Product Type: Leapfrog baby toys
Newest Review: ... were about 18 months old that they worked out how to do this independently. Mode one is number mode when you press each of the numbers... more
Not a bad learning toy
LeapFrog Baby Counting Pal
Member Name: martinelucy1981
LeapFrog Baby Counting Pal
Advantages: Lots of learning, numbers, colours etc
Disadvantages: Didn't really hold my daughters attention for very long
This toy was given to my daughter on her first christmas by a friend of ours. This toy is basically a singing caterpillar that teaches numbers, colours etc. The caterpillar has five different coloured body parts with the numbers 1 to five sewn on to part, all of which have a button underneath which can be pressed. Underneath each body section is there are five different pictures/activities which relate to the number and colour of the body part above it (1 bluebird which squeaks, 2 butterflies that rattle, 3 bumble bees that crinkle, 4 flowers on a ring and 5 ladybirds that jingle). On the caterpillar's neck, there are more buttons - on/off switch (the toy does automatically switch off also if you don't play with him for a while), and four different play modes (numbers, colours, classical music and musical medley. The child needs to choose a play mode for the caterpillar and then press a number on the caterpillars body. Depending on which mode it is in she will then sing a song or rhyme.
When in number mode, if the number one is pressed, the caterpillar will sing "one little birdy singing so sweet, one fluffy cloud and one big tweet, tweet!" In colour mode when each button is pressed the caterpillar sings a song about each colour in a different style of music ie when number 2 is pressed the caterpillar sings and orange rock song! In classical music mode each number has a different composer - 1 Mozart, 2 Baccarini, 3 Bach, 4 Vivaldi, 5 Beethoven, all of which play a short piece of music by the composer. In musical medley, the caterpillar just plays a medley of music from the composers for a few minutes.
The caterpillar has a soft carry handle on the top of it's body and is light and easy for a little one to carry. It also has two velcro straps on the back which can be used to attach to a pram, puschair or cot etc. It requires 2 AA batteries which last very well - we have owned this toy for approx 18 months now and not had to replace them yet.
As mentioned before, my daughter received this for her first christmas when she was around 5 months old - the toy is suitable from 3 months old but only as a cuddly toy as the child will obviously not be able to press the buttons at that age. My daughter managed to start pressing the buttons when she was around 1 year old. We never actually attached the toy to her pushchair or cot as we attempted it a couple of times but because it is only secured by velcro, she was able to remove it very easily and quickly got thrown out of her pushchair and cot onto the floor. We therefore decided that it would just be a toy that she could have in her toy box and we found that she didn't really play with it too much as she found other toys more interesting.
Our little girl is now almost 2 years old and she has hardly played with it for the last year - think it is time for it to be moved out of her toy box to make way for more big girl toys. I would not personally buy this toy for another child as I do think there that are more interesting toys out there for babies, but I will however be keeping hold of this toy for our next baby to play with when they are old enough.
Overall it is a nice little toy but just not interesting enough for our little one.
Summary: I would not buy this toy for another child
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