Day 326/365: Fisher Price Baby Toys

November 23, 2011

Great stuff for kids and very common for parents- A brand name Fisher-Price.

From wiki: Fisher-Price is a company that produces toys for infants and children, headquartered in East Aurora, New York. Fisher-Price has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel since 1993.

History: 

Founded in 1930 by Herman Fisher, Irving Price, Price’s illustrator-artist wife Margaret Evans Price, and Helen Schelle, the name Fisher-Price was established by combining two of the three names. Fisher worked previously in manufacturing, selling and advertising games for a company in Churchville, New York. Price had retired from a major variety chain store, and Helen Schelle previously operated Penny Walker Toy Shop in Binghamton, New York. Fisher-Price’s fundamental toy-making principles centered on intrinsic play value, ingenuity, strong construction, good value for the money, and action. Early toys were made of heavy steel parts and ponderosa pine, which resisted splintering and held up well to heavy use. The details and charm were added with colorful lithographic labels.Mrs. Price was the first Art Director and designed push-pull toys for the opening line, based on characters from her children’s books.
In 1931, the three founders took 16 of their wooden toys to the American International Toy Fair in New York City and they quickly became a success. The first Fisher-Price toy ever sold was “Dr. Doodle” in 1931. (The same toy, in excellent condition, would be worth a considerable amount in today’s collectibles market.) In the early 1950s, Fisher-Price identified plastic as a material that could help the company incorporate longer-lasting decorations and brighter colors into its toys. “Buzzy Bee” was the first Fisher-Price toy to make use of plastic. By the end of the 1950s, Fisher-Price manufactured 39 toys incorporating plastics.
During the 1960s, the Play Family (later known as Little People) product line was introduced and soon overtook the popularity of earlier toys. Herman Fisher retired at the age of 71 in 1969 and the Quaker Oats Company bought Fisher-Price the same year.
In 1991, Fisher-Price regained its independence from The Quaker Oats Company and became a publicly traded company. Two years later, in November 1993, Fisher Price became a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel. A new management group set the company’s focus on basic, infant and preschool products and began expansion into international markets. By 1997 Mattel decided to market all of its preschool products under the Fisher-Price name.

Playing tips for your Baby for 1 Year
1 Month

  • Baby can see objects 8-10 inches away but can’t make out details or the full color spectrum.
  • He follows objects slowly with her eyes over very short distances.
  • She mimics simple facial expressions and, when someone speaks to her, looks intently.
  • He’s startled by loud or unexpected noises.
  • Her fists are closed.

Suggested Toys: Mobiles, Crib Music Boxes, Soft Stuffed toys or Dolls

2 Months

  • He may smile at people and coo when spoken to.
  • She shows excitement by waving her arms and legs.
  • He’s able to learn that one event follows another.
  • She will turn toward a sound at her side, but she can only locate those sounds that are in front of her.
  • He can start learning to make things happen

Suggested Toys: Floor gyms with flashing lights, music and hanging parts to look at, Toys that encourage physical activity, such as kicking, Activity quilts

3 Months

  • She recognizes Mommy, and is interested in others’ faces.
  • Lying on his tummy, he can support himself on his elbows and raise his chest.
  • She turns her head toward a sound and watches you as you speak.
  • He knows if something is familiar to him.
  • She can swipe at an object but does not reach for itWhen toys are placed in his hand, he can grasp them and wave them around.

Suggested Toys: Hand Held rattles or toys on a rings, Floor Gyms, Child Safe Activity Mirrors

4 Months

  • He laughs, squirms and squeals with delight.
  • With your help, she can reach for things.
  • He’s interested in watching his hands move.
  • She can recognize familiar faces and takes an interest in others.
  • He can grasp toys that he touches.

Suggested Toys: Take-along activity toys, Toys with a variety of sounds, bright colors & lights, Toys with friendly faces, Hand-held rattles or toys on a ring

5 Months

  • She can reach out and grasp toys.
  • He smiles at other babies—and his own reflection!
  • She can now “multitask”—for example, babbling and reaching for something simultaneously.
  • When offered a toy, he adjusts the position of his hand to accept it.
  • She can roll from belly to back.
  • He deliberately reaches out and grasps toys.
  • To explore her world, she begins mouthing objects.

Suggested Toys: Roly-poly bat-at toys, Toys that help develop a sense of self, Hand-held musical toys, Activity toys

6 Months

  • She can sit up with only a bit of support—and on occasion, none at all.
  • When he drops something, he looks for it.
  • She participates in activities that center around her.
  • He can bang a toy and shout simultaneously.

Suggested Toys: Toys to encourage crawling, Action/reaction toys, Stacking toys, Toys for imitative play with familiar objects

7 Months

  • He can support all of his weight if he’s holding onto furniture.
  • She may be able to walk from place to place clinging to furniture.
  • From his tummy, he can creep forward.
  • She rocks when on her hands and knees.
  • With full color vision, he enjoys looking at complex objects—and will even move for a better view.
  • She responds to her name, recognizes voices and different tunes.
  • He starts cupping his hand around toys and can push them into his hand with his thumb.
  • Her eyes help her explore, and she uses them as a gauge when reaching out for objects.

Suggested Toys: Entertainment centers that encourage crawling and standing, Bat-at floor toys, Shape sorters, Action/reaction toys

8 Months

  • He can crawl in both directions—and sometimes hold an object while he’s at it.
  • She starts to connect two behaviors together.
  • He develops “object permanence,” understanding that objects don’t disappear when they’re out of view.
  • She has recall of recent events.
  • His fine motor skills have improved, allowing him to pick up tiny objects.
  • She is exploring her world.
  • He begins to articulate sounds, beginning with vowels.

Suggested Toys: Musical toys, Entertainment centers that encourage standing and cruising, Sorting and building toys, Toys with dials, levers & buttons

9 Months

  • She adjusts her posture as she moves, using furniture to steady herself.
  • If a ball is rolled right to him, he can catch it.
  • Her hands are more dexterous; she can pass objects between them.
  • Her movements are more varied and deliberate.
  • He can indicate with gestures, perhaps waving goodbye or lifting his arms to be picked up.
  • She may follow your gaze.
  • He can reach for a toy without falling over.

Suggested Toys: Stacking, sorting and building toys Toys to encourage physical development, such as standing and cruising ,Toys with dials and buttons, Language development toys

10 Months

  • With you holding his hands, he may walk.
  • With her depth perception developed, she won’t try crawling downstairs head first.
  • He can respond to one or two simple instructions.
  • She may anticipate the “surprise” phrase in favorite children’s songs.
  • He likes to play peek-a-boo—and peek around corners, too.
  • When she drops something, she may look for it.
  • He uses his hands to explore, poke and prod.
  • She mimics more, copying others’ actions.
  • He begins to show preferences for the different sounds he hears in language.
  • She can anticipate and remember simple sequences, such as expecting food when you open the pantry.

Suggested Toys: Toys to encourage physical development, such as cruising and walking,Toys to encourage early learning Sports-themed toys that encourage physical development, Early role-play toys

11 Months

  • She can stand unassisted and cruise along the furniture.
  • His babbling begins to have the inflections of language.
  • She can pull herself up and sit securely.
  • He understands that smaller objects fit in larger ones.
  • She understands what “no” means but may be too curious to resist.
  • He can respond to one or two commands.

Suggested Toys: Sports-themed toys that encourage physical development Link-together toys Toys that encourage eye-hand coordination Outdoor toys and swings

1 Year Old

  • He understands much of what you say to him.
  • She mimics others’ actions, like talking on the phone.
  • He can anticipate your action: when he sees you holding his jacket, he’ll hold out his arms.
  • She likes other children but doesn’t play with them.
  • He will move a toy out of the way to get to another.
  • She only makes sounds in the language she knows.
  • He’ll show affection with hugs, kisses, smiles and pats.

Suggested Toys: Foot-to-floor ride-on toys, Toys to enhance physical development and coordination, Musical toys, Animal-themed playsets

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