Beep! Beep! Vroom! Vroom! These are sounds I hear coming from our children’s room quite often. Every time I hear those noises, I know that someone is playing with the Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Crawl Around Car. This stationary car, designed for children ages 6 months to 3 years of age, is a hit with our toddler. She loves to open and close the door, sit down, honk the horn and turn the steering wheel. As she activates these features, she is rewarded with music, flashing lights and phrases such as “Open.” She also likes to insert the provided shapes in the shape sorter and roll the balls down the built-in ramp. The Fisher-Price Puppy is the featured character of this car. His house is on the GPS and some songs are about him driving in his car.
When our son was 6 months old, I started researching toys that would promote his gross motor development. We were in the market for something that would eventually help him learn to crawl. There were many online recommendations for this car, so we bought it even though it cost a little more than we were hoping to spend.
After two kids, my husband and I still say it is the best money we ever spent on a toy. Both of our children have kept engaged and entertained with this fun car since they were 6 months old. We have had it for more than three years now and it works as well as it did when we first purchased it.
Smart Stages of Technology
What makes this car so interesting and engaging to children from 6 months to 3 years old is the Smart Stages of Technology. The three stages (or levels) grow with your child.
Level 1-Let’s Have Some Fun. The focus of this stage is exploration and is for children 6-12 months of age. At this age, our children initially just sat in the car and turned the steering wheel, pulled on the levers and pushed the buttons. The music and flashing lights this activated brought squeals of delight from them. Eventually, they started moving around the car and crawling in and out the door. One word phrases were “spoken” by the car to encourage language development.
Level 2-Learn Something New. This stage is tailored toward toddlers age 12-18 months and is all about encouragement as the car prompts youngsters to do things such as “honk the horn” and “wave bye-bye.”
Level 3-Shift Imagination Into High Gear. This stage is geared for children ages 18 months to 3 years and promotes pretend play. It encourages them to role-play by imitating and using their imagination. Our children are currently at this stage developmentally and are fully using all the functions and features of the car.
This stationary car was very useful in helping our children sit up, crawl, pull up and stand. Since our daughter was somewhat developmentally delayed, the car was very helpful in assisting her towards mastery of these important milestones. Our children were able to sit and play inside the car when they were only able to sit up.
As they progressed to crawling and pulling up, the car was useful in supporting them via its stationary structure. It was helpful in motivating them via its lights, music and interactive features. When they were finally able to stand up and walk, they moved all around the car to access and play with all the car had to offer.
Not totally open-ended
The music, songs, light and other interactive features prevent this toy from being truly open-ended. If you want your child to play with toys that encourage pure imaginative play, then this car is probably not what you are looking for. However, children are able to use their imaginations to some degree. Our children imagined they were driving in a real car, honking the horn, turning the steering wheel and listening to the radio.
You can always turn the car off or remove the batteries if you want your child to play with their imaginations free from any distractions. With all the built-in sounds deactivated, your child can role-play the appropriate car noises himself.
Speaking of sounds…the main negative review I have read about this car is that the sounds and songs could not be heard very well. We never had this issue and were always able to hear all the songs and phrases clearly. I would suggest contacting Fisher-Price if you do experience this issue.
75+ sing along songs, tunes and phrases: Level 1 includes the alphabet song and a counting song. Level 2 plays a traveling rendition of “If You’re Happy and You Know It” and “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain.” Level 3 features a rock tune and a hip hop tune on the car’s radio.
Light Up Baby “GPS” Children can decide whether to drive to the market, Puppy’s house, the farm or the zoo.
Built in Ramp for Ball Play: This feature includes three different colored balls and is great for fine motor practice. The child inserts the ball into the designated opening and then watches the ball roll down the ramp.
Shape and Colors Sorting Door: This is also a good way for your child to practice fine motor skills as well as problem solving abilities. The child has to figure out which as of provided circle, square and triangle shaped blocks fit in the appropriate shaped slot on the door.
We do have difficulty keeping track of the balls and shape blocks. We lose them often but can usually be found under beds or dressers. Our kids have fun with the ball play and shape sorter, but only when they have the necessary balls and blocks.
Dimensions: 29.8 X 9 X 16 inches
Weight: 9.8 pounds
Manufacturer Recommended Age: 6 months-3 years
Batteries: 3 AA batteries required
My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
I recently asked my son what he liked best about the Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Crawl Around Car. He quickly replied, “I love to pretend I am driving!” He is 3 years old, but still loves to pretend he is driving in this cool car. Our daughter can’t fully talk yet, but I bet she would tell me the same thing. She would probably also tell me that she would love to have the pink version of the car! Both of my children love playing with this car. Like their mother, I am sure they would give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
If you have experience with this product, leave a comment below to let me know what you think of it. I would love to hear how your children have responded and interacted with this fun car!