Christmas came early for Jack this year, when he was invited to try some of the new ‘learning through play’ toys available from LeapFrog.
We opted for the new Count & Crawl Kitty (for his love of Cats), the LeapReader Junior (for his love of books) and the Scout’s Goodnight Light.
It’s safe to say he was very excited when they arrived.
LeapFrog Scout’s Goodnight Light
This nightlight is a huge hit with Jack and I would say it is his favourite of the three toys. He plays with it all the time and it has become part of his bedtime routine.
After his bedtime story, he now settles with his bottle of milk and nightlight and usually, he is sound asleep by the time the 10 minute countdown has finished.
The Goodnight Light can be used as a torch to project an image of the planets, or a soothing lullaby nightlight, with volume control and timer. The timer can be set for 10 or 20 minutes of environmental sounds or Scout’s special lullabies. The volume can be adjusted between low, high or mute.
In nightlight mode, glowing numbers and stars fill the room, and shift from red to blue to green as the timer counts down and a lullaby sounds.
Jack loves the nightlight mode, he gets mesmerised at the lights as they move around the room. He likes to hover his hands over the light so that the numbers and stars appear on his hands.
Jack is now 20 months old and this seems to suit him perfectly. I think it will be a while before he understands about the planets in the torch mode but the nightlight mode is great for him.
LeapFrog Count & Crawl Number Kitty
The toy suggests an age range of 9-24 months which I think is pretty accurate. Jack absolutely loves cats and Kitty here is definitely his new friend. Kitty enjoys plenty of cuddles and ‘meow’ chat from Jack.
The Kitty is designed for push-and-play counting fun. There are two switches; one for volume control and the other for switching between music and number modes. The Kitty can be pushed along on all fours or sat up.
There are 20 keys that run along the length of the Kitty’s back. Pressing the keys teaches numbers 1-20 and sounds musical notes and rhymes. There is a spinning ball between the Kitty’s front paws.
LeapFrog LeapReader Junior
Jack absolutely loves reading but it seems he is going to need a little longer to understand how this reading system works. He is a little heavy handed with the book pal at the moment and is more interested in turning it on and off than actually using it.
We always read books together anyway, but so that he can learn how to use the book pal properly, I have been operating the book pal whilst Jack turns the pages. He is starting to get the hang of it now but still needs some help.
There are over 25 board books currently and every book is fully interactive. Each time the book pal touches the characters, words or pictures, fun sound effects and other audio noises will play.
I think it is really impressive just how quickly the book pal identifies the data as you tap any part of a page and I like that you can download your child’s name to the book pal for special greetings.
This is a brilliant interactive learning tool and I would highly recommend it for young book lovers. I think it could also be useful in assisting parents with getting reluctant children to enjoy reading books.
For more information on any of the above toys, you can visit the LeapFrog website here.
LeapFrog Toys have kindly offered one lucky competition winner the opportunity to win a Scout’s Goodnight Light. You can enter the competition via Rafflecopter below. Good luck x
*These toys were supplied to Jack for free in exchange for our honest review. As always, all thoughts and photos are my own.
**This competition is available on Loquax, Prizefinder and some Facebook groups.