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There are so many baby toys available; it is a very saturated market. But there are few toys I love as much as Fisher Price Peek-a-Blocks. These are brightly coloured plastic blocks that come in several different varieties. Some have sides of textured rubber; mirrored sides; transparent sides where you can peek inside to see cars, letters or shapes; and others that are more interactive with pieces you can move by twisting a dial. Unfortunately they seem to be a very pricey toy. I can see on Amazon that a set of 26 letter Peek-a-Blocks cost £79.99. As much as I would love to buy these for my baby, this is out of my price range by a mile. Fortunately though I have been lucky enough to spot the odd block or two in charity shops and we now have a collection of seven which has cost a total of £2.
Building blocks are a toy that will last a child for a couple of years. My son is ten months and at the stage where he likes to drop the blocks, bash them together, empty them out of a plastic container and sometimes lick them! At some point he will hopefully discover the fun of stacking. Whatever baby chooses to do with them, these blocks have provided us with hours of fun and I think they are also educational. They can help teach a baby to grip onto a solid object, pass it between their hands, feel different textures or indeed play with them in the ways I have described. They are aimed at babies of 6-24 months so if you do choose to spend £80 on them at least there is plenty of time to get your money's worth. I bought our blocks second hand but they were all in good condition so I think this shows they are long lasting. It would be hard to damage them as they are made from pretty solid plastic and seem very sturdy. I am always pleased to find a fun baby toy that doesn't require batteries as this can quickly bump up the overall cost of the toy, and these blocks certainly fulfil this criterion. The blocks are easy to clean. I have avoided putting them in water as I'm not sure if the water will get into the hollow blocks so instead I have either wiped them with a damp cloth or used a Dettol wipe on them.
The reason I like these blocks over any others available are that they are unique. I haven't seen anything quite like them and they appeal to my collecting nature as there are so many different varieties (it sounds like they are for me rather than my baby!). Also I have bought many Fisher Price toys and know them to be a reliable brand.
In conclusion, my baby loves these and I absolutely love everything about these blocks except the huge price tag. I will continue to search for them in charity shops and hopefully I can build up a collection this way.
Update: We now have 57 blocks plus a Peek-a-Block elephant, a Peek-a-Block trailer and a Peek-a-Block train which you can use to play with the blocks. We have spent £33.95 in total and all in the charity shops of Surrey!
The Fisher Price Peek A Blocks are something I firstly need to point out I don't think you can purchase new anymore, which is a real shame. I know you can get larger sets which feature a small amount of Peek-a-Blocks for example the Muching Hippo Playset and more recently I've seen a newer version of this - but to buy selections of the blocks on their own is not something you will find unless you buy second hand-which is exactly what I did!
I stumbled upon these little curiosity cubes when having a browse online for something to buy for my little boy-whos appetitie for exciting, bright toys is growing by the day (I now realise what my parents meant when they warned the expense for a child is spearheaded by toys!).
The cubes come in a huge amount of variations, smaller sets make up ranges. For exaample, sensory, food themed, circus theme etc. All very brightly coloured and all feature unique sounds, shapes, textures which will aid stimulation for your little one's young mind. I managed to get a huge box full of them, approximately 120 Peek-A-Blocks altogether for £45 including postage which I felt was very reasonable becuas when I checked the original sale prices the ranges (which features between8 and 12 different cubes) would retail for £12-£15 each for the set so I felt I got a real bargain! There were a few duplicates which I quickly sold on but after those we were left with still well over 100 cubes to go through!
The Blocks are all soft edged which means I don't worry about my son hurting himself with them and they are all really easy to clean which is one of the big things with kids toys. In our lot of the cubes the sensory ones get the most attention from my 11 month old (so far anyway). They feature different textures with fabric and textiles that cover shaped sections or entire blocks. He loves to feel rough and smooth textiles on the same block, you can almost see his little mind working away! His second favorites are the noisey ones-which there are lots of! Ones with rolling balls, squeaking animals etc! Almost all of the blocks make noises which is great at this developmental stage. I personally enjoy looking at the food themed ones-the detail on the carrots, doughnuts etc is brilliant-something I think my little man is slightly too young to appreciate just yet!
The Peek-A-Blocks always liter my sons playroom floor and they are never far away from him when he's playing, they are light enough for him to throw and then chase and interesting enough for him to sit and look at individually so I feel we have the best of both worlds with these!
The cubes are so easy to have around we keep a few in the car and a few in our baby bag to take out and about with us so thats another great pro right there. I would say that the only slight down side is that they don't appear to age as well as other toys. By this I mean if they are well played with they may suit a few children as owners but not many due to the fact their teeth seem to leave real marks and the plastic marks easily from scrapes etc.
Other than this I can't fault them! I think my little boy will be enjoying these for a lot longer yet!
I got given these by a friend when my daughter was born. They had been used by her children and I got given quite a selection of them. I was also given the giraffe to play with these.
The Fisher Price Peek-a-Blocks come in various different types and designs. The Peek-a-Blocks are cubes with solid textured colours on the top and bottom. The other four sides are clear plastic so the baby can see what's incside them. It seems you can buy these in different sets which share a common theme. For example, we have some in an animal theme which contain a zebra that can be turned around from underneath and a panda who has some balls that rattle around inside. We also have some transport ones containing a submarine and another with a car. Some of the blocks have extra items inside them which rattle around to engage the baby with audio and others have a way of turning what's inside them using a circular plastic dial on the bottom.
My daughter has enjoyed playing with these blocks. We have about 15 of them and also the sensory ones as well. When she was younger, we put them into a basket for her and she loved to sit taking them in and out of the basket. As she got older, we were able to build towers for her an she would knock them down again. She can now start to build them up herself. Her favourite ones are those that make a noise and she will sit rattling them and stare at the things inside for ages.
I think these blocks are excellent toys. I often take a couple out with me as something extra for her to play with. She liked to chew on them while she was teething and because they are plastic they can just be wiped down to clean. I think they will keep on amusing her for a long time, especially when used with the various toys available for them.
I don't think you can buy these particular blocks new anymore as I can't find them online, but there are lots of places to buy them second-hand. I would definitely recommend buying them - especially if you can get the toys to use with them.
We've have been a very big fan of these in our house hold. We first purchased the peek a boo blocks train just over a year ago for our daughter. She absolutely adored it. But not long after we noticed that some of the blocks had gone missing. So we headed down to our local toy store to find they did sell them separately. This was great as we could get her some different designed blocks. And if we came across the lost one, we would have plenty for her to play with.
They cost around £6.99 for a pack of 6. I believe this is great value for money as your child will have many hours of fun. We got ours from Woolworths, but I'm sure somewhere like toys r us will stock them.
The blocks themselves are colourful and there are a huge amount of various designs available, from the circus to different shapes. We've even got some with fruit and veg inside them. These are great for your child to look at as they are so bright and colourful. There's even some that move. They move by a small round disk at the bottom of the block which allows you to turn it to make the object inside turn round. We've even got some that make noises for example a bell and ones with squeak pads inside them so when you press the top in it squeaks.
They are made from a very hard plastic. So you don't have to worry about the snapping or breaking. They are also very easy to clean.
A year and a half after they were purchased they are still going strong and played with all the time. They've never tended to be the toy at the bottom of the toy box.
I'm looking forward to when my sons old enough to play with them as well. I'm sure we will be building lots of towers with them.
We also own alot of the roll a rounds as well. They are just like the peek a boo blocks but they are balls. Fisher price keeps coming up with these great toys, my flats starting to look like a toy shop.
Overall these have been a very much loved toy. And I rate them a 5 out of 5 as they are a great toy.
We have a number of these Peek-A-Blocks from Fisher Price. We have mainly picked them up from carboot sales. They seem to be a staple on most stalls that have kids toys. I guess that must mean lots of people buy them!
Our son really loves his. They say from 6 months on the packaging but to be honest, it is only recently at 10 months that our son has taken much of an interest. He would chew on them before but now he really looks inside and tries to understand them.
There are hundreds (I don't know literally but I know there are lots and lots) of different types. We just bought our son the seaside blocks with different fish and octopuses etc on springs that vibrate when you wobble the blocks. There is also one filled with water with fish inside and a hermit crab who's head goes in and out as you move the cube.
He also has some circus themed ones with a grove on the bottom that it just right for a small finer to stick in an turn around to turn the various circus animals and clowns around and around.
They are very well made and provide lots of opportunity to talk to your child about the different contents. They are also good for stacking up so your destructive little child can knock them over.
the only downside is they are not waterproof - I found this out when I submerged them to clean them and they filled with water. It took weeks of them sitting in the sun for the water inside to evaporate completely.
Peek-a-blocks are a fantastic invention and i feel they are a must buy for any baby or toddler. This isn't a toy that just has one use but can be easily adapted for many. I didn't buy these outright - they came with the gobble-n-go hippo we bought but i think we've spent more time playing with these than we have the hippo. They can also come with different toys or in a pack of 6.
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Peek-a-blocks are little blocks that are all the same size and are usually clear with something inside them, though you can get some that aren't clear. They have plastic coloured tops and bottoms and have hundreds of different things inside them, depending on which you buy.
The ones that came with the gobble-n-go hippo had items of food inside them (the idea was that the hippo would gobble them up) but you can buy others that have animals inside, plants, footballs, smiley faces and these are just some of them. The objects inside of them can rattle, squeak, turn with cogs, move with buttons and so on.
It is also worth mentioning that these can be good for touch as the bottom of them usually has a pattern, dots, stripes etc.
These were initially used for the hippo but as my daughter grew up we discovered more and more uses for them. Building towers with them has been one of the best games. She loves helping to build them and most of all, knocking them all down!
We have a cardboard box that came with another toy and she sits putting them in and pulling them back out - she can sit and do this for 20 minutes and finds it funny to do so.
If she's a little bit whingy and i'm trying to prevent a nap as it's too late in the day then i tend to make a little fort with the blocks and hide her dummy in the middle of it.
We've also used these in the bath on many occasions and they seem to be waterproof although i've never seen them advertised in such a way.
We sometimes sit and play peepo around the blocks, you'd be amazed at the giggles you can get by peering round the sides, through a hole in the middle or over the top.
We bought the gobble-n-go hippo in the sale from Woolworths for £24.99 and 6 peek a blocks came with this. You can buy the blocks in individual packs of 6 for about £6.99 too. I think both of these prices are very good value for money. The blocks look like they will last for a long time rather than some of the cheaper plastic toys you can buy. We've had these for several months and they are still in fantastic condition - you'd never know they've been used.
When we bought these, it said on the packet 6 months plus but i don't see why a younger baby couldn't have these. They won't have the ability to play with them to their potential, but the ones that rattle and make a noise could easily be enjoyed by a younger baby. My nephew still plays games with these when he comes to visit and he's turned 5 so they are definately a long term toy.
These are a must buy for hours of safe amusement although you do need quite a few if you're going to build towers with them. We must have more than 30 of them now and we could probably have more fun if we had more but then the same fun could probably have been had with less.
A decent long term value for money toy, what more could you ask for. It's definately worth buying a toy that these are compatible with for even more fun.
I recently got a phone call while I was in Tesco instructing me to pick up a birthday present for a one year old. Not just any one year old, but one that had been premature, so I was told to look for a toy suitable for 6 months plus rather than 12 months plus. The daughter only wanted me to spend up to £10 but asked me to get something that looked nice and was by a proper brand, not just something that was Tesco own.
So with that in mind I chose a box of these Fisher Price Peek-a-Blocks. They've been around since our Grandson was little because I remember him having these (I especially remember the one with the bananas in for some reason).
What makes these an attractive toy for little ones is the way they have all kinds of little things going on inside the blocks. Some have food or animals in them, others have puzzles or toys. The idea is to entice baby to really look at and think about the blocks rather than just stack them and get quickly bored.
Our grandson wasn't a huge fan of these but the baby that received them apparantly loves them! Nice one Dad I think. I got a pack of six from Tescos for £6.99 and they come in a nice presentation box which makes them a very nice gift. I don't think they are a wonderful invention, and there's nothing wrong with regular building blocks. But as a gift for a baby I think these are really nice.
Peek-a-blocks are small cubes with clear perspex sides and coloured textured plastic tops and bottoms. There are loads of different types available and they contain different things depending on which pack you buy. Some have animal inside, some like those shown in the picture have tubes with geometric patterns on them and I have seen some with different type balls inside. Some of the cubes even have cogs and wheels on them that can be turned to make the things inside move. There are also bigger toys available like elephants, Giraffes and trains that the blocks fit into to make interesting games.
My son was only five weeks old when Christmas came around and I had bought a pack of these blocks during my pregnancy. As he is my third child it is difficult to find things that the other two don't already have. These blocks were fairly new and seemed to be everywhere at the time I bought them.
A pack of six blocks will usually cost about £6.99 but I bought these when they were on offer in Woolworths at just £3.49 so I felt I was getting a real bargain. They are made by Fisher Price which usually means a quality hard wearing well made toy. I like the look of the blocks and they weren't very big so I felt that they would be easy to pick up and hold once my child was a bit bigger. The colours are bright and each block was a different colour. The blocks I bought were the ones shown in the picture with the tubes of colour inside.
My son is now eleven months old and I can honestly say that he doesn't like these blocks at all. I am quite disappointed because normally Fisher Price toys are very popular with my children.
I have noticed that he picks up a block and looks at it but instantly discards it. I think he doesn't like them because they don't have flashing lights, they don't make noise and there are no buttons for him to press or doors for him to open. The cogs and wheels are far too small for his chubby little fingers and so to him they are just coloured bricks. We have other bigger blocks from Fisher Price that have buttons and dials and flaps on them that he really loves and that my older son also enjoyed when he was younger.
My older children are three and four years old and they don't play with these blocks because they are the babies toys. They do occasionally build towers for their little brother but the blocks don't stack very well and topple over easily.
I don't have any of the other toys that can be used with these blocks and am loathed to buy one in case it doesn't encourage my children to play with them.
I am very disappointed with these blocks because they seem to be really popular and everyone is raving about them but they just aren't a hit in our house.
i bought fisher prices peek-a-blocks a few years back for my then only daughter, i bought them in a set with a ride on hippo that goes along and eats them up as you ride over them.
she loved the blocks so much that i bought some more individually (packs of 6 for just under £7) and since then have bought other sets including the peek-a-block giraffe and peek-a-block elephant.
since then i have had two more daughters and they also love playing with the peek-a-blocks.
There are all sorts of different types of blocks, we have some with textures -rough, shiny, patterns and also have ones with animals and even plastic food in!
The blocks are hard plastic and the children love stacking them, putting them in a line, playing with them in the peek-a-block toys and even just putting them in bags and pots and carrying them around!
even my youngest who is 11months loves playing with them, the objects inside amaze her and she shakes and bangs them! i think they the recommended age is supose to be from 3mths-3years.
These are a great toy whether used on there own or with other additions to the Fisher price peek a block range such as the train or truck.
Each bloke has an individual design and is sturdy and clear, with colourful tops and bottoms. Inside each bloke is a different object, some have shapes, some have animals whilst others have balls and mazes to get them through.
Can be used on there on and are great to stack as are very sturdy so easy for even the clumsy hands to use, or why not put them on the train and watch them bob a long. Some even have buttons at the bottom, for example there is a treausre chest and when you push the button the chest opens, or there are animals that you spin the button on the bottom around and the animal turns round.
As each bloke is unique it keeps children entertained for hours, both my 1 yr old daughter and 3 yr old son love them.
Fisher Price Peek-a-Blocks
Fisher Price Peek-a-Blocks are all fantastic and there are so many ways that they can be used for learning or play. There are many different ways to get hold of these Peek-a-Blocks, you can buy them on there own in a packet of six or they can be bought with various toys sold by Fisher Price. I have just seemed to accumulate them over a very short period and I think they are multiplying before my eyes as I am finding them all over the place.
What you are getting when you come across a Peek-a-Block is one of several things. There are Peek-a-blocks with all sorts of different things inside them or there are the touch sensation ones where there are different shapes and textures coming out of the block for small fingers to explore and feel. There are some that rattle, some that jingle and some that you can spin the object inside around by twisting the bottom.
These things really are fantastic for children. They are made of tough plastic so easy to clean and very heard wearing. The fact that they are cubes are good so that they can be stacked up and knocked over, which is Jack's favourite thing to do at the moment. They can be a bit big and chunky for Jack's small hands at times but if he uses two hands he is fine with holding them. They state on the packaging that the Peek-a-Blocks are suitable from 6 months of age and over.
We have one with a large silver bell in and Jack really loves this one as he loves to shake it and hear it Jingle away. The fact that he has plenty of different toys were these Peek-a-Blocks can be used in with is probably the best thing as I could see him getting bored of just the blocks on there own.
I try to interact with Jack as much as possible and when he is playing I'm down on the floor with him telling him all the different animals that are inside the Peek-a-block, (as many of our blocks have Zoo or Circus animals in). He loves it when I twist around the Zebra in one and he tries to do it but turning the bottom is still a little too fiddly for him. He'll be doing it soon though I am sure.
I think the Peek-a-blocks really are what you make them. They can seem boring or uninteresting for the child if they are just handed them without any chat about the things inside or any of the toys in the range that can be played with them. Jack particularly loves his Peek-a-Block train that moves around and spins some of the blocks around.
I think these blocks are priced very reasonably and even the toys in the range are of a pretty good price. They will last forever I would of thought because they are so hard wearing and tough. Jack has been throwing them around and they don't even seem to be scratched at all. I would like to get some more toys from this range as I do believe there are tons of different toys to choose from.
Jack enjoys playing with these Peek-a-blocks with me and I do think they are brilliant and can be used in so many different ways. They are very affordable and each one is very different from the last. I think if you spend the time interacting with your child with them then they are a great thing to have. However they are not a toy on there own that you could leave your child to play with by their selves.
I am however going to rate them a brilliant 10/10 and I hope this has been of some help to you.
Thanks for reading xxx
these didn't seem like anything special to me when my girlfriend decided to buy our daughter some for christmas but i have to admit i was wrong because 3 years later they're still getting played with and ore usually the first things my daughter and her cousins reach for after breakfast.
They are very clever great designs each one different and magical for the child but best of all they are durable and its nice to see toys being played with so much and being in good condition still.
you can't really go wrong with these if your buying for toddlers
In the haze of postnatal hormones following the birth of my daughter and a sheer desperation to get out of the house, I ended up in the toy section of Woolworths. Keen to buy something for my daughter I picked up a packet of Peek-A-Blocks and ignoring the terrible cutesy name, slung them into my basket. I believe I paid £6.49 for a set of six, the identical match to those shown in the picture above. This seemed like a bargain at the time, but unfortunately was not, as I will explain.
Firstly though, a little bit about the product. Peekablocks are made by Fisher Price, a famous retailer of plastic play products for children. Peekablocks are usually sold in sets of six and there are a wide variety of sets choose from, the ones above are called Sight Sensations-you can also get Sound Sensations, Learning Fun, Touch Sensations, Animals, Vehicles. You can also buy larger add-on playsets, such as the Tumblin' Sounds Giraffe or the Rollin' Rumblin' Dumptruck.
In design they are cubes, about 5cms long, wide and deep. They have perspex sides, coloured and textured plastic tops and bottoms and contain objects to look at and interact with. Fisher Price claim that they are ideal for:
-developing motor skills
-enhancing hand-eye co-ordination
-enhancing fine motor skills through exploring textures
-stimulating the senses by providing a range of materials to touch
-visually stimulating through small objects and movement
-fostering thinking skills as baby learns to discriminate
-encourages thinking skills as baby learns to stack them.
They are marketed as being suitable from 6 months.
The objects inside are designed to move, jingle, shine, wobble etc.
I got them when my daughter was about 3 months and put them aside to introduce them to her at 5 months when she was able to sit up. When offered them she would take it, gum it, have a quick glance and put it down again, the objects inside were not sufficient to hold her attention long enough for her to see anything. Unsurprising as the objects inside the 'Sight Sensations' Peekablocks are particularly uninspiring. Two of them have shaped mirrors and small red balls, which roll around inside. As she couldn't see herself in the mirror and the effect was particularly limited these got short shrift. The next two had shapes that spin on their axis, or flip backwards and forwards as you rattle them. One was a pale pink colour and hard to see; the other one a particularly uninteresting check pattern. The range of movement was poor and in the case of the pale pink one, blink and you miss it. The final two have wheels to push around to spin the patterns inside. One of the patterns was very pale and uneyecatching, the other was a particularly strong black and white pattern but I found the wheel impossible to turn in an easy circle, due to the top mounted design, so I cant see how an infant could be expected to work it.
They are all very limited in function, once they have been picked up, examined and shaken, thats really it, there is nothing else to do with them. Oh, apart from stacking...but you see that beautifully textured plastic at the top and the bottom that comes in a range of bright colours? Not only does it completely limit the view of the block i.e you have to pick it up and hold it just right to be able to see the full object inside, but it also stops the blocks from being easily stacked. The texture makes a clean join impossible and the tower wobbles and collapses easily.
At six months my daughter wanted to explore and investigate, she wasn't happy to just sit there and shake blocks, she wanted something more interesting (usually something she shouldnt have) and the Peekablocks got less and less use until when she was twelve months I passed them on (to another equally unimpressed mother).
I ended up following my instincts and gave my daughter toys that I knew she would be interested in. I bought a cheap plastic mirror, made a tube out of card and bought a simple plastic ball to slide down it and made a simple treasure basket of natural or interesting objects. All of which got more use than these.
Peekablocks recommended retail price are £7 (from the Fisher Price website), I have seen them for sale at most big toystores and Woolworths.
Peek-a-blocks made by Fisherprice - one of the most trusted names in quality toys.
Peek-a- blocks are small cubes with clear plastic windows, small enough for a baby to grasp and big enough for a baby to see all the magical things peek-a-blocks holds. Usually aged from 6 months to 3 years.
Peek-a-blocks can be brought from most leading toy stores, my highly recommended shop for these is Woolworths. You will find a whole range and decent prices in Woolworths.
Peek-a-blocks usually come in a pack of 6 with a certain theme to each set for example touch and feel or sound blocks. The prices vary, usually £5.99 for a six pack, but you can buy packs with more in them and obviously the prices increase from there.
Why they are good for your baby:
Develops motor skills for baby as they enhance hand and eye coordination, as the baby grasps and stacks the blocks. The baby explores different materials and textures which also helps fine motor skills. Visual stimulation is used when the baby is spinning mirrors or moving objects within the blocks. Also encourages thinking skillls by learning between different objects, problem solving wondering how to stack and build.
Each set of blocks come in many different themes for example touch senstion blocks, these are squishy, bumpy soft and hard each with different textures to touch and feel. All materials are safe for the baby some are made of cotton, silk and felt.
Barnyard animals are inside another themed set of peek-a-blocks including animals such as pigs and sheep.
Sound sensation blocks have differnt sounds when you shake them like squeeking and the block with a bell in it has a ding dong noise.
There are quite a few different themed blocks (too many to list) each come in there own little set, but if you decide to buy more than one set they can all be combined together.
Each side of the cubes there is something to discover even the flat part you place down has a rubbery feel. Some have knobs to turn and buttons to press, some you just simply shake to get your lovely surprise.
Each block is different and holds a different and delightful surprise for you baby. With spinning motions, shiny mirrors and different textures!
My favourite set of peek-a-blocks that I have come across is the alphabet blocks I havent yet brought but im sure it will be a future buy. My child is a bit young for these at the moment, there are 26 blocks each inside a letter of the alphabet and an object to match, for example letter A and an apple inside. I think these will be great when my child is older as im sure we will have soooo much fun learning the abc's.
Each block in all sets are so colouful and imaginative
You'll want to collect them all!
Fisherprice have made a whole big range of peek-a-blocks and they have become very popular.
You can now by shape sorters with peekablocks and pull along trucks all with peekablocks. You can fit your peek-a-blocks into the truck for it to make wonderfull sounds. The shape sorter set comes with pee-a-blocks made in different shapes for your baby to sort into the right hole.
My first purchase in this range wasent peek-a-blocks but roll arounds. Roll arounds are made on the same basis of the blocks but are little balls of fun. Each of the balls has different sounds and objects inside for you to explore but you cant actually feel these just see them. I brought a funfair kind of game which came with the roll arounds, you place each roll around at the top press a lever and watch as the roll around whizzes round and round and shoots out at the end, whilst fun sounds come from the funfair ride.
In my opinion peek-a-blocks are great for kids and helps them learn so much! I would definatly recommened as they are great educatinal toys to be used from a young age. You baby will have fun touching and feeling then as she grows watch her be able to distinguish the differnt objects inside.
On the other hand although they are very good for your baby I do think they can be quite pricey, I would recommend to look on ebay or Amazon for cheaper prices.
They spin, they move, they shine, they dazzle these blocks are full of fascinating sights for baby to see.