Playskool EXPLORE ‘N GROW Musical Gear Center {Review + Giveaway} CLOSED

Playtime is not only fun for little ones but also educational, as older babies begin to learn by playing. Play stimulates the senses, engages imagination, encourages children’s curiosity, and empowers their sense of self confidence by allowing children to discover the world around them at their own pace.

Playskool is a brand of toys all my children have owned. With 5 children, you can only imagine the amount of toys around our home. When I was give the opportunity to review the Playskool EXPLORE `N GROW Musical Gear Center Playset, I was excited to see how well it stacked up to other Playskool toys. Baby G was turning 11 months old when it arrived, so he was at the right age to enjoy the EXPLORE ‘N GROW Musical Gear Center Playset.

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The MUSICAL GEAR CENTER is bright in color, sure to grab attention of older babies and toddlers with music, turning gears and balls. The toy set includes the activity center base, ball arch, two balls, five gears and instructions. An easy to push bright red button activates music and spinning gears  right in front of baby. When the side gears are moved a bright red face at the top of the toy turns round and round. The two balls that come with the EXPLORE N’ GROW Musical Gear Center are put on the track (at the top) and fall down the tube and  spins at the bottom, all while music plays.

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Baby G, who is 11 months old, has enjoyed playing with this toy. I honestly thought it may be one of those toys that he would play with for a few minutes then move on. However, he has spent a bit of time each play session. He gets really excited when the music comes on and even dances as he watches the gears turn.

{What I Like About The EXPLORE ‘N GROW Musical Gear Center}

  • The balls and gears that come with the toy fit other EXPLORE N’ GROW Toys. So if you have other toys from the line and loose a ball or gear, you can swap them around.
  • I like how easy the toy is to operate. I have saw toys in the past designed for babies ages 9 months+ that are just not good toys for little ones, but the Musical Center is easy for little hands to play with and figure out.
  • It is not a battery sucking toy. We have been using it for a few months now with the same batteries.
  • The retail of $24.99 makes it an affordable toy.
  • As baby grows the gears can be removed for stacking.
  • There are not small parts, so it does not pose a choking hazard.

The toy is easy to assemble and is made well. I have been happy with the Musical Gear Center and Baby G has enjoyed it too! I’m happy to report we have been pleased with the Playskool EXPLORE N’ GROW Musical Gear Center! It would make a great birthday or holiday gift for babies ages 9 months and up.

{Buy It} Do you know a baby that would enjoy this toy? It can be purchased at the Hasbro Toy Shop for $24.99!

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{The Giveaway}

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Disclosure: I was provided with a Playskool Musical Gear Center free of charge for my review. The opinions here are mine alone, and not influenced by the sponsor in any way.
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