Fisher-Price Smart Stages Chair Review

Smart Stages ChairFisher-Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Chair Review Our rating: 4 stars

The Fisher-Price Smart Stages chair has a smiley face and plenty for little ones to do. They’ll hear over 50 phrases and tunes, press buttons, use a remote control that lights up, and “read” a flip-page book on the arm of the chair.

There are 3 levels of play to suit kids aged 12 months, 18 months and 24 months onward, so the activities develop along with your child. The seat lifts up with more activities to discover underneath. Let’s see what reviewers thought.

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Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Chair Smart Stages Video

Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Chair Features

* 3 levels of learning
* Over 50 educational phrases, songs and melodies
* Includes flip-up book and a remote control
* Child weight limit: 25 kg (55 pounds)
* Age range: 12-36 months (1-3 years)

Fisher-Price Smart Stages Chair Review

Fisher-Price are famous for the quality of their educational toys for toddlers, and they know that keeping little children happy and occupied is not always easy! The Laugh and Learn chair is a development from a couple of years ago, and the Smart Stages chair is in the same line.

The chair is an activity centre that creates a personal space for little ones. They can quickly make it the place where they go to have fun, and they’ll be learning at the same time. It’s a friendly-looking armchair, and kids can either sit in the chair itself, or sit on the floor and open up the seat, or use the chair to hold onto as they stand and walk around it.

Smart Stages Chair with childThe Smart Stages chair comes in a choice of bright yellow or pink. Both have the smiling face on the back rest, and children respond well to this. It makes them feel the chair is one of their toy friends. They may even give it a name.

The Smart Stages Laugh and Learn chair knows if a child is sitting on it or standing, and it responds according to what the child does. When buttons are pressed on the remote control, it lights up and activates singalong tunes and phrases.

There are three levels of play that are intended to correspond to the child’s developmental age, for one year, two years and three years old. Of course, each child is different, and so you can set the level yourself, to whatever you want. Kids will love discovering something new when you switch the chair on to the next level!

The three educational levels are called Explore, Encourage and Pretend. The youngest kids of around 12 -24 months will enjoy exploring – pressing buttons to see what they do, opening and closing the seat to reveal the storage compartment, and flipping the pages of the book. It will get them curious, and helps to teach first words.

When the child is around 18 months old, you might want to switch it on to the Encourage level. This assumes more understanding of language, asking the child questions and suggesting things for him or her to do, rewarding correct answers with sounds or lights. This will help to get your child thinking.

Finally, the Pretend level will be appropriate for most children from their second birthday until they are 3. It focuses on imagination and creative play, giving children their first taste of role playing or “let’s pretend”.

The Smart Stages Laugh & Learn chair was one of Toy Insider’s recommended toys for Christmas. It takes 3 AA batteries. Make sure the batteries are in before you assemble it, because it’s easier to access the battery compartment.

As a parent, you’ll be pleased to hear there’s an “off” switch so children can sit quietly in the chair. There’s also a choice of two volume levels, when it’s on.

In summary, the Fisher-Price Smart Stages chair is a cute but not over complicated educational toy for toddlers. From a child’s first birthday to their third, they will have their very own place to play and learn with this activity centre that doubles as a piece of furniture.

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Our rating: 4 stars

Published 3 December 2014

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