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My daughter's uncle enjoys drumming so it was no surprise when she received this drum from him for her birthday.
The Leapfrog Learn and Groove Alphabet Drum has three different modes and allows each mode to be done in either English or French. The drum is colourful and the top has a screen which shows red dots which makes patterns depending on the mode. There are 3 different sliders around the middle of the drum to control volume, language and mode.
The first mode is an alphabet mode. When you hit the drum the lights show the next letter of the alphabet and the voice says the letter. It has music that continues to play in the background the whole time as well. Luckily the voice says the English version of 'z' instead of the American.
The second mode has a song that plays and sings encouraging children to clap their hands, stamp their feet, play the drum and sing. The lights shows a little man dancing or when they talk about the drum it shows a drum being played instead. When it reaches the end, the lights and music stop but it will start again if the drum is hit again.
The third mode is a musical mode which plays diffferent tunes and shows different patterns of lights on top. When you play the drum it plays a different sound each time.
This drum has been a big success in our house. As an adult, I find it extremely annoying as it plays the same song over again and my daughter keeps playing with the switches so that it changes to French. However, my daughter loves it. She got it for her first birthday and quickly learnt how to hit it to start the music. By 14 months she also worked out how to turn it on and off and change the modes. She enjoys dancing to the music and hitting the drum.
The drum is recommended for ages 6 months to 3 years. I think it is suitable for a young age as it can be rolled around the floor and they can watch the lights and listen to the music. I'm not sure it will last until she is 3 years old though as I think she will get bored of it soon. However, it has been a good toy and is durable enough to last a long time.
It takes 3 AA batteries and is available for around £15.