Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym

Fisher Price Piano Gym mainFisher-Price Discover ‘n’ Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym Review

Our rating: 5 stars

The Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym can keep babies entertained while helping them develop muscle strength and co-ordination. It’s interactive and it can be changed around so babies can use it in different ways as they get bigger.

There are different activities for babies at different stages of development, up to about 18 months. So it can be great fun for a baby but what do parents think? Let’s find out.

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Fisher-Price Piano Gym Features

* Helps strengthen muscles (legs and arms) and motor skills
* Helps develop hand-eye coordination
* Interactive: responds to the baby’s actions with lights and music
* Batteries included
* Age range: 0-18 months

Fisher Price Kick and Play Piano Gym Video

(The baby in the video is 14 weeks old.)

Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym Review

Fisher Price Piano Gym boxedThe Fisher-Price Discover ‘n’ Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym is a high quality educational and development toy, as you’d expect from Fisher-Price. It has a lot of different toys and features that can stimulate a baby’s senses and encourage visual development – very important in the first six months. It can also help babies to develop strength and control in their arms and legs.

Young babies will wave and hit at the hanging toys and kick at the piano with their feet. When the child is able to sit unaided, the piano can be turned to horizontal so they can sit at it and hit the big baby-sized keys. Either way, it encourages babies to play independently.

It’s a great way to keep them entertained while you do something else – although of course you should always be where you can see them.

The mat and toys are well designed with muted but attractive colors. There are simple patterns that encourage eyesight development and hand-eye coordination. The piano plays musical notes and short tunes, encouraging young babies to kick at the keys and develop coordination of the legs. The tunes aren’t very loud or long, so you shouldn’t find it too annoying, and the kicking doesn’t seem to hurt either the baby or the piano.

Plenty Of Different Things To Do

Fisher Price Piano Gym verticalThe Fisher-Price Piano Gym is adjustable so it can be used in different ways at different stages of development. This is how it can be fun for such a wide age range (birth to around 18 months). You can see some of the different ways of using it in the pictures on the right.

Young babies will mostly lie on their backs, look at themselves and light reflected in the mirror and reach for the toys that hang from the arch. Then the arch can be repositioned to lie flat for play when they’re old enough to lie on their tummies.

As babies grow they’ll begin to roll around and move on the mat. At that point you’ll need to watch they don’t hit their heads on the bases of the arch, which are quite solid. Some parents in Amazon reviews said they decided to pad the bases with bubble wrap for protection. You might also need to reposition the mirror from time to time as babies get longer.

When they can sit up, you can put the arch down and reorient the piano so they can sit at it to play. It’s now a musical toy more than a baby gym, so it has the potential for keeping children entertained longer than most mats that are designed for little babies.

The Verdict

Get this for a baby and we’re sure he or she will love the Fisher-Price Piano gym, not just now but for many months to come. They’re likely to get 30 to 60 minutes of play and entertainment from it each time you put them down, and that’s as long as most babies can concentrate on anything. It has a lot of potential for encouraging a child’s physical development as well as their understanding of how they can interact with the world. It’s very good value for the price you pay and we’ve given it 5 stars.

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Our rating: 5 stars

Fisher-Price Discover ‘n’ Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym Review

Published 19 May 2013

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