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LeapFrog Alphabet Zoo Ball

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Brand: LeapFrog / Age: 6 months / Type: Learning Toy

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      31.12.2011 16:46
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      A fun singing toy that is educational!

      This was another toy we bought our 10 month old daughter for Christmas. I bought this using my Tesco Clubcard vouchers it was £11.99 from Tesco Direct, but you can also get it in most toy shops and on Amazon.

      I had previously read good reviews about this and my daughter is a fan of musical toys. The ball requires 3 x AA batteries which come included. The ball is basically a spinner on a platform. It is fairly heavy at the base and it has rubber feet so it doesn't tip over very easily making it ideal if you have a child like my daughter who likes to push the toys away with her feet.

      On one side of the ball is the on/off button which also features two different leverls of volume. On the other side there are different modes to set the ball to. The first mode is a singing mode which sings the alphabet as the wheel is spun. When the wheel stops the ball says the letter and the name of the animal, then when it is spun again it continues to sing the song from where it left off. There is also an animal sounds mode where the ball sings 'the animals have something to say' and then when it stops it says the name of the animal and the noise the animal makes. On the side of the ball is a black and white pattern which attracts baby's attention and encourages them to keep spinning the ball.

      My daughter finds this really easy to spin and it doesn't take much effort. The toy is recommended from 6 months and over. It is better for a baby who can sit unaided as it can be placed on the floor in front of them and spun.

      My daughter loves the music, she has recently started to dance everytime she hears some music so she loves to spin this and bounce/dance to the music. The toy is very repetative and when I read other reviews a lot of people stated that they got fed up with the noise. I have to be honest even though it is repetative I switch off to the noise. This is a really fun toy, my older nephew who is 20 months loves playing with it too and he is able to repeat the noise that the animals make. Since Christmas this toy has been used daily and my daughter loves it. The voice is also British which I prefer as it says Zebra rather than 'zeebra' which some of our Fisher Price toys do. I think that this toy will last us a long time as when my daughter gets older it will help her vocabulary and learn the animals noises. My daughter also likes the flashing arrow pointers on the side of the ball which flash randomly. This toy is great value for money if a bit repetative.

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      09.08.2011 12:49
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      Great toy for a great price

      I bought this for my 5 1/2 month old son with some money he was given for his christening. I was like a kid in a sweet shop on Amazon as I had previously struggled to find fun toys that were suitable for children under 6months. However, the choice was now unbelievable. I knew that I wanted to get him something educational with lights and sound as these had previously held his interest on other toys. Budget was also an issue, I didn't want to spend more than £15.

      This Leap Frog Alphabet Zoo Ball was recommended at the bottom of the page, and when I saw it had an average 5* rating in the reviews, I had a look. It sounded like just what I was after and at £14.14 I thought I had found a bargain!

      When it arrived, I unpacked it excitedly and switched it on. My husband immediately snatched it from me and began to play. "It's not for you" I reminded him as I handed it to our son who was looking up expectantly at his new toy from his Bumbo. I placed it on his play tray, showed him how to spin the wheel, and that was it, he was off!!!

      He sat for ages spinning the wheel and smiling at the sounds it made.

      The toy has 2 volume levels and 3 modes.

      ABC: The ball plays a tune until it stops on a letter, it then tells you what the letter is

      Animals: The ball plays a tune until it stops on a letter, it then tells you the name of an animal that begins with that letter and the sound it makes

      Alphabet song: The ball plays the alphabet song until it stops on a letter, it will then play the sound of the animal it lands on.

      Some of the animals are a bit unusual (N is for Needlefish for example???) however, me and my husband struggled to think of anything better (I had never realised there wasn't a well known animal that began with N. Answers on a postcard please!). The ball speaks with an english accent rather than american as some toys do. This means that the letters are all pronounced correctly, for example Z is zed rather than zee.

      My son does tend to knock this off his play tray quite easily so might perhaps benefit from having suckers on the bottom???

      All in all, I love this toy. It keeps my son amused and is being educational at the same time which is a bonus. The songs are a bit annoying and get stuck in your head but it is this repetition that babies love. I think my son will be playing with this for a long time to come.

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        29.03.2010 11:08
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        Overall, a great toy that is simple to use

        I have to admit alot of the toys I owned for a while for my son who is now nearly 2 years old were made by VTech but have experienced some of the LeapFrog products now and find them very good too and are very sturdy and durable which is always a good thing when they are being played with and thrown about by kids. I bought this recently for my son and he seems to love it and it's great as when he gets bored with it I'm hoping my new son who is a month old will by then want to play with it too.

        The toy is quite simple really and your child has to spin the wheel which is the central focus of this particular toy. When he or she spins the wheel it plays a song that is related to the alphabet in some way depending on which setting is turned on. The great thing about it is that it's easy to spin the wheel so is easy enough to do for a child between 7 or 8 months up I would imagine. The last thing you want is something that's so hard to operate that they get bored and frustrated with it. On the wheel you have each letter of the alphabet represented with a picture of a different animal next to them.

        Talking of the settings you can choose for this toy, as well as off you can select the following: Letters, animals or alphabet. If you select the letters mode then when you spin the wheel it sings a song and then will land on a letter when it stops and say it's name. If you select animals mode then the toy will sing a different song when spinning and say the name of the animal in question when it stops and makes the noise of that particular animal. Finally on the alphabet mode when you spin the toy will sing the alphabet song and the good thing is it starts at where it stopped the last time for example f rather than starting at a again.

        Thankfully for the poor parents there is a volume button as the side two with two different levels of sound so you can tone it down a bit if it gets too much.

        In addition to all the sounds and noises there are also flashing lights that point to the the letter it lands on.

        I really like this toy as it's small enough to not take up much room and I managed to get it for under £20 which is not bad as will be used for a few years to come. Also, it really stimulates a child's learning of the alphabet and animal sounds and also stimulates and excites them with the flashing lights. This is another great toy from LeapFrog that is worth investing in.

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        10.06.2009 14:58
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        There are better toys out there. Save your pennies

        We bought this for my little boy when he was 9 months. We didn't pay the full £15 pound asking price as I think it was offer at Mothercare at the time.

        My husband chose it after my little boy seemed to like it in the shop.

        What is it?
        A spinning ball on a base that has all the letters of the alphabet with an animal associated with the letter. You spin the ball and you get to hear letter names and animal sounds. There are three modes. One says the letter names, another says the name of the animal and sound and another one sings a song and makes the sound. It's very sturdy and will take a lot of use. It runs on batteries.

        My view is my little boy likes spinning it but I'm not that keen.

        Why....
        The pictures of the animal are small.
        The noise isn't an accurate reflection of sound that the animal makes.
        The choice of animals is strange e.g. needle fish for 'n' - I had to look it up on wikipedia!
        They use letter names rather than the phonic sounds of the letters.
        The song is annoying.

        In my opinion it's another of these 'educational' toys that prey on parents fears that children need to be learning something from their toys but the toys are educationally not very sound and don't really inspire children's play or learning.

        I personally wouldn't recommend it if you were looking for a toy as a present.

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      • Product Details

        Spin the ball to hear letter names an animal sounds! 3 modes of play introduce animal names and sounds plus alphabet song.