The Beats Bench was held in the package with a couple of twist clips but once these were removed it was easy to pull the main unit from the packaging. The hammer was strapped in but my scissors made quick work of setting it free as well. It is packaged with batteries in it so as soon as it’s unboxed, it is ready for play.
The Fisher-Price Tappin’ Beats Bench has 3 modes of play. The first two modes are quite simple where the various instrument buttons can be tapped to inspire a melody and flashing lights. The third mode is actually my favorite and is designed for a little older player. In this mode, you must tap the button that is lit up and if you get 3 correct you are rewarded with a music and light show from the Beats Bench. I was a little disappointed with mine because during my play some of the buttons would respond to me pressing them or tapping them with the hammer.
I really like the concept of this toy and all the little songs. I think it is good for keeping attention and I like that the modes can grow with the child.
The buttons on this Tappin’ Beats Bench don’t seem to be made very well. They weren’t very responsive when I was playing which was really disappointing.
This Fisher-Price toy is recommended for a surprisingly large age range, they are recommending 6 months to 3 years of age.
I was a little disappointed about the quality of the Fisher-Price Tappin’ Beats Bench. The fact that some of the buttons didn’t work was really disappointing. I am not sure if mine was just a lemon or not but either way it makes me a little skeptical about how well this toy might withstand rough play with a toddler. I like the concept of this toy and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it for a little music fan. However, I would caution about the possibility of non-working buttons.
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