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My Daughter received this as a gift when she was around four months old. She still plays with it now at 2 years old.
This toy is designed to look like a sort of laptop, with a flip lid. It is appealing to babies and toddlers with a puppy face that speaks to them. It has a sturdy handle for carrying and big colourful buttons that are easy to use. The buttons have the numbers one, two and three on them and are in the shapes of a square, a triangle and a heart. There is also a star button and a button with a musical note.
Other features include a spinning wheel containing coloured balls and a little 'biscuit' that slides up and down.
Honestly this is one of those toys that has been quite annoying for me as a parent. I have found the puppy's voice pretty irritating to listen to over and over again and always put it on the lowest of the two available volume settings.
However, my Daughter has really enjoyed this toy! At one stage it was absolutely her most favourite toy. She loves the songs and has learnt to sing 'Twinkle Twinkly Little Star' through playing with it. It hasn't kept her interest ever since she has had it, but after a month or two of being at the bottom of the toy box she has renewed interest in it when it is rediscovered.
I have a friend whose toddler also has this toy and enjoys it too. It offers the opportunity to learn about numbers, colours, shapes and music.
This is one of the many items santa delivered to our house this Christmas for our youngest daughter who is 15 months old.
It comes in a box which is easy to get it out of compared to other toys I had to struggle with this christmas and retails at around the £15 mark which I think is a reasonable price for this toy.
It is small and light weight with a handle on it so your child can carry it around with them, my youngest daughter likes to walk around carrying it and finds it easy enough to do despite only just starting walking
It is designed for children aged 6 to 24 months but our 3 year old likes playing with it too so I would say it will keep a child happy long past the two year recommendation.
It is available in two different colours, green or purple, we have the purple one.
It requires 2 x AA batteries which it comes supplied with and we have not had to change ours yet so last well compared to other toys.
My daughter loves the fact that the face lights up on this toy and that the mouth looks like it moves on it, she laughs at it when she is playing with it. It teaches shapes, colours, counting and opposites in a fun way, my youngest daughter isn't old enough to understand this yet but loves to play with it just the same, my three year old uses it properly as she understands it and has lots of fun with it. There are other features like songs etc on it to keep younger children entertained and my daughters favourite it that it plays peek a boo with you if you open and close the lap top.
I would recommend this toy.
My daughter received the Leapfrog Lap Pup for her 1st birthday, as she LOVES buttons and is always trying to play with Mummy's laptop this gift was perfect.
The Lap Pup has a very friendly happy face which lights up as during play. Opening and closes the lid initiates a game of peek-a -boo which my daughter loves. The on off button is quite small and we tend to leave it on so our little one can activate the toy herself whenever she chooses- she knows then she simply has to open the lid in order to play.
Along the bottom of the Lap Pup is a rattling spinner and there are 5 buttons, these are a good size and my daughter finds them very easy to press. Each button is a different colour and they have either symbols or numbers on them designed to help teach colours, numbers and shapes. There is also a moveable bone on slider on the right hand side and you are asked - "Can you move my bone up to my paw?" and once completed "Thank You". My daughter loves to do this.
The songs and sound effects are brilliant and even after lots of play they are not in the least bit irritating unlike some toys.
My daughter absolutely loves her Lap Pup and will quite happily sit for quite some time pressing buttons and moving his bone up to his paw.
My daughter finds it very easy to pick up and move her Lap Pup as although it is sturdy it is still fairly lightweight. The Lap Pup is extremely well designed and well made and can easily stand up to the rough play of small children, my daughter has dropped it quite a few times and there is not a single mark.
I cannot recommend the Leapfrog Lap Pup highly enough it is a great toy, that my daughter loves to play with and there is so much for her to do.
The Lap Pup is suitable from 6 months to 2 years. It is available in both purple and green and is widely available from shops and online costing around £10.
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