attach the bubble carton onto the front of the base and you are ready to go. I was expecting to see loads of bubbles come out, though unfortunately this is not what happened. I did wonder whether this may be due to it being second hand (even though it was practically brand new) though I have read a few reviews on this which seem to all have the same issue. One or two bubbles will come out every so often, though certainly not in a fluid motion and not many at a time which is really disappointing.
The bubble feature is the main feature to attract people to buy this item and it is sad to say that it really does not work as well as it should. Apart from this, though, the mower looks great and is very durable and my little one loves it...apart from the bubble issue!
For the price this toy has survived the test of time. It was bought for my son on his first birthday as he'd just started walking and this toy still comes out so far every summer (now nearly 4) the bubbles which delighted him in the early months are no longer used but last summer he still followed me up and down the garden; as I cut the grass, my shadow and his Fisher Price Mower followed.
The product itself is typical in fashion of a plastic toy; unfortunately our bubble container was lost after the first summer but none of the plastic itself has been damaged nor have we had any durability problems. Brightly coloured in fairly universal main colours of red, blue and gray it could suit both boys and girls. At several parties the mower has been a firm favorite.
It has limited functionality a few yellow knobs to tweak and then the bubbles. However once our bubble container was lost the mower remained an excellent tool for the imaginative mind of a toddler who so wants to do what mummy and daddy do in roll play.
The lead up to Christmas has seen me making a conerted effort to clear out the attic, storage shed, and my daughters bedroom of toys she no longer uses much, as I know she'll be getting plenty of new items to clutter up the place soon . One of the items I'm sad to see go is this Fisher Price Bubble Mower, which my daughter got when she was about two and learning to walk .
It's quite a cool looking toy, although perhaps a little masculine in appearance - silver coloured handles with plenty of yellow knobws and dials to play with, with black and yellow wheels, and a red and blue body . At the front is a hole for the bottle of bubble solution to fit into . I remember there being a very minimal amount of assembly required for this toy , but this was easy as the instructions provided were very simple and easy to read.
The bubble solution is included with the mower, and comes in a white bottle that tells you what it is. I really do wish (and this is a petty little gripe perhaps) that they had designed the mower so that, when the bubble bottle was in place, it looked like a functioning part of the mower, rather than sticking out like a sore thumb. Not that this bothered my daughter at all.
The handle was at just the right height for my daughter, when she was a toddler, to push this along with both hands . She really enjoyed doing this, especially as she was just learning to walk and the mower gave her some valuable support . She also loved the bubbles, which only come out when the mower is actually being pushed along. The mower itself actually makes a rather realistic whirring noise and does this even without the bubbles so that, if your solution runs out, the toy has plenty of play value . It also has an addortment of dials and knobs that little hands can turn .
This mower works well on most surfaces - certainly on laminate or carpeted flooring, it is smooth and easy to push along, though it is perhaps a little more challenging on my uneven back garden . The mower itself is made of plastic, it doesn't feel the sturdiest, but I imagine it would take an older child than this toy is aimed up to actually be able to break it .
My daughter really loved this when she first got it, and was forever running out of bubbles and asking me to make some more ( a little water with some washing up liquid in is fine). However, as she got older, she got bored of it, and, as quite a tall child, found the handle a little too low as she got older, requiring her to actually bend to push or pull the mower .
Still, she had a couple of years of good play out of it, and the toy is still in excellent condition, barring a few small scratches and scuffs . I believe it cost around £20 originally, and I certainly think this is good value for money , and would recommend it, although some girls might be put off by the masculine colouring .
We have a huge garden which - apart the flowerbeds on the sides - is covered with nice green grass. My sons love to play outside in the garden but their very favourite thing is copying adults. They help themselves with 1-2 wipes from the nappy change pack and help me clean the house. I don't even have to mention how big mess they can do by cleaning the floor first then the windows... I have to clean everything after them. Occasionally they copy their father as well so they push their tractors and motorbikes saying that they mow the grass like daddy. After they followed him each time he used the lawn mower I decided to buy them one. I mean two because they behave like twins despite the 19 months difference. Since my younger one can walk they want to play with the same toy so in order to avoid constant crying we bought them two.
I was shopping around on Amazon for the lawn mowers but by the time I could collect enough points to the voucher Amazon ran out of Fisher Price lawn mowers so I bought them from Toys'R'Us online. Usually I don't buy toys for cash just for vouchers but as it was for Christmas I made an exception.
Why Fisher Price?
I think a good quality toy is cheaper than 2-3 poor quality ones. We have loads of Fisher Price toys and they are premium quality. We are absolutely satisfied with the toys manufactured and designed by Fisher Price. I knew that my sons would run after daddy with the lawn mowers so it has to be a strong one. I think I made a good decision as they use their lawn mowers every time they play in the garden.
Package and price
This toy came in a huge cardboard box. The toy came in two pieces plus the bubble tub. There is a very detailed instruction manual enclosed as well. It was easy to attach the handle to the base. As it was in December I hide away the bubble tub and gave them just on my elder son's birthday party in May. The toys were about 25 pounds each. I think this is a fair price for them as they are durable and give children the possibility to copy daddy. You should see my sons how proudly they fallow their daddy. They are so cute! They behave like grown ups. I love watching them.
The lawn mower can blow bubbles if you put a tub of soapy water on the tub holder. You have to put the bottle upside down so you have to do it quickly and accurately. It sounds difficult but it is not. The instruction manual has pictures on how to do it. The bubbles come out on the slide of the base so the boys walk away near them.
I knew that the first tubs would end up on the grass and I was right. My sons were so curious that they lifted the tub and the soapy water ran out. They started to cry. I really knew that this would happen so I was prepared for it. Previously I stocked up a few packs of 6 or 8 of these bubble tubs for 1-2 pounds in Tesco (they are available in all the supermarkets) and they fit well the lawn mower.
This lawn mower has adjustable handle so the toy grows with your child. I think this is a very clever idea from Fisher Price.
There is no lawn mower without noise so this one makes some noise too but of course it is not as loud as a real one. It can be used whenever they want because they don't disturb the neighbours with them.
Well this toy is very colourful: grey handle, red and blue base and yellow and black wheels. This calls the kids attention not to forget about this toy. It works without any battery so they have to push it which is good as they have to go up and down in the garden so they become tired by the time they have to go to bed. They copy adults so they learn that mowing the lawn is their task. They are chasing each other's bubbles and have loads of fun. They start to understand how bubbles are made and what characteristics they have.
I think buying this toy was an extremely good idea as my kids have hours of fun with it. They copy proudly their daddy. It is very good that they play with it almost every day and they don't get bored with it. I don't buy them bubble tubs every day. They get about one or two each week and thus they are really happy with it and they appreciate it. I don't really know whether the soapy water harms the grass or not but I suppose in this quantity (2-4 tubs a week) it is not very harmful. After the first tub that ended on the grass my sons understood that lifting the tub is not a good idea and they don't touch it while the bubbles keep on going.
I think this toy is unisex. When we had my son's birthday party the little girls loved to push the lawn mowers as well. I know that it is mostly men's duty to mow the lawn but I know loads of women who love doing it themselves. I let this task for the boys and watch them how cute and grown up they are.
While out shopping on my day off in our local tesco extra i was looking in the toy section with my little ones when my eldest spotted this.He has been after one for the whole summer but at £25 i have never wanted to spend that much !! well the other day the lawnmower was reduced down to £12 so i thought why not !!
My son was very excited to get it home and trying to persuade him not to use it inside was tricky but i had checked the local weather and knew we were due a dry day tomorro so i managed to get him to hold out.
We got it out of the box and it looks fantastic, bright red & blue and very sturdy !! The bubble solution slots in very easily and stays secure until you want it back out again.My son is almost three and about average height for his age and he can use this with great ease.It states on the box that its suitable for over 2 year olds but my youngest son who has not long turned one also had a little push about.
The mower makes clicking noises as it goes along so not only do you get the bubbles there are sound effects too.The bubbles are great loads of them and some quite large ones too.From only using it for a short while we have found that the bubble solution runs out quite quick as after only 30 mins use we were already down to half.I luckily have loads of bubble solution around as we are always blowing bubbles out in the garden !!
My son is thrilled with it and i can see it being a new fave garden toy just a shame we bought it soo late in the year so he could have had lots more fun playtime but there is always next year....
I would definitely reccommend this toy to people out there as there is not a kid i know who doesnt enjoy bubbles and also great for imaginative play....
Currently priced at £12 in tescos....normally retailing at £25 (i saw it the same day in toys r us for the higher price)
My kids love playing with bubbles and as soon as I saw this advertised on the TV I knew I had to get one. My daughter was given one for her 2nd birthday (at my request!) and she loved it. She plays with it all the time when she is in the garden and when other children come round to play they all fight over it.
It's quite durable and has stayed out in the garden all summer in the rain and still looks new. It has two pretend control buttons on the handle and makes a great mowing noise as you push it around the garden.
She does run out of bubble mixture really quickly though, so you need to be prepared and make sure you have plenty of bubble mixture to hand.
All in all this is a good quality fun toy and you can get it for less than £20 now so it's not too expensive.
With the hope that warmer weather will soon be with us and after having sold a fair amount of clutter on ebay, I decided to treat our 17 month old little boy to some toys for the garden. I already had on order a lovely playhouse to store his toys in and so began our search for something suitable.
My son loves bubbles, as do most toddlers and he also has a fascination with helping out with work on the house or garden. When I spotted the Fisherprice Bubble Mower therefore I was instantly drawn to it. I am not usually a fan of Fisherprice toys but this one looked fun and after reading some reviews online it seemed like it would be a hit.
The Fisherprice Bubble Mower is available from Argos at just £24.49. It is suitable for children from two years onwards. I used my own judgement with this as it has no obvious small parts and being a garden toy and having a rather tricky drop from our lawn to our patio, I knew that my son would certainly be closely supervised when playing with it.
This product is very basic in appearance and when I opened the box I was initially a little disappointed. It is made from rather thin plastic and has very little weight to it. Most of the details are simply indented into the plastic and not so much as coloured to make them stand out. These are features which are somewhat typical of Fisherprice.
The handle of the Bubble Mower has two yellow dials which simply click when moved, again another common feature with this brand. It is rather long meaning that the whole toy is easily tipped over. It is therefore not suitable for those who are unsteady on their feet. My son is however a confident walker and very steady so this was not an issue.
The base of the mower is again very simple. Situated at the front is a compartment in which to place the bottle of bubbles. The bottle is almost balanced in this compartment and not held steady. The liquid therefore leaks out very easily and the bottle is easily knocked out or otherwise removed by an inquisitive toddler.
When moved along the mower gives a whirring sound, though it does need a good deal of friction and grip in order to do so. It therefore works better outdoors on a lawn which is of course where it is intended to be used.
The idea behind the mower is that when pushed along the bubble liquid goes through a moving cog with holes situated just inside of the plastic shell. This cog does not move very freely however. Not only that but the plastic shell is too low down, partly covering the holes in the cog and when a bubble does try to make an appearance it will more often than not burst on the plastic before it has a chance to make its way out. I soon found that the mower needed to be pushed along at high speed before any bubbles came out at all.
Despite it having so many flaws my son really does love this toy. He is not interested in the bubbles which rarely work, he is more enthralled by being able to help daddy with mowing the lawn. He also loves to push it around the house or sit on the base and have us push him around the house!
In summary this product is a little too basic, in fact rather flimsy and the main concept of the toy barely works. I am very pleased that my son has so much enjoyment from it. That said simple things do please him, just as most toddlers do he enjoys playing with cardboard boxes, bowls and spoons etc. I do not believe that the price suits the product and should be at a maximum of £10! My recommendation therefore is to give it a try... if it's in the sale!
My little boy got this as a birthday present for his 1st birthday. My parents bought it for him and asked if it was OK, as it states from 2 years on the packaging.
I agreed with my parents that he would be supervised during use, and as his walking was already quite advanced for a child of his age he would be fine with this toy.
The box this toy comes in is quite large, I would say around 50cms long, 30cms tall and 20cms wide, if that makes sense.
It has a large picture of the bubble mower on the box and states for use from 2 years+.
When you open up the box it comes in a few parts (I wasn't there at the time so I can't specify what needs making up, however I believe it was a simple push and click effort needed).
It is made primarily of plastic and stands about 70cms tall when made up. It has a bottle of bubbles included so you can get started straight away.
To put the bubble mixture into the mower you attach the bottle to the plastic cap (which is attached to the mower with string), put the plastic cap into the well provided, push down and the mixture is drained into the mower.
We had awful weather for the first few days after making this so hubby decided the kids could play with this inside (my 3 year old couldn't wait to have a go!).
The first problem we found was that if you tip it over the bubble mixture spills out, if this is done on the carpet it's not too bad, however on the laminate flooring it creates a slip hazard. Now I can see why it says 2 years +, as a 2 year old would probably be steady enough on their feet they would not lean all their weight onto the toy and tip it up spilling the mixture.
However, my 1 year old is now able to get out in the garden with this toy and loves seeing the bubbles coming out, my 3 year old plays with this more to be honest which I thought would be the case. This toy is sturdy and I can see many years of use in the garden, the bottle of bubbles provided is made of quite strong plastic so it is refillable with other bubble mixtures so you can use the push down and fill method.
This currently retails at £19.99 and is available from Argos and other such places.
Make mowing the lawn fun with bubbles. One touch and off you go!