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Smart Cycle: Kid Friendly or Are You Kidding?

There's lots of buzz about The Fisher-Price Smart Cycle, a Physical Learning Arcade System which is supposed to be the hot toy this holiday season. Retailing for around $100, the stationary bike which connects to your television encourages kids to learn three different ways.

They can drive — pedal and steer to control the on screen action of collecting letters and numbers, learn — use the joystick to play arcade style games or race — race other on screen cars by pedaling. Targeted at children ages three through six, it supposedly teaches letters, numbers, counting, problem solving, shapes, matching, creativity, spatial reasoning, and motor skills. And, additional cartridges are available for an additional $20.

Would you buy this?

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aimeelove aimeelove 9 years
I think this is ok, but as long as it is used for a certain amount of time. I don't think it would be good for a kid to just be using it ALL the time.
MsBabyNurse MsBabyNurse 9 years
Our neighbor has one for their kid and my 4 year old osn LOVES to play on it. It's both educational and active, so I think it's a great idea! I won't be buying one, because I don't want such a large toy taking up living room space, but I still think it's a cool toy!
JudyRie JudyRie 9 years
I could see how it might have its uses, in some circumstances. I've known special needs kids who couldn't get sun exposure, or who had clotting disorders where they had to be extra careful playing and so they couldn't ride a real bike. Or if you truly have an overweight kid who does need extra exercise. Otherwise, though, why not get them a real bike and take them riding? My 3yo son rides his bike every night while we push the baby in the stroller with him. Are people really so unimaginative now that they can't figure out what to do with a child on a rainy day? We don't own a TV. We play with toys, read books, cook, do tumbling on the living room floor. If kids get lots of TV, they don't know how to function without it, but if they don't get it, they do just fine.
plasticapple plasticapple 9 years
Why does everything have to involve a tv? Let the kids go outside and play with their friends for cryin' out loud. Even if you can't get outside for whatever reason, there are other ways to get exercise that don't involve a tv.
Drewsfan Drewsfan 9 years
I think it's a great idea. Kids can learn so much through videogames and TV. I understand the reason some parents don't allow their children to watch TV or play videogames, but I just think that the children that are allowed are introduced to so much more than they can see in real life.
amh678 amh678 9 years
I think it's a great idea!
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
i think its a great idea! a good way to get your kid to do something! other then SIT and play games.. i mean if i had childern i wouldn't allow them to play JUST this game i would make them go outside and play.. but the idea is a good one! like when its really cold out or later a night! :) perfecT
mbrown81 mbrown81 9 years
I think it's great. If we had the room to store it we would probably already have it. I wouldn't use it as substitution for normal play and excersise.
lovebug3 lovebug3 9 years
That will be one of my son's Christmas gifts. He's going to be excited!
Missroxylg Missroxylg 9 years
I think its a great idea, because they are influencing a healthier lifestyle and teaching the kids some facts.
luv2blazy luv2blazy 9 years
My parents bought this for my 4 1/2 year old daughter for their home. She loves it. She can't wait to go over to their home to play. She really is learning too.
alynch9 alynch9 9 years
Seems like something my sister-in-law would get for my nephew, but he's not nearly old enough yet. Like someone else said, it looks like a great rainy day toy.
fragiletearz fragiletearz 9 years
Not a fan.
sweetnshy5282 sweetnshy5282 9 years
The people at fisher price were definately thinking when they made this product. I wouldn't necessarily buy it because I live in a small apartment so I would have no room to store it. And although there is no substitute for running around outside, it is better than vegging out in front of the television like so many kids do these days. So my vote...good idea, but not for me.
GirlC GirlC 9 years
Not sure, I think I'd advocate for exercise outdoors instead and on rainy days - colouring, reading, something other than parking them in front of a TV even if it has a "learning" game on it.
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 9 years
I love this! My middle child has special needs and this would have been fabulous for him.... He's learning to ride a tricycle in PT and I think it would be great for hand eye coordination. Unfortunately I think he's too big for it now (He's 5 and is big for his age) So, no I don't think it's stupid at all. It would also be great for kids that live in high traffic areas...
Fancy04 Fancy04 9 years
My baby is 2 young 4 this.
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
I think it is a cute idea. I agree that the outdoor play world is better for exercise, but when it is winter - you can't always get outside for long stretches.
Teri-VanDerLaan Teri-VanDerLaan 9 years
If the kids are going to sit in front of the tv or computer they might as well get some exercise while doing it! Not that you would plan to leave your child there for an extended period of time but some of the games are very educational. While you are doing dishes let them get 10 minutes of exercise and learn to spell a new word.
abqmama abqmama 9 years
I myself wouldn't buy this, it's too expensive and I would have no room for it anyway but I can see how this would be good for a little kid. It seems like a great way to keep them moving when the weather is too bad to play outside, most kids would be watching TV during that time anyway.
DARiEN DARiEN 9 years
Hahaha, it's 50/50. Or it was when i voted. Idk, im thinkin if I was four & wanted a new toy, this would look hekka fun. So i say yes. :]
bushra bushra 9 years
it has it's merits, say you live in an apartment and it's not always easy to take the kids out to the park. also where i live i wouldn't call it a safe environment to let my son run wild. not only is this getting *some* exercise and learning in, but at least the child is one place too and not bumping into furniture!
msdyanelk msdyanelk 9 years
I won't call it stupid, that's kinda harsh. My kids are older so they would have no need. Even if they did have the need, storing this thing looks like it would pose a problem. Like most kids, my son would play with this a few good times AND like everything else, the novelty would wear off.
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
These things are great for a rainy day when your kid is stuck inside and really antsy. When the day permits, choosing to do an outdoor activity is better than this though!
demeter demeter 9 years
What's wrong with it? I think it's great!
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