Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Servin’ up Fun Food Truck

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We like

Promotes role playing for heightened learning

Develops motor skills and tactile learning for your child

Has over 125 songs and sounds that help your child learn

Teaches the ABC’s and the sequence of numbers

Makes real-life sounds that allow your child to pretend they are cooking and serving like adults

Allows kids to play together and learn how to take turns

We don’t like

The horn does not beep

The truck takes up room in your home

How it works

The makers at Fisher-Price have created a new and fun play area for children. In the tradition of Fisher-Price toys that allow children to role play and pretend they are doing adult tasks, the company has created the Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck. With this toy, your child can pretend they are running their own food truck and serving food to customers and friends.

The truck is fully decorated and has plenty of fun areas for your child to play in that will help them build motor skills, gripping skills, colors, numbers, and language. Fisher-Price continues its long-standing method of combining learning and fun to help children grow through play. With so many areas of play and so many perks to getting your child to learn, the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck is a toy that must be considered by the parent who wants their child to learn in a fun and playful way. 

 

Design

Design

The Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck is designed to look like a child’s version of a food truck. The front of the truck has a front end as you would find on a real truck with a grill and headlights, but the front end is also a fun cartoon face. Along the top of the cartoon face is an alphabet strip so that your child can learn the ABC’s.

The side of the truck is where your little one can walk up to the truck and buy and sell food. Along the top of the side is an open/closed sign that your child can slide back and forth to let potential customers know that they are open or closed for business. There is a menu where your child can read a menu that offers all the items sold at the food truck, which are tacos, burgers, smoothies, cookies, and pizza. Those food items are also located just under the menu for purchase. On the far right side of the counter is where the smoothies are located, and they come in either large, medium, or small. Underneath the counter is a trash can and recycling bin for trash.

When you go behind the food truck is where some of the real magic happens. There is a register with menu cards so that your child can take the card of the item purchased and insert it into the register. The register will read the card and say back to your child the item they just purchased with music. Your child can also hit the keys of the register and make the register say back numbers as well.

Next to the register is a grill that makes noise when you put the hamburger on it or the pizza on it to cook, and the sink adjacent to the grill also makes real running water sounds. Next to the sink is the dish drain for the fork and plate with a hanging hook for the spatula, and then there is the steering wheel and gears for the food truck, so your child can pretend to be driving their truck to their next stop.

There are a lot of parts and a lot to do in the food truck that stimulates your child’s senses and stimulates their learning on a variety of levels.
Smart Stages

Smart Stages

Fisher-Price uses a system called Smart Stages that helps your child learn on a variety of levels. For the Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck, there is a switch on the truck that has three different levels.

The first level helps your child identify things around the truck as the truck speaks to your child and points out the food, the cups, and makes life-like sounds in the kitchen like running water and the sizzling of the grill.

In the second level, your child will get more advanced learning as the cash register will help them count and the menu cards will explain more information for your child to absorb.

In the third level, the truck will play music for your child helping them learn in more advanced ways. The truck will speak to your child and ask them to find certain objects around the truck so that your child will begin to understand colors and shapes and the names of everyday household objects. It’s a great way for your child to learn word association and color association.
Tactile Learning

Tactile Learning

The Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck is great for teaching your child through tactile learning. The act of touching objects and having them speak and make sounds is great for when your child is associating words and sounds to objects. When your child presses the music button on the cash register, the machine will start to play the alphabet song. The sound of the music and the song will help your child learn the ABC’s, and will also allow your child to become familiar with the song as they learn.

This will help your child to be further along when they start school. When your child presses the numbers on the cash register, they will also hear the numbers and begin to learn the sequence of numbers and how to identify them and say them. Sequences is a big lesson learned with the food truck, as your child will learn all about the sequence of sizes with the smoothie cups. Your child will learn the large, medium, and small with the cups and how different sizes look. Among all of these learning experiences, your child will be able to flip the burgers on the grill, take apart the pizza, and build their tacos as they cook up food in play kitchen for you and their friends as they run their food truck.
The Food

The Food

The play food that comes with the food truck is completely buildable, and your child will be able to learn how to put food together in the proper order. When the food truck is set on level two and your child puts the food card into the register, the register will start asking them to build the food in the proper order, and the picture on the food card will show your child how to build the food.

This game is a great way to get your child to see how food is put together and they can build on their motor skills in manipulating the pieces in order for them to be put together in the proper way. The burger comes apart and your child can grill the meat on the grill and then place the meat on the bun and then place the rest of the fixings in the proper order according to the card to finish the burger and give it to their customers. The taco also comes apart and your child can build that from scratch, and the pizza can split into four pieces for sharing.
Role Playing

Role Playing

The greatest benefit to the Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck is that it allows children to role-play. Some parents have found that their child knows how to perform certain tasks in the kitchen that they have never been taught before, and the parents have discovered that their child is repeating behaviors and actions that they witness from their parents. Role-playing is a great way for your child to be able to express themselves and show you what they have learned and what they observe in their life.

Role-playing also teaches your child how to communicate and how to use their social cues to know what is happening around them. Your child will be able to use the spatula to flip the burger or pizza, which turns into a confidence booster as they develop a skill. The truck also comes with a plate and fork, which will help your child role-play washing the dishes, which is another way they can use their imaginations to pretend to be adults.

When serving one of their customers, your child may also role play conversations that they overhear from adults, and parents can get a clearer picture in their minds of exactly what their child is picking up when they overhear conversations. Role-playing is beneficial to your child and it helps create a great bond between parent and child as Mom and Dad pay attention to what their child is learning.
Group Play

Group Play

Playing with the Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck is a great way for children to play together. Playing together not only builds social skills, but it also helps your child play well with other children. For the food truck, the best lesson learned in group play is taking turns. Each child can take a turn cooking while another child takes a turn being a customer and vise versa. This way of playing promotes fair play and promotes playing together as opposed to other games that are competitive and you play against each other. The food truck will help your child to grow and learn in a nurturing environment with a toy that has over 125 sounds and songs as well as three levels of education so that the truck grows with your child and their friends as they play together.
Age Range

Age Range

The age range for the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck is from eighteen months to three-years-old. The age range is perfect for this toy as an eighteen month old can stand and grip and use the various sounds and buttons and toys that come with the food truck. After three-years-old, the food truck will become too small for your toddler, and they will also have learned all that they can learn from the toy, so they will need to graduate to something more advanced that will enable them to learn better on a higher level.
Price

Price

The price for the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Servin’ Up Food Truck is priced middle of the road for a toy of this kind. The price could be higher for all the bells and whistles that come with the food truck, but the price is low for all that you get and all that your child learns from this toy. The food truck does take up space, so it’s a good buy for the parent who has the room for the food truck, and the price may be out of range for some parents. Although the price is not high, it is not low either, and that should be kept in mind when thinking about buying this toy as you will need space for it, and if you don’t have the space, it may not be worth your wallet to buy this. This should be considered by parents who have the space and budget to have it.

Conclusion

The Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck is a great buy for the parent that wants to take their child’s education to the next level. The truck will help your child learn colors, shapes, sounds, numbers, letters, how to cook, how to clean, and how to pretend they are cooks and customers. Your child will be able to do adult tasks and pretend they are grown up, which is great for their social skills as they learn to play fair and take turns with others. Although the price may be out of the budget for some parents and the space the truck needs may be unavailable to some, the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck is a great buy and will help your child develop socially, emotionally, and logically all while playing and pretending, which is what every child needs to grow up healthy and happy.
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