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Stand-Up Ballcano™

Stand-Up Ballcano™

Fall 2012 Toys
Ages: 9 months - 3 yrs.
Manufacturer: Fisher-Price
Price: $40.00

The Stand-Up Ballcano is all that Fisher-Price claims it to be. First, it was a cinch to assemble. The directions were very easy to follow and we had it up and going within minutes of opening the box. The Ballcano is an attractive low standing toy designed to hold 6 balls in its center/top. When the child bats at the roller component, the balls are erupted from the center, sending them cascading down the three legs which holds the toy upright. Each leg has a base which catches the balls as they come down. Parents really liked this feature, as it keeps the balls close to the toy instead of letting them scatter all over the room.

Each leg has a different obstacle for the cascading balls which makes it more interesting for baby. This encourages little ones to scoot and cruise around the Ballcano to see what is happening on the other side. When the swing paddle is knocked or the roller is spun, little lights begin to flash and a great tune is played. One parent said that this is the first toy she has ever come across that made her wish the music played longer and louder than it does. It isn't the typical 'Old McDonald' or 'Itsy Bitsy Spider', but is instead a song that is more contemporary and pleasing to the ear.

Children did learn cause and effect by playing with this toy. Our tester said that "You can see the anticipation in my little one's face when he sees the lights and hears the music begin to play. He knows the balls are about to go!" The Ballcano also exercises gross motor skills as well as hand-eye coordination. The Ballcano will definitely provide little ones with entertainment for quite a while. Parents thought that the $40.00 asking price seems fair when compared to other toys in the same category.

Cassandra Bishop   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Cassandra Bishop holds a BA in Psychology and has her Master's degree in Social Work well within her grasp. The mother of two young and very energetic boys is passionate about the environment, healthy living, and education.

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