Product Type: Leapfrog baby toys
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Leapfrog Roll & Rhyme Learning Lion
Member Name: karalouk
Leapfrog Roll & Rhyme Learning Lion
Date: 30/07/09, updated on 27/05/10 (660 review reads)
Advantages: Helps learn colours, the difference between day and night, animal noises, animal names. Great songs!
Disadvantages: Some may find him irritating?
My daughter received the Leapfrog Roll and Rhyme Learning Lion at her first christmas.
The lion is a very cute little chap - yellow, plush, with a silky mane. He also has a little plastic spinning toy in his belly with a small pink heart shaped button above it.
The spinner has 2 sides to it - a night time scene and daytime scene.
When the spinner lands on daytime it either sings a song or asks a question. The song is really cute, catchy and upbeat...
"I am a lion I roar all day,
I pounce up and down, that's how I play.
Reach up high, roar
reach down low, roar.
I am a lion I roar all day".
The questions are short, fun and educational. The answers can be found in the daytime scene. They all rhyme and one example is...
"Lets look for colours,
what do you see?
If you see blue roar with me...
Blue sky! Roar".
The daytime scene consists of green grass, flowers, a tree, blue sky, sun and a rainbow.
When the spinner lands on the nighttime scene it again either sings a song or asks a question. The song is lovely and is catchy, but unlike the daytime song is very slow and soft...
"Even lions get sleepy when it's time for bed,
I'll stay cosy and warm with my mane round my head,
now it's time for bed".
The questions are short, fun and educational. The answers can be found in the nighttime scene. They all rhyme and one example is...
"The stars are out,
our friends are near,
let's say goodnight,
who do you hear?
*makes monkey noise*
Monkey! Goodnight, sleep tight".
The nighttime scene consists of the lion sleeping under the stars and moon, with a tree next to him.
The spinner automatically lights up when in use (eg. being spun or talking) but you can also press the heart shaped button which lights up the spinner for when you'd rather just look than listen. The light is soft rather than really bright.
He has a hidden battery compartment in his back. The lion takes 3 x AA batteries, which lasted us around a year of constant use before we had to change them.
There is an off button and 2 volume settings next to the battery compartment. The toy isn't overly noisey in my opinion, but we usually have it on the quieter setting.
The lion is suitable for children 6 months and onwards. In my experience the lion can make for hours of fun up until around 18 months. The toy is still fun and enjoyable for children over 18 months but holds their interest for alot less.
The lion cannot be machine washed due to the battery compartment, but he is easy enough to give a wipe over with a cloth or sponge.
The Leapfrog Roll and Rhyme Learning Lion is available at all good shops (that sell pre-school toys) including Toys R Us, Argos, Tesco, Boots, Amazon.co.uk and Mothercare. It is generally priced around the £10 mark which I think is very good value for money.
This was always one of my daughters favourite toys when she was a baby and before she could even talk she was roaring along with him!
I believe the lion is brilliant for young children as it can encourage learning of colours, animal names, animal sounds and the difference between day and night.
It can also encourages language, speech and imaginative play.
The spinner is also very easy to spin and is suitable for even the youngest of children.
The only real downside from a parents point of view is that the songs might really irritate you. They tend to embed themselves into your head and you will probably find yourself singing them all day (usually at the most inappropriate times). I'm quite fortunate as I quite enjoy the lions songs and they don't bother me, but whilst searching google I realised some parents aren't quite so friendly with this little lion...
Also, beware if putting him to bed with your child - the slightest movement and he'll burst into song! Not fun at 3am...
There is also an elephant version of this toy, but which we don't have or have never tried so I can't comment on it.
The Leapfrog Roll and Rhyme Learning Lion would make a lovely gift for any child between 6 and 18 months.
It's a lovely daytime and nightime toy that I totally recommend.
Summary: Cute and educational.
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