Product Type: Leapfrog baby toys
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Leap Frog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo Ball
Member Name: xmum2threex
Leap Frog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo Ball
Advantages: Simple to use
Disadvantages: Songs get stuck in your head
We brought this toy for my youngest son on his first Christmas he was only 6 months old and we found it difficult to purchase toys his brother or sister did not have for that age range. We brought it from Tesco for £10 and the regular retail is anywhere between £10- £15 so do shop around to try and find a bargain. This toy is great because it is very well made of sturdy plastic although it is a little big for a baby at 6 months the bottom of the toy is flat making it perfect for sitting on the floor in front of little one or on a flat surface for them to play with it.
The idea is to spin the large wheel on this toy and see where it lands there is a strip in the middle which shows pictures of animals and the corresponding letter next to the animal. The wheel is very easy to turn and even young children can just move their hand around in any direction and it will send the wheel spinning. As the wheel spins lights flash and when the wheel comes to a stop the lights in the arrows turn steady red to show little one what the wheel is pointing at.
There are 3 modes and the modes are easy to switch between with a little slider on the bottom of the toy and there is also an on/off button as you would expect it can be annoying if left on as any little knock sends the toy singing again.
1. When you spin the wheel it sings the alphabet and when you land on a letter it tells you how this letter is pronounced. This I very clear and although younger children do not appreciate what is going on they enjoy the spinning of the wheel all the same and this means that the toy can grow with little one and a better mode for older children.
2. When you spin the wheel it stops on an animal and tells you noise that they make for animals that there are no noises like fish or the turtle it plays a musical note. My children all love the sounds and they are very realistic and clear.
3. This mode is as you spin the wheel the alphabet is sang it does not matter on which letter the ball stops when you spin the wheel again it carries on from where it left off meaning the whole alphabet is played in sequence and is very catchy not only does it get stuck in my head but I find my children singing it as they play with other toys.
The age recommendation is from 6 months to 24 months I do agree with the lower end the ease of using this toy is fantastic the slightest touch sends the wheel spinning and after that all little one has to do is listen to the songs and then spin again meaning they are practising fine motor skills watching lights flash and hearing about animals and the alphabet.
I do think the age range should not be limited to 2 years my three year old little girl and four year old little boy both still love playing with this toy. Yes they do not sit for long amount of times playing but they still enjoy to spin the wheel and see where it lands all the same so I do think this can be extended a little. The different modes mean there is something for each of them to do and the toy will grow with your child.
This again is one of them toys that you wish you never purchased until you see you're little ones face while they are playing with this toy. The songs are catchy which is great as it holds the children's attention but they can become ever so annoying and you will find yourself walking around the house singing them over and over again.
What we like is there are a lot of normal farm animals included in the wheel but also a range of different options to what you would find on other toys so it does help increase their vocabulary. The pre recorded voice of the toy is British rather than American which means all the letters are pronounced as they will be learnt later in life unlike a lot of other toys.
As it is made of sturdy plastic it is very durable and it has been knocked over and dropped many times without even a scratch the batteries that were in the toy when we purchased it are still working and there is no sign of them slowing down anytime either even after around 16 months of use.
The combination of the bright colours that make up the toy, the lights that flash and the catchy songs this will draw and hold little ones attention keeping them occupied. It is extremely easy to use and seems to appeal to children from young babies when they can first sit up to older children interested in learning the alphabet.
The toy promotes fine motor skills and helps teach little one about the alphabet and animals the catchy song means the children remember a lot of what they hear very well even if it will drive the parent mad. I would recommend this to anyone looking for something fun and entertaining for younger children it is well made and does not cost the earth.
Summary: A great toy for younger children
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