Daniel has just turned two and a couple of weeks before we were sent some new toys that were perfect for his age group from Leapfrog. Leapfrog is such a popular educational toy make, so I’m always interested to try out their toys. They manage to combine fun and learning so you can feel good about giving their toys. Daniel enjoyed opening his presents, his birthday is a few days after Christmas so he just thought it was an extension of the present opening! He loved the pirate wrapping paper, and exclaimed a big ‘Ah-harrrr’ when he saw it. Melody the Turtle emerged out of the paper.
Swiftly followed by this learning numbers fridge magnet game, also by leapfrog.
Melody the musical turtle teaches colours and numbers, repeat patterns and you can create tunes by following the lights. You can play guess the tune aswell. Daniel likes pushing it along like a vehicle and bashing the numbers. Phoebe is on hand to teach him the music, we played Twinkle Twinkle little star among other favourites. He’s rather taken with it. There are 10 light-up activities in total. There are 2 volume settings and it comes with batteries installed.
The fridge numbers magnetic set is very comprehensive, the little leap puppy (known as Scout) has a picnic basket that he asks you to fill with a number of fruits or veg. The green box and all the number and food tiles are all magnetic and can stick to your fridge. It also sings songs to you, and rewards you when you get the answer right. If you just put in a tile, and press the red button, it teaches you about the food or number. There are 20 interactive tiles included, featuring different numbers of fruit and veg plus biscuits – although scout is sure to tell you not to eat too many which Phoebe finds quite amusing. Daniel likes to tear down all the tiles and then replace them, he can be very precise when he wants to be and also very destructive! You can also get a letters version of the same toy.
Melody the music turtle and the fridge numbers magnetic set both retail at around 14.99, making them a good mid range toy to buy for your child or as a gift.
Disclosure: we were gifted the toys in return for this review, all opinions are my own.
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