My daughter received this Laugh & Learn Home by Fisher Price for Christmas five years ago, when she was two.
Santa A friend highly recommended it based on its lasting appeal to children from six-months to six-years. As soon as baby can sit by herself, she can begin to explore all of the features and is rewarded by sounds, music and lights. Toddlers recognize many of the tunes, can drop the balls down the rainspout, shape sort as well as open and close the window, door and mailbox. Preschoolers practice numbers and letters and engage in pretend play by ringing the doorbell to see who is home. My school age children still pretend-play with this toy, using it as the front door for elaborate forts and passing letters through the mailbox. There is also a clock with moving hands on the back side, to practice telling time.
After five years and four kids it is still going strong. It requires 3 “C” batteries, which we have only changed once. It has an on/off switch as well as volume control. There are two different settings: ‘Music’ and ‘Learning.’ At our house, a $70 toy is reserved for Christmas, but this one has certainly earned its keep.