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This friendly learning dinosaur was purchased for £14.99 from Argos for my 1 year old who just adores him.
He is pretty cute I must admit. His purple body is adorned with the alphabet with buttons a-m on the front and n-z on the back. The speaker is located on the back of his head. The on switch contains 2 volume controls. And there is a dragonfly slider to control the mode of play. The modes are: music, abc and colours. The dinosaur has a lovely cute voice and depending what mode you have him in when a letter button is pressed he will either play music, tell you which letter you have pressed or tell you which colour you have pressed with a brief explanation. For example, e, elephant and then an elephant noise.
My little boy tends to press lots of buttons at the same time but I don't mind too much as it is not an overly annoying toy and I can handle hearing it repeating itself. Very good at teaching the alphabet and colours, my 3 year old has learnt nearly the whole alphabet now and knows all of the colours. My 1 year old just enjoys bashing it.
It's made from sturdy plastic, unisex and easy to wipe with a damp cloth.
The Leapfrog Lettersaurus is currently available on Amazon for £11.23 (May 2013). It comes packaged in cardboard and those annoying twisty bits of plastic that take forever to loosen. The Lettersaurus requires I lithium metal battery that was included. The Lettersaurus is approximately 450g and is 11cm X 26cm X 19cm, so is a good shape and size for small hands. It is designed to be suitable for children from aged 12-36 months; though I am sure it will last a bit longer in our house.
The dinosaur has a purple and green head and body, a little light up blue tuft on his head and along the length of his body are 26 red, yellow, green and blue buttons, which correspond to the lower case letters for the English alphabet. When you get the Lettersaurus you can register him online to allow you to access more learning and activities from Leapfrog, though we never actually got round to this. By pressing the tuft on the top of the dinosaur he sings the alphabet in the familiar English version of the 'abc' song and by pressing any of the letter buttons he sings a variety of different songs, for example the dinosaur says 'press a letter button' and when you do it sings. It also has a switch on the side shaped like a butterfly, which allows you to choose which mode you want to play, for example, letters, numbers or colours, plus there is also a volume level button.
The toy is designed to teach the alphabet, colours and motor skills and as my son is currently obsessed with dinosaurs he also uses it as a role play toy.
Overall this is a great learning toy and my son now happily sings along with the alphabet song, he enjoys pushing the buttons and it is very sturdy. The price tends to varying from shop to shop so it is worth looking around for a bargain. I would recommend this toy to others.
One of my boasts as a mum is that my three year old girl can sing the alphabet letter for letter and she has been able to do this for quite a few months now. I'd like to think it was because I have been singing this song to her since she was born but I also think the Leapfrog Lettersaurus has helped with this too.
Lettersaurus is a cute looking purple and green dinosaur. He has a cute friendly face and looks fun and inviting to play with. Along the length of his tail where his spikes are as a dinosaur you will find letter buttons. On the front side of the lettersuarus there is a to m and then on his back side there is n to z. These letters are written in lower case letters but are well written and easy to distinguish. Each letter in on a button that you press and you will hear different things according to what program you are on when you press the button.
I will start with his head though. On the head is a little spiky bit that is blue but when you press it it lights up red and then the dinosaur will sing the alphabet song, a, b,c and so until until now I know my abc's, next time won't you sing with me. You can press this button again and again to hear the song over and over again which we do numerous times in our house but I believe its repetition that helps us learn and this has most definitely worked with my little girl.
He then says, "Push a letter button," and for those of you that have other Leapfrog products you will recognise the voice and the phrasing used in this dinosaur as the same as other toys. For example when it says pick a letter button it sounds exactly the same as it does on the Leapfrog letter pad.
There is a little butterfly on the front of the lettersaurus and this enables you to switch to three different functions. One allows you to learn all about colours. All the letter buttons are featured on different coloured buttons. There are red, yellow, green and blue buttons and when you press a letter it will speak the name of the colour it is featured on. If you stop for a minute or two the lettersuarus will go roar and tell you to push a letter button again.
There is also an ABC funtion and obviously when you push a letter button it says this letter and also a word that starts with that letter. FOr example just to tell you about a few, F will say fingers, L says Lamb and makes a baa noise, S says sailing boat and Z says Zoo and features some animal noises.
The last function is a music button and when you push a letter button the lettersauraus lights up on top of his head as well as playing a well known nursery rhyme. There is no singing put you can tell what the song is straight away and its fun for us to guess and then sing along. Songs included are Row your boat, London bridge is falling down and Mary had a little lamb.
You can personalise this lettersaurus too which I know if something kids love as they love to hear their toys say their name. You can add the first letter of your child's name and they then hear a personalised response when they press that letter e.g "L! That's the first letter of your name!"
In my opinion this is a great fun way to learn your letters.
Roar, sing and learn letters with Lettersaurus the dinosaur pal that helps little learners explore letter names, letter sounds, colours and music. Each press of the 26 colourful letter buttons on his back rewards children with a familiar tune, and pressing his head lets them sing along to the Alphabet Song. You can even make letter learning a personal experience - by adding in the first letter of your child's name they will hear a personalised response when they press that letter. ''L! That's th