LET’S PLAY: Fisher-Price My Little SnugaMonkey Animal Friends Pop-Up
This toy is recommended for ages 6 months and up. It’s a classic and there are so many different versions of it.
I bought this toy when my daughter was about 6 months old. She’s 2.5 years old now and will still play with when she sees it. Here are some activities you can do with this simple yet diverse toy.
Imitation – I would show her how to open each object and tell her to “do this” and “watch” as I press the button, turn the flower looking shape or push/pull the levers. I wanted her to see me do it so she can imitate it. I would also do a hand over hand with her so she can feel what needed to be done for the animals to open up.
Cause & Effect – Once she saw me do it I would leave her with the toy for a few minutes and let her figure it out. I’ll never forget the first smile and giggle she made when she first pushed the orange button and the monkey opened right up.
Fine Motor – For the animals to pop up, she would have to use her fine motor skills which are continuously developing around this age. Even pressing the orange button requires strength as well as using a pincher grasp to turn the flower and push the levers upward/downward or side to side.
Animal Names – Great toy to incorporate labeling animals. When the toy pops up I would say the animal’s name and made sure she would hear it over and over.
Colors – Also a great way to incorporate naming colors. This bright toy definitely caught her attention. I would point to each color and say the name loud and clear. “Orange!” “Blue!” etc.
Animal Sounds – Once she knew the name of the animal, we moved on to sounds. I would pair the animal with the sound it made. Every time the monkey came up I would make a monkey noise. “Ooh ooh ahh ahh”
Fill-In the Blank – This later turned into a fill-in the blank game. I would start off by saying “A monkey says…..” and she would finish it and proceed to pop open up the animal. By this time she has mastered opening up all the animals and was beginning to acquire language skills.
WH Questions – Now, being 2.5 years old she still plays with this toy, but very different than when she was 6 months old. I would ask her “WH-Questions” such as “Where’s the monkey?” “ Who’s hiding under the yellow box?” “What does the frog say?” These type of questions encourage a back and forth exchange to develop conversation skills.
It looks like a simple toy, but there were so many things I was able to do with it.
How would you play with this toy? Will you try any of these with your child? Please comment below and let me know!
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