Fisher-Price Smart Cycle is a physical learning arcade system designed to look like a child-sized stationary exercise bicycle. The Smart Cycle plugs into a TV and the toy works like an arcade-style video game, involving interaction and coordination to "cycle" through the games and scenes. Smart Cycle provides three basic types of games: Drive, Race and Learn. The Smart Cycle helps teach children numbers, counting, uppercase and lowercase letters, spelling, shapes, matching, reasoning, problem-solving and motor skills.
Assemble the toy according to the instructions in the box. Four "D" batteries are required for playing with the Smart Cycle, but these are not included with the packaging.
Connect the Smart Cycle to a TV using the red, white and yellow component cable included with the toy. Turn on the TV. Insert a Smart Cycle game cartridge into the game cartridge slot on the side of the toy, then turn the Smart Cycle on by sliding the power switch to the "on" position.
Familiarize yourself with the controls on the Smart Cycle. For example, the joystick in the middle of the handlebars is used to make menu and activity selections. Beneath the joystick are three buttons, which from left to right are used for seeing the map of all activities, exiting the activities and viewing pictures taken along the child's game "journey."
Customize the vehicle following onscreen instructions to help the child begin his learning adventure. The on-screen instructions will prompt the user to select the type of game he wants to play, and then explain the process of game play.
Download the Smart Cycle instruction manual from the Fisher-Price Smart Cycle website (see Resources) for full-color pictures and further instructions. This is a free PDF download that includes all instructions for assembling, plugging in, using and troubleshooting problems involving the Fisher-Price Smart Cycle toy. The owner's manual explains what each game is about, how to play, goals of the games and a variety of other helpful information. This can be particularly useful for parents who are unfamiliar with playing video or computer games.