This has changed in recent years but my son had the one pictured above and I also got given it again by a family member for my new little one. So this review is one the one pictured above. However it is available to purchase from Amazon for £18.49, the newer model is very much the same just more rounded in the body and face.
What I really like about this apart from it being really sweet is that each of the 26 legs actually plays a different tune! Unlike cheaper toys where the song can be repeated every few buttons this one really does have 26 different tunes, it pleased me then and pleases me now!
The body of the caterpiller is purple in colour and made of a nice sturdy plastic, it's very glossy and feels like a quality toy. The face is nice and cheerful looking and on top of his head are two soft plastic clear yellow antenna's, these light up red when buttons are pressed.
It has a collar around it's neck and this has a teeny butterfly switch which when pushed across goes from ~
Off, ABC, A picture of a pair of lips, a crayon and a musical note.
Each mode does a different thing.
Off ~ speaks for itself!
ABC ~ Says the letters of the alphabet in A,B,C,D,E,F..... and so on.
Lips ~ Sounds out the phonics of the alphabet eg. A ahhh, B Buhhh, C caaa etc. (If you know what I mean)!
Crayon ~ Say's the colours of the caterpillers boots.
Music note ~ A different tune for every boot ~ Nursery rhymes and songs such as GreenSleeves!
A button on top activates 'Eddison' the male voice of alphabet pal rather than the female voice who says all the letters etc.
It's also a pull along toy and has a string attached to the front, he bob's up and down as the child pulls him along. The wheels underneath aren't round as a wheel usually is but oval shaped allowing the caterpiller to bob along.
My sons think this is such a great toy, infact my 4 year old has just come and taken it off me! The baby likes listens to the music and watching the antennas light up.
It takes 3 AA batteries.
As my son grows so do his learning needs and trying to decide which toys he will like and will also help him to learn can be quite difficult. My husband tends to do most of the research into the products and then sets about looking for the lowest price.
When we were discussing gifts for our son's first birthday and this years christmas gifts and he thought the Leapfrog Alphabet Pal Pull toy would be something we should look to get. By pure chance someone happened to be selling one that I knew and so we picked one up 2nd hand for just £5.
The Alphabet Pal is a pull along caterpillar that can be purchased in purple or green for around £14.99 and is suitable from 12 months but our son was happy enough playing with it from 10 months of age.
The caterpillar is quite heavy but not heavy enough that your little one cannot drag it along the floor or lift it up.
The letters of the alphabet can be seen running along the caterpillar's legs and each time one is pressed it will state the alphabet letter. By moving the little yellow butterfly on the caterpillars collar you can change the caterpillar to sound out the letter which helps baby to pronounce letters.
The Caterpillar has a yellow string to its collar so each time it is pulled the ABC song will begin and my son happily bops away to this song time and time again mouthing the words that the caterpillar is singing although we have no idea what our son is actually trying to say but it is lovely seeing him recognise the tune.
There are 4 different learning modes and over 25 melodies to choose from so there is plenty of life in this toy to keep your child interested. His little antennae light up when he sings his son or is turned on another feature that your child learns to recognise.
To turn the caterpillar on you simply slide the butterfly to the right to one of the 4 options available.
The first option is to the ABC and here this option teaches baby the alphabet, so each time they press one of the caterpillars legs a letter of the alphabet is stated. If the baby pulls the caterpillar along then the ABC song will begin.
The next option along will sound out the letters in lower case.
Next is a colour palette and this will say the colour of the let pressed e.g yellow, red, green and blue to help baby to learn the primary colours.
The last option is a music note and this is where you will find all of the melodies. Each time a different leg is pressed a different song can begin.
To operate the caterpillar you will need 3 AA batteries and the battery panel can be found underneath the caterpillar on his belly area. Like most child toys you will need to have a screwdriver to open the panel and replace the batteries but this is a job that will take a couple of minutes and the batteries seem to last forever!!
My son loves playing with this he pulls it along the floor, plats with it inbetween his feet and slides the switch along the caterpillars collar the only thing he doesn't really do is press the caterpillars legs like he is supposed to but all the same he loves the music and sounds and as he gets older he will start to play with it differently I expect, like he has done with most of his other toys.
Even as a second hand toy this item is rarely showing much sign of use and looks as good as new. It is easy to pull along the floor and has 3 small wheels build into the body of the caterpillar to help it move around.
This is definately a good gift for a child's first birthday but it will all depend on the child how long it will keep them entertained for. We keep it in a box in the living room and I have to say it gets taken out and played with every day but we have found with Leapfrog toys that our son really enjoys playing with them and one main advantage is that it uses british voices too which helps our child to learn.
At a recent bootsale we were looking at this item on one of the stalls and thinking that it may be an idea for our youngests first birthday, the stall holder was asking £6 for it and we decided that as we have a few months left we would leave it and keep an eye out nearer the time however we walked to the very next stall and there it was selling at £3 so we snapped it up and somehow it has ended up being played with rather than being put away but never mind.
The toy usually costs between £10 and £12 and is made by Leapfrog so you know straight away it is going to have great educational value. This toy is supposed to be for 12 months upover but my baby is 9 months old and she plays with it although she obvously doesn't understand it yet and my eldest daughter is 4 and she too enjoys playing with it so it is a toy that will be played with for years.
The toy is a purple caterpillar made of hard plastic with four spheres making up the body with 26 coloured boots on his feet 3 each coming from each sphere on each side, each boot has a letter of the alphabet on it written in lower case and there is a string to pull him along little wheels on the underneath making this possible. The caterpillar has yellow coloured antennaemade of a softer plastic which light up and a really happy face with the Leapfrog logo hanging around his neck. There is a button on his back along with a slider for four different modes of play and then a switch behind his neck to allow two different volume levels. The caterpillars head turns from side to side and the speaker is on the back of his head, there is a battery compartment on his underneath secured by a screw and the toy requires 3 x AA batteries.
The modes of play are indicated by symbols along the slider and the toy announces what seeting you are on as you move the slider, there are ABC, a frog, a crayon and a musical note. The first one ABC does exactly what you would expect and when the child pushes on any of the coloured boots the toy tell them the name of the letter, we use this setting to spell things out such as our names and Sophie thinks this is funny to here the toy spelling out hr name.
The second option of the frog is to tell the child the sound of the letter when they push the boot, when you push the boots they are very easy to push and I got really confused when pushing the b boot and getting the sound nnnnn, I finally realised that as I was resting the toy on my knee I was pushing the n button on the other side of the toy.
The third option tells the child the colour of the boot, the colours are red, yellow, blue and green so very basic and I do find this setting quite annoying when my four year old presses every boot in turn and you get red, yellow, green, blue, red, yellow, green, blue etc etc.
The final option is the music and every boot plays a different tune, most of the tunes we recognise between us such as the farmer wants a wife and london bridge is falling down and we generally can sing along and some we don't which considering there are 26 different tunes i don't think we do too badly.
There is also a little fly (I guess) that lays on the caterpillars back and is actually a button, when this is pressed the toy plays the alphabet song and the caterpillar does a funny wobbly walk and gives out a giggle.
This toy is great, it is enteratining and educational at the same time, both of my daughter loves this in different ways. Emily (youngest) likes to simply press the boots and see what happens and also likes to giggle alot at the music, she is not yet on her feet so can't pull it along on her own yet but laughs really hard when her sister does it for her. Sophie (eldest) uses this to practice her alphabet which she has just learnt to recite and we also use it for the letter sounds as we discuss what each one is for. This is really good value especially at the price we picked it up for but i really wouldn't have minded if we had paid full price.
LeapFrog Alphabet Pal
When our little one was born, we were given a few toys from a friend whose little one had outgrown them. Although our little one was only a baby at the time, we were given quite an array of different toys which were not suitable for babies though were almost brand new and perfect to put aside for a later date. One of these toys was the Leapfrog Alphabet Pal in the shape of a purple caterpillar.
The caterpillar is in a shiny purple colour with 26 feet in all different colours. It is just over 30cm long and has a short, thin piece of string which ties around its neck in order for the child to pull it along. This string, though, in my opinion is useless as it is very short and so pulling the caterpillar along is difficult, and even if you do manage to pull it along, the small wheels do not glide easily.
On each of the feet, there is a letter with the entire feet combine giving the whole alphabet. These feet can be pressed to announce the alphabet in tune or you are able to press the small leaf on top to hear the alphabet song. When any button (or foot) is pressed, the two antennas flash, though this is a dull flash and on very light days, you can barely see it. On the side of the caterpillar is a butterfly switch which has five settings that your child can select by simply moving the butterfly along. The settings are;
2. ABC - This allows the child to press the feet of the caterpillar and hear the letters in upper case.
3. abc - Like number two, though in lower case
4. Colours - Here you can press the feet and the colours will be said by the caterpillar.
5. Music - Each foot plays a different tune. There are 26 different tunes, one for each foot, and apparently all the tunes are songs which begin with that letter. I say apparently as I haven't figured them all out yet!
I have found that the average cost of this caterpillar online is between £8-£15.
My little one began playing around with this toy at about the age of one, though it wasn't until about a year later that the toy became more educational and my youngster could understand what it was for. I would recommend that the earliest age for a full understanding of the toy is at least two years old. Obviously children under this age can benefit in other ways, though I think it is around two they will start to really understand it more.
Apart from the annoying noise, this toy is a great educational toy which teaches young children without them even noticing.
My son was bought this purple caterpillar for his first Christmas when he was 10 months. At the time he loved to sit and press the feet to make noises which I will say after half an hour would start to annoy any sane person! Then he lost interest and we haven't seen it out for a long while until recently. My son is now 2 ½ years and he has started to understand it more.
Alphabet pal is an educational purple caterpillar. It is about 32cms long and has a short yellow string attached to its neck to pull it along on the floor as it has wheels underneath. I have to say my son has never really done this. Maybe the lead is too short as the caterpillar is low to the ground. It is made from strong plastic and is very sturdy. It does have some weight to it so your little one won't tip it up.
Alphabet pal has 26 feet, 13 on each side. Each foot has a letter of the alphabet on it going in order and is one of these four colours, blue, red, yellow or green. On top of the caterpillar is a large button in the shape of a caterpillar laid on a yellow leaf of some sort. When you press this it say hi I'm Edison and then proceeds to sing the alphabet. When you press anything on the caterpillar it's two yellow antennas on the top of its head flash.
For the noise there is a volume button with two levels. It is a little switch on the top you slide across. I think it is quite loud enough on the low level. I couldn't see you needing it on the higher level.
The caterpillar has a switch on the side of its neck which a yellow butterfly you slide across. My son finds this very easy to use. It has five settings the first being off my favourite! I know I sound mean but if your son is like mine you would understand.
The next one is an abc sign. In this mode you can press each foot and it will say the letter it has on its foot in upper case. I like doing this one with my son at the moment as we use letter cards we have from another game and we try and find the right one after we have pressed the foot. So it's great to use in conjunction with something else.
Moving along to the next functions we have a little picture of a smiling frog face I think, well I think it looks like a frog! This is letter sounds lower case letters, so as you probably guess you press a foot and it will give you the sound of the letter on the foot.
Then we have a picture of a pen this is the colour function you press a particular leg and it will tell you the colour of the foot. There are only four colours so this keeps it quite simple for your little one. It doesn't overload them with lots of different colours. I think 26 would be a bit of a challenge!! There is as I have said red, blue, yellow and green the main colours. My son is great with colours and I have to say this has helped him a little.
The last function is a picture of a music note. This has always been my son's favourite function and any parent would understand why, because it is more fun. Each foot plays a different tune and they are quite nice little tunes. There are 26 different ones and some of them are nursery rhymes. If you read the box it tells you that each song begins with the letter on the foot. It is a bit of a challenge for us parents but I must say I'm rubbish! F is farmers in his den and that's about all I know!
The caterpillar takes 3 AA batteries. It does come with some and I have never had to change them but like I said my son hasn't played with it that much.
You can buy this toy for about £15 which for an educational toy isn't a bad price. Unfortunately for me my son has never found it that interesting. But he is more a cars and cooking little boy. I think it would make an excellent present and I was frilled when my son received it. A little warning though the noise can get a little annoying and for those who aren't a fan of the American sound this does sound a little American not that there is anything wrong with that.
Leapfrog Alphabet Pal is the type of toy that your kids will pick up and play for a long while then go back to a few days later, he is made of hard purple plastic and is about 15 inches long he has a moving head and flashing antennae when in use and his name is eddison. O boy can he be annoying ! but the kids love him.
My son is 3 and he had this for xmas last year and i paid £15 for him at the time, its a fun educational toy that leapfrog does so well introduces them to the alphabet the pronounciations, colours, nursery rhymes and generally chatters along as your children play with him and press on his coloured legs.
He has a bright yellow cord so he can be pulled along behind them it is very tough and has been bounced on ceramic tiles many many times and never came to any harm, the batteries seem to last forever in leapfrog toys and in the 15 months we have had eddison we have only changed the batteries once as they were supplied with the toy when purchased.
This makes a perfect educational gift and is often found in the reduced section in argos when they have sales so even more of a bargain then, can and have recommended this toy to friends toddlers will enjoy learning.
Alphabet Pal is a talking caterpillar, he is designed to introduce letters, sounds and colures to your child. Designed for children aged 12 months and above.
** Product **
Made from plastic, he is purple in colour and has flashing antennas when the product is active. His head can rotate and he has a big smiling face, the speaker is on the back of his head and the volume control for this is situated on the top of this body.
Around his neck there is a green collar where the functions for the toy are, his legs are made of every letter in the alphabet, letters A-M are on one side and N-Z are down the other. Each foot is coloured Red, Yellow, Green and Red.
The first function is ABC, when turned to this mode the caterpillar will play a small tune and say "Hi, I'm Alphabet Pal" Your child is then able to press each foot, and depending what they press the Alphabet pal will sound out the corresponding letter from A-Z
The Next function has the picture of a face, in this mode the caterpillar will play the same tune followed by "Letter Sounds" when your child pressed a foot the caterpillar will say the letter on its foot how it sounds.
The next function is the picture of a pen, when turned to this mode the pal will say "Colours" In this mode, when your child touches a foot, the caterpillar will say which colour your child has pressed either "Red, Yellow, Green, Blue"
The final mode is a picture of a music note, when this is pressed the caterpillar will say "Music" When your child presses a foot it will play the tune of a nursery rhyme or a small song. There is a different tune for each letter, so 26 tunes in total.
On the top of the caterpillar is a smaller caterpillar, when he is pressed, it will say (in a different voice) "Hi I'm Edison, Lets sing along with alphabet pal" it will then play a tune.
On the front of the toy is a string so your child can pull it along the floor as it has 2 wheels on the bottom and a roller ball at the front to enable easy movement.
** Thoughts **
Another great multi function toy from leapfrog, at £16.99 I find this a little expensive, but I got it from a market for £4 so an absolute bargain for me.
As a toy, its brilliant, it really helps your child learn letters, I particularly like the faction that says the letters as they sound, because that's how children learn to say them first. The fact that it also says them how they are supposed to sound means as your child develops, this will hep them along the way.
The music is good for children at the bottom aged for the toy, at 12 months, they are a little young to know about the alphabet, my daughter has this at 1 year and she really liked the music as she didn't understand about colours or letters at that point.
Its also really good that it can be pulled around, so if they don't want to listen to it, they can play with it another way .
I don't like the fact that it seems a little American, I didn't realise this when I brought it so some of the letters sound slightly different to how I would say them (being English) Its not a huge difference, but if I had to pick out a negative for me, that would be it.
** Summary **
Like I said before I think this is a little expensive, but if you are willing to spend the money, I don't think you will be disappointed. The functions on the toy are great and there is lots for your child to do and play.
There are other leapfrog learning pals which include numbers ect, I have not tried those, but I definitely think they are fantastic for learning and teaching your child as they begin to talk.
This cute toy has it all (well nearly), you can drag it behind you, it sings, teaches you the alphabet including phonemics, colours, plays classical music and flashes. Small children learn cause and affect when the press his boots.
Over all its a great toy, just very hard and has wounded all our family at some point, either tripping us up, falling on it, it falling on us, it should have some padding or something.
The sounds, like most musical toys gets on your nerves and this toy is no exception. It does have a volume switch, but not much to choose from - loud or very loud! But what makes it worse is that your child plays with it, then gets bored or side tracked walks/crawls away and 30 seconds later it shouts 'thanks for playing with leap frog goodbye' and plays an little tune! Aghhhh shut up! You don't need to advertise, we bought you, now just sit quietly for a minute!
It was a present so not sure of the original price, but has had hours of use so even if it was expensive it would be an investment.
Hi, I'm Alphabet Pal! I'm a big purple caterpillar with 26 legs wearing 26 boots. My friend mouse likes to travel with me and you can find him having a lie down on my back. I like everything to do with letters, colours and music and want to help you have fun whilst you learn!
Alphabet pal wears a green collar around his neck. ON this collar there is a butterfly, slide this along to make your choice of activity. There are 4 choices each represented by a picture; 'abc' is the letter names, a picture of a frog is the letter sounds, a crayon is the picture representation for colours and a musical note represents music. There is also the choice of turning Alphabet pal off. On alphabet pals back there is a small yellow switch, here you can choose to make alphabet pal, quieter or louder (there are two levels of volume). Also, on Alphabet Pals back is his friend a mouse. Press this switch and he sings the alphabet song. Before he sings he tells you his name, we can't decide where he says Eddington or Edison, (perhaps we need to change the batteries but everthing else continues to speak clearly, please let me know what you think if you have this toy).
On each of Alphabet Pals boots is a letter of the alphabet, a-m on one side and n-z on the other. Each boot is also part of a sequence of colours, red, yellow, green, blue, this sequence is repeated along all of Alphabet Pals boots. Now for the different learning modes:
'abc' - on switching to this mode alphabet pal will tell you are learning 'letter names.' This is a very simple activity. Each time you now press a boot it will tell you the letter name.
Frog picture - on switching on this mode Alphabte Pal will tell you that you are learning about 'letter sounds.' Each time you now press a boot it will tell you the letter sound.
Crayon - on switching to this mode Alphabet Pal will tell you that you are learning about colours. Each time you now press a boot it will tell you teh corresponding colour.
Musical note - on switching to this mode Alphabet Pal will tell you that you are learning about music. Each time you now press a boot it will play a short tune. I do believe that each tune played corresponds to the leter on the boot, for example, press 'c' and the tune 'Clementine' is played, press 'f' and Farmers in his Den is played. I don't know all of the songs that are played but most are well known childrens' songs.
Each of teh modes of play is simple to activate. It isn't an obviously interactive toy, for example it doesn't ask you questions to find specific letters or colours, though there are lots of buttons to press and exploring to do. A child playing with this toy does therefore need input from their parents. The younger child will be happy to explore and soak all of the information up well, an older child will need more than this. The parent needs to ask the child to find letters, sounds and names, and to find colours. Also finding sequences of colours and letters, practising spelling simple 3 letter words.
So overall, in my opinion this is a great toy for exploring for children 12 months plus. This toy is recommended for child up to the age of 2 but I think that as a child gets older and they get more interaction with a parent to play games using Alhabet Pal it will have a much longer shelf life. The music mode of this toy is lovely and entertaining though not long enough for a child to get up and dance before they have to press teh button again.
This is available to buy in many children's toy shops. I have seen it on sale for £17 but you can probably shop around and get it cheaper.
New and refreshed, this latest Alphabet Pal from LeapFrog includes all the great features from its popular predecessor plus several new ones to add to the fun. A bright cheery purple, Alphabet Pal has 26 little legs each with a coloured shoe and a different letter from the alphabet. There are four unique learning modes to help teach your toddler. Switch Alphabet Pal to learning mode one and press one of the shoes to hear the cheery caterpillar say the (upper case) name of the letter written on that shoe. Learning mode two operates in the same way but this time says the (lower case) phonic sound of that letter. Happily, times have changed from when all electronic toys had American pronunciations, and Alphabet Pal pronounces his phonic sounds the English way.