This post was last updated on November 25th, 2021 at 01:33 pm
The Think and Learn Rocktopus from Fisher-Price is an exciting musical technology toy for preschoolers. It’s an educational toy that uses interactive games and free play to help kids learn about music and math. It is a past recipient of a Toy of The Year Award.
What can Rocktopus do?
This octopus musical toy uses the sounds of different instruments and music styles to create some structured and free-thinking gameplay.
It teaches mathematical concepts such as addition, subtraction, and patterns and will teach kids how to follow instructions.
There are fifteen musical instruments in the form of pods that plug into four of the Rocktopus tentacles. And there are three ways to play.
Kids play in one of three modes, selected via the black buttons:
- Math Mode - practices addition, subtraction, and patterning skills.
- Music Mode - kids compose tunes by mixing & re-mixing instruments.
- Game Mode - Rocktopus prompts kids through 5 gameplay levels.
Kids can plug in up to 4 of the musical instrument pods simultaneously to create a wide range of sounds.
The red button slows the music; the green button speeds it up. The big blue button adds sounds or phrases to the music.
Rocktopus recognizes when a pod is inserted or tapped and will respond.
A tray at the rear of the toy completes the eight octopus tentacles. It only serves to store two pods. It would be best if you clipped this in place when you unpack the toy, and once in place, you cannot remove it.
There are fifteen music pods, and you can only use six at any time, so you will need to store the rest somewhere safe when Rocktopus is put away after playtime. For this reason, you may decide not to clip the rear tray in place — your choice.
A free downloadable app is available that creates neat music videos to play with their compositions.
Roctopus at a glance ...
For many years Fisher-Price has introduced innovative and fun toys for toddlers, and this Think & Learn musical octopus is no exception.
Rocktopus is a fun STEM toy for preschoolers enabling them to learn basic math while exploring musical sounds and composition.