Product Type: Leapfrog baby toys
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Let's Fly to the Sky in My Aeroplane!
Leapfrog Alphabet Airlines
Member Name: bush1
Leapfrog Alphabet Airlines
Advantages: Good price, educational, fun
This year I stumbled across the Sainsbury's half price toy sale with my daughter and had a wander around. I ended up buying two things for my daughter for Christmas, a foldaway kitchen and the Leapfrog Alphabet Airlines for her stocking. I had other Leapfrog toys and thought they were good learning toys and she seemed to like it when she played at a friends house so I bought it for her. My daughter was 17 months when she got this.
---The features of the toy:
The aeroplane came attached to cardboard backing but you were still able to test it in the shop as the on switch is on the side of the plane. It took a while to get the cardboard backing off because it is attached with plastic wires so I removed this before I wrapped it up as it would have taken a while on Christmas Day to get it done. The Alphabet Airline is, as the name suggests, is an aeroplane with a bear sitting in it. You can't remove the bear, but he can be pressed down. The plane is mainly white with blue and red on it and yellow wheels; the bear is green. On one side of the plane is the control to turn it on which also has two volume options. When it is on and the bear pressed down, he goes through two phrases - 'Let's fly to the sky in my aeroplane' followed by an aeroplane noise, and he sings the alphabet. The box states that it is suitable for 9 months plus.
My daughter kept playing with this in the shop when I bought it and at 14 months was easily able to slide the switch on and off. She kept finding it in my bedroom before I wrapped it for her and enjoyed switching it on and pressing it to hear the sounds. When she got it at Christmas she kept dancing to the alphabet song and is still dancing now! If you start singing the alphabet song now for her, she'll go and find the plane to press as well.
I like this toy. It is very simple but helps teach something very important to young children. The words and noises are done by a young-sounding voice so it makes it nicer for children to listen to. The alphabet song is different to when I learnt it, but it seems to be the standard one now and usefully has the English pronounciations instead of the sometimes used American. My daughter throws things around a lot and this toy has also been thrown a few times but survives that very well so I am happy with how durable it is. My daughter seems to really enjoy playing with this and I am very pleased that I found it in the sale. We've taken this on journeys in the car and given it to her when she gets restless and we can see her bouncing to it as she plays with it.
I would definitely recommend this item. It seems to retail for around £5 in most places and I think this is a reasonable price to pay for a fun educational toy. It is aimed at children over 9 months but it will have good longevity as my daughter is enjoying it at 17 months and still hasn't worked out she can roll it around on its wheels as well.
Summary: Would recommend
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