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Leapfrog's "My Pal Violet" was a much anticipated reward for my two-year old on completing her potty training. My youngest daughter had received "My Pal Scout" from some American relatives the previous Easter, and my eldest daughter was desperate to have one of her own.
First impressions upon opening were favorable. "Violet" was soft and cuddly to the touch, and the internal electronics were well padded and unobtrusive. AA batteries were included, so Violet was ready to play straight from the box. The doll has two volume settings, so music and songs are pleasant without being annoying. (Actually, I find her british accent a bit less grating than the American version we have, but that has led to an issue of it's own which I will come to in a moment!)
Violet comes with a USB lead and can be plugged into your PC to customise her songs and "favorites" as well as loading your chilld's name. If you don't already own any Leapfrog toys, you may need to download the free "Leapfrog Connect" software from the Leapfrog website, but this is quick and easy to do.
The personalization aspect has in handy, as I've been able to change Violet's songs and preferences to coincide with my daughters' as she's grown. One quick warning, in regards to personalization: you may wish to avoid choosing the "If you're happy and you know it" song. After sending the toy to day care with my daughter, I was greeted by a very concerned childminder who reported that Violet had been swearing at her! Further investigation revealed that she had misheard the line "If you're happy and you know it, bark with me" as containing a very rude word, and I've read news reports regarding others who have made the same mistake. (This isn't an issue with our other MyPal which was purchased in the States, as the American accent is more clear.)
Two years on, MyPal Violet is still a firm favorite with my daughter despite having an abundance of other soft toys. The familiar character also helps interest both my girls in other Leapfrog learning toys. Battery life is good, and I've only needed to replace them once or twice since purchase. The only problem I can see is that after two years of being well loved(and dragged around by sticky-fingered hands) , Violet has become somewhat grubby. We've done our best with sponging and stain removers, but being unable to toss her in the washing machine means we can't really get her to feel properly clean.
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Over the last year I have been lucky enough to become a Godfather and Uncle to two lovely little girls with my God-daughter being a couple of weeks over one year old and my niece being 10 months old. After reading a review about this product on Dooyoo and searching online for a good price decided that this seemed the ideal present for them this Christmas and would be one which would last and grow with them as they do.
Now having earned enough on Dooyoo for a £20 Amazon voucher and cashing in my Nectar points (UK loyalty scheme) and turning them in Amazon vouchers this is where most of my shopping came from this year, and happily where I found the best price for Violet. I paid £14.99 inc free supersaver P&P (which on a side note arrived way before their estimated delivery). I have noticed today before writing this review that the price is now £17.99 in P&P but that is still a saving of around £2 as most other outlets sell this product for £20. I consider the price I paid and the current price on Amazon a fair one as I was was very pleased with the product.
*****The Actual Product*****
Now Violet is an interactive toy which by using a USB lead into your computer you can personalise Violet so she interacts with your child in a clever way. You can program her to say you child's name as well as their favourite items, such as food and colour. Your child's name and favourites will them be incorporated into various songs and activities and well as general chit chat. It is worth noting that where as in previous earlier models Violet had an American accent, now she has a British accent, which will be less confusing for your child as they develop their language skills.
It is worth noting that Violet is definitely aimed at girls, but there is a green version, Scout, who is aimed at boys and will do what Violet does but with a boys voice.
Violet is a lovely soft toy, though the USB/battery pack is fairly big and solid, there seems to be enough softness surrounding it to prevent any unwanted bumps. On Violet there are 5 press points. One is the power on/off point which when switched on Violet says Hi.... And says your child's name. One is a daytime songs button which you can download songs from the computer so you can change things around to keep the toy fresh. It also has a song which will teach your child to spell their name. There is an activities button where Violet will play guessing type games. On the tummy there is some hearts which are violets more chatty type modes and finally there is the lullaby button where you can set bedtime songs for 2, 5 or 10mins with Violet encouraging your child that it's bed time and time to go to sleep - all very cute.
Packaging wise, Violet comes in a brightly coloured box with a USB lead and instructions on how to download content. Doing this is very simple (as I set up both dogs before I gave them on Christmas day), just download the leapfrog application to you computer and plug in the toy and away you go. You are lead through a very simple process of adding various things to Violet and also being able to change them when your child or you(!) get fed up and need a change.
I am basing my review on how they were received on the day and how they are played with now. Obviously a parent could give you a fuller review of how the child likes them etc on a day to day basis, but I do see both girls regularly so know they are really enjoyed by them. Violet has become a firm favourite in both houses, and with the ability to change the content I can see this toy being played with and enjoyed for a long while.
As someone who has come across lots of pre-school type toys in my work I was really impressed with this product, when the toy says the child's name you get an instant reaction from them which was great to watch, and the variety of activities and songs is great too. It is built well as you would expect from this brand I have no problem awards it 5 Stars***** A great buy!
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My daughter received the Leapfrog My pal violet interactive puppy as a gift for her first birthday. I had seen the green scout puppies around but hadn't realised there was a girlie version.
Violet is a soft cuddly puppy with a cute little face and a flashing bone on her collar. She is purple and white which I like as so many girls toys are pink and usually garish hot pink. She comes with instructions and a usb cable. On her paws there are different embroidered symbols which activate different things when pressed. Violet is interactive and can be personalised using the internet.
The interactive nature of violet is all done online and you connect the puppy to the computer using the usb supplied. I was a little worried about this process but it was so simple and only took a few minutes. You go to the website stated on the toys instructions and there is a step by step guide of how to activate your new puppy. The first thing you do is enter your Childs name and you can even test the sound of the name before you select it. My daughter has quite a traditional name but I'm not sure if the site would cater for something unusual. You can then go on and choose up to five songs from a list including lullabies and other recognisable songs like 'if you're happy and you know it'. There is the option to choose some of your Childs favourite things like their favourite food, colour and animal and these details are all then incorporated into songs that play when the correct paw is pressed. You can choose not to make any of the selections online and you can also change them at any time simply by using the icon that is downloaded to your desktop.
Violet needs 3 x AA batteries but these are supplied. The batteries are housed in a box that sits inside violets tummy and this can be accessed by a Velcro opening on her back.
The manufacturers recommended age range is from 6 months and I would say this is fairly accurate as any younger and the puppy would be too big for your baby to hold and also they would not be able to activate the toy themselves. Violet is quite big and heavy because of the battery pack and her large head.
My daughter took to violet instantly and soon worked out that by pressing the paws a song would play. Unfortunately my daughter doesn't tend to listen to the songs but just continually presses the paws so you only hear a couple of notes of each song then it is on to the next one. If she does let the toy sing she loves the fact that it says her name and makes noises like a cat. You can set the toy to play lullabies at bedtime and it will play 2, 5 or 10 minutes of soothing music but my daughter doesn't take Violet to bed so we don't use this function.
The songs are very upbeat and jolly and they feature the letters of your Childs name and then say the whole name and another song sings about your favourite things and says that the favourite pet you have chosen will be called your Childs name. My daughter likes to dance along when she isn't just pressing the paw over and over! The voice used is british and apart from being a bit shrill is easily understandable and child like.
Unfortunately Violet doesn't seem to be as widely available as Scout. In Argos Violet is currently (Nov 11) £19.99 but is only available online and is £14.99 on www.amazon.co.uk. The puppy is available online and in store at Toys r us for £19.97 and you can reserve online to pick up in store.
I'm not sure how long my daughter will be interested in violet. She is nineteen months now and although she still plays with violet she isn't as popular as she was at first. My older children aged 3 6 and 7 like to sing along with Violet but they are only interested in the songs that contain their little sisters name and will sing the songs to her.
I would recommend violet as I think this is a lovely idea and I know other children who keep Violet as their constant companion.
My daughter was 3 months when she was given this as a Christmas present by her uncle and she took to it straight away!
The teddy comes in a box with ties on so it does not get damaged. It also comes with a USB cable and a battery.
The USB is used to plug into your computer so you can download the Leap Frog interactive toy software (free) and download things on to it. You can download your child's name, there favorite animal, food and color and lullabies.
My daughter would never get to sleep without it playing the lullabies. You get a choice of 10-15 lullabies from twinkle twinkle little star to Mozart and you can download 3 or 4 on to it depending on the length of it. You can then get the teddy to play either 2, 5 or 10 minutes of lullabies by pressing the blue button on the left foot. It will then say '2 minutes of bedtime music.. goodnight (child's name)' and then the music plays very softly. The 10 minutes is just enough to get your child so sleepy that they drift off as the music stops.
Then on the other hand, you have the playtime side of it. The green musical note on the right paw plays music and sings things like heads shoulders knees and toes (again these are songs you can download on to it from the Leapfrog program, and encourages the child to sing along and again mentions the child's name a few times.
Then you have the talking side, which is when you press the pink balloon on the left paw, the teddy says 'I like mashed potatoes, is that your favorite food too?' (mash being the food you picked as the child's favorite food) .. again you download this on to the toy and have around 10-15 foods to choose from like mashed potatoes to apples.
It will then say things like 'quack quack (laugh) that was a duck..' and 'can I have a cuddle?' and ' my favorite color is (child's favorite color) is that yours too?' and '(yawn) im getting sleepy'
overall, this product is great for all ages, it will get young babies to sleep very easily and entertain older babies ! it really helped my Daughter get too sleep! the only thing is that it runs out of battery very easily and you have to replace it say every month - depends how much you use it. And the USB set up was confusing to me and I link things to the laptop all the time!
This Christmas my little girl received the interactive toy My Pal Violet from Leapfrog and it has gone everywhere with us every since, singing along with us all day long! I really like this toy and so does my little girl.
Violet is a cute light purple stuffed dog. She has a very cute face with a nice inviting smile and is very soft and cuddly. She has big floppy purple ears and a pink collar with the numbers 1 to 10 on it. Her name tag lights up when she sings and really becomes a focal point of her whole being. Violet tells you when you buy it that, "I can learn your name!" Indeed, Violet is a very clever dog and can learn your name and all your favourite things.
Inside Violet's tummy is a power pack but it is buried quite a bit, you can feel it but I don't think it impacts on the cuddleness of this stuffed animal. The power pack can be reached by pulling back the velcro. The velcro is quite strong so it's quite hard for little hands to pull apart. It takes 3 AA batteries.
Like I said, Violet is interactive. She connects to your computer to allow you to customise the songs and phrases that she sings. I think this is a great personal touch and something your little on will love. Babies always love to hear their names and I really think this helps with learning their name too. For example, Violet will sing, "Me and my friend......(insert your baby's name here), we like to do everything together..." and so it carries on. You can also load your baby's favourite colour, food and animal. For example, we have pink for our favourite colour, bananas for our favourite food and a dog for our favourite animal. What I find quite funny is that these words are said in quite an American accent so maybe it's the programming, I don't mind the accent but some people may be put off by this. As well as these Violet also comes with 5 pre-loaded songs that play when you get her without having to load anything your self and then there is also a online list of over 30 songs that you can download include lullabies which I think are perfect for night time. The tunes are extremely catchy and really stick in your head and you will find yourself singing them wherever you go. However, they are really good songs, they teach numbers as there are counting songs, spelling songs where Violet will spell out your baby's name, feeling songs such as I am feeling sad and daily routines where they sing songs about getting up and going to bed.
Violet has 4 paws and this is how the music is selected, by pressing each paw. The bottom right paw is the on/off button, the upper right has a musical note on it which plays the songs. The bottom left has a night time picture on it with stars, a moon and a cloud and will play 2 minutes of bedtime music and the upper right paw is the one where different feeling are talked about. All the paws are different colours, green, red, pink and blue so this is also great for teaching colours. THe paws are easy to press as my little girl picked this up within a day or two and now keeps pressing the paw until she gets to her favourite song, "If you're happy and you know it clap your hands!"
THe toy is recommended for ages 6 months to 36 months and I would say that is probably fair. I have seen this toy on sale in Tescos and Sainsburys for £19.99 but I believe it is often in the sale and sometimes retails for only £10. In 2009 it was rated toy of the year by Baby Talk Magazine and in my opinion a wonderful toy that you will get a lot of use out of.
This is a programmable electronic learning toy intended to be a 'friend' for your child. It is available in purple, My Pal Violet and Green, My Pal Scout and has three different options activated by its paws. There are activities, songs, and bedtime music. The fourth paw is the on/off button.
I originally purchased this toy 5 months ago from Ebay for my then six month old daughter. I paid £10 which is currently half price as most stores have it retailing at £19.99. It is recommended for age 6 months to 3 years.
It is very simple to set up all you have to do is plug it into a computer via a USB cable (provided), the soft ware installs automatically when your computer recognises the connection and then you work through the steps to programme Violet or Scout with your child's name, favourite colour, food and animal. You can choose from many different songs and lullabies, many of which I didn't recognise but there are some familiar ones in there too.
When I first purchased this toy my daughter was only 6 months old and therefore my son decided it would be programmed with his favourite colour, animal and food obviously this doesn't bother my daughter and it can be reprogrammed at any time and as often as you like. It can therefore be adapted to suit any age as your child grows and develops.
My daughter loves to listen to the music and is often sat in the living room doing a 'bottom jig' while clapping in excitement. She is also fascinated by the pink collar around Violet's neck which flashes along with the music and rhymes. When I bought this toy I liked the idea of it being programmable and knowing my child's name, being able to spell it and also using her favourite animal, colour and food in rhymes and songs. It is also very soft and cuddly which encourages them to take it to bed.
Newly introduced this year, there is also the opportunity to review your child's 'learning path' online where, via the USB connection, it will show you play and progress details about your child. There is a demo of this available on the Leapfrog website and you can also add any other Leapfrog learning products to the same learning path record.
This is a very clever and educational toy which I am now wishing I had bought for my son when he was younger.
This was a Christmas gift for my almost 3 year old last Christmas, and when she opened it and I saw that it was recommended from 6 months to 3 years I was a bit disappointed because she was 3 almost straight after Christmas. But 6 months on and this is still one of her favourite toys, the enjoyment doesn't end when they turn 3 and to be honest I think they older they are, the more they can get from this cute little toy!
It actually looks like a standard cuddly dog/soft toy, but it's actually an interactive Puppy called Violet, made by Leapfrog, that you can personalise with your child's details, it's one that you can plug into your computer with a USB cable (provided). Once you plug Violet into your computer (or Scout if you have the green version) I'm not sure whether the website automatically uploads or you have to find the website yourself, but you have to download some software, and then the fun can begin. I remember it all being very simple, because we did it on Christmas morning amidst all the other chaos that was going on at the time! This software stays on your PC and you can change the details whenever you like.
You get to put your child's name into the software, their favourite food, animal, and colour. You also get to choose 5 songs from the list provided, and 5 lullabies. These can be changed whenever you like, you just need to plug the toy back into your computer. On counting up on our current software, there are actually only 25 tunes to choose from and only 15 lullabies, so there is not a massive amount, but I suppose it's plenty really, we don't really have any complaints, and it's nice that you can change them whenever you want to. Some of them I have never heard of, but there are familiar ones in there such as Twinkle Twinkle, Mary Had A Little Lamb, and well known lullabies (Rock-A-Bye Baby, Brahms Lullaby). There are also a few Christmas songs, which was handy at Christmas time! What I have also noticed about the tunes is that some of them are quite unrecognisable but if you listen hard you can actually make out what they are meant to be.
Once you have uploaded everything you need onto Violet, you then get to see (or hear) what she can do. The first thing you'll notice is that it says your child's name and makes up a song about it, and also spells it (you get the option to input into the software the correct spelling of your child's name, if they happen to have an unusual name that might be spelt a bit differently). She will also say things like 'I like...FISH FINGERS!' (my daughter's favourite food). And funnily enough her favourite colour is pink and favourite animal is a dog...just the same as my daughter!
She thought this was amazing when she first heard it, it made her laugh and I don't think she could believe that a toy could like all the same things as her. I think it baffled her to be honest!! It's all done in a British accent as well which is a bonus, but it's not an accent my daughter would class as British, with us being from Up North!!
You activate all the functions by using Violet's four paws, one is the on/off switch which although doesn't need to be pressed to activate the toy, Violet will greet your child when you press this button. It can be used to turn her off though (only temporarily though, they main on/off switch is inside on the battery compartment located inside Violet accessed via the back).
The other paws activate music, games and lullabies, this option allows you to have 2, 5 or 10 minutes of bedtime music and depending on which option you select Violet will work her way through 2, 5 or 10 minutes of the lullabies you originally selected from the software.
This is perhaps a handy function for a younger baby who might need to music to sleep to because the tunes are slow and quiet, and it does shut itself off after the allotted time is up. My 3 year old however just likes to listen to it sometimes, and will often go and get Violet when she feeling like a lay down and will activate these tunes herself and just lay on the settee cuddling Violet and listening to the music.
With some of the tunes Violet will also sing along, and one we have at the moment is 'If You're Happy And You Know It' and I just love it when I hear my daughter singing along as well. Sometimes I wonder if Violet has helped my daughter to sing in tune!!
What I love about Violet's paws is that they are so easy to activate, it must be quite a sensitive button in each paw which makes it so simple for a child to press. So thankfully there are no tantrums when the child cannot press the button to activate the functions, unlike on a certain Upsy Daisy toy we have (oh the tantrums I have gone through with that blasted thing!). They are so easy to press in fact that my 19month old has no problems with playing this toy, and she understands the whole idea of it as well (I might even be tempted to buy one for her so she has her very own Violet, because the arguments between my two daughters over this toy are sometimes unbearable).
The other good thing is that if you press a paw to activate something, if you don't like that particular thing you just press again and it moves onto the next, there is no need to sit through a tune you don't like. My daughter often sits there pressing her paws trying to find her favourite tune.
We all love Violet in our house, especially my daughter, I think it's the that fact it's her own personal puppy that really appeals to her, especially because she says her name and seems to talk to her, and is always pleased to see her! That fact that you can vary her tunes and her favourite things (we all know how fickle children can be) gives it a different spin because in theory your child will never get bored of it. But they will grow out of it...and the beauty of that is that you can re-programme her to suit another child!
Violet, or Scout is definitely something I would buy for someone else's child, based purely on how much enjoyment my children have had from it. It can seem a bit pricey, but I think it's worth it.
The website says it aids learning, first words, numbers, animals and daily routines, I wouldn't go so far as to say it helps with that (I'd like to take the credit for most of those milestones thank you) but I think it may assist in helping children with their interaction skills, even if it is only with a pretend puppy!
Violet requires 3 x AA batteries which come provided with the toy, and I have only just replaced these today (so 6 months use - not bad!).
You can get Violet or Scout from popular retailers including Toys R Us, Boots, Mothercare, Asda Tesco. The price is usually around £19.99 but it's currently on Amazon for £15.82.
This toy is absolutely fantastic and very entertaining! I decided to buy this toy for my daughter last christmas. I had some clubcard vouchers to spend at Tesco and couldn't make up my mind what to get her until I came across this toy. At the time it's RRP was £29.99 but it was on offer for £19.99 - I see that the price has come down even more now on Amazon and I personally think it is worth every penny.
MyPal Violet is a little purple dog about 30cm from head to toe. She is made of very soft, cuddly material and has a little collar round her neck with her name printed on it - this also lights up when she is talking or interesting. She has a different button on the end of each paw 1. on/off button, 2. bedtime music, 3. songs and 4. playtime.
Now for the interesting bit that persuaded me to buy this toy - Violet comes supplied with a USB cable for your PC. By plugging her into your PC you are able to personalised Violet with your child's name and favourite animal, colour and food, and you can also choose a number of different songs that you would like violet to play. Before you can do this you need to upload the Leapfrog Connect programme onto your PC - I found this very easy to do (I am definitely not a whizz with computers but know the basics) and the programme can be found easily on the leapfrog website (and I think it also takes you directly there when you plug Violet in for the first time but can't remember for certain as it was a few months ago since I did it). Anyway, once the programme is uploaded onto your computer you then need to put a few basic details in about yourself and your child (you can add more than 1 child onto the programme if you wish) and then register Violet to your child. Next step is to put your child's name into Violet - I was a little worried about this as my daughter has a fairly unusual name so didn't think it would be available but I managed to find it very quickly and it also allows you to alter the spelling of the name (as Violet sings a song where she spells out your child's name). I also bought this toy for my nephew - who again has a fairly unusual name but again found it listed straight away! I then programmed all of my daughter's favourite things and the result was that Violet sang a song about a pink monkey that likes to eat blueberries :o)
The first time my daughter played with this toy she was absolutely delighted as the first thing Violet said was "ruff ruff, Hi Lylah!" and then proceeded to sing a song about her when her left paw was pressed. My daughter has owned this toy for 6 months now and never seems to tire of it, favouring it over a lot of her other toys and taking it everywhere with her. Violet is suitable for children from 6 months old and is very easy to use, and at 22 months old my daughter is still not too old to thoroughly enjoy playing with it. If the toy was bought for a 6 month old it would have years of play in it so therefore excellent value for money.
I can't think of one single bad thing to say about this toy. My daughter loves it so much and so do I. I'm so glad that I bought this toy for her and would highly recommend it.
Ps MyPal Violet is also available in green and is called MyPal Scout.
This is a fantastic toy especially for the price. It is a soft teddy which has a battery pack in the back. It has 3 different features, each is activated by pressing a hand or a foot- very easy even for a young child or baby. The toy is very attractive to look at and is also available in green, called 'Scout'. It has a really nice British childlike accent, not American like most toys you buy.
The best feature about this toy is that you can personalise it, this does require it to be connected to the internet. It will store your child's name and add it to songs, even spelling their name. You can customise mypal and choose 5 'happy lively' songs that it plays and 5 'quite lullaby' type songs. You can also add you childs favourite animal, food and colour- form a very extensive list.
It takes 3aa batteries which do run out fairly quickly although there is volume control which may make them last a bit loner in the lower setting. I cannot recommend this toy enough, 24hrs after having it my child started saying thier name!
===What Is My Pal Violet===
My Pal Violet is an interactive soft puppy by Leapfrog. Leapfrog are a very popular children's toy company, who specialize in 'technology' toys, such as children's laptops, portable computers and more. Violet can be personalized to say your child's name and favourite items, such as colour, food and animal. It also boasts a British accent!
===Why Did I Buy Her===
I bought this for my Daughter, who was 12 months old, for Christmas just gone. The thing that caught my eye was that it was interactive, and can be personalised to say your child's name. The box said that it can spell your child's name, so I thought that it would be a great item for my Daughter who is just learning to talk and saying her own name.
===What Does She Look Like===
Violet is a very cute looking teddy. She is mainly a violet colour (!), with darker purple ears and cream belly and paws. She has a dark purple circle around one of her eyes, and a big happy smile, with her tongue hanging out, which makes her look very cute and friendly. She has a pink collar on with the numbers 1 to 10 written all the way around it in white. There is also a bone shaped name tag with 'Violet' written in white. This flashes when Violet speaks.
===How Do You Personalise Her===
Internet connection is needed to personalise Violet.
To personalise Violet, you just open up a pouch on her back, this is made of Velcro. A small pod, where the batteries are stored slips out very easily. This is where the USB slot is. You insert the USB into the Violet and then the computer or laptop. A welcome screen comes up, which will ask you to confirm if you have 'Scout' which is the boy dog, or 'Violet' which is the girl dog. After doing this, you are asked to sign up to leapfrog, or log in if you are already registered. The registration is a very quick and easy progress, which just requires your very basic information. It will also install the Leapfrog Connect application onto your computer.
You will also be able to access the Leapfrog Learning Path, which can be used with any Leapfrog toy which connects to the computer. You can see on here what skills your child has been learning or developing, and which ones they having been doing as much as others. If you have things like the Leapster, you can record and save high scores etc.
After registering or logging in, you are taken to the Leapfrog Connect application. On here, you are able to click on 'add a child'. This will create a small profile for your child, which only includes their name, sex and age-range, so that Leap Frog can understand what kind of activities your Daughter will be interested in according to her age.
The Leapfrog Connect page opens up with a cartoon of Violet and Scout playing in a garden. There are many options and things available to click on the Leapfrog Connect, but I am not going to explain too much about the Leapfrog Connect application, as it includes too much information, which would be better in its own review. I am just going to review the customization on Violet and just the things from Leapfrog Connect that have to do with Violet.
You will have to click on the 'Get Started' button, which will take you to a page to choose your child's name. Just search your child's name in the search box available, or you can choose a nickname from a drop-down list, which includes names such as Buttercup, Champ, Cutie Pie, Little Monster, etc, things in which parents usually call their children! When you have searched your child's name, it will appear on the screen. Just click on the little sound icon next to the name, and this will say the name out loud, for you to be able to see if it pronounces your child's name correctly. My Daughter is called Cassidy, and I didn't think it would be available as it is quite uncommon, but due to Leapfrog Connect connecting to the internet, it will pick up any name you put in. The only bad thing that I have found on this is my boyfriend is called Aaron, pronounced ARRON. Leapfrog Connect tells you if the pronunciation is wrong, try different spellings, so I tried every spelling of the name Aaron and each time it pronounced it AIRON. If you do have to change the spelling for the pronunciation, then there is another box at the bottom for you to put in the correct spelling for Violet to spell the name, so she won't be singing the wrong spelling.
After choosing your child's name or nickname, there is an option for Violet to not say your child's name but just to spell it in a song. I haven't got this box checked, but Violet still spells my Daughter's name in a song anyway!
When you have done this you just click on the save button and are automatically taken to the next screen, which is 'My Picks'. On here, you can choose your child's favourite food from a list. Then choose their favourite animal, and then their favourite colour. Then, click on save again, and you are taken to the next screen, which is 'Songs'. Your first choice is Daytime Songs. There is a List of popular kiddie's songs on here which you can choose from. These include 'ABC', 'Mary Had A Little Lamb', 'Do You Know The Muffin Man', and many more. You can choose up to 5 songs for Violet to sing.
Then you can choose up to 5 lullabies, which include 'Brahms' Lullaby', 'Twinkle Twinkle' and 'Rock-A-Bye Baby'. Once you have saved these, then you are taken to a 'Printables' page where you can print pictures to colour in, song lyrics and an adoption certificate. My Daughter is too young for these just yet.
Once everything is saved, and Violet is fully personalized, you can eject her and start the playtime!
===What Does She Do===
- First words
- Daily routines
- Early number sense
- Feelings and emotions
Activities - On her right front paw, there is a purple logo of what looks like a yoyo. This is the activity button. When the activity button is pressed, Violet says and sings different things. These include her saying 'I love you, Cassidy', randomly barking, she will say, my favourite animal is, and say your child' favourite animal. She does the same for colour and food too. She will make animal noises like quacking or mooing and say 'can you guess what animal I am being?' She will say she feels silly and makes silly noises. She will get hiccups, and count to 5 to make them go away. She does many things which will get your child to count, role-play, spell, sing, just play, have fun and learn at the same time.
Songs - On her left front paw is a green musical note. This is the button for your choice of daytime songs, and a few of Violet's own songs.
There are also a few personalised songs which Violet can sing. These are very cute! She sings one called 'My Friend', which goes:
Me and my friend, Cassidy,
We like to do everything together,
Let's jump up and down,
Let's wag our tails,
Let's snuggle up,
Me and My pal, Cassidy,
We're the best dog friends.
My favourite song, which is called, 'Favourites'. My Daughter's favourites are, dog, banana and pink from the 'My Picks' options. So the song goes:
I'd like a dog please, that's my favourite animal,
I'd like it to be pink please, that's my favourite colour,
I'd like it to eat bananas please, that's my favourite food,
And I'll call it Cassidy, just like you.
She will also sing, 'If You're Happy and You Know It', but say clap your paws, wag your tail, bark with me etc. There is a daily routine song, which Violet explains what she does in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening, such as brushing her teeth, eating her breakfast, getting dressed, getting washed etc. There is then the song which spells out your child's name.
Lullabies - On her right back paw is a blue moon and stars logo. This is the button for your choice of lullabies. You press it once to play 2 minutes, twice to play 5 minutes or 3 times to play 10 minutes of you lullaby music.
On/Off - On her left back paw is a red on/off logo, which of course switches Violet on and off. You do not need to press it for Violet to come on, but you do to turn her off, because if you just leave her she will randomly say 'I Love You Cassidy' or bark.
===Price and Availability===
You can also buy the boy version of this toy, called My Pal Scout, who does exactly the same things; he is just green instead of purple.
I got this from Toys R Us around the end of November 2009 for £15. On Dooyoo above the review, it says 'Hot Deal' £20 from Amazon, which is obviously not the cheapest. It was £15 in Asda before Christmas also. It may have gone up in price since Christmas, but I don't know.
The age range is 6 months to 3 years. It takes 3 AA batteries which are not included.
Everybody at Christmas loved this toy. My boyfriend thought it was the best present I had bought our Daughter, and I agree. The way she says my Daughter's name is so cute, and she enjoys playing with Violet. My Daughter loves songs, so Violet really keeps her interested. She isn't big enough to learn the emotions and the role-play just yet, but she will in time, as all kids do. Violet teaches so many different learning skills, that your child will most definitely learn something from her.
I think that Leapfrog is the best toy makers by far as they are very up-to-date with technology. To let you see what skills your child is developing through play is a great invention. It's great to have a toy by a well known company, which is very good value for money, and wasn't even that expensive when it comes to Leapfrog.
My Daughter can get the battery box out of the back as it is only covered by Velcro, but the battery box is screwed anyway, so she cannot get them out. Also, the USB slot has a tiny slide bit on it like the telephone line on your wall, so she can't get into this either.
I would definitely recommend this toy to anybody with a young child, especially a toddler.
Violet is a friend for life!
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Manufacturer: LeapFrog / Type: Interactive teddy