I’m always on the look out for fun toys that serve a dual purpose. I’m looking for toys that are fun and that help my child learn and develop. Whenever I find toys like this, I call that a toy win! And I’m sure as a parent you like hearing about toy wins, so sit back, relax, and let me tell you about this one. 🙂
A while back I came across the awesome Fisher Price Roll-a-Rounds Swirlin Surprise Gumballs machine (which also made our list of the best Fisher Price learning toys.) To be honest, I’m not sure where I first saw this toy, but I’m guessing it was at one of Noah’s many occupational therapy visits. (I seriously think we have bought this kid every toy we’ve ever seen any of this therapists use! Can any of you other parents relate to this?) 🙂
Because Playing With Toys Is Just So…Typical.
I love watching Noah play and have fun with his toys! I remember when Noah was first born I (unnecessarily) worried that he would never play with toys like a typical kid (I had a lot to learn about Down syndrome!) I also remember being very encouraged when I saw videos of other children with Down syndrome playing and having fun…just like a typical kid. So it’s a lot of fun seeing our little Noah doing so many of the things I always feared he wouldn’t do! (If I only knew then what I know now!) achievements
So if you’re a new parent of a child with Down syndrome, I hope all of the videos on our website replace some of your fear with hope. All children are unique in their own way, and just remember to celebrate, not compare your child’s achievements. Your child will do amazing things, and one day the fear you are feeling will be replaced with joy!
6 Reasons Why The Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Count and Color Gumball Machine Should Be On Your Child’s Toy Shelf!
The toy you see in the video above is the Fisher Price Roll-a-Rounds Swirlin Surprise Gumballs machine which you can still order by clicking here. However, it looks like Fisher Price has released a cheaper version of this toy called the Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Count and Color Gumball Machine which does pretty much the same thing for about twenty dollars less, and who doesn’t like to save money!? #ToyWin
For those of you looking to pick up a fun developmental toy for your child, I thought I’d give you a few reasons why the Fisher-Price Gum-ball machine (or which ever one who choose to purchase) makes a fun (and useful) toy for your child.
1. It Helps Your Child Learn Cause And Effect Relationships
We’ve talked before about the importance of cause and effect relationships, and how toys help our children develop in this area. The Fisher Price Gum-ball machine helps teach your child cause and effect as they learn that pushing down on the lever will release the balls down the ramp accompanied by flashing lights and fun music (which almost all kids love!)
It took a while for Noah to get this, but when he finally did I celebrated him big time! It’s such a proud parenting moment when your see your child accomplish developmental milestones like this! Even what seems like seemingly small accomplishments for typical kids, are big wins for ours!
2. It Helps Your Child Learn Problem Solving Skills
As you already may be aware, problem solving is an indicator of intelligence for children With Down syndrome…and this toy helps them develop those valuable problem solving skills!
The problem is your child will want to make those balls come racing down the ramp accompanied by the fun music and flashing lights, but how, oh how will they ever make that happen? Ah-ha! They have to learn that the only way to solve their little toy problem, is by pressing the magical level on the side of the toy! And ala peanut butter sandwiches style, their problem is solved!
They think it’s just fun and games…but you know it’s much more! #DevelopmentalWin
3. The Flashing Lights And Fun Music Are Great Developmental Motivators!
We’ve also mentioned the benefits of developmental motivators in a pervious post as they can often give your child the motivational push they need to accomplish their developmental goals. And the Fisher Price GumBall Machine gives you (and your child) double developmental motivators for your money!
Every time your child correctly presses the lever to release the balls they are greeted with flashing lights and fun music which motivates them them to continue to repeat the action. And what parent doesn’t absolutely love toys that light up and make music! 😉 (On a side note the music isn’t very loud, especially when compared to some of the other toys out there. In fact it’s very subtle, so you don’t have to worry about this toy distracting you while you’re trying to watch Modern Family!)
By the way, the lights and music can also help with sensory development, which is a bonus toy win! See, all of those
annoying lights and music on your children’s toys do serve a purpose!
4. It Helps Your Child Develop Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are developed when your child is using their hands to do an activity, and are important for many of the tasks our children will do in their life. When your child picks up the small plastic balls that go into the top of the cookie jar toy they are doing several things to help them develop their fine motor skills. Here’s just a few: weight bearing on their hands, postural control, shoulder stability, muscle development, development of the arches of their hands, thumb, and webspace, separation of the two sides of their hand which helps with in-hand manipulation, bilateral integration, and the development of their hand and finger strength!
And to think…I used to think toys were just for playing! Who knew all of those toys lining the shelfs at our local toy store were really just cleverly disguised therapy tools!
5. It Has A Fantastic P.O.I. (Playability On Investment)
In this video Noah’s only one year old (we’re a little behind on our videos, but we’re trying to get caught up!) and he’s almost three at the time of this writing and he’s still playing with this toy! As a parent I’m always looking for toys that are built to last, and have some longevity.
Anyone else ever bought their child a Christmas present only to find it abandoned under a pile of wrapping paper collecting dust less than a day later?
Yah, you won’t get that with this toy!)
6. It’s A Gum ball Machine!!!
Because seriously…who doesn’t like gum-balls, and the machines they go into!
Without a doubt the Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Count and Color Gumball machine would make a great addition to your child’s toy collection. It’s a lot of fun, has great P.O.I . (longevity) and helps them develop in countless ways. I can’t recommend this toy enough! And seriously, didn’t Noah look super cute when he was playing with it? That little I’m-So-Proud-Of-Myself Smile was written all over his face…and I love it!
What do you think about this Fisher-Price Cookie Jar toy? Are you a fan? What other toys have you found useful (and your kids found fun?) Leave a comment below and tell us about it! And if you end up buying this toy please be sure to leave a comment and let me know, as well as what you thought about it once your kid has played with it! I (and other parents) want to hear about your experience.