Monthly Archives: December 2014

Highlights of 2014!

Adam started school

Adam started school

Anya posed for Elly's CNY collection

Anya posed for Elly’s CNY collection

We welcomed Baby David

We welcomed Baby David

his first flight at less than 2 months old

his first flight at less than 2 months old

Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh

said bye to KAP

said bye to KAP

first trip with three kids

first trip with three kids

went back to circus class

went back to circus class

Debs got married and Anya was her flower girl

Debs got married and Anya was her flower girl

Perth without kids

Perth without kids

Port Dickson

Port Dickson

visited Raffles Lighthouse

visited Raffles Lighthouse

learnt how to make an old-school cake

learnt how to make an old-school cake

learnt how to play the ukelele

learnt how to play the ukelele

Anya's first school concert

Anya’s first school concert

Nepal for our 9th anniversary

Nepal for our 9th anniversary

first trip with 3 without help!

first trip with 3 without help!

Christmas with friends and loved ones

Christmas with friends and loved ones

Fisher-Price Play IQ and Laugh & Learn® Smart Stages™ Vacuum

A few months back, I took the Fisher-Price Play IQ quiz to assess David’s level of development. This quiz helps the parent to keep track of the child’s physical, cognitive and social & emotional progress and it was very useful for me because I’ve gotten quite complacent (and a lot lazier) with the 3rd child and have no idea if he’s reaching his milestones!

After doing the quiz, I discovered that Baby D is A Learner Lover and was exhibiting a high cognitive play IQ. By clicking on the other links on the page of the results, I could get advice from the experts and learn more about the toys that were suitable for him. Also, there were suggested online games & apps I could use and different learning activities I could carry out with him. It’s really comprehensive and, more importantly, tailored to each child’s needs!

One of the toys that was suggested for David was the Laugh & Learn® Smart Stages™ Vacuum. It’s suitable for kids aged 12- 36 months but for some reason, the older ones like to play with it too. I think they like pretending that they are vacuuming the floor. It’s probably good practice for when I actually need them to start helping out around the house!

Laugh & Learn® Smart Stages™ Vacuum

Laugh & Learn® Smart Stages™ Vacuum

The Smart Stages™ technology means that learning content changes as baby develops. There are three level of plays with more than 30 sing-along songs, tunes and phrases. So you choose the level that’s developmentally appropriate for your child and manually switch it up when you think your child is ready for the next level (or when you have heard the songs and phrases from the current level so many times that you’re going crazy)!

checking out his new toy

checking out his new toy

The Laugh & Learn® Smart Stages™ Vacuum introduces the child to colours, shapes, opposites and letters, and David loves pressing the different buttons and the switch to listen to all the delightful sounds coming from the cute little vacuum. It’s very intuitive for him and I don’t even have to demonstrate how to play with the toy.

tastes pretty good!

tastes pretty good!

Baby D is at the stage where he’s standing on his own but not walking yet so the Laugh & Learn® Smart Stages™ Vacuum comes in handy in helping to develop his gross motor skills. He has been standing unsupported for longer periods of time and can even bounce up and down on the spot. Looks like he’s going to start walking way earlier than his older siblings (and that’s going to be a whole new level of craziness for me)!

interesting lights and sounds coming from it

interesting lights and sounds coming from it

Personally, I like the toy because it looks cute, sounds pleasant and isn’t irritating at all. It can be switched off when I’ve had enough of it and there are no cords or small parts that can be dangerous to a young child. Most importantly, the baby (and his older siblings) actually like playing with it and it didn’t get abandoned in a sad corner after being played with a few times. The soothing sounds of vacuuming also make me feel that my house is cleaner. Haha!

I think he approves!

I think he approves!

Disclaimer: We received the toy from Fisher-Price for review purposes. All opinions are my own.