Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fisher-Price Learn Through Music TouchPad Review

If you have been following along, you know that I used to be a music teacher before I started my new adventure of Motherhood.  I still love music and have tried to instill music in Mason from the very beginning.  I was so excited to find out that I would be getting an opportunity to review the Fisher-Price Learn Through Music TouchPad.

This awesome TouchPad is an updated version of the original Learn Through Music system.  This musical learning system is really perfect for the pre-schooler who is ready for more advanced toys, like iPad products.  However, unlike some of the other iPad products, the Learn Through Music system is a toy that your child can successfully navigate with minimal, if any, help.

The Learn Through Music TouchPad offers a large screen for little fingers to easily use.  The touch sensitive screen not only lights up, but has different "touch points" that your child can interact with.  Mason easily figured out how to navigate through the different screens and even returning to a previous screen if he needed.  Your child will learn fundamental lessons through rhythm, rhyme, repetition, storytelling, interactive play and music. 

I love that the TouchPad is, first off, an interactive music-based learning system.  Your child will have the opportunity to play educational games, identify patterns, compare & contrast, follow sequences, listen to directions, and sharpen logic and memory skills.   There are several learning cartridges of your child's favorite characters like Dora the Explorer: Dora's Lost in Play Park Adventure and Thomas the Train: Thomas And Friends: A Sodor Celebration that will take your child into a whole new world of songs, games, stories and adventures! 

Overall, I really liked the Learn Through Music TouchPad.  And, more importantly, Mason loves it.  He was so excited about the toy he couldn't wait to play with it.  Before I could even get it out of the box, he was playing with it and was carrying it around the house with him.

Mason does not have any touch screen toys yet and this is the first.  I was amazed to see how quickly and how easily he took to the toy.  No explanations needed on my end.  I love that he can play and explore with this toy by himself.  I found this to be a very rewarding gaming system for him. The music based play is fun and he did not get frustrated like he does with some of his other interactive toys.  Mason especially liked the attached microphone. This allowed him to sing along with the characters in the included learning cartridge.

On several occasions, Mason has taken this TouchPad on car rides and to visit family.  It was great over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Since I always travel with a toy or two to keep Mason happy, this was the perfect and obvious choice for him.  I give this TouchPad two thumbs up on portability!

Another bonus (for the parents) is that the Learn Through Music TouchPad allows for your child to plug headphones into the TouchPad for quiet play.  Your child can enjoy music and sounds without filling your house with noise or disrupting a sleeping sibling.

The Learn Through Music TouchPad is a complete on-screen navigation system with a great microphone for sing-along learning, and a jack for headphones. It includes one learning cartridge - Leo and Friends Alphabet Museum, a microphone for sing-along learning and 4 “AA” batteries. It is recommended for ages 2 and up and retails for $54.99.

Fisher Price provided me with the item above in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% mine.

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