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Fisher-Price Stack ân Surprise Blocks Musical Croc Block Wagon
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Fisher-Price Musical Croc Block Wagon: This Croc Can Rock!
Oct 21, 2010 (Updated Oct 22, 2010)
Review by GravityGirl
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Storage space, charming crocodile, versatile
The Bottom Line: Stack blocks, unstock them, feed them to the croc- lots to do with this crocodile shaped wagon
Last month, I found out that I was selected to host a Fisher-Price themed house party. Fisher-Price sent me a variety of toys, and I hosted a party and invited some of our friends over. Everyone had a lovely time, and loved checking out the new toys. So, in the interest of full disclosure, I received this toy at no cost from Fisher-Price, but the following is strictly my opinion.
Recommend this product?
I fell in love with the Stack ‘n Surprise Musical Croc Block Wagon as soon as I saw it. This toy consists of a wagon shaped like a crocodile with a colorful blue handle. The top of the wagon is an orange board with raised pegs, not entirely unlike a Lego board. The crocodile also comes with six blocks. These blocks are part of the "surprise". At first, the blocks look just like regular blocks, but when they are placed on the orange board, a smiling face pops up from the bottom of the block- surprise!
These blocks can be placed on the six raised surfaces of the orange board, and they can also be stacked on top of each other. There are also four raised spots on the blue handle where blocks can be placed, and for a special treat, there is a raised spot on the crocodile's tail that squeaks!
But that's not all- the crocodile's mouth opens, and you can feed him with the blocks. If you are ready to stack the blocks again, simply open up the orange board and retrieve the blocks. This space under the orange board can also be used as a storage area for the blocks when playtime is over.
I mentioned at the beginning of the review that this is a musical wagon. The music is activated when the crocodile's mouth is opened, and also when the crocodile rolls across the floor. The music and the sound effects are a lot of fun (think opening and closing noises), and sure to elicit giggles. The crocodile also laughs and gulps, and he even says "Mmmmmmm!" As for the music, there is a snippet of Skip to my Lou, Rain Rain Go Away, and even a cute little jazzy number.
My twin girls, who are 16 months old, enjoy playing with this toy. One of them likes to stack the blocks on the orange board, and the other one likes to take the blocks off. This can lead to a bit of confusion, and even some drama, but the bottom line is that they are strengthening their fine motor skills and having fun in the process. They will both open and close the crocodile's mouth, but they are not at the point where they are interesting in pretending to feed the crocodile. As a parent, I like the croc block wagon because I feel like the children will able to get more use out of it as they get a little bigger. When I purchase toys for my children, I am always looking for things that can be used in more than one way or perhaps over a longer timespan.
Also, more importantly, I love that the crocodile comes with its own storage space. With three small children in the house, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of toys and their various parts. I need a place for everything, and I was already becoming the queen of storage bins. So, a toy that stores its own accessories is more than welcome in my home!
I highly recommend the Fisher-Price Stack ‘n Surprise Musical Croc Block Wagon for toddlers. The "surprise" blocks are cute, but the real star of the show is the crocodile. The one jazzy song in his repertoire is downright infectious. The crocodile "eats" blocks with gusto, but he is not a messy houseguest; I love that the blocks store neatly in the crocodile!
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