When you have multiple children, there are certain toys that bring fond memories to mind and take you back to their baby years. When you have several kids, there are toys that they all used and passed along to one another, so when you pack that toy up for the last time, you are actually sad to see it go because it truly was one of those toys that brought joy as well as enrichment to the lives of your children.
There are only a few select toys that I can say each of my three daughters played with and the Fisher Price Brilliant Basics Countin’ Fun Piggy was one of them.
We had the original version for our oldest daughter, which we kept for our twins. And more recently, someone gave us the newer version, so weâ€™ve been able to see how they adapted the older version and modified it now nearly 6 years later.
Feeling a bit old nowâ€¦just sayinâ€™
The great thing about both versions of this bank is itâ€™s a fantastic developmental toy for fine motor and problem solving skills for a younger child. It requires that they put coins within the slot of a pig bank and then they have to take a second step to get their coins back.
The biggest change they made is that instead of having a door that opens to a compartment to pull the coins out of, you now pull a lever down (the pig’s tail) and the coins now come sliding out of the bank (the pigs mouth) automatically.
I honestly canâ€™t decide which bank I like better because I think both are fun and both are entertaining and promote the same skills. However, the new lever version is much easier for a young child to use.
The older version with the open and close door could never be opened by my children independently; it always seemed to topple over on them and they would become frustrated easily â€“ so the lever is a nice improvement, which allows them the ability play independently with the toy.
Overall, as I look at the Fisher Price Brilliant Basics Countin’ Fun Piggy, I will always think of when my children were about a one to two years of age. It was one of their very first toys, and it marked the beginning of their active youth where they began to be more aware and interactive with their surroundings.
It’s a bittersweet transition from sweet cuddly infant in my arms to active toddler roaming about our home.
Which toy brings these memories for you?Â