“ Brand: Fisher Price / Age: 6 months / Type: Push, Pull & Roll „
This is yet another toy which Lottie got for Christmas and this one has been great for her to use. It is a gumball machine and it is quite a nice looking toy. It is quite big but because of it being made in plastic is not heavy and Lottie has been carrying it around everywhere for months. It has a lovely smily face on their which has been great for teaching her nose, mouth and eyes. My machine looks exactly like the picture above apart from I haven't got the catcher at the front for some reason.
The machine does have different textures with swirls at the top and dots on the lever which are great for babies to feel.
So the idea is you are provided with four gumballs which have inside them ring, a bear, some small balls and a car. These are great as they are big so you don't have to worry about them fitting in your babies mouth and they are pretty indestructible. Lottie threw hers down the stairs and they bounced off a concrete floor and survived.
You put the gumballs in at the top of the machine and they gather up the swirly staircase inside. Then when you press the blue lever they fall down one by one. As you do the lights on the front glow and the machine plays around four different tunes. There is a volume control on the front and the more important off switch!!!! There is the big yellow lever which looks like a bow at the front and if you turn this it makes a clicking sound and there are pictures of a star and different colour circles underneath.
All in all this is a good toy and Lottie loves putting the balls in and pulling the lever. However it is extremely hard to clean. She grabbed a banana she was eating and put it down there at one point and because it is at different levels inside it was hard to get clean. This is a great toy though and one I don't mind her playing with as I don't find it annoying.
For some reason I cant find it for sale now apart from on one site for £25.99 but I do not think it is worth paying that much for. Maybe £15. You can also buy the roll round balls separately if you want more than the given four.
My daughter has a wide variety of toys in fact she has far too many for her to use but the good thing about being in a large family with a few nieces and nephews under the age of 5 we tend to get toys handed down which obviously saves us money and of course should she not like them you don't feel like you have wasted any money! My sister in law has 2 children under the age of 4 and we tend to share our toys around and generally we have Fisher Price toys simply for the fact that they tend to be so well made and a lot of the time on offer! On toy given to us about 6 months ago was the Fisher Price Roll-A-Round Swirling Surprise.
The Fisher Price Roll-A-Round Swirling Surprise is a toy that I hadn't seen before and from Googling it it isn't widely available although it is on the US Fisher Price website so I can only assume it is still very popular over there. Fisher Price is a global brand that we have all generally heard of whether we buy their products or not. They have been going for years and years and supply the world with a wide variety of colourful products aimed at newborn babies right up to 10 and 11 years if not older. Their products are widely stocked online as well as in toy stores across the country.
Now as I didn't buy the toy I can't really comment on the packaging it came in. However, after looking online it does seem that it comes in a typically brightly coloured box which features the product name, red and white Fisher Price logo and the box has a window in it so you can actually see the toy itself as well as touch it should you want to! The toy seems to come ready made which is obviously ideal, so once you get yours you simply open the box and lift it out and it is ready to be played with! The toy itself is designed for children from 6 months up which I do feel is quite appropriate.
To look at the Fisher Price Roll-A-Round Swirling Surprise is incredibly colourful which of course attracts attention from my daughter. It certainly does have a gumball machine look about it! Its base is red plastic with a clear housing for the gumballs to be collected. The top again is clearly plastic but houses the yellow plastic piece which allows the gumballs to swirl round and then down into the base. There is a smiley face on the front which is quite sweet but I don't see it as essential. At the side of the toy there is a large blue plastic lever together with a yellow spinner at the front. The whole toy is made of quite a heavy duty plastic but no sharp edges or anything which could be problematic. The spinning balls are quite small and plastic but brightly coloured.
The Fisher Price Roll-A-Round Swirling Surprise helps with three main areas of a child's development which as a parent I do take quite seriously and with Fisher Price toys I find that they focus a lot on these specific areas. The three areas are:
Developing Motor Skills: this toy helps by helping to enhance hand to eye co-ordination as a baby will need to grasp one of the balls whilst trying to put it in at the top of the toy. It is also encouraged by the baby investigating the spinner at the front together with the pressing and pushing down on the lever.
Stimulating Senses: This is encouraged by the motion of the gumballs as well as the lights which flash when the toy is being played with. Also if the child watches the gumballs drop from the top of the toy down the spiral to the bottom this can also stimulate the senses. Auditory skills are also helped with the fun sounds and music which play when the toy is in use.
Enhancing Language Skills: This is all about problem solving as to enable the toy to actually work the baby has to figure out that to make the lights and music to play and not to mention for the gumballs to drop out the bottom they have to learn about to press the lever as well as learning spatial concepts such as putting the gumballs in and taking them out.
In theory the toy is easy the gumballs (you get four as standard) placed in the top, the lever is pressed, music and lights will start and the gumballs spiral and come out the bottom. The lights are bright and colourful and make a nice addition to what otherwise may be a slightly boring toy. The music is limited so if your child loves this toy then you might find yourself tearing your hair out as there is no variety in the music! However, for the music and lights to work you will need 3 'AA' batteries which are of course not included if you buy it from new.
My daughter had this around 6 months ago when she was around 13/14 months old but had played with it quite happily at my sister in law's from around 8 months. At first she could only figure out where the gumballs need to go and how to put them in there. However, once she was showed a few times how to press the lever down and for her to understand that once the lever is pressed the gumball will come spinning out of the bottom there was no stopping her! It was actually really nice as a parent to see her understand how to use it in literally a matter of minutes, that she could actually understand how to play with the toy properly.
My daughter will still quite happily play with this toy at home and has definitely been a firm favourite over the last year whether played with at home or at my sister in law's. I think it must be a combination of the music and flashing lights as these are always a big hit with my daughter as well as being able to play with the toy and watching the balls come spinning out from the bottom of the toy which always makes her giggle! We have of course had various other items put in at the top of the toy which of course don't fit and despite her best efforts she has now come to the conclusion that only the 4 gumballs will actually do the job!
Being a plastic toy it is of course easy to keep clean which is a must with sticky little hands. Although I am obviously pleased that this toy was given to me for free I had contemplated buying one for her as my daughter has always enjoyed playing with it and no doubt had I of bought a brand new one I would definitely not regretted my purchase at all as even at 21/22 months she is still quite happily playing with it albeit not quite as much. Definitely a toy which I think is worth it and something that will hopefully provide many hours of fun! I'd recommend it to all parents to help keep a child entertained and to help with their development. Without a doubt I'd give this toy 5 stars.
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Brand: Fisher price
Availability: Online mainly
Price: £29.99 - New £0.99 - Used
When my Mum bought this toy for my son when he was around 1 year old I thought that it was rather silly, but it has proved to be a favourite with my son and also some of his little friends. The gumball toy is currently retailing on Amazon for £17.50 (July 2012).
The toy is basically a gumball machine made from durable plastic. Most of the machine is clear plastic, but the base is red and the top blue, the middle section has a yellow turning knob and also a blue push handle. The toy is designed for babies from 6-36 months. It also requires 3 "AA" alkaline batteries, which were not included in the box. There is a tray on the bottom of the bowl to catch the balls from straying away from baby and it includes a clicker 'coin' slot and 4 balls each with a unique surprise and action.
Basically the whole point of the game is to put the balls into the top of the machine and then use the handle to release them down the shoot. When the balls come down the shoot the machine plays music (which is very annoying) and it flashes lights. It is all very simple. Each ball is made of durable mainly clear plastic, with each ball having a different coloured top and bottom, inside each ball is a surprise, one contains a plastic sweet for example.
The toy is designed to improve coordination and also develop memory in that you need to remember where you have put the balls and how to get them out of the machine. The sound on the gumball has two settings, loud and even louder!
My son soon mastered how to play the game and even now he is aged two he will still fish the toy out of his cupboard and play with it from time to time.
Overall I would recommend this toy to others as it helps develop hand eye coordination, is well made and makes my son happy when he is playing with it, the only down side is the annoying music, and maybe the price, but if your child gets lots of play time out of is worth every penny.
I was recently looking for a present for my daughter off her Great Grandmother and came across this toy in Tesco, it caught my attention as it had a large red sticker stating it had been reduced from £30 to £15 and I always like a bargain. The toy is produced by Fisher-Price which gives you a fair idea that it is going to be a decent toy that any child is likely to enjoy. The toy is apparently suitable from aged 6 months although I honestly think that is too young and 12 months is a more appropriate age.
The gumball looking machine comes packaged in a bright cardboard box which is open at the front which would allow you to have a try of the toy without the balls though as these are encased in plastic to keep them secure but you can at least hear the noises and see what your childs reward will be when they press the lever.
The toy is made of hard brightly coloured plastic and is made to look like a gumball machine, the top half is open to allow the balls which come with the toy to be placed inside and on the front of the top half there is a smiling face. The middle section has a turning lever like you would use to release your prize when you have put your money in and then there is a bright blue lever on the side to actually drop the balls down. The bottom half is see through and open to allow the balls to exit and the child to see what is happening as the ball whizzes down. The toy is mainly in primary colours and I think it looks very attractive to children but even more so when the toy is in action as there as three coloured lights which flash as the ball is released and the toy plays a little tune.
There are four balls that come with the toy and these are the roll a round balls which are used in quite a few of the Fisher-Price toys and can even be bought on their own to be played with as just balls. The balls are hard plastic and they are mainly see through but have coloured circles top and bottom, inside each ball there is an object such as teddies and sweets. I like these balls for children, they hold their interest as each one is bright and has different things inside most of which move around inside.
This toy gave me great entertainment when my sister held it up in mid air and tried to discover what it did, her face was extremely funny when the ball came rushing out at her. As I said above I don't believe this toy is suitable for 6 month olds as the child would need to understand the concept of the lever to be able to work the toy and my daughter at a year is only just grasping it. The toy can be turned off when not in use and the lever and ball release does still work when it is turned off, there are two volume settings so it doesn't get too loud and annoying, I like the added bit of the turning bit at the front to make the gumball machine more realistic but it also clicks round so is an added bit of fun for your child. I like that the toy plays music, lights up and rewards the childs actions and my daughter giggles like mad when the balls drop so she obviously would recommend it. I would have to say if I had paid £30 for this I would have been disappointed as I don't think it does enough to warrant that price tag but at £15 I am impressed and I know my daughter is too.
We have a lot of Fisher price toys and had already bought the 'Roll-A-Round Jungle Friend Tree House' for Lew's birthday when Meg saw the gum ball machine at a local charity shop for a couple of quid, it didn't have any of the 'Roll-A-Round' balls with it but as we already had several that came with the tree house we decided to go for it.
Lewis really enjoys playing with all of the 'Roll-A-Round' toys and we now also have the 'Twirlin' Whirlin' Turtle' (another car boot bargain). Lewis will often go to the gum ball machine first and get out balls to play with on the other 'Roll-A-Round' toys.
The gum ball machine is a very simple design of toy, you put the 'Roll-A-Round's' in the top then press the lever on the side to activate a fun sound and flashing lights when the balls roll out. There are three different sounds that play and none of them are too intrusive, there is a volume control if you do find it annoying.
There is a coin slot clicker on the front of the gum ball machine. It is very colourful and bold which always helps to hold Lewis' attention. There is a tray on the front of the toy to stop the balls going astray when they roll out but Lewis enjoys rolling them over the floor so they still end up everywhere.
The age recommendation on the gum ball machine is six months but the recommendation on the tree house is one year which I believe is a little more realistic. 'Roll-A-Round's' are quite a common toy so if you do see anything from the collection at a charity shop or car boot sale without any balls I would still go for it as Meg and I are always seeing more balls on sale at car boot's. I think the gum ball machine is worth up to ten pounds but I would only really go for it if you have or are planning to get other 'Roll-A-Round' toys.
I have a wide range of toys in my house due to having 4 children, but out of all the toys that are there this has got to be my favroite and most played with toy of them all.
What it is
This is a simple toy that has two ball shapes one at the top one at the bottom and reminds me of an hour glass shape. Inside the balls is a helter skelter design. The top ball has a big hole for the child to be able to place the ball inside and the bottom ball has a doorway opening for the ball to roll out. Also on the top are 3 lights under a smiling face there is one red, one bule and one green that light up when it is played with. On the side in the middle of the toy is a blue push handle. On the front in the middle of the toy is a turn dial which doesnt do anything apart from making a clicking sound when turned. Next to that turn dial there is a sound button which is off, mid sound volume and loud sound volume. This toy is still very good when the sound is switched off which is what I like the most. The idea of the toy is that you drop a ball in the top which will get trapped in the middle then press the button on the side to release the ball and roll out the door opening. Each ball is different they are made from plastic and have different colours on the top and bottom of the ball that also have different textures. Inside each ball is a different figure, it comes with 6 balls and from the top of my head there is a lollypop in one, a disc in another and I am not sure what else I can not put my hands on all of these balls due to the children keep playing with them and hiding them also my cats have taken a liking to playing with them so I know one is out in the garden at the moment.
This is a brilliant toy for all ages. This was bought for my eldest daughters first birthday and as soon as it was opened it was being played with by all the children there. The eldest child in the room was 6 at the time and she loved the idea of the toy too. My daughter being one found this very easy to use after being shown what to do a few times. She was able to pick the balls up with one hand or two to place them in the top which would then play music and flash lights. Then she found it easy to press the button on the side of the toy to release the ball which also in turn would play music and make the lights flash. My son soon worked out that if you placed more than one ball in the top that it would only release one at a time when you were pressing the button. This amuzed my son because he was facinated on how fast he could press the button to get the balls out which was quite funny to watch. All the children that have visited my house have loved this toy even if it is only the balls that they are rolling to each other. I have to watch all the children with the balls incase they throw them due to these are made from a hard plastic and can be very painful if they hit somebody. This toy has now come in for my youngest daughter who recently turned one and is still being played with by the older children. I have never had to change the batteries in this either which I think is good.
I think this is a very good toy. It has been in the family for 2 years now and has not been broken in any way and looks like brand new. I found that the balls can be a bit dangerous if children get carried away with throwing them. I think this is a brilliant first toy that teaches co-ordination skills. This is very hardwearing and could very easily last quite a few years. This is able to be played with without the sound and lights which the child still gets the same amuzement from when it is not on. I think that it is a very good design and for something so simple is very entertaining for the child. I found this good value for money and was priced at £17.99 and is very hardwearing. It comes complete with balls and you are also able to buy these balls seperately. I think it is very colourful and a brilliant design for a toy. I have found that my children do try to put other things in the top of this toy to see if they will do the same as the ball does which gives them learning about different shapes and am supprised that it hasn't broken due to this. This is a brilliant toy for learning and has been good fun for all ages. The music is not too anoying and it will work even if it is not switched on. This has been one of the best toys that we have owned and think this is definately recommended for a first toy for children. Beware of the balls being thrown is the only downside to this they are very hard and can hurt other children.
Yet another Fisher Price toy, yes my house is full of them!! This toy is The Roll-A-Round Swirling Surprise, and it is basically a little gumball machine. I bought this toy for my daughters first birthday even though the recommended age is 6months+. I'm not so sure the age recommended is accurate as at 6 months i don't think they have the ability to understand the concept of the toy. As with all Fisher Price toys, this one is super cute and appealing to children with its lovely smiley face, however the bright colours dont really show until the toy is activated and the lights come on.
The idea of the gumball machine is that the child puts in the roll-a-round ball in the top and when full, they pull the lever and watch as the colourful balls spin and swirl around and pop out of the hole in the bottom. As the ball travels down, the gumball machine plays a tune and some lights flash. The features on this toy are fun flashing lights, fun sounds, a clicking "coin slot" (which the child can turn round to make the noise and pretend they are putting a coin in) and the tray at the bottom which catches the balls.
Each of the roll-a-round balls have a different surprise action in them, and the machine itself comes with 4 balls. There are various different things in the balls, there are animals, balls inside balls, puzzly type balls and they have different textures too.
I think this toy is another one that is good for development as it encourages early motor skill development, stimulates senses and is great for learning through discovery as the child will discover what happens when the lever is pressed.
This is where the positives end for me i'm afraid. At £24.99 i really think this is overpriced, as it really doesnt do much. Basically the ball goes in the top and comes out of the bottom, thats it. It certainly hasn't been a favourite of my little girls and there is no way that the money's worth has been had with this toy unfortunately. So i think if you can find it on offer it may be worth picking up, but in my opinion there are much better toys for this price than the roll-a-round swirling surprise.
A little disappointing compared with other toys in the Fisher Price range, a shame.