A fairly simple toy that encourages put and take play, as well as, some early pretending. The food pieces are cleverly designed as basic shapes that fit into indented areas on the plates. It's this physical design - more than the electronics - that gives the toy a little extra learning potential.
There are two aspects to the electronic function. Our favourite is the music mode: press the butterfly button to play a variety of catchy little learning songs. The question mode - also activated by the butterfly button - is little different than the kinds of questions a parent could ask. But note that the toy itself had no bulit in recocnigitn technology that can verify the child's answer. It just asks the questions and depends on a parent to give the feedback. In a sense, it serves more as a prompt for new parents to demonstrate the kind of learning questions they can ask whenever they're playing alongside their child. Overall, a very popular toy with both our testers and...
My daughter (21 months) has enjoyed this toy for about six monthsnow, and it's stil a toy she plays with fairly often. Christina Beeson, Parent
My daughter (12m) loves to set-up the picnic and eat the food. I'm trying to teach her shapes, but she prefers the pretend play at the moment. She also likes to store her food along with a few other figures in her basket and carries it around like a purse. Pamela Pilon, Parent