“ Brand: Leapfrog / Type: Musical Toy / Age: 3 Years+ „
I bought this for Christmas 2012 as a stocking filler for my little girl. The music player comes in pink or white and green and costs £9.99 in Toys r Us.
The player came in a box which allowed me to try it before I brought it. This was what made me decide to buy it. It comes with batteries which are 3 x AAA.
We have the pink version. The player is made from a robust plastic. It has a speaker at the back and the front has 5 buttons and a viewing screen. The music player is designed to fit easily into you child's hand.
The player weighs 340g and it's measurements are; 4 x 8 x 10.5 cm.
There is an on off button on the top left which is also a volume button. This can be set at two levels. The music player has a simple screen which has a black and white dot matrix type display. When you turn the player on it says 'let's listen to music'.
There are four modes on the music player the first is a learning mode which sings about animals using 'Old Macdonald' while the player is singing the song Violet the puppy is dancing on the screen and it shows the animal it varies between a few including a duck and a sheep. The player also plays the alphabet song while the screen shows the different letters, there is also a song about shapes which pauses while the shape appears to give you child a chance to answer what shape it is and finally in this mode there is a song about counting puppy biscuits which shows the biscuits and allows your child to count along.
The next mode is dancing mode which encourages your child to dance to the music, during this a cat or a puppy dances on the screen.
There is also a mode which gives simple instructions such as clap your hands, stand on one foot and stomp your feet. There are tunes such as row your boat and if your happy and you know it.
Finally there is a quiet mode which asks your child to be quiet and relax, this plays music suitable for bedtime and shows Violet falling asleep.
If the player is left unattended for a time it automatically turns off. This is useful as my daughter often leaves toys unattended.
This music player is recommended for 18 months and over.
At Christmas my daughter was 20 months and she didn't really pay this any attention. However in the last 4 months since she has started learning some of the songs she loves this player. She can easily work it herself and now she has mastered the art of getting 'old MacDonald' on constantly. When the player is playing songs your child can also push the 'paw' button in the middle to make various sound effect much to my daughters delight.
I haven't replaced the batteries once since I have purchased this player and it is still going strong, it is used most days by my little girl. Even though the screen is basic she seems to enjoy the animations and can recognised the animals and shapes shown.
Overall for the money this is good value there are about 20 songs on here and it is ideal to take out when on the go. My little girl likes it and would give it 5 out of 5.