Product Type: Leapfrog baby toys
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Member Name: Ninski1
Leap Frog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo Ball
Advantages: Educational and fun
Disadvantages: Lots of features
My son was fascinated by things that would spin when he was a baby and my husband saw this toy in the Early Learning Centre and picked it up for him when he was around 7 months old. The toy can currently be purchased from Amazon at £14.99 (July 2012). It is suitable for ages 6 to 24 months and aims to develop understanding of the alphabet, help in the identification of animal sounds and motivate exploration through the use of lights and colours. The toy requires 3 AA batteries which were included. We have not yet had to change the batteries and we have had the toy for around 18 months, it gets played with quite a lot so the battery life has been good in my opinion.
The toy is 20.5 x 49.5 x 31.5 cm and weighs 798 g, it feels quite heavy, but it needs to be to make sure that when you are spinning it, it does not topple over. The toy comes in one piece and consists of a spinning wheel covered with the letters of the alphabet and an animal picture that corresponds to that letter of the alphabet. The pictures are good and not overly cartoony, so they provide a good reference point for young eyes.
On each side of the spinning wheel is a red arrow and when the wheel stops spinning the arrow points to the letter and animal and makes the animal noise, whilst the wheel is spinning it sings 'spin spin a letter' over a over, which is a little bit annoying at times. On the base of the spinning wheel; which is blue, there is a red on and off button and also a green switch that allows you to choose what game sequence you want to play there are three play sequences that include Spin a Letter, Spin an Animal or Spin the Alphabet. On the side of the spinning wheel are black and white swirls covered with plastic with holes in on one side it is yellow and the other side green, when the wheel spins you can see the swirls spinning round. The toy is designed to improve motor skills, by encouraging your child to spin the wheel and also, as they get older to learn the alphabet.
My son at first would just spin the wheel over and over, not paying attention to what the toy was saying and often the wheel would not have the chance to actually stop on an animal/letter before he was spinning it again. It spins pretty fast and always made by son laugh. Now he is older, he will spin the wheel, wait for it to stop and try and copy what ever the wheel is saying.
Overall I think is this a great educational toy, it is made of durable plastic and is very sturdy. I would recommend this toy to others as I think that it can help improve your babies motor skills, teach them animal sounds and the alphabet and has a long life span as it offers more and more as your child gets older.
Summary: Good toy for babies and toddlers, with lots of features that will last them a long time