Gavin was given the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Fun with Friends Musical Table as a gift when he was 10 months old. At that age, Gavin wasn’t walking, but he was standing with support and cruising around coffee tables with ease.
Recommended for ages 6 months to 3 years, the Laugh & Learn table can either be used for floor play, or as a table when the legs are attached, making it a great toy for both babies and toddlers. Gavin loved walking around the table to interact with the four different stations – a laptop computer and mouse, phone, book and keyboard. In addition to the four stations on the table, there are also four activity modes – Learning, Music, Spanish and Play.
Check out our video below to get a quick glance at the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Fun with Friends Musical Table and all its settings.
In the Learning mode, the toy helps to teach letters, numbers, shapes, colors and opposites. The same goes for Spanish mode, except each word is followed with the Spanish translation. However, as you may have noticed in the video, the songs in Spanish mode are all in English, which I found odd. In Music mode, every button plays a new song and in the Play mode the buttons offer a series of fun realistic sounds, like the beeps of the phone numbers or the sound of piano keys.
My favorite part of the table is all the songs. No matter what mode you were on, you could press a button on the table for a song, which were always fun and upbeat. Gavin loved dancing to the songs and if you’re like me, you’ll be singing along with the catchy tunes!
A nice feature included in this toy, which I haven’t typically seen in many Fisher-Price products, is an adjustable volume! There are three volume levels to choose from, located under the table. We always kept it on the lowest volume, which seemed to be just right for our household (and our ears)!
The only negative feature is that the table is pretty lightweight, so if you have it on a smooth surface, like hardwood or low pile rug, it may easily slide when a toddler leans against it. We found this happened a few times with Gavin, but he was never seriously injured. I’ve read reviews on Amazon where children have slammed the laptop cover down over their fingers. I personally don’t feel it closes with any real force and thankfully, that never seemed to be a problem for Gavin.
One product improvement I would like to see would be adding a string to connect the phone receiver to the table. Right now the receiver is unattached and sits cradled on the phone. Gavin was always dropping it or knocking it over, resulting in Mommy and Daddy having to constantly pick it up. (Yes, I can be a little lazy!)
Gavin used his table daily, and even though it requires 3 AA batteries, I don’t think we’ve had to change them once yet. Now that he’s 19 months, Gavin still plays with his table; though not nearly as frequently (we’ve now entered the Thomas the Train stage).
But beware Moms with toddlers – my little guy now likes to use his table as something to climb on. Needless to say, we now only bring it out when he’s under strict supervision!
Overall, we were really happy to have this toy in our home. It served as a great learning tool and helped reinforce learning in a fun and interactive way!
Do you have the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Fun with Friends Musical Table? We’d love to hear what you think of it!