Product Type: Leapfrog baby toys
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Who will be in my band?
LeapFrog Learn & Groove Animal Sounds Guitar
Member Name: Ann-Marie_B
LeapFrog Learn & Groove Animal Sounds Guitar
Advantages: Teaches recognition of numbers and animals
Disadvantages: Slightly on the heavy side
The Leapfrog Learn and Groove Guitar is by far my little boy's current favourite toy. It was given to him as a gift at Christmas by his Nan and although he was not initially taken by it, as the last few months have passed it has become very beloved to him.
This little guitar is just the right size for a toddler and is suitable for children of 12 months plus. It has a chunky and curvy appearance, though its colours are rather garish and uncoordinated. It is also a little on the heavy side and my son sometimes finds it difficult to grasp.
On the main section of the guitar is a dial. Beneath the deal are five sections, each with a number and a number of animal characters correlating with that number. For instance the number one has one dog and the number five has five ducks. One section of the dial is translucent and the remainder is opaque, therefore only one section at a time is visible whilst the rest are obscured.
At the centre of the dial is a red knob which spins the dial and at the bottom is a blue lever which when depressed also spins the dial. The lever gives a random selection whereas the knob at the centre means that sections can be specifically selected.
To the right hand side of the dial is a circular button which enables the user to select a setting. The first is to switch the toy off, the second is for numbers, third is for animals and fourth is for music.
On the numbers setting the guitar plays a jingle and asks the user to "count it out". We are informed of the number and animal, depending on the section selected after using the knob or lever. For example "Three Pigs". The number is then counted out "1, 2, 3". This encourages the recognition of numbers and animals and teaches the ability to count.
On the animals setting we are played a song and at intervals during the song, the animal selected is stated followed by the sound of the animal. For example "I play my guitar who will be in my band? ..... Dog.... woof, woof, woof!" This is ideal for younger children as it teaches the simple recognition of animals and the sounds that they make.
Finally the music setting plays Old MacDonald. This setting is probably aimed at the youngest of users.
At the bottom, right hand side we have a choice of two volume settings and two language settings, English or French. On the handle there is a large green button which interrupts the current music with a little added jingle.
What impresses me so much about this particular toy is the way that it has encouraged my little boy's speech. His vocabulary has been quite good from a rather early age and now at 16 months he is learning new words by the bucket full. Although he already knew the word "cat", he instantly says it when is selected on the guitar. He will also say "duck" or "quack" when the duck is selected, "gig" when the pig is selected and "shhhh" when the sheep is selected; all new words learned through the use of this toy. He also claps at the end of the jingle when the guitar sounds a round of applause.
Though the jingles are sometimes rather annoying and repetitive, the educational qualities of this toy make it all worthwhile. This is one that I would whole heartedly recommend.
The Leapfrog Learn and Groove Guitar is currently available from Amazon at just £14.65 with free delivery, a great price for such a fun and educational toy.
Summary: Fun and very educational!
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