This activity table can be used in two ways as the age recommendation was for 6 months plus we brought it for my sons Christmas when he was six months old and as he obviously was not standing up it can be used as an activity centre simply do not attach the legs to the toy and it can be sat in front of little one and then they can still make full use of it. To place the legs on the table is very simple they simply click in to place which is perfect for storing the table when not in use they can be taken down and put back on in the matter of seconds.
As my son began to find his feet we decided to put the legs on the toy and found it to be great and encouraging him to stand up at the table and help him while he steadied himself. We did find it could slide across the floor a little if it is leaned on too much by little one on our wooden floor but on our carpets it is a little sturdier so do be careful and try and put the table it does not have room to move. This made me a little wary about him using it but as he became steadier on his feet it seemed to slide a lot less.
There are so many features on this table to get your little one recognising and using their fine motor skills. It also helps little one learn about numbers and colours so I do think this is a great educational toy. As there are so many different activities and then they change when you swap from music mode to learning mode, the songs rotate and there are enough of them not to be repetitive this is a toy that will hold your child's attention a lot longer than 10 minutes like some toys.
We have found once the legs are on this table is the perfect height for young toddlers to stand up comfortably and as a child gets older they are able to kneel next to the table and still access all of the features available. The colours on the table are bright and attractive so pull your child's attention straight away and then the different activities hold it.
There are different things scattered around the table and with the two different modes they do different things n music mode most of the features will play different songs these range from nursery rhymes to lovely melodies and as they are played on a loop little one never knows what they will hear. In the middle of the table is a book and this is how you switch the table to different modes by moving the page one way it turns the table in to music mode or in to learning mode which changes the activities and helps keep it interesting. They are clear illustrations to show which mode is music mode and which is learning so little one can easily identify them.
On the bottom of the table is a keyboard and in music mode when a child presses each key it will play a different song meaning they can make a new song appear by randomly hitting out at the keys which my children really enjoy and when it is switched to learning mode as each key is a different colour this is spoken back to little one in a clear voice. On the bottom left of the table there is a guitar and when little one pushes down on this the inside of the guitar begins to spin around while it plays a different musical melody for little one to enjoy.
On the top left of the table is a number of shapes and pressing these in music mode with result in little one hearing a different beat of music each time while in learning mode we are told the colour of the shape and then the shape itself.Middle left of the table is a microphone and this has a rattle inside which rolls when little one touches it while again playing a song at the same time. While in learning mode this microphone will sing the alphabet to little one in a clear voice.
On the top of the table is a little slider and in musical mode this will play a short and sweet tune from a saxophone and in learning mode it will count from one to ten as above the slider although not interactive they are written across the table for little one to see. There is a little flap for little one to lift up which has musical notes on it in doing so they are greeted by yes you guessed it a song in music mode and in learning mode it says words such as hello or goodbye which are great for introducing first words to young children.Finally there is a xylophone which little one must slide up and down to hear the corresponding word in learning mode and in music mode it plays more tunes but this time in a variation of different scales.
There is both a volume switch if you find the toy a little too noisy you can have it at half volume although to be honest it is not as noisy as some toys can be and now my children are older they know how to turn it up to full volume by themselves so I do not have much choice. There is also a switch to turn it to French mode I find this the case with most leapfrog toys and I think it is a nice addition although we do not use this mode it is nice to have an option should we want to use it.
Although age recommendation is from 6 months plus all of my children love this toy and they all love dancing around to the songs it plays. We brought this for my eldest son under the recommendation that my niece loved it when we purchased it her for her first birthday and so far it has lasted all three of my children growing up and as it is wipe clean as it is made of plastic it still looks brand new and is in full working order.
We absolutely love this toy it has received lots of use from my children and they have had hours of fun. We like this because it is not repetitive like most toys are these days and little one never knows what they are going to hear from the table. There are two different modes so even if little one gets fed up with music mode they can change it to learning mode and hear something different.
This table grows well with little one as it can be used as an activity centre or and activity table depending on age but also as the child gets older if they are like my little ones they will be more interested in learning mode where they are taught shapes, letters, opposites and colours and also some popular first words.
It is available in many different colours to suit boys or girls and is available from places like Argos, Tesco, Amazon and any other large retailer. This toy can set you back anything up to £30 but we brought both my sons and nieces on offer as they are quite often on sale for half the prices so do shop around. Even at full retail price I would highly recommend this toy it one of the few toys that actually received more than 10 minutes play from my children.
We managed to buy this table on offer and using a price match so only paid £14.99. We bought it as a gift to give to my daughter for her first Christmas.
At 8 months old, she has been confidently sitting for a couple of months now and is now standing up at every opportunity. We thought this table would be ideal in giving her more confidence to stand up unaided.
On Christmas day, we got the table out of the box for our daughter to use for the first time. Having attached the legs (which are very easy to attach and detach, but not easy enough for our daughter to be able to manage it herself just yet), we did have to stand the table against something a little more sturdier, in order for our daughter to stand up and use it (it's not quite sturdy enough to support her as she has a tendency to lean on it). Our daughter loves the the various slides, buttons and rattles on it and is quite happy to use it either on the floor or on it's legs. Even when it's on the floor, its the first toy that she will make a beeline for!
We're haven't got any kids of our own yet apart from my partners 10 year old son from a previous relationship who doesn't live with us so being the thoughtful considerate types we are when it comes to presents we enjoy finding all the toys that kids will love and parents will want to kill us for buying. This usually involves a trip down the toy aisle pressing buttons and playing with anything that even looks like it might make a noise,make a mess, move or annoy! At the moment we can enjoy this pleasure knowing there's no way the parents can retaliate although heaven help us if we ever have kids as most of our family have suffered several years of chaos and noise at Christmas and birthdays due to our present buying skills!
last year after a fun hour annoying the life out of the poor shop assistants by playing every toy in the shop and leaving a trail of flashing lights and noise in our wake we finally decided on the Leapfrog learn and groove musical table as a Christmas present for our little nephew who was 7 months old at the time. The Leapfrog ticked all the right boxes it made a noise,talked and played music along with flashing lights and plenty to keep the little guy amused there was also the bonus of us being able to claim we bought it because it was educational!
One of the things I liked about the Leapfrog well apart from the noise was the fact you could use it without the legs if the child is not quite at the standing stage yet then add the legs later when they are on their feet. My nephew wasn't even trying to stand and was more content crawling around when we bought the table so we thought it would be good to have something he could play with on the floor. Once your little one is standing up the legs are easy to attach and also easy to remove which is handy for easy packing if you are taking the Leapfrog and it's little owner over to Grannys house for babysitting night! The leapfrog was also more compact than some of the other activity tables we looked at so it doesn't take up much space even fully assembled. If you are looking at buying this on the internet it definitely gives the impression it is bigger than it really is in the pictures I've seen online.
At Christmas before we wrap the kids presents we try to put new batteries in and leave the toy loose in the box ready to play as there's nothing worse when you're a kid than no batteries included or dud batteries in your new toy come boxing day and nothing worse for a parent than trying to open all the packaging and cut plastic ties and fit batteries when 3 kids all want their new toys now. The Leapfrog takes 3 AA batteries which is good as they are usually available everywhere and cheap to buy when it comes to replacements which is handy as the batteries don't seem to last too long if it's played with daily.
There is plenty to keep little ones amused on the Leapfrog the book in the middle has pages which turn over to switch the Leapfrog between learning and music. In Learning mode the table teaches ABCs numbers, colours and shapes and if you fancy starting your child off early for a future career as a translator the activities can be done in French as well as English. There's lots to play with as all the instruments, the book and the door move in different ways and each one has a different result which teaches cause and effect and helps develop motor skills.
In learning mode there's a door which speaks when it opens and closes, a trombone to slide which teaches numbers,3 shape buttons which announce the shapes triangle,square and circle and the colour when you press them, piano keys which teach colours, a shaker which spins and teaches ABCs, a guitar that slides to teach up and down and a banjo which spins when you pull the lever and switches the lights on and off.
Turn the page on the book to music and you get different sounds or tunes for each instrument, the shapes become drums and there's 40 various sounds, songs, tunes and nursery rhymes to sing along and dance to and flashing lights for added effect. Parents will also be happy to know that there is the option to turn the sound down a bit as well!
I can't really find any major downsides to this toy if I'm really picky I would say that it would have been better if it had rubber bits on the feet as it moves around if you have wooden floors but use it on a rug or carpet and there's no problem.
As presents go this was an instant hit with my nephew who spent most of Christmas day sitting on the floor happily making a racket with it and one year on he still plays with it daily although he does now try to climb on it as well which obviously wasn't it's intended purpose. The Leapfrog has stood up well so far there is no damage to the plastic everything still works and apart from the sticker on the book being slightly worn it is still in good condition.
When we bought this it cost £30 and for that price I would say this is a great toy which will probably get used from baby through to toddler without losing it's appeal. The suggested age range for the Leapfrog learn and groove musical table is 6 to 36 months although our nephews older brother who's 5 happily plays around with this when he thinks nobody is watching! Babies will love the bright colours, flashing lights,music, noises and the fact that when they pull hit or press things something happens.When little ones are getting on their feet for the first time it's perfect for holding onto and encourages them to walk/wobble their way round the leapfrog playing with each part. Toddlers will love dancing and singing along to the music and start to learn their numbers,colours,shapes and alphabet and maybe a bit of French along the way
Disclaimer! It is not my intention that this review should in any way encourage other child free
Aunties and Uncles to follow our childish example by buying the noisiest toys possible this Christmas!
On second thoughts go for it! The kids will love you even if the parents don't!
My apologies in advance to all parents requiring earplugs this Christmas:)
My son is now 2 years old and owns one of these toys and he absolutely loves it and plays with it every day. When I bought it I got it for just over £25 which wasn't bad. He has had this toy for about about the last half a year and I can imagine he will still be playing with it and not get bored a for a while yet.
The musical table has helped my son learn and kept him entertained which from my experience are two of the most important things. He gets some education and you can leave him be for an hour or so knowing he will be occupied. As my son gets stronger with age I have noticed that the toy is pretty sturdy and can withstand him knocking it over etc. You can also remove the legs which makes this perfect for children who crawl as well.
On the table in the centre is a console that has a book where one page plays songs when keys are pressed, and the other has learning information.
With the four piano keys children can learn about what colours can be pressed to get the name of the colour to be said allowed. The four colours available to press are red, yellow green and blue. Then there is the shape part of the toy where kids can push these different shaped buttons and the toy says the name of the colour and the name of the shape. There is a green circle, yellow triangle and red square.
There is a trombone with sliding knob and numbers one through to ten are sung in a very catchy little tune. You can also puch the handle of the banjo which means lights are turned off and on with this toy. This stimulates a child's senses. There are many different songs with this console which are all catchy for children.
There is such a wide variety of things to stimulate a child's mind and aid learning with this toy that makes it so great. It is sturdy and looks like it would be hard to sustain any real damage.
I would definately recommend this for anyone who wants a toy that will keep their kids occupied for long periods and also a great learning aid. It is made with great quality too.
The Learn & Groove Bilingual Musical Table will engage and entertain baby with more than songs, sparkling lights and lots to spin, slide, push, pull, open and close. In learning mode, babies and toddlers will feel like maestros, as each tap or push sounds out letters, numbers from 1 to 10, colours and opposites, in either English or French. Flip the page to music mode and baby can move and groove to more than 40 songs and melodies, including nursery rhymes, real instrument sounds and upbeat dance tunes.