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Whilst I think any counting toy is going to be beneficial I think there could have been more to this train than there actually is. My little boy received this for his 1st birthday and it was gladly received as he loves trains and things that make music and play songs.
The train is from the Leapfrog company. They say that, "LeapFrog makes educational toys, interactive books and electronic games that inspire a love of learning. Our baby, toddler, preschool, kindergarten and grade school learning games help children develop mathematics, reading, language and spelling skills, while having fun with their favourite characters." They describe this train as such , "All aboard the Counting Choo Choo for some fun with numbers! Children will love chug-chugging along with this train as they learn numbers by singing along to a delightful counting song."
Leapfrog say this toy is suitable from 9 months plus and I would say that this is fair. I think my son, at just over a year now enjoys it but would probably have enjoyed it a lot better when he was a bit younger as it doesn't do as much as it could.
The train driver is a funny green frog with a nice welcoming smile. All you need to do in order to make him sing is to push down on him and this activates the song. I actually thought it would be a good idea if this also made the train move by itself as well, but alas no, you have to push it yourself. This is fine for little hands though and my boy does push this around the room by himself when he plays with it. There are not many songs to this train either which I find a bit disappointing. He starts out by singing, "Let's drive my choo choo train." Then you hear a little bit of harmonica music which imitates the noise of a choo choo and then he sings, ,"1,2 ,3, 4, 5, all aboard the counting train, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, tickets please"
It is a catchy little tune which does stick in your head and the fact that it counts up to ten is great. When we play with it my little girl joins in and can sing the phrase up to 10 so it is a very good way of teaching numbers, I just wish he sang a few more songs.
The train has an off button if noises like this annoy you and two levels of loudness to turn the volume up to if you wish. There is a little bit of difference between the two and the lower one is definitely bearable the 100th time you hear it!!
The train is quite colourful, with purple wheels, a blue body, yellow funnel, red front plate and of course the green frog so you can also use this train to teach colours which I like.
A nice little toy for young babies.
I am happy for my 16 month old daughter to play with any kind of toy, but she does naturally gravitate towards girlier toys. That said, when playing with her male cousin, she does find his cars and trains quite entertaining, as I suppose they are something new to her. So, a month or so ago, when I was looking for little toys to keep in my handbag that I could pull out for my daughter when out and about, my mother, who knew I was looking for small toys, bought my daughter this little train, which cost her a fiver in Boots, although I think the price varies between £4 and £7 online. She thought it would be something different for her as she doesn't own any trains in her toy collection
Leapfrog is a brand that my daughter has a few toys from now, so I was familiar with the brand and its attention to the educational element of playing. This LeapFrog Musical Movers Counting Choo Choo train, is definitely small enough to pop into your handbag or changing bag when out and about, and has a recommended age range of 9 months plus, which I think is quite fair. My daughter is obviously older, but it means she is able to interact much more with it.
Children are able to push this train around themselves, which my daughter quite likes to do, but to hear the music and voices, you need to push down the little green frog that drives the train. The toy train itself is very bright and colourful and should therefore appeal to young children.
This toy prides itself on being educational in that is teaches children the numbers 1 to 10 through a catchy song that can be heard when you press the frog. In fact the song in reality is quite catchy with the phrase 1,2,3,4,5 all aboard the counting train, 184.108.40.206,10 tickets please! There are also a couple of other sounds that are meant to resemble train noises, and also the little frog says 'Let's drive my choo choo train'.
On the side of the carriage there are two volume settings. In a noisy café I would usually opt for the higher volume, but in the house, the lower volume setting is perfectly audible.
When my daughter first received this little train she was quite interested and played with it for a while. I popped it in my handbag and brought it out the next time we were out and about, and although she did play with it again, it got quickly pushed a side in favour of other toys or books that were in my bag. In fact, that has been the way with this toy. Yes, she will play with this toy for a little while, she likes to push it around and hear the tune, but I wouldn't say it is a favourite, or one that is played with a lot, and if she had a choice, she would still gravitate towards her more girly toys, but for what my mum paid for the toy, I think it is a good price, just more suited to little boys maybe.
Before my girls 1st birthday we didn't have any LeapFrog toys in the house but this soon changed as they were given several as gifts. I was familar with the LeapFrog name and so was expecting a good quality toy and I wasn't disappointed with this Musical Movers Counting Choo Choo.
This toy is a one piece train complete with a frog as driver. It is very colourful with the train being mainly blue but with purple wheels, yellow base and a red and white front. It instantly caught my twins attention and was thrust at us to open the packaging.
Is it loud?
Once open the only switch on the toy is the on/off volume control. There are 2 volume options which seems to be fairly standard across baby toys. We normally switch ours to the lower of the 2 which is perfectly audible depending on how many other toys are switched on at the same time!
What does it do?
To activate the sound features the frog, who has a big smile on his face and a red cap, needs to be pushed down. At a year old my little ones were able to do this by themselves and were rewarded with 3 different sounds/phrases which repeat in turn. One says 'Lets drive my choo choo train', there is a very catchy counting song and also the noise of a train. The song has proved very popular and despite owning this toy for 8 months now it is still in regular use.
The voice is that of a young boy which is friendly sounding to little ones and fits in well with the toy. Th e wheels go round but despite one of my girls loving cars she has never taken to pushing it round. Maybe that is doesn't push as easily along our carpet as some of their other toys.
The recommended age is 9 months+ which I think is right. It is a good toy at the moment (21 months) as it's helping with teaching numbers
This train takes 2 x AAA which were included and so good to go once out of the packaging. They have lasted well and have not yet needed replacing, Mr Frog sounds as good as the day we opened him.
Price and Availability
We were given the receipt with this toy in case we needed to exchange so I know it was £4.99 from Tesco, currently £4.97. It is also available from other toy retailers such as Amazon and Early Learning Centre. I think this is a great price for this small toy.
Would I recommend?
Yes, it has proved a very popular little toy. It's a handy size to pop in my changing bag if I want to take something with me to keep them amused. The quality is really good and it still looks like new despite the amount of play it has had.
My 10 Month old son recently recieved this toy as a gift from his grandma and I knew it was going to be a big hit with him as he is really starting to love pushing trains and cars etc. around the floor. The train is made from brightly coloured plastic and has a very cheerful looking little frog as the train driver and the train's yellow exhaust pipe can be pushed up an down to make the train make noise!
The On/Off switch is on the side of the train and it has 2 volume options depending on how loud you want it. The songs that this little toy play are actually very catchy, in fact a little bit too catchy as I often find myself sat at work singing the song in my head! It goes like this "1, 2, 3, 4 ,5 all aboard the counting train! 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 tickets please!" my little boy certainly loves it and of course it will help him with learning his numbers as he gets a bit older.
The train also moves easily even on carpet and my son will spend a surprisingly long time playing with this and pushing it all around the house! It is clearly a well made toy that I am expecting ton be very durable especially since it is made by Leapfrog. The train requires 2 x AAA Batteries which ours came with already and they seem to be lasting a while considering how much it is getting played with!
Grandma paid £4.99 for this and I think it is well worth that because for such a simple toy it is providing a massive amount of entertainment in our house! It is available in a lot of toy stores including the Early Learning Centre and I've also seen it online. It is reccomended from 9 months + and it is a very safe and very cute toy.
On a recent excursion to Sainsburys the other day I took a stroll down the toy aisle looking for a gift for little M. She's coming up to 8 months old soon, and there wasn't a huge selection for this age range. I did however settle on the Leap Frog Counting Choo Choo, which clearlly states 9+ months on the packaging. The colourful and attractive cardboard packaging also has a "Try Me!" notice which of course I had to give a go. It called out "buy me!", so I put it into my basket. It cost £4.99, which also seems to be a consistant price online too.
As you can see from the dooyoo picture, it's a very colourful plastic train engine - which in itself provides plenty of opportunity to learn new colours and shapes. It required 2 x AAA (LR03) batteries, but comes loaded with some to get you going at least. These will last a good couple of weeks with average usage. Leapfrog seem to be a Canadian company, but like all good toys, the product is made in China. It conforms to Canadian safety standards, which as far as I know are as good as UK ones. Surprisingly though, the product features "British" voices. We don't want our kids growing up with a Canadian twang now do we?
So what does the toy do? Well as it stands it is just a small plastic train - the purple wheels move around so you can push it around on the floor and play choo choo with it. You'll then notice there is a Off/On button which has two seperate volume setting, a nice touch. The worst thing with talking toys is the volume, and this isn't too annoying. To get the toy to speak, a quick press on the head of the driver will produce the sounds. "Let's drive my choo choo train....wooo wooo". Press it again and you'll hear the counting song...."1,2,3,4,5 all aboard the counting train, 6,7,8,9,10 - tickets please". There's a third sound which is just a train noise. It's all pleasant enough. Once your child is enough enough to talk, they'll be singing along with it - prior to that though, you'll be singing it yourself!
It feels like a sturdy toy, and will survive drops, knocks and throws. So far little M loves this toy, and beams a big smile when she hears the song. She's able to get it talking by bashing the drivers head with her hand. I think she also likes the fact that it is very bright and colourful. It's a good buy for a fiver.
Leapfrog does a range of other childrens toys which have educational value, take a look at www.leapfrog.com