“ Brand: LeapFrog / Age: 6 months / Type: Learning Toy „
I actually got this table as a hand me down from a friend, her girls took no notice of it anymore and asked if my boy would like it. He was already 18 months at the time but hes really into cause and effect and pressing buttons so I accepted.
The table is reccomended from ages 6months to 2 years. The legs detatch so it can be moved onto the floor which is great for younger babies who are unable to stand holding on as it may be a little high for them.
There are quite a few activities on the table-
A keyboard which plays a melody if you press a key.
A guitar with a rattle- if you pull the rattle a circle inside it spins.
A violin with a slider that plays a melody if you pull the slider.
Pop up shapes (triangle, circle, square)
A number list with a slider, if you slide the slider it plays a song singing the numbers.
There is also a plastic book in the middle of the table with has one turnable page. It changes the table mode to musical or learning.
The table also has a french mode which is useful perhaps for the older ones. Young children are like sponges for languages. When i worked at a nursery it was in an area where many Polish had come to work, three particular children I remember (all from Polish families) were able to communicate effectivly in both Polish (to one of the Polish nursery workers and amongst the Polish children) and in English (to the English workers and children). These children were all aged between 3 and 4 years so very young.
Despite Tyler being 18months he loves walking around the table and pressing buttons. Its definitly a toy he spends the longest time playing with.
Cleaning wise its a wipe clean table however be careful with food around it. There are lots of nooks and crannies. When i was given the table it was quite mucky in the hard to get to places and needed a real scrub down.
It takes 2xAA batteries and the batteries tend to last quite well.
You can buy the table in pink, blue or green. I had to have a quick search online for prices having been given this table. I cant see many places stocking it! Very.co.uk are selling the pink version currently for £35 but I'd imagine youd get a better price using a site such as ebay.
Judging by other reviews this table is a hit with both young babies and children nearing two. I thought it best to check as the table is still a relativly new toy with my boy so his intrest may die down. Due to how long this table would last I'd definitly reccomend it and as the legs come off it stores quite well also.
This toy has been given to my daughter as a Christmas present last year when she was 10.5 months old. She was cruising by the furniture then and was able to stand steadily when holding onto something. When we opened this toy and put it together she immediately became interested and started to press all the buttons. Now she is older and more aware, she keep pressing her favourite buttons to play songs or tunes she likes and dances to it. It certainly gives her loads of fun and keeps her entertained.
***Overall look of the toy***
Just by glancing at the toy it is apparent that it offers many activities and hours of fun. It is bright and multi-coloured, really eye catching. Each corner of the table has different features and activities so your baby will never get bored.
Table has two modes - learning and music mode. Baby can switch between the modes but turning page on the book located in the middle of the table. Learning mode introduces colours, shapes, numbers, alphabets and opposites by baby pressing different instruments. Music mode plays different instrument sound and offers many favourite kids tunes.
Volume - can be controlled either by setting it on low or high volume setting ot turned off completely
Two languages - English or French, my daughter is already learning to speak bilingual (no French though) so I only use it in English
Spinning bead filled wheel
Little open/close music box
My daughter especially loves little box she keeps putting small things in it and opening and closing the box. Each time box is opened or closed it plays the tune.
Table is of a square shape and not too bulky compared to other toys nowadays. It has removable legs, I suppose babies that can sit steadily will be able to use it without legs having it on the floor.
It requires AA batteries that were provided with the toy, I have had it for 6 months now and only needed to change batteries once so far which is great, I am not a fun of battery powered toys and certainly do not want a toy that needs batteries changing every month. Cleaning it is quick job all you need is antibacterial wipe on it.
I find the table quite sturdy so far legs keep going strong even though my daughter (now 16 months) successfully to climb on the top to the table couple of times - little monkey. Table is sturdy on the carpet and not sliding at all so baby can lean on it safely however I can imagine it might be different story on laminate/wood flooring as legs do not have any anti-slip protection at the bottom.
This toy is widely available in most toy stores or online at price range being around £30 depending where you are buying it from. Although I didn't pay for this item as it was a gift, it is well worth spending money on as it will keep you child entertained for hours on.
I was given this by my cousin who had finished with it for her sons. It looked great fun, but as my son was only 6 weeks old at the time, it has sat in a corner for quite a while. I had forgotten all about it until about a month ago when my son (now 7 months) was having a particularly grumpy day (you know the sort I mean!!). When none of his other toys seemed to be doing the trick, I had a sudden flash of inspiration about this activity centre. I got it out, took off the legs, and placed it in front of him on his bedroom floor. He was instantly transfixed. He loved the flashing lights and sounds and you could practically see the cogs whirring as he tried to work out what all the different buttons and knobs did.
At this stage, he was unable to sit up unaided. However, on the third day of him playing with it, he seemed to be leaning forward over the toy and playing with it seemed to be balancing him. I tentatively took my support hand from his back and to my amazement he was able to sit on his own!!! I waited for him to topple, but he didn't. By resting on the activity centre he was able to balance himself and sit unsupported for ages. For this reason alone, in my eyes this toy is a winner!!
The activity station has many things for the baby to do from pushing buttons to pulling levers and spinning rattles. Each action is rewarded with a sound and flashing lights. The toy has 2 modes; music or learning (numbers, alphabet, colours etc.) and can be played with either in French or English. The legs on the toy are removable which means that whilst the baby is unable to stand the toy can be played with on the floor and the legs put back on when the child is bigger. This gives longevity to the toy.
As I was given this toy, I am unsure how much it costs, but even if I had to pay for it, I think I would have still got one. This toy is amazing and is loved by my baby. It is played with every day and he is still learning different aspects of the toy. This will be a favourite in our house for a long time to come!!!
Our daughter was 12 months old when we bought this for her for Christmas. We'd seen it in Toys R Us and it looked like a good, fun educational toy.
The table is available in pink (which is the colour we chose as our little girl is pink mad), blue or green. It was priced at £35.99 in Toys R Us, which seems to be the typical retail price. It is widely available online and from most good toy stores.
The good thing about the table is that you can use it alone as an activity centre, or slot the legs in to make it a table. The table is described as being suitable from six months to 2+ years. My daughter is now 21 months and still uses it daily.
I would say that for the younger babies, particularly if they are small like my daughter is, then it is best not to put the legs on, as they might find it difficult to reach. Also, most babies cannot pull themselves up and stand unaided at six months. However, as it comes with the legs, it makes it suitable for the age range described because when the child can pull themselves up, you can simply slide the legs on.
The table comes in a box with instructions. It comes in two pieces - the actual activity table bit, and four legs. The legs slide into the table very easily, it takes about a minute to set up, and they click into place so that you know it's secure. The downside is that the legs enable the table to be slid VERY easily across our laminate floor, which means our little madam can push it across the room to try and use it to stand on and climb etc. Also, with younger babies, there is a danger that they might accidentally push the table and end up falling over, particularly if they are not confident at standing/walking. As a result, I think supervision with this toy is very important. It requires 2x AA batteries which are supplied.
The activity table is approximately 40cm square, and 32cm high, and small enough to not get in the way when it's out.
The table is bilingual - there is a green switch which changes the activities between French and English. Not really that useful for my daughter at her current age, but I imagine it will be useful in the future.
The base of the table is white, and there is a plastic four-page 'book' which the child can flip to change the table from music mode to learning mode. The book is colourful, with pictures of musical instruments, shapes and numbers.
There is a character with a yellow trumpet which you slide along will count from 1-10 or 10-1. There is a guitar holding a rattle which you can spin, a red and yellow guitar with a sliding section that plays different notes and a plastic flap which you can lift up and down.
There are three buttons on the table: a yellow triangle, a red square and a green circle. There is also a spinning rattle with beads inside (my daughter loved this from a young age!) and a keyboard which has 4 keys: red, yellow, green and blue - these play different notes when in music mode.
There is a switch to change between languages, and a blue on/off switch with the option for normal volume or slightly quieter.
---USING THE TABLE---
My daughter could confidently stand when we bought this, so we put the legs on straight away and she has never used it without them. She was instantly drawn to the spinning rattle as she loved the noise of the beads and loved watching them as she spun the rattle. She loved to press the buttons and keyboard.
The great thing about this toy is that you can still get a lot of enjoyment out of it without needing to understand it. For example, my daughter loved touching all the buttons and listening to the music even from a young age. She also loved the sounds and flashing lights.
My daughter was premature and has always been quite small - so even at 21 months the table is perfect height for her. However, my friend's perfectly average 22 month old finds it slightly too low, as she is much taller than my daughter. I can see this being a problem for the average 18 month old +, as they might be a bit too tall for it. However they could still use it without legs.
The age range for this product seems right, as the education side is basic - four colours and 3 shapes. However it is a fantastic aid for learning. My daughter is confident at counting to 10 and knows her colours (although we taught her colours without the table) so she gets a lot of enjoyment out of the learning mode now as well. I can definitely see how it could aid young children learning to count etc as it makes it fun.
There are so many activities, but more importantly different types - that my daughter did not get bored quickly. There are things to slide, lift and press, which means she can explore the table without getting bored. The music and voices are clear and not repetitive, the colours are bright and stimulating.
The downside is that within a month, my daughter had managed to snap off the flap that you can lift up and down to "open" and "close". This was glued back on by my husband but she broke it off again not long after, and it is not fixable this time. This disappointed me as she hadn't had the toy long and she wasn't being particularly rough or heavy handed. Having said that, the rest of the table has proved to be very durable. She has dropped it, knocked it into things, thrown things at/on it etc. and there are no marks at all.
The table is wipe-clean only and I have found it cleans rather well. However if the child spills food or drink,it would be near impossible to clean as there are so many nooks and crannies. For this reason we don't let her eat or drink near it!
I would recommend this toy, as it is a reasonable price, will last a long time, and can be used for even small babies.
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When our twin boys got to around 5 months old, Mr Lools and I realised we were going to start expanding our toy collection as we seemed to have a lot of soft rattles but not a lot else. As newbies to the parenting game we were clueless. By chance we noticed our local Asda store selling the LeapFrog Learn and Groove Bilingual Learning Table so we decided to purchase, which proved to be quite a smart purchase.
***LeapFrog Learn and Groove Bilingual Learning Table***
The LeapFrog Learn and Groove Bilingual Learning Table is described to be a "learning fiesta for your little one". The table can be used in two parts; an activity centre or the legs can be slotted into the main centre piece and made into an activity table.
There are actually a number of versions of the table. We have the table with blue legs therefore my review will be based upon the experience of this product. You can purchase the table with green or pink legs which seem to have slightly different activities on the centre console.
The activity console itself is a square white section about 40cm square. This has a number of activities within this activity console. The centre of this is a book which has a plastic "page" that a child can turn. This sets the mode of the table to either "music mode" or "learning mode". On the console there is also a little "keyboard" this has four keys which are red, yellow, green and blue and each plays a different note when played in music mode. There is also a frog holding a banjo which has spinning centre. A guitar with a sliding section which plays different notes. There is a spinning rattle with beads inside. On a corner section there are three different coloured shape buttons. There is also a sliding scale which the button when slid counts from 1-10 or backwards from 10-1. There is also a little lift up piece of plastic. The console is described to play 40 different songs and melodies and also plays these in English or French.
LeapFrog describes the table is suitable from 6 months to 2+ years.
The console requires 2 size AA batteries which are supplied.
The LeapFrog Learn and Groove Bilingual Learning Table is available from a number of retailers including ELC, Toys R Us, Smyths, John Lewis, Tesco, Asda and Argos to name a few. The RRP for the toy is £29.99 however prices vary. I purchased this from Asda for £14.99. A quick Google search at time of writing (August 2011) quite shockingly showed that some online retailers are selling this in the region of £90-110!! Yes you read correctly.
We started using this toy when the boys were around 6 months old but only used the centre console and not the legs. At six months old the boys were just able to sit up unaided but I did find myself surrounding them with cushions behind them as they tended to have moments where they would flop backwards. My boys at 6 months old we particularly little (under 10lbs) therefore struggled to reach the console when it was in front of them when sat up, which for an "average" sized baby would have been no issue. So if they were sat up they would just watch me pressing buttons and they would respond to the flashing lights and sounds with giggles and shrieks.
At the 6-8 month stage I did find putting the console on the floor encouraged tummy time. One of my boys particularly hated being on his tummy but if he could focus on the console he would entertain lying this way. For my other son who was able to pull himself into a crouch position putting the console slightly away from him actually encouraged him to crawl over to the table to press the buttons. So even from a young age we found this encouraged a lot of skills concerned with physical development.
This toy is suitable from 6 months but is probably most suitable as an activity table from around 9 months as most children do not start to pull themselves up to standing until at least this time. Obviously there are children who may do this before this age however we found playing with the console without the legs attached seemed to be preferable when my boys were under 9 months. The table stands at 32cm high so is reasonably low. My boys are very small and have been since birth and even a 9 months old they could reach all of the activities. This is not a downside in our situation but for those will taller children this could be a little low for them especially as they get to over 18 months old.
So using the toy is pretty simple. There is a switch to turn the console on which has two volume settings; half volume and full volume. Like most toys I tend to set this to half volume although now at 18 months old my boys are able to switch this to full volume on their own! There is also a switch to put this into English or French mode. If using the toy with the legs attached you simple click the four legs into the corner of the activity console. Which clip out when you press down and pull. This is very easy to do and takes less than 2 minutes but the legs are firmly attached so a child could not pull these out and the table remains sturdy.
My boys started playing with this toy at around 9 months old as a table. Initially I would put them in a standing position and they would stand at the table playing and holding on but did seem quite wobbly. As they gathered confidence they would move around the table to play with the different activities. By around 10 months both of them were able to pull themselves to standing using the table. The table is sturdy even with two wobbly children holding onto it but does slip on smooth floor surfaces and in my opinion would benefit from non-slip feet. Using this on laminate flooring I often encountered the table slipping away from one of my boys if they leant against it too much. Eventually they even started using the table as a form of baby walker which they would push around the room and take aided steps. Therefore in order for no accidents to happen I found myself only putting the table on the rug so it would not slip away from them.
The table is a decent size and has a number of separate activity sections to press therefore in theory more than one child could play with this at one time. However I found my two boys regularly fighting over the activities and getting frustrated as the other child presses the buttons. Because they are close to each other when standing at the table you do encounter some pushing and shoving therefore if using for more than one child you will no doubt use the phrases "share" or " take turns".
I was extremely impressed with the different activities on the activity console. There are so many buttons to press, lift and slide which keeps a child entertained and engaged for long periods. In fact this is one of the toys in our collection which keeps the boys entertained for longer than 10 minutes. Not only are there fun activities such as a spinning rattle, a number of switches to slide, a keyboard and different coloured shapes and buttons to press, a large number of these activities are educational. Until the boys were around 15 months old they really only got entertainment value out of the activities but now they seem to be learning as they play. They seem to now get as much enjoyment out of "learning mode" as they did in "musical mode". Using the different coloured keys on the keyboard you can teach colours and both my boys can press the red key when asked. There is also the sliding scale which teaches counting, and the coloured shape buttons which teach shapes and colours. The toy states it is suitable from 6 months to 2 + years which I think is probably correct as the learning features of the toy are quite basic as this teaches only 4 colours and 3 different shapes. The bilingual element adds some complexity which I feel may really only be suitable for older toddlers as at 18 months my boys are just mastering basic English (although there is the argument to start as young as possible when it comes to new languages).
The music and words spoken are clear but because of the variation of activities these do not become repetitive like they do with some toys so as a parent I do not feel this is as great of an annoyance.
Durability wise the console is reasonably durable. My boys have smashed toys into it and one of them has even dropped it onto the laminate flooring as he tried to carry it across the room and all of the functions open. One of my boys did however snap off one of the activities which can't be fixed back on. This is the little flap of plastic which a child can lift and say" open" or "shut" when in learning mode and plays sounds when in music mode. He broke this at around 11 months old after 5 months of play which is slightly disappointing considering I don't feel this was particularly "rough play" and many other toys we own have withstood much greater force and still are in perfect condition. The toy can be wiped over with a damp cloth but because there are a lot of indents in the plastic if food or dirt gets into these you need to scrub quite hard and it is quite fiddly for parents to keep this pristine.
The LeapFrog Learn and Groove Bilingual Learning Table has turned out to be a very shrewd purchase from Mr Lools and I for our boys. Since being six months old the boys have played with this toy on a daily basis and has been a toy which is large enough for them to play with together. The toy is versatile as younger babies can play with the console then using the console with the legs attached to encourage their physical development and the ability to stand. For £29.99 I think this toy is a bargain but even more so we purchased it for £14.99.
My main criticism of the toy is that it slips on laminate or tiled floors therefore for a more unsteady child this could be an issue and would benefit from non-slip feet attached to the legs of the table. The toy is durable to a point however the plastic lift off section on the console has been snapped off by one of my boys around 6 months into use so does not stand up to rough play as well as many other brands of toy have.
Definitely a smart purchase which should encourage smart children!
I brought this for my son when he was just pulling himself up and this toy really helped to strength his legs ready to walk. He would pull himself up and support himself whilst playing on the toy. There are lots of different activities to keep babies entertained including a keyboard and buttons. The book in the middle can be flipped over to change the music which is played when the babies play with each part.
You can also change the language over to French which is perfect if you want your children to learn a second language.
The table is very colourful with loads of activities to keep them occupied and really appeals to them. My child has spent a lot of time playing with this toy and will happily play on it whilst I do some housework. My newphew who is 2 and half also enjoys playing on this toy when he visits.
The only problems I have with this toy is that the green flip up bit has broken off and now my child is walking he can push the table around the room.
My 8 month old son is currently trying to master the art of standing up, he can't get himself into the standing position himself yet but if I stand him next to something eg. the sofa he will stand and hold onto it and usually play with things on it such as the TV remotes! So a little musical table that my son could stand and hold onto and play with its many features, seemed like a great idea!
The Learn and Groove Musical Learning Table is by LeapFrog who are a well known pre-school toy manufacturer, so before we even tried the table out I was pretty confident that this was going to be a good buy. I bought it online from Amazon for £28.99 but I think that was a slightly reduced price and you will usually find it for £30-£35. But I'll certainly say that for the vast range of features and activities that this table consists of, it is a very well priced toy and worth the money.
The table comes in 5 parts - the main activity tray & the 4 legs. The legs are very easy to attach to the activity tray and transform it in minutes into a play table. But of course the legs can be left off if you would like your child to just be able to play with the activity tray on the floor. There are actually a few different coloured versions of this toy available with the leg colours ranging from blue to green to pink. We have the blue one as pictured above.
It then requires 3 x AA Batteries which usually aren't included, I tried putting in some quite cheap batteries and they ran down in 10 minutes! So I had to go out and buy some more expensive ones which are still lasting for now. First of all, there is so much for my baby to touch and play with on this table! There are flaps to open and close, buttons to push, toys to spin and dials to slide - it takes my son a long time before he gets bored! In particular there is a green flap door on the side of the table that my little boy will just stand and open and close for 10 minutes or more! He loves it but I have to admit I do start to get rather fed up of hearing the toy say "OPEN!" & "CLOSE!" in its sing-song voice over and over!
In the centre of the table there is a book which pages can be turned and depending on what page it is on the toy will change into different modes. For example, if it's on the musical page it will play melodies, upbeat dance tunes, nursery rhymes and even real musical instrument sounds (there are more than 40 different songs!) if it is on the shape page it will say the shapes when the relevant buttons are pressed and the same for colours and numbers etc. There is even a little musical piano to play along with and lots of sparkling lights, the features are endless!
Then as if the toy doesn't already have enough to keep your child amused, it can be switched into French mode! So it will say all of the numbers, shapes and colours etc. in French. I find this greatly entertaining myself at the moment haha! What I think is brilliant about this toy is that my son is thoroughly enjoying it now at 8 Months old and it is something that even children up to 3-4 years old will enjoy, so we will get so much use out of it (if it hasn't conked out by then!) and my son can even learn a little bit of French with it, it doesn't get much more educational than that!
My only gripe is that the tray part can be difficult to clean between the keys and around the different gizmos and gadgets, it is looking a little bit grubby and dusty between the buttons etc. I just hope this doesn't cause the keys to get stuck down in the near future and stop it from working. I've started to go round the buttons with a cotton bud every few days or so to try and wedge out the muck and hopefully make it more durable. It is very sturdy and well made so it's all down to whether the more techincal parts of the toy will last, I hope so.
Reccomended from 6 Months + & widely available in most toy stores and online.
At thirteen months, Freddy is slightly delayed in as far as his gross motor skills go, so I've been looking for toys that encourage him to stand. When I saw that Amazon were selling the Leapfrog Learn And Groove Activity Table at £20 below the manufacturer's recommended retail price of £34.99, I couldn't help but buy it. Freddy had loved his Learn and Groove Activity Station so I had high hopes that he would love this just as much.
==Groovy Baby - A Parent's View==
The Leapfrog Learn And Groove Activity Station comes supplied in an oversized, open-faced cardboard box. Although it's very easy to remove the table the packaging, I do feel there is a little too much cardboard. Come on Leapfrog, save a tree or two and reduce the packaging. I really appreciated that there were none of those horrible plastic ties to untwist and that it took mere seconds for me to remove the table from the box. Even better, I didn't even need to install batteries, a demonstration set of three AA batteries are supplied and these are still going strong after a week of intensive play. As this can be used as either a table or play tray, the four legs are not attached when this is taken out of the box, but the legs are very easy to click into place and just as easy to remove.
The tray/table top is approximately 37cm square and features an amazing number of different activities. In fact according to Leapfrog it features more than 40 learning tunes (although I must be honest and state that I haven't counted how many different tunes there are). The stark white background only serves to highlight the bright and inviting activities. What sounds each of the activities produces depends on which of the four modes the table is in. The first two modes are learning and music in English while the second two are learning and music in French. Yep that's right this toy not only claims to help your child learn first words in English, but to also give them a head start with learning French. Switching between languages is fairly easy, with there being a simple slide switch.
Switching the table itself on is also easy with another slide switch that runs through half volume right up to full volume. While full volume is rather loud, half volume is at a perfectly acceptable level, loud enough for the child to hear but not so loud as to drown out the television. Switching between learning and music modes is simple, even for a very young child, there is a book in the centre of the table with a turnable page. One side of the page is decorated with the familiar Leapfrog characters of Violet and Scout playing the drums and a keyboard, while the other side shows Tad and Lily the frogs sitting surrounded by coloured shapes, numbers and letters. What I really like about this 'book' is that it is very obvious which mode the table is in, but what I don't like is that the decorations are in the form of stickers that while very firmly stuck down will eventually peel.
All of the activities are based around musical instruments, which would probably be why it's called the Learn and Groove Activity table. With the table facing towards you, there is a keyboard with four keys in the middle at the bottom. In learning mode pressing on these keys will activate a singing voice stating what colour they are (in English or French), while in musical mode each key will play a short ditty. On the left hand side of the keyboard Tad is holding an electric guitar and pushing down on the strummer not only makes the middle of the guitar spin but also sets off more sounds. I must admit that the "Lights On, Lights Off" this produces in learning mode does become monotonous very, very quickly. However the variety of tunes it sets off in musical mode is large enough that no one tune sticks in the head for too long.
Just above Tad is a microphone that is filled with beads (like a rainmaker) when spun not only rattles but also sets off more tunes in musical mode. As I've said I've not managed to count how many different tunes are played, but there is a very large number including Frere Jacques, Clare De La Lune, She'll be coming round the mountain and The farmer's in the den, so there's plenty to sing along to, even though the table itself only plays the tune. In learning mode spinning the microphone will start the table singing the ABC song and something I particularly like here is the fact that zed is pronounced as zed rather than the American pronunciation of zee. My French is patchy at best, but it the pronunciation in French mode also sounds pretty authentic.
Just above the microphone in the top left corner is a drum set consisting of three different coloured shapes that are all different colours. When in musical mode each of the shapes plays a different beat, while in learning mode pressing on them will make the table say what colour it is before naming the shape. Again the voices are clear and while in English mode the English is indeed English and not American. In French mode, the voice is also clear and the pronunciation sounds right to my GCSE standard ear.
Taking up the rest of the top of the table, Lily the frog is playing a saxophone and if you operate the slider she will count to ten (or dix) in a sing-song voice, while in musical mode she'll play a very short, jazzy tune. Just below Lily on the right hand side there is a small flap that opens to reveal a little hidey-hole. But that's not all it does, opening and closing the flaps will also set off a few first words all of which introduce opposites. There's open, close and hello, goodbye, in either English or French (depending on the language mode). The final activity is just below the flap in the bottom right hand corner and is a xylophone. Sadly, this xylophone doesn't work by banging on it, instead the beater works by sliding up and down, which once more sets of some first words while in learning mode. This time, we have up, down and high, low in the same sing-song voice. What I particularly like about this is that these sounds are very familiar to any child that has previously owned the Learn And Groove Activity Station. In musical mode the xylophone simply plays ascending or descending scales.
What I, as a parent love about this toy is that there is such a large number of different sounds that it's very rare that one particular sounds is constantly replayed. There is the occasional time when Freddy will become fixated on a particular activity though, the green circle seems to be a favourite at the moment and when this happens it does start to turn my brain just a little mushy. I also like that because it's so easy to remove the legs, I can easily store this table by leaning it against the wall. I also love that this is light enough for me to be able to easily move it from room to room or even outside. Finally I like that it's fairly easy for me to clean the table, although it cannot be immersed in water (electrics and all that) it's easy to wipe with a cloth and antibacterial spray.
Overall as an adult, I would give the Leapfrog Learn And Groove Activity Table five stars out of five, especially at the price I paid for it. But it's not just my opinion that counts...
==Bopping Baby - A Child's View==
Freddy was just over a year when he received this table and as I said right at the beginning he has a delay in his gross motor skills, meaning that while he could sit independently and had started to crawl he wasn't yet able to pull himself up to standing. Although he couldn't (and still can't) stand on his own, he did (and does) love to stand and I do everything I can to help him do so and encourage him to start pulling himself up. Because of this we spend some time each day playing with it as a table and then remove the legs for him to use it as a floor toy.
With the legs attached the table stands approximately 32cm high, which to be honest is a little low for my taller than average little man, meaning it really doesn't provide him with any support while he is standing. I really can't say that this is a fault in the table's design though as the instructions do state that the table should only be used by steady walkers and on the 80th centile, Freddy is somewhat larger than most other children his age. What I do think is a design fault is how easily the table slips, even on a carpet. It took Freddy all of a minute to realise that he could push it away from him, meaning that if I hadn't been there he would have ended up flat on his face. So while the table is sturdy enough to take the weight of a child leaning on it, the legs could do with a non-slip surface so that the table doesn't slide all over the place.
Being a child that loves music and thinks that pressing buttons is the height of fun, it's no surprise that it didn't take Freddy long to realise that the table combined two of his favourite activities. Having previously played with the activity station, using the book to change mode was a familiar concept to him and this was first activity he spent time with. The page is the perfect design for a young child to turn and has taken a lot of abuse without any sign of being damaged. Depending on how tired he is Freddy will play with this while standing for a good ten minutes pressing buttons, opening flaps and operating sliders, with a grin on his face the whole time. The absolutely sweetest thing is when he sets of a tune going and then starts wiggling his bum and singing along.
When used as a floor toy, which is most of the time at the moment, this is one of the first toys that Freddy will make his way to in the morning. Although he is generally very good at switching toys on, he does find the fact that there are two switches a little confusing, meaning that I do have to turn the toy on for him. The good thing is that I can leave this on all day, knowing that it make random noises in the attempt to get someone to play with it. (Don't you just hate it when electronic toys get lonely). Although Freddy will play with all the activities, he definitely has his favourites. He especially likes to spin the microphone, which sets off a song that he dances to, the really cool thing is that if the table is in learning mode, then he will change it to musical mode for this and then after each tune has finished, he'll once more spin it.
Freddy also loves the drums, but with these he prefers them in learning mode, where they tell him the shape and colours and it's really surprised me that he is actually learning from these. How do I know this? Well, earlier today he was playing with the table on the floor and I happened to mention how he'd been pressing the green circle over and over the day before. He obviously heard me, and pressed the circle before giving me a look of triumph. So while the repetition the day before had slightly done my head in, it obviously taught him something.
While Freddy can't tell me his opinion of this table in words, he can show me in actions. So as this is a toy he'll play with for extended periods of time and one he'll make a bee-line for in the mornings, I would say it's safe to say that he loves it. In fact as this was a toy he played with for most of yesterday afternoon while out in the garden, I think it's safe to say that at thirteen months he'd also give it five out five.
==Learn Baby - Educational View==
Although all toys will help you child learn new skills (no matter how basic the toy), Leapfrog pride themselves on going just that little bit further. I must say that the learning opportunities with this toy are quite impressive. At the youngest limit of the recommended age scale of six months the child will be using this as a floor toy and most of the counting, colours, and first words will be lost on them. But emerging fine motor skills are instantly rewarded as pressing on buttons, opening flaps, spinning and pushing levers are rewarded with lights and sounds.
As the child gets older the table still provides plenty of stimulation and helps them not only improve their fine motor skills but also rewards other skills. Problem solving and memory are encouraged as they learn which page the book needs to be on to make the table produce certain sounds. Colours, shapes, and first words are introduced and the repetition does help them to learn, as Freddy showed us this morning. I would perhaps have said that the table does help encourage the child to stand, but it's not actually designed to be used as a table by the unsteady walker, meaning that adult supervision and help is required (not that that's really a hardship).
As the child nears the maximum recommended age of three, the concepts of opposites that this introduces can only give them a head-start with nursery and pre-school, while the few French words will possibly give them the head-start in languages. I'm not saying that this toy is anyway a substitute for spending time talking about these concepts with your child. But I do know that very young children are like sponges absorbing everything around them, and although they can't necessarily tell you that they are learning, they suddenly amaze you with what they've learnt.
As to the recommended age range, well I would say that the lower limit of six months is just about right as a floor toy, as it can be accessed while the child is either sitting or laying on the floor. The complete design of the table as a floor toy is extremely safe, there are no sharp edges or small pieces and the battery compartment is securely fastened with tiny screws. Although the table hasn't been played with by a three year old, Freddy's two year old friend has also enjoyed playing with it.
==Bye, bye Baby - Final Words==
This is yet another fantastic toy from the Leapfrog Learn and Groove range and a toy that Freddy adored from almost the first moment he saw it. What I really like about this toy is that while it's suitable for a six month old, at thirteen months Freddy loves to play with it (and is learning from it) and yet his two year old friend also loves it. So unlike many toys suitable for younger babies, it's not going to be forgotten once they reach toddler hood. As to whether it's helped with encouraging Freddy to stand (which was why I bought it), well I can see a definite improvement as he reaches for the activities and doesn't even realise that I'm no longer holding him. So, Freddy and I are agreed that this deserves a resounding five stars out of five and are recommending it to all Mummies and Daddies of babies and toddlers from six months upwards.
My step daughter bought this from Amazon as her big Christmas present for our little granddaughter. They have been living with us since November and when we were looking for Christmas presents this had a lot of positive reviews on Amazon and seemed to be the sort of toy that would provide more than five minutes of fun.
She bought this along with a few other items from Amazon and I think she paid about £30. I have seen this or ones in different colour variations for about £25 since so have a good look before buying as prices seem to vary quite a lot. It takes 4 x C batteries which it came with when she bought it and so far they are still the same batteries and it has been played with every day since for at least 5 - 10 minutes so that is a good four months and they do not sound like they are wearing down too much as yet. The batteries are safely hidden away in a compartment with screws so cannot be accidently found by little ones when playing.
The toy arrived well packed in a huge cardboard outer box with the inner toy's own box undamaged. The table stands about a foot off the ground and it is about 15" by 15" for the table area. It weighs about 4kgs but that doesn't stop our little one picking it up and bringing it into another room in order to share her musical talents with us when necessary.
Basically this is a musical bilingual (yes it speaks in French too) activity table which sits on wide plastic pink rounded legs that are extremely stable. The legs are removable and came unattached in the original box but were very easy to simply click in to the top part. The top part cold be used without the legs I suppose for children who cannot stand and it is recommended for 6 months and upwards so this does mean children who are sitting can get use out of the toy prior to using it as a table.
At the front of the table is a switch which allows you to turn it on or off but also allows you to choose from English or French language too. The language element is pretty limited to counting, a few colours and singing simple songs but it is a nice idea to get children used to another language at an early age.
So what is on this table top?
In the centre of the table is a fairly solid plastic flip over page sort of book and this page choice determines whether the table either playing songs or says the descriptive words (either English or French) The 'book' as with the rest of the table is colourful and has nice pictures of animals playing instruments or letters, numbers and shapes. I say 'book' but it really is a thick plastic flap that is a good sturdy 'page' easy for little fingers to flip over and back.
On the front part is a keyboard of four, fat simple keys, blue, red, green and yellow. These either teach colours or act as musical keys depending on which page of the central book you have turned to.
To one side is the colourful violin which you can slide and it either plays a tune or teaches 'up and down'.
A transparent rattle with colourful beads inside that little ones can easily hit and spin which plays a tune as you spin it or sings the alphabet. Something that I was pleased to hear was the toy speaks with an English voice so that when the alphabet is sung they pronounce 'Z' as 'zed' rather than 'zee'. The voice speaks clearly and can easily be understood which is a bonus.
In one corner you will find three quite chunky coloured shape buttons that you can press down, one triangle, one square and one circle which can either play a drum sound or state their colours and shapes.
A trombone slider which either counts to ten or makes a brilliant bluesey trombone sound and this is my favourite noise on the table!
An open and shut lidded compartment which can hide biscuits and other small items but also says 'open and close' or, 'hello and goodbye' or starts it singing.
A frog playing a banjo with a handle that you can move. This plays a banjo tune or 'lights on/ light off'.
There are lights surrounding the book which creates flashing lights whenever the table is played with.
The alphabet letters and numbers one to ten are also displayed on the table, slightly raised but don't actually do anything except provide decoration and give the opportunity for an adult to point to them when counting or saying the letter names.
Extra good points:
Our table is pink as our little one is a girl but this in no way puts off her visiting male friends or her male older cousins (aged four and six) who also enjoys playing with this for quite some time whenever they visit.
We have found this toy very easy to keep clean as you wipe it with a damp cloth and mild detergent or give it a quick spray with the anti bacterial stuff then wipe it dry. Although it is quite big it is square and so fits into a corner quite be easily and once your little one has tired of it then the legs can be removed for storing until the next one comes along.
So is it really educational?
A lot of modern toys claim to be educational but are actually pretty limited but this does offer many learning opportunities.
Firstly using the language element - children learn though singing and repetition so singing songs in two languages will help develop their language skills and vocabulary in both languages.
Co-ordination - pulling twisting turning all require coordination so all these different things which need to be pushed or pulled in order to get the reward of a song or flashing lights do help to develop the child's coordination.
Musical development - although obviously a bit limited, the child will be able to hear the different songs and will have some control over producing different sounds to create the music. Adults can take this further by naming the instruments and talking about the sounds made.
Learning what words such as 'open 'or 'close' and also 'up' and 'down' mean are important for young children in their vocabulary and understanding.
Counting and colours are also important early learning words to learn and understand what they mean and which colours are which.
Children can also learn cause an effect for example , when I slide the trombone I get a lovely bluesey wah wah wah wah sound which is very pleasing.
The table is very sturdy which means that a child who is not secure with standing can use this as support and the stand and play with the activities. It is an incentive to stand and so encourages standing and then walking as their legs become steadier. If the table is on a laminate floor we discovered it can also be used as a walker as our granddaughter pushed this along at times quite deliberately. Beware though if your little one is still at the wobbly stage the table would be better on a carpet so it doesn't slide.
Besides all this it is fun. Our granddaughter loves it and wriggles hers bottom while playing the music and a big smile grows on her face. The tunes and songs are not too irritating as they do not endlessly repeat and you do have to press or push to make a sound. Our cats can set it off as they jump onto the table to get to another level and do look just a little surprised at the sound they have created! But having said that it doesn't go off by itself which some toys do and this can be very annoying for the adults around.
The toy is all plastic but pretty strong. Ours still looks new despite being about four months old. Our granddaughter gives it a good work out as do her cousins and she does have friends who come to play too. The legs are rounded and the table also has rounded corners so there are no nasty pointy places that a child can bang into. There are also no sharp edges to the activity bits like the book's page so it is a very carefully thought out toy with regard to a child's safety,
I have been very impressed with this activity toy. Initially I thought that it was quite expensive and would be one of those toys that a child plays with for a few minutes then loses interest in but this is not the case. Out granddaughter uses it every day without fail and gets the same enjoyment out if it as she did when she first got it. In fact she now knows what to pres to get what she wants so maybe she gets more pleasure as she is in control rather than experimenting.
I would definitely recommend this toy as you do get your money's worth. It will be used by children from 6 months until well into Nursery school years and will be popular with visiting children too. It is a nice looking toy. Ours is pink but you can get them in other colours, blue, a bright green and I believe others too but I have not studied this in detail.
It is well made, colourful and bright, safe with rounded edges and strong. It is educational and fun without being annoying for adults. Look around though as prices vary a lot, even on Amazon different coloured ones are different prices.
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The last couple of weeks have seen my baby girl perfecting her standing and now that is all she wants to do, stand up, walk with her walker and play with toys standing up. With that in mind my parents bought her the Leapfrog Musical table which is an activity table packed full of fun.
According to an article I read, "LeapFrog is a leading designer, developer and marketer of innovative, technology-based educational products and related proprietary content and learning toys and learning games. LeapFrog is 100% focused on developing products that will provide the most engaging, effective learning experience - for all ages, in school or home, around the world."
It's great because she can stand up at this table and balance against it as it has contours that make it quite easy to hold onto and more importantly to pull yourself up with. The only thing I would say is that it does move a bit so if your child is quite strong and can push it it may not hold their entire weight but on a surface like a carpet it holds its place quite well. The legs actually detach on this table so if your child is not quite standing yet it's ok as they can still play with it on the ground. The table takes 3 AA batteries.
There are so many different musical aspects to this table, it's great. There are piano keys that are different colours and when you press them they say the colour they are, a great teaching tool. The music they play has quite a jazzy feel to it, it's very up tempo and upbeat and makes music fun which I think is very important.
In the middles of the table there is a book like feature which has a page that your baby can turn, a favourite with my little girl as she loves turning the page back and forth. When you turn it to different positions it does different things. For example with the musical keys it says the colours when you have it turned one way and then will play a song when you have it turned the other way.
The table also features a cute little frog holding a banjo and when you pull this lever to spin the wheel it plays some really classic tunes in a banjo style. There is also a trombone on the other side which teaches your child it's numbers up to 10 in a fun musical way.
There are three different shapes on one side of the table, a circle, a triangle and a square. The circle is green, the triangle is yellow and the square is red. You can press these shapes and they will tell you what they are and what colour they are. This table also has flashing lights that turn on and off and really make an exciting spectacle to see. What's more, if you want your child to get ahead in the educational stakes this table is perfect as it is actually bilingual. By flipping a switch you can suddenly get everything said to you in French, c'est tres bon!
My father works in a charity shop and actually bought this table in there as it had been donated in a very good condition. If you were to buy it in store I believe it would cost about £30 but as it is suitable from 6 months to 2+ years I think it will get a lot of use and would be well worth paying full price for.
I like this learning table but don't think it was worth the £30 I Paid for it.
It is for ages 6 months plus and one of the good things about it is that the legs come off it so before your baby can stand they can play with it flat on the floor. It is also very useful for when your baby is learning to stand up as when the legs are on it is nice and sturdy so your baby can pull itself up holding onto this table. I bought this for my son's 1st birthday and whilst he does still play with it often I think it is more useful and better value for money if you have it from 6 months.
This table has flashing lights and songs and speaks in both english and french at the flick of a switch. The page of the book in the middle turns over and there are different buttons to press that do different things like teaching colours, numbers or singing the alphabet. Another thing that I like about this table is the colours as it is so bright and catches the attention of babies.
One thing that I don't like about this table though is that the batteries seem to run out very quickly I suppose because it does so much singing and talking which is a little annoying.
I think this table could be very engaging for a 6 month old but doesn't keep my one year old entertained for very long.
When me son got to about 7 months old it became clear that all he wanted to do was stand and play and I suddenly realised why play tables were such a good idea....
We looked at a few different play tables, but I really liked the variety of activities on this one. It also seems to be nice and sturdy and well made. The colours are nice and bright and also fairy unisex.
The table has two settings, which are changed by flipping the page of the book in the centre of the table. One is a musical setting, the other an ABC setting. My son is a bit obsessed with books, so we flick between them fairly regularly in this house.
My particular favourites in this are the frog holding the banjo, and the violin. Both okay great little tunes. Whilst the sounds and music do get slightly annoying after a while, I have to say that the general quality of sound and the fact that there is so much variation on this means that it is actually one of my son's less irritating electronic toys!
My son is now 10 months old, and this is undoubtedly one of his favourite toys. He will happily spend quite a while standing at it, and the fact that the legs are so sturdy means that it remains upright even when he leans all over the place, which is more than can be said for a lot of his toys.
I think that this table will lose a lot of its appeal once he can actually walk, but for now it definitely earns its place in my toy crowded living room as it really does hold the attention and offer hours of playing fun.
My son received this as a Christmas present when he was around 1 and a half and he though it was great. You can chose between learning the different activities in either English or French and this is great at teaching children a different language in a fun way. The legs detach which makes it easy for taking about with you and storing and also enable small children to play on the floor with it or when they can stand you simple put the legs back on.
There are two different modes which can be chosen simply by flicking the large page which is in the middle of the table. Learning mode each button that is pressed or part that is tapped or touched plays either number from 1-10, letters, opposite or colours and they can be playing in both English or French. I though this was a great way to help educate young kids as it just seems like play time to them where as they are learning things such as numbers but in a really fun way.
The second is music mode where around 40 different songs can be heard. Some of these include nursery rhymes and instrumental sounds. At one of the sides of the table is a trombone shape which when slider is moved it either plays a counting song or a blues tune and adjacent to this at the other end of the table is a piano which plays a jazz tune and lights up. There is also a banjo which when it is spinned it plays a variety of classic tunes and opposites.
The learn and groove table usually costs around £35 depending where it is bought and I think this is a good price for a great toy as it engages and entertains young children from a young age in all the great songs, tunes and activities and most importantly it does this is two languages! Very sturdy and stable and well worth the money.
I brought this for my son for christmas he was 10 months at the time, he is now 15 and a half months and plays with this table everyday without fail, he adores it. It has a bilingual function although I haven't really used it much, it plays all the speech in either French or English. It plays all sorts of different tunes, some of which are still new to me even after all this time! I feel that this table is a great learning tool and has many levels to it, firstly it helps with standing and cruising, it helps with co-ordination, it helps with cause and effect, it helps with numbers, shapes, colours, the alphabet, singing and also for fostering a love of music! My little boy is particularly fond of the frog playing the banjo and he likes to dance to it! It is a strong sturdy table and ours has certainly withstood alot of bashing, as you'd expect from an excitable little boy. I brought this for £20 of amazon a bargin, especially as my son is still playing with! In addition amazingly I have only replaced the batteries once, which is very good compared with some baby/toddler toys, very impressed, me and my son.
The first time we saw this table, my 12 month old loved it. He is a little bit older than the recommended age, however, he still can not walk, so it was great for him to hold onto and stand. He would giggle at everything on it! I ended up buying my own for him and it is easily his favourite toy. It has a little switch which changes to English or French. The speech is very clear and not muffled at all. The flip book in the middle also changes it to either ABC/123 or music. It is a bright and colourful toy and perfect for my now 15 month old. The legs can come off but I've tried taking the legs off and it is quite difficult which I find great for my sons safety. The down fall of this table is it isn't sturdy, my son would play with the toy, and then the table slides away, we have carpet too! It has two sound settings too, the loud one isn't too loud and the quieter one isn't too quiet either. It is a colourful little table.
Pull up, learn and explore with this musical activity table!