Product Type: Leapfrog baby toys
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Leap Frog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo
Leap Frog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo Ball
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Leap Frog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo Ball
Advantages: Eye catching lights, educational
Disadvantages: None for Jayden
When I was a child I always remembered having this large plastic toy that when you pulled the cord a pointer in the middle spun around, when it stopped it would point to a different animal each time and make the animal noise. I decided I wanted to get Jayden something similar to help him learn all the different animals and their sounds. After hunting around for something similar the closest thing I could find was the Leap Frog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo, this is a modern version of they toy I had as a child and as well as the animal sounds it also has other features.
The Leap Frog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo is basically a large plastic ball on the top of a chunky blue and white plastic stand, the main plastic ball is made from white plastic with one side being orange and the other green, when the ball is spun you can see black and white swirly patterns on either side.
Down the centre of the ball are various coloured sections, in each section is a letter (the alphabet goes around the whole ball) next to each letter is a picture of an animal beginning with that letter. There is a large range of animals pictured ranging from everyday animals such as cat, dog, monkey, frog, bee and lion, then there are a few less common animals such as yak, x ray fish and quall.
The are 2 flashing red arrow lights one on either side of the ball, these flash as you spin the ball and change to a static light when the ball stops spinning round and points to an animal/ letter. The sound comes from a speaker on the top of the base, on one side of the base is a small red switch which allows you to alter the sound, you can have it loud or quiet, on the other side of the base is another switch which has 4 positions, there is the off position and then 3 other positions which you can alternate between, these include
* ABC - When the ball is spun a song is sung, when the ball stops and the arrows point to a letter that particular letter is read out, this is then repeated.
* Animals - On this setting when the ball is spun again a different song is sung and the red arrow lights flash, when the ball stops spinning the name of the animal the arrows are pointing to is read out followed by the sound that animal makes, this animal sound is then repeated.
*Sounds - This setting is a combination of the other 2 settings, when the ball is spun an alphabet song is sung, when the ball stops whatever animal the arrows are pointing at that animal sound is played and then repeated.
The Leap Frog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo is ideal at helping your child to learn letters, animals and the sounds that they make. Your child can have fun spinning the ball and watching the swirling patterns and flashing lights, this helps to keep their attention.
Spinning the ball and getting the Alphabet Zoo to make a noise will also help with your child's motor skills, so playing with this particular toy helps to develop a lot of skills as your child plays.
We bought our Leap Frog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo from our local Toys R Us, however it is also available from a range of places such as Mothercare and online at Amazon. This particular toy is sold for around £16.99, this does vary a little depending on where you purchase it from, it requires 3 AA batteries which came with it. Personally I think this is excellent value for money as your child will have fun with it and at the same time learn.
Jayden has had his Leap Frog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo since Christmas and he loved it from the start, the sounds and flashing lights kept his attention and he really enjoyed sitting and spinning the ball, I'm sure he was trying to see how fast he could get it to spin.
Now he is a bit older he seems to sit and enjoy listening to the different animal sounds as well as spinning the ball. Although Jayden is only just over a year old and does not actually know the different animals, sounds and letters the whole while he is playing with this toy he is learning and starting to understand the concept of these different things.
I have noticed that now Jayden is a bit older he shows a lot more interest the animals and their sounds and will laugh if you imitate the noises to him, at the moment he is a bit young to understand the different letters, but this toy is introducing them to him from an early age.
The Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo is made extremely well and is tough and hardwearing, Jayden's has had a lot of use since we bought it for him and it still looks as good as new, because it is made from plastic you can easily wipe it down with a damp cloth to keep it clean and hygienic.
I would definitely recommend the Leap Frog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo to anyone, this will really help your child to learn and develop whilst at the same time learning, the flashing lights, swirling patterns and songs will help to keep your child's attention.
This toy is described as being for children 6 months and onwards, I personally think that 6 months is quite young for this toy, however on the other hand it is never too young for your child to start learning, I think though children a few months older would get more benefit from this.
Summary: A lovely toy for little ones