Product Type: Leapfrog baby toys
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Singing in French
LeapFrog Learn & Groove Microphone
Member Name: sympatic
LeapFrog Learn & Groove Microphone
Advantages: Good learning toy
Disadvantages: Easy to switch language and volume balance could be better
My daughter received this for her second birthday and it cost £9.99 to purchase, this is not the sort of toy to give your child with the instruction go away and play quietly with your friends as soon the noise will rise as they get to wail into the microphone. The one my daughter has is a different colour to the one in the picture above as the body of the microphone is pink and not green. It comes with the 3 AAA that you need to get started straight away and the battery life is not bad with this toy.
Made of plastic it is nice and chunky but my daughter has no problem gripping it even with her small hands, she tends to have to grip it in both hands as it has a bit of weight to it. The one slight issue I have with this microphone is that it is very easy for her to accidently press the button that switches into a different language hence on the pre set tunes often here the words and numbers in French. Other than this slight issue which does not really bother her I cannot find any fault with this device other than the fact that the noise can be a bit much sometimes.
At the top of the microphone there is a twist section which you move around to scroll through the six different modes available, you can just opt for the standard voice amplification mode which just lets your child sing along to whatever they want, my little one tends to like to have the radio of music system on at the same time when using this mode as she just sort of follows whatever is playing, often with her own words or noises, lots of la la la going on in this mode.
The other modes all tend to m ake use of pre recorded material for your child to follow along with and to learn some basic vocabulary and mumeracy, initially her favourite was the animal mode as it combined names with noises and like all children animals fascinated her, it also in the song says what the animals like so your child gets to learn a liottle about each animal. More recently she has gravitated more to the number mode as it teaches your child to count up to 20 and she seems to really like doing this.
The sing along mode which has music playing and the Bumble Bee mode are the two that she tends to play with the least although with the bee mode she does like the counting bit in that song but I think she finds it a bit repetitive as it rarely gets through the whole reportoire. The food mode gets a decent amount of use although it is the one I dislike the most as the tune is annoying, as I said thankfully she does not seem that interested in this one.
Sound wise it is pretty decent although on a couple of modes the music is almost too loud and does drown out my daughter voice a bit, there are two volume setting but there is not much difference between the two.
My daughter often plays with this and she enjoys the learning element of the toy and also that it is fun, it is also popular when she has play dates with friends children. It is easy to wipe clean after use and I do use antiseptic wipes to get rid of any germs on it.
Summary: Good fun toy but noisy
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