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
A great pal
LeapFrog Baby Counting Pal
Member Name: xmum2threex
LeapFrog Baby Counting Pal
Advantages: Well made, lots to do
Disadvantages: None at all for us
This toy is a large bright caterpillar it has a soft body with cute smiling face on the head of the toy. Then there are five sections to the caterpillar's body each numbered 1 to 5 in a bright coloured background and the number sown as clear as can be on each section. Also underneath each section is an activity like flower rings for little one to move around or a bird squeaker. There are four different modes of play on the caterpillar activated by pressing buttons on the neck which helps keeps it interesting for little one by changing modes as well as the other activities that lay beneath each section of the body.
One of the things we loved about this toy is that it has two straps in the back of the toy meaning it can easily be fastened to the cot or to the buggy making it mobile but still safe in the knowledge it will stay put and not get lost along the way. The toy is a good size so that is attractive to little one but does not overtake the space it sits in and the large sections of the body are really easy to press meaning even young children just exploring moving their hands about can catch the body of the caterpillar and set it off.
There are different modes of play with this caterpillar and they are changed by pressing the buttons on the neck of the bug this is rather difficult to do for young children and it was not until my children 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 a song will begin to play including whichever number on the caterpillar little one has pressed these can be very catchy and great for children a little older learning about numbers. The songs are very pretty and soothing and great at holding little ones attention and they repeat the relevant number over and over trying to make sure little one takes in the information.
Mode two is colours depending which part of the caterpillars body you pres it will begin to play the colour that covers that area and makes a fun catchy song up. This is great for younger children learning about colours but also brings animals in to play so they are hearing about two different things at once. The thing that is great about this mode is the type of tune you hear one will be a classic children song rather slow paced and floaty and then the next colour will be a rock song or a jazz song meaning the style of music keeps changing and helping keep little one interested.
Mode three is classical music each button one to five will play a small clip of a classical song. My children really liked this mode but unfortunately this is one of the shortest modes of play and only lasts around 20 seconds which my children found a little disappointing especially when they are using it in their cot as it means it needs to be pressed over and over again.
Finally mode 5 is a mix of all the music meaning and this was actually my children favourite as the songs last a lot longer than the other modes and we found this perfect for use in the cot. All the songs are rather soothing and calming which is great for use before bedtime and this was the mode we used the most when my children were younger.
Well there are different modes of play and my children each had their personal favourite they seemed to swap and change with time and as they got older they preferred the melodies that have a song to go with them while they were younger they preferred the music on its own so it can grow with little one. The caterpillar has that many different modes plus then you have the activities that sit below each number meaning there are lots to do and always keeps little one interested. The buttons are easy to press meaning and the activities are a fantastic size for little hands.
As the child gets older there is a carry handle so if they wish to take it around with them they can do so very easily and as there is not too much weight to the toy they can do so easily. This and the straps on the back of the caterpillar mean it is easy for this toy to be transported around and is perfect for when you are out and about getting things done it will stop little one getting bored.
All three of my children have used this toy and it still works perfectly it can only be cleaned by wiping it with a cloth but ours still looks great and has lots of life left in it yet. I found that my children used it a lot when they were younger up to around 8 months but as they started moving around by themselves it got neglected. However when my children started walking and were steady on their feet they realised that they could actually carry the toy around themselves by the carry handle on the top they found a new interest in it and again it would be used on and off until they were about two years old.
There is an on/off button and also a volume switch even though we found that ours was not too loud even when in the highest mode the songs are catchy and you do find yourself singing along through the day but I find this happens with most children's toys.
As there is so much to do I find it grows well with little one the different modes provide different interests but also it was not until my children were a little older they discovered the flower rattles, the bird squeaks the crinkly bees so there is always something new for little one to discover, this along with the clear voice teaching them about numbers and the bright colours of the caterpillar holding their attention while it is still soft enough to have a cuddle with makes this toy a winner for us.
This toy is recommended from 3 months to 3 years of age I do agree with the younger age range of the toy as it is easy to use and the slightest knock sets it off it is great for small hands. While they are so young it needs to be propped up with the fasteners for them but it is still easily used by small children. The older age range I do think is a little high all three of my children became a little bored with the toy by around 2 years old they do come back to it now and then but to be honest it receives two minutes play and then they move on to something else it does not do enough to hold older children attention. The mix of activities mean this toy is great for teaching numbers, colours and animals and is great for little to start using and perfecting their fine motor skills there is lots to do and a perfect toy for the cot or on the go.
This toy retails at around £15 which we think is very fair considering we have had this for over 4 years now and all three of my children have used it that is fantastic value for such a small price. It is available from all good toy stores, supermarkets and online we were given ours as a present and it certainly has been one of the mist used toys between all of my children.
Summary: A really fantastic toy for younger children