Product Type: LeapFrog Child Development
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Member Name: emmad5689
Leapfrog Toys Abc Spinamals
Advantages: Durable, great value, brightly coloured, fun and easy to play
Disadvantages: Animal sounds are obscure, doesn't provide children with answers to questions
For Christmas we were struggling on what to get our 2 year old daughter Emily as the problem we have is that a lot of things have been passed down from her older sister Sophie. Leapfrog is one of the companies that I really like for young childrens toys and so I put a search in on the Amazon site to see what I could buy from the Leapfrog brand that she didn't already have. This was a toy that I found on the site and was actually one that I hadn't seen previously in shops and so decided to buy it from Amazon. The toy cost me £15 last November time and had free delivery, I feel £15 is about an average price for this sort of young childrens toy and at the moment it is even better as it is currently selling for £11.99 with free delivery.
The toy came packaged in an open fronted box which as a parent I do tend to like as I feel it allows you to have a little play with the toy and decide if you think it will be suitable for your child before you purchase it, obviously buying online I wasn't able to have a play beforehand. On the box you are given the usual name of the company and the toy and told that the toy is suitable for 12-36 month olds, the age guide didn't put me off even though Emily was already over halfway through this age range as I feel a toy can be useful and enjoyed for much longer than the age guide anyway. The box tells you your child can learn the alphabet from Ant to Zebra, the toy has 2 play modes which are letters and animals and has over 50 learning sounds all of this helps to develop letter recognition, animal names and sounds, music and motor skills.
The toy is basically a white round plastic device which has a triangle joint onto it (not literally but that's the shape of it) it is raised in the middle and has a large bright yellow push button in the centre. Around the yellow push button is a blue circle which is embossed with clouds and has an arrow pointing to the point at which the picture will be announced and then the yellow push button is embossed with sun details. The main wheel of the toy has 28 sections on it each one brightly coloured in either yellow, green, pale blue, dark blue, purple, red and orange. Each section on the wheel has a letter of the alphabet with the final 2 sections having music symbols and stars and then underneath each of the letters there is a picture of an animal which starts with that letter. On the side of the toy there are 2 yellow sliders one of which lets you select whether you want number or animal mode and then the other slider turns the toy on and lets you select the volume as low or high which in my opinion is a godsend. The toy is really robust and has been stood on and thrown across the room in a temper when Emily couldn't work out why it wasn't making a noise (it wasn't actually turned on) and there is no damage to it what so ever no even a scratch and the toy still works perfectly.
No matter which mode you out the toy in when you turn it on it instructs in a rather squeaky voice "press the button to spin the letter / animal wheel" if you don't press the button within about 30 seconds it will again tell you to press the button followed by a little tune and then again after another 30 seconds and this keeps going which I find really annoying. When you press the bright yellow button the wheel will spin and then it sings "spin, spin a letter" which is just as annoying! If you land on a letter the toy will announce what the letter is called in upper case sounds rather than lower case which is what your child will be encouraged to learn first at school which seems a little strange to me. If you land on the musical symbols then you get the abc song sung at you if you land on the section with the stars on it then the toy will ask your child to find a particular letter of the alphabet although it doesn't actually tell your child if they have selected the correct letter which I feel is pretty poor.
Personally I would love to know what 12 month old is clever enough to be able to find the letters when asked. When you are in the animal mode the toy will sing "the animals have something to say" and then announce which animal you have landed on, if you land on the music symbols in this mode the toy plays the tune or should I say the first 2 lines of Old Macdonald. If you land on the section with the little stars pictured the toy will ask "what's this animal" this is then followed by a sound some of which are easy and some are really peculiar and you would never know which animal it is referring to, would you know what an Ant would sound like?!
Emily is able to play with the toy herself but she always forgets how to turn it on which personally I actually think is a good thing since the button to turn the toy on is also the volume control I would prefer her not to know how to work it. The button in the middle is pretty easy to push down and I would say a 12 month old should be able to push the button with little resistance. Emily loves the little tunes on the toy even though I find them really annoying and she will push the button down and then dance around before going back and pressing it again for the next one. Sophie doesn't play with this toy at all and she is 5 although she does play with some of Emily's toys this one is not attractive to her and I have never seen her even pick it up let alone play with it.
I think this toy is great, the toy is very colourful which of course means it is very attractive to young children and encourages them to play. I think the little pictures of the animals are cute and they are pretty simple pictures too which again is easier for young children to take in, the pictures range from everyday animals such as a Duck or Kitten to wild animals like a Lion and Elephant and then there is the more unknown animals as far as young children are concerned such as Jellyfish and a Vulture. The sounds of some of the animals are quite obscure and we only really point out the easy ones to Emily, we also like to use the toy and get her to guess which colour the toy will land on next which she loves when she gets it right and she will clap and cheer herself, for some reason her favourite colour to select seems to be red.
The batteries actually come included with this which is something that you don't get with a lot of toys now a days which I find disappointing. When the batteries need replacing the battery pack is on the underneath of the toy and it is protected by a screw so that your child cannot get into it, the toy takes 2 x AA batteries but we haven't had to replace them yet.
A little extra feature of the toy is that you can put it into parent mode whi9ch you get the instructions for and then you can set the toy with the first letter of your childs name so that when it is turned on it will say the letter and states "is the first letter of your name" this of course only works if only one child will play with the toy and isn't really an extra feature that would make me recommend the toy any more highly.
Emily will play with this toy quite a lot but she will only play with the toy for about 10 minutes at a time before she gets bored with it so for all it is entertaining it doesn't really hold her attention. I find the toy pretty annoying as the voice for speaking and singing is so high pitched and the toy is so repetitive. I would rate this toy 4 stars as I find some of the animal sounds too obscure and the fact that the toy asks questions but doesn't actually give the answers is really poor but other than that Emily enjoys the toy which is the main thing that counts really.
Summary: Not so educational but fun for Emily
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