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LeapFrog MyPal Violet Interactive Teddy
Member Name: x-stcy-x
LeapFrog MyPal Violet Interactive Teddy
Date: 28/01/10, updated on 06/02/10 (613 review reads)
Advantages: Teaches Many Skills and Can Be Personalised
===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!
Thanks for reading
(o: x-stcy-x :o)
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