We have a love for LeapFrog products in our house. I have been buying toys from them since Alfie was born and love the variety, longevity and educational aspect that they encompass. There is also a massive range to choose from, I'm always spoilt for choice. We have quite a few items already from them but we were very lucky to be sent a couple of the newer items to test out and review. Brilliantly, these were much more suited to Elarna rather than Alfie and seen as Alfie has a ton of toys compared to her they were very much appreciated.
So what were we sent?
Melody the Musical Turtle (RRP £14.99)
Fridge Numbers Magnetic Set (RRP £14.99)
As with all LeapFrog products they are bright, colourful and enticing, but with the educational twist (which is one one my favourite parts of the toys). As soon as Elarna got her eyes on them she immediately wanted to press the buttons and play with them.
We started with Melody, this cute little light up toy features musical activities to tune memory and develop pre school skills. Aimed at children from 2 years up this is a little advanced for Elarna at present but will be fab once she starts to get the concept of patterns and numbers a bit more......she was quite happy pressing the flashy lights though, kept her entertained for quite some time.
There are different learning modes on Melody, children can listen and find colours and numbers in the learn and play mode, it's a race against time to find them before the music runs out. In memory game mode (which I actually found quite addictive!) you simply watch the buttons light up and try repeat the pattern. There is then music mode where the child can follow the lights to play a variety of tunes or free play and let their musicality flow!
The child can play alone with Melody or with a sibling or friend, I tried playing against Alfie with the repetition game which was fun, although the better you do the longer the patterns get and it can get quite tricky, but lots of fun. We are definitely going to get alot of use out of Melody, perhaps more so when Elarna a little older but we have it out most days for Elarna to play her own (unique) music. Well worth the RRP of £14.99.
The fridge numbers was up next to test, this is so cute. I loved all the little magnetic fruit, veg and numbers that are included. They are the perfect size for little fingers to pick up and pop into the magnetic picnic basket.
This is once again aimed at 2 years + but Elarna did have a good go at putting them in the correct place, we are way off identifying numbers and saying lots of words but this will be brilliant when she does start learning them.
There are 20 interactive tiles included in the pack (10 food and 10 numbers), placing the food tiles in basket brings the toy alive and several of fun phrases and songs are then played encouraging the child to recognise both numbers and shapes.
We really enjoyed playing this together, it's a really lovely concept and although the music and phrases can become a little annoying ( I had listened to the same phrases several times over much to Elarna's delight) at times it's a fab toy and the learning aspect is really good.
We continue to play with the fridge numbers set and Alfie, when he did have a go is absolutely fab at it, there is a definite age bracket for this type of toy, in my opinion, I would say from 2 years to preschoolers would be the best age to get the maximum benefit from it.
It's also worth mentioning that you can use the magnetic tiles on other surfaces (I'm probably stating the obvious) too so they are not just limited to the basket, we've been using them on our magnetic whiteboard which has given a new dimension to using them.
There is only one thing that lets this toy down slightly, ever so slightly......there is nowhere to store the loose tiles, it's a real shame as it's easy for them to go missing, it would have been lovely if perhaps the actual little board itself was perhaps supplied in a picnic basket so that the tiles could be stored safely too. Apart from that very small detail we loved it and it's again well worth the £14.99 RRP.
We've absolutely loved testing these fab LeapFrog products, it's been a delight and will continue to remain a loyal customer to their great toys.
What do you think of these, would you buy them for your littlies?
* Please note we were kindly sent these items free of charge in exchange for a review, all thoughts and opinions are that of my own and I will always give my honest thoughts on items.