User Rating: OK
Pros:Sturdy, easy assembly, cleans nicely.
Cons:Overpriced, noisy, kids tired of it very quickly.
The Bottom Line: I do not recommend this product. If you are intent on an electronic educational toy, try Leapster.
My parents bought the Fisher Price Fun 2 Learn Preschool to keep at their home for visiting grandkids. They bought it along with a kitchen set and a few other big ticket items to fill up their playroom. This toy goes largely untouched.
Recommend this product?
At first, the kids loved it. After all, it makes noise, has lights and buttons to press, and, well, it makes noise. Undiscernable noise. I think the premise was good; it is supposed to teach numbers, letters and shapes on one side of the flip top desk, and musical instruments on the other. But the vocal prompts are hard to understand at times. And the music is less than desirable. After banging on the keyboard and seeing the lights blink on and off a few times, my kids were done.
My father said that assembly was quite easy, which is a plus. And it does make a sturdy writing/drawing surface. However, there is no chair/stool provided with this center; you have to buy one on your own. For the price he paid, (nearly $60), a small stool should have been included at the very least.
When the yellow desk surface is closed, your child can choose an activity by pressing a button on the clock. Lowercase letters, uppercase letters, numbers, shapes...so far, so good. And, for example, if your child chooses "shapes", a shape is announced by the machine, (eg square), and the designated shape is "drawn" out by the LED light display. Now, the lights are a nice, bright red...but the voice can be hard to understand. And the difference between "low" and "high" volume is negligible. Your child is now supposed to follow the lights and draw the same pattern on their paper. A bit challenging for the 2 year old set, and even for the 3 year olds...much better suited to a child closer to 3 1/2 or 4.
Now, ready for music lessons? Flip the yellow desk surface up and the keyboard and "drums" are exposed. The music is annoying, and there are only a few "songs' programmed into the unit. It is mostly an overpriced noisemaker, or a child's keyboard gone awry.
I have very little positive to say about this toy. As evident in my other reviews, I am already not a fan of battery-powered toys. And my children, when at Grandma & Grandpa's, naturally gravitate towards the kitchen set, playhouse and play workbench.
This toy has a great intention, I am sure. Preschool readiness has become increasingly popular amongst toy manufacturers. But this toy does very little as far as teaching anything and has become a lifeless drawing desk in the corner of the grandparents' basement.
Amount Paid (US$): 59.99
Type of Toy: Educational
Age Range of Child: 3 to 5 Years