Fisher Price Little People Lil’ Movers Airplane
How it works
Watch your child use his/her imagination with the Fisher-Price Lil Movers Airplane. This toy is for a very young child, and it features a built-in system with one song which is easy for children to learn. This colorful airplane is built with light durable materials so that children can easily carry it and play pretend flying. With one pilot and only one passenger, her name is Mia and she has one luggage case. A set of seats inside the plane can be accessed by little fingers through the open top. The seats act as a keyboard and when pressed they will make a variety of plane noises.
The plane cabin door will open so that the passenger and pilot can walk up the boarding steps. Once they are both seated, the plane has a child size handle designed into the top so a child can safely hold the plane and start play flying. The built-in sound system can put out a choice of phrases and one tune, the tune is designed to appeal to a child and there is an on and off switch if an eager child is repeatedly playing this one tune.
The materials used to build the plane have been designed to take a lot of wear and tear because the age range for this Lil Movers Airplane is suggested at starting from 1 year old. Though the age range is a suggestion by the makers, user reviews do suggest that children over 4 years old will like the toy but it would need more interactive features to keep a child over 4 years old interested.
Fisher-Price does make another airplane version which in many ways seems to be a version for older children. So perhaps a little research by parents, if they have an older child, for a 1-year-old this plane, is great, it has enough features to keep the child interested and it really is built to be easy to handle and play with. The power source for the built-in sound system requires three AA batteries and these last for a good amount of time, even with regular playing.
Perhaps the best way to look at supervision for this Lil airplane is that Mom or Dad introduce a child into setting up the plane for play, showing all moving parts and features and then either doing some playful interaction or just observing.
The plane offers one tune and this seems to be enough for children under 3 years, though if they constantly play the tune, Moms and dads may well get a bit tired of the repetition. In fact, feedback from parents has suggested there should be more than one tune. The Lil airplane has an off and on switch for the power, so parents can turn-off the tune, but, be aware, even young children will figure out how to operate the switch.
The question is how can parents get a break from the repetitive tune? There may be times when Dad or Mom simply have to remove the batteries. The seats in the rear area of the aircraft are also buttons when a child presses these, they will hear aircraft related sounds when the batteries are removed the child will lose this feature along with the one tune.
Another aspect of socialization is singular in which a child will play, interact with the toy figures and the features offered by the airplane and through doing this a child will map out a planned story. This is very positive because a child is able to have fun while developing a good range of personal social development skills.
Developing personal ability via the creation storylines in which he/she interacts with the figures, gets the figures to interact with each other and together they share a mission which involves the Lil airplane, its features, and characters. This all amounts towards constructive whole child development.
Putting expected social skills under a microscope, think about a child learning that a pilot sits in the control seat and a passenger sits in a passenger seat and both stay in their seat. This is an introduction at a very early age into the “order of things” which must apply within structured society (social) for functionality. As with all toys, the use of a toy by a child does contribute towards a child's social skills.
This toy airplane is a very nice way to introduce children into the basics of technology, through the interactive buttons designed into the seats, with a single finger-press a child can activate sounds, pushing the toys on its wheels will activate music. The jet engine design tells a child that this can fly through the air. Doors on the aircraft can be opened to allow access, when the doors are closed, the occupants are safe. The aircraft as a toy may well not look aerodynamic but the concept is there within a toy and a young child will subconsciously take this on board.
Learning to understand through the action of playing is the foundation stone for learning for young children. This toy does meet these types of criteria, it may not be obvious but subtle and meaningful education is taking place.
The airplane has a chunky design, the top is open so that a child can easily get access into the interior, access to technology for creating sounds through pressing seats is designed to be easy. The interior of the design of the craft is semi-realistic to the point that when a child enters a real aircraft, the internal layout will feel familiar.
This play plane has smooth edges throughout so that there are not any sharp angled corners which might cut or harm little fingers. The battery compartment is designed to be as secure as possible to ensure that young inquisitive minds cannot easily access this and take out and play with or chew batteries.
Overall, the design is true to an airplane while incorporating a lot of child appeal.
This may well involve literally dropping or even throwing it, this may be fine a few times but continues crashing or throwing will eventually have an impact on the durability of the structure. Generally, durability is a factor within the design and build in combination with the materials used to build it are all very good.
Fittings used within the toy are securely fitted and built to stay in place, hi-tech features are built into areas where they can be accessed easy enough but also stay secure and durable.
Ease of Use
The top of the aircraft has a handle area and older children will be quick to notice this feature and make good use of it so that they can play at flying the aircraft. The button seat feature is very easy for children to get at, press and activate to create plane sounds. The designers have kept close to the shape of a real aircraft, at around 12 inches long it is broad and chunky so that children can easily grip and manipulate.
The two figures very easily fit into a child's hands but big enough to generally not fit into the mouth, to prevent as much as possible any choking danger.
This is easy for use and playing on the floor for one-year-old children the weight is not a challenge, children at toddling age can carry the plane but it will depend on how well they walk and how good they are at keeping upright and balanced.
All designed in functional features are very easy to access and operate.
Children can play and come up with many imaginative story-lines, this can be a singular toy and children play or alone or siblings can play together and fire up their imaginations.
The tune capability is limited to only one tune, repeatedly and this is something that the makers might want to reconsider for future updates for this toy. Though it only plays one tune, the enjoyment and fun which children can get from this toy do mean that only one tune is just a minor thing and not too worrying.
Children at a young are fascinated by airplanes and this is a very good way to use the concept of playing to introduce them to an aircraft via a toy which will offer a nice range of features, has a nice design and is made from child-friendly durable materials.