Product Type: Leapfrog baby toys
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A little computer for my little girl
Leafrog My Own Leaptop
Member Name: taramorg23
Leafrog My Own Leaptop
Advantages: Fun and can be customised
Disadvantages: Not all names are available
My daughter has been asking for a 'puter' as she calls them for a while now, she loves my laptop but unfortunately it doesn't love her and she has a habit of uninstalling my programs and moving things around. I looked at a few laptops for her but none were age appropriate as the vast majority are targeted at 4+. I came across this Leaptop in Toys r us, it was on offered at £14.49 and is aimed at children 2+ my daughter is almost 2 so I thought it would be ideal. We had a little go in the store and she was very excited so I bought it to put away for Christmas.
That was 4 weeks ago. Unfortunately for me I thought she would never look in her wardrobe as she has never been in there before but she did and she found the Leaptop. I hid it somewhere else but my daughter kept looking in the wardrobe and asking for 'puter, puter' so I gave in (I know perhaps I shouldn't have) and gave it to her.
The Leaptop comes in two colours green for boys and purple for girls.
The Leaptop requires 3 x AA batteries which are included. It also features a British voice.
The Leaptop is lightweight and when folded has a carry handle. To the right hand side is a mouse slider button which can be used to select different modes for the Leaptop to operate in. This includes the alphabet which teaches letters and phonics, it also shows an animal whose name begins with that letter. The second mode is music mode during which the keys become notes and musical instruments then finally there is an animal mode whereby clues are given about each animal and your child can then guess the animal. The Leaptop features a keyboard arranged in the order of the alphabet. At the top of the keyboard is an email button, a blog button and a music button. The on/off button is located to the top right and the Leaptop has 2 volume settings. Finally the screen is relatively small and is black and white.
The Leaptop features emails, music and blogs like an adult computer. You are able to customise the Leaptop by connecting it to your computer. You get a usb lead included with the Leaptop before you can use this you need to download the software from the Leapfrog website. We already have the software as we have Violet the talking dog. Once the software is downloaded which takes minutes you can then add your child's name to the Leaptop from a preset list of names. My daughter's name was on the list and there is a wide selection of names, it does say on the software that the list is not exhaustive so if your child has an unusual name you may not be able to find it.
Once the Leaptop is customised when it is switched on it says 'Hi' and then your child's name. My daughter loves this as she has recently started saying her name and when we ask her where Eva is she will point at herself! The volume button is fine on the first level however my daughter likes to slide it back and forth.
When the computer is turned on on the screen you see Scout the dog and he waves. If the email button is pushed the dog will read the emails to your child. I preset emails off Mummy, Daddy and Nanny. When you are on the website it allows you to choose from different variations such as Mum, Mummy, Nan, Nana, Grandma and so on so it can be tailored to your child. The emails are simple along the lines of 'Hi ____ I love you very much, love Mummy' or 'Hi _____ I miss you lots and can't wait to see you, Love Daddy'. The Leaptop also automatically responds to the email again these are simple sentences like 'Hi Daddy, I miss you too, Love ____'. The blog button will show Scout on the screen describing and showing your child what activities he has got up too during the day. The last button on the keyboard is the music button, on the software you can choose what songs you want the Leaptop to play from a selection including Twinkle Twinkle, Row your Boat and the Alphabet song.
The last feature of the Leaptop is the mouse feature. In the first play mode which is alphabet mode when the buttons on the keyboard are pressed a voice will tell you the letter, the sound it makes and finally which animal name starts with this letter. The screen will also show the relevant animal. In music mode the buttons on the keyboard will make different animal sounds and the bottom of the keyboard makes piano sounds you can also get the Leaptop to play songs while your child plays along to the music. Finally in animal mode when a button on the keyboard is pressed like 'm' for instance a monkey noise will sound and ask your child to guess which animal this is. Then once your child has guessed they can push the paw button on the keyboard and the screen will show the correct animal and tell your child the animal's name. The words and voices on the Leaptop are very clear and some of the words my daughter tries to repeat. The voice is the same as other Leapfrog products and my daughter recognises that the voice is the same as her Violet dog.
My daughter is still a little young to sit and play with it in one mode, she has a habit of pushing all the keys and sliding the mouse changing the mode constantly. Sometimes when she will tell me what animal noise is being made if I play with her. The Leaptop is very robust it hasn't been dropped or thrown yet but I am confident it will be ok if this happens. The screen isn't the most sophisticated as it is black and white and the animations are simple however my daughter recognises each animal and in general enjoys the pictures on the screen she also really enjoys it and loves the music mode as she can bash the keys away to play a song.
As my daughter gets older and her attention span gets longer I am sure she will play with this more. In the meantime she has fun carrying the Leaptop around and showing it off to everyone as well as pressing all of the buttons.
I really like this toy it is great value for money and will help your child with early learning. 5 out of 5 from us.
Summary: A great value laptop for your little one!