This basketball game by Fisher Price is aimed at babies 6 months and over, and helps them to develop coordination through the repetitive action of getting the ball in the hoop. It's a great way to develop the motor skills of getting a ball into a hoop, but this toy gets a bit of a mixed review from me.
The basketball frame has four different positions which means that you can make the hoop higher or lower dependent upon the age of the child.
Get a slam dunk and hear a cheer
For a child of 6 months of age, you can have the hoop fairly close to the ground, and as they grow and they begin standing and walking, you can increase the height for more of a standing slam dunk. Every time the baby gets the ball in the hoop (and pulls down on the hoop), the crowd pops up and gives a cheer.
The set comes with two mini basketballs which are soft and an easy size for small hands.
Your kiddie sized basketball
In addition to the hoop, there's also a scoreboard where your child can swirl the numbers around on and a team mate that's on a spring that kids seem to enjoy flicking around.
Kids will enjoy swirling the numbers around
This is a simplistic toy, and whilst it does provide some fun for little ones, it's not got much longevity for children, and I think the boredom threshold is easily reached. Many of the Fisher Price toys work well for mixed ages, but this one definitely fits only the 6-12 month category as there is no challenge outside of this age bracket. It's a fun toy, for sure, but with a common price tag of $35, the same amount of fun could be had with a bucket and some beanbags for a whole lot cheaper.
The big disadvantage of this product is that to get the crowd to cheer, the baby needs to physically 'pull' the hoops downwards, and as the toy isn't weighted at all, this can easily result in the toy falling down and smacking into your child. Whilst your child won't suffer any huge injury from this, it's not a fun ending to the game, and perhaps an oversight on behalf of its creator.
I'd only give this toy a rating of 6/10 and think there are likely better toys to spend your money on.