The Smart Bounce and Spin Pony
comes with the bouncy pony and a wireless game box that connects to your TV. I got this for my daughter for her first birthday. The guidelines say that it is for 12M -24 months and up. At 1 year old she didn’t really get that there was a connection between what she was doing on the pony and what was going on on the TV. Luckily there is a setting where you can just bounce on the pony with music and sound effects and that is what she liked most for about 6 months.
Assembly Time: This to me is the best part! It was completely assembled! You just plug it into your TV (2 plugs) and it’s ready to play!
It does require batteries, but they seem to last really well! I have replaced the batteries in the Pony only once and the box twice, but that was because I forgot to turn it off. It lasts longer if you do that!
Don’t think that once they get to level 3 that they won’t play the lower levels either. She still likes to play all the levels.
Age Appropriateness: Dead on! Although if your 24 month old is not able to get on and off the pony by themselves you may want to hold off until she can.
Durability: It is a plastic construction and seems pretty durable. My kid and her friends have given two solid years of abuse and it still works great. It does seem to squeak a little more though.
Here are the levels as printed on the Fisher Price Website: They are pretty much dead on for appropriate educational guidelines for the age groups.
12M+ Level 1: Action/Reaction
With every bounce or spin of the roller, baby makes something happen! Hear songs, learn about animals and their sounds, first words, greetings and more.
18M+ Level 2: Learn and Play
As baby grows, so does the learning! Discover letters, numbers, shapes and colors in a fun and engaging way.
24M+ Level 3: Active Learning
Lots of games, lots of active learning! For example: make the pony “jump fences” as you count along and collect rewards.
Teaches: Game play, Word recognition, Counting, Actions and words, Kinds of weather, Comparisons, and Following directions.