Christmas Gift Inspiration with Leapfrog & Giveaway

Before having children there were very few toys brands I had heard of, I am sure many of us were the same. However one that I had definitely noticed was Leapfrog, partly due to the consistent branding but also because I liked the educational nature of their toys. I always liked the fact they were not just toys for toys sake. Since becoming parent my view hasn’t really changed. Although I now understand the educational process of play a lot more. I still always look for specific educational toys especially when gift giving. With Christmas in full swing and my ‘to buy for’ list ever expanding once again I turn to Leapfrog as I know the quality of their toys will stand the test of time having several ourselves. They recently got in touch and offered both Monkey and Kipper a toy to reviews plus a very special treat for my readers.

unknownFor Monkey I chose Leaping Letters, I thought it would be perfect for him as he is very competitive and has been learning phonics at school. Anything that can help reinforce his learning gets a big thumbs up from me.

The idea of the game is that you need to put in all the letter pieces into their correct places before the timer runs out. If the timer runs out before you have finished then the board bounce up sending the letters flying. The game is aimed at ages four and above and costs £14.99. You can adjust the time yourself as it is a little dial on the front of the board.

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Monkey couldn’t wait to have a go the bright colours of the letters appealing to him. As he picked them out one by one he repeated the phonic sound to me. There was no prompting going on, it was great to see and reinforced where he may need some help on certain letters. The game also includes a list of three letter words and a little card to place them on.  Once he had mastered the whole alphabet we moved onto some of them. In total there are fifty six words which have been listed in different groups.

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Monkey sorted the letters into their colour groups and we set to work trying to see how many he could manage before the timer run out. To keep him motivated I allowed the maximum time and he completed all the yellow and red words in that time. The blue was a lot more of a challenge as you can imagine but its his favourite colour. He did prefer the whole alphabet to the words but I think this is because he found the words more challenging. Which to be honest as a parent is what I want!

Things we love

  • You don’t need batteries to make it work, which is great because no matter how many I buy we never seem to have enough on Christmas morning
  • You can vary the time of clock which makes it harder for them. Monkey managed to put the full alphabet on within the time required first time. However for subsequent attempts I have reduced the allowable time which has made it much harder. Meaning that it will grow with your child as their knowledge improves
  • Its not huge, which means its easy to store although I would like a little bag to put the letters in as ours are currently residing in a sandwich bag.
  • There is a lot of mileage in this toy as once they have mastered getting the words correct there is nothing to stop you moving onto creating your own three letter words at a later date.

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Overall I would recommend this toy to my friends and family. It is a well priced buy for a child who has just started school and is learning phonics and letters. I can see us buying a couple of sets as gifts.

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For Kipper who is seven months and has only just started taking an interest in toys I chose Count and Colours Band. Aimed at children six months plus it helps young children to identify colours and numbers. Kipper was transfixed from the moment he saw the bobbing Scout. Every time he hit one of the musical instruments he got rewarded by lights and noise. img_6746 Although he is far too young at this age to recognise numbers or colours or musical instruments I know in time he will learn the cause and effect which the toy teaches him. Its the perfect size for his age range and it is very light which means he can pick it up (an of course put it in his mouth).

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Things I love:

  • Its bright and colourful, you can select the mode you want – colours, numbers or names. There is also a volume control so you can have it on quieter mode if you would like!
  • Although we have only had it for a couple of weeks I think it will stand the test of time as its well built and strong plastic.
  • The movement of Scout definately attracts Kipper and it was him he bashes the most.

Its well priced at £14.99, I can see Kipper having a lot of fun with this toy over the coming months.

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As I mentioned above we have a number of Leapfrog toys. One of them is  a Read with Me Scout which Monkey has had for over two years and loves it. He likes to listen to it when he goes to sleep and often will not settle without his ‘doggy’. Its one of those toys I talk about with other mums.

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Coming in green (Scout) and pink/purple (Violet) its soft and cuddly and designed to encourage a passion for reading. You also get five different coloured books which the child can read a long to with their puppy. They select the book they want by colour or number and then the toy will read with them asking a series of different engagement and comprehension questions. Over the five books it asks a total of seventy different questions. To Monkey its so much more than a reading resource he has built up quite an affinity with his doggy and I would highly recommend it to all parents. Aimed at the age range 2-5, don’t let this put you off as even the youngest will benefit from engaging with the toy. The RRP is £29.99 but the lovely people at Leapfrog have given my readers the chance to win one. All you need to do is enter via the Gleam application below and note the T&Cs.

Leapfrog Read With Me Scout or Violet

  • Competition is open to residents of UK aged 18 or over
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • The winner will be drawn at random and receive a Scout or Violet Read with me pup
  • The competition will close on 17th December 2016 at 11.59pm, the winner will be notified through Twitter
  • The Winner will be asked to provide an email address and full postal address

I have some giveaways running at the moment so please check them out by searching for giveaway in the search box above. Good Luck!!

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We were given a Scout Count & Colours Band and Leaping Letters for the purpose of this review. We already had a Read with me Scout and loved it. All opinions are my own.

Christmas Gift Inspiration with Leapfrog & Giveaway

132 Comments

  1. Tracy Nixon
    December 8, 2016 / 6:16 am

    Thank you! I love the Leapfrog brand! Such great interactive games and toys for little ones!

  2. Pauline jaconelli
    December 8, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    My little boy is 21 months and he would love this. Leap frog are a great company and we have many toys from them. This would be a great learning toy for him

  3. Laura Banks
    December 8, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    what a great giveaway

  4. Sarah Mackay
    December 8, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    Brilliant giveaway

  5. Alana Walker
    December 8, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    This would be great for my little boy, we love the LeapFrog range.x

  6. caroline walliss
    December 8, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    Great giveaway, thanks.x

  7. amy bondoc
    December 8, 2016 / 4:55 pm

    this looks really good! id love this for my niece lola x

  8. Chloe Davies
    December 8, 2016 / 6:18 pm

    Would love this for my little nephew x

  9. Rachel Craig
    December 8, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    Great prize.

  10. Katie
    December 8, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    Fantastic. This would be ideal for my niece x

  11. MANDY DOHERTY
    December 8, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    A great giveaway, my grandsons would love it

  12. Martina Pichova
    December 8, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    I love them both, thanks for the inspiration!

  13. iain maciver
    December 8, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    amazing giveaway

  14. aj
    December 8, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    my niece would love this. thank you for the chance x

  15. zoe cross
    December 8, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    great giveaway

  16. lucy higgins
    December 8, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    yes please, this would be lovely

  17. amelia avossa
    December 8, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    What a lovely giveaway! thanks for the chance! my little girl is just growing and developing her skills! this would be perfect 🙂 Thanks

  18. Helen Moulden
    December 8, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    Great prize – thank you so much!

  19. Isabel O
    December 8, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    My little brother had a Leapfrog book when he was little, I’m pleased they’re still doing Leapfrog toys. 🙂

  20. Angela Treadway
    December 8, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    brilliant prize x

  21. Jayne Townson
    December 8, 2016 / 9:00 pm

    Yes please I would love to win this for my little niece. Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. Kelly B
    December 8, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    Ah this would be lovely – we had My Pal scout and he was a hit but my little boy is 19 months now so would be perfect 🙂

  23. keri brooks
    December 8, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    My daughter would love scout or violet lovely giveaway .x

  24. Kelly
    December 8, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    Fantastic give away.. something educational but slso fun at the same time.

  25. Cheryl Kemp
    December 8, 2016 / 11:16 pm

    This looks fab, I think my daughter would love to one! 🙂

  26. Ruth Harwood
    December 9, 2016 / 6:43 am

    Fabulous!! thanks xx

  27. Claire Sutherland
    December 9, 2016 / 9:41 am

    Fab prize

  28. Kim Styles
    December 9, 2016 / 11:29 am

    A great product and doesn’t need batteries ! fantastic

  29. Ray Dodds
    December 9, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    Something that doesn’t need batteries how original

  30. Sally Collingwood
    December 9, 2016 / 1:46 pm

    Wow, what a fab prize, excellent!

  31. Amy Ripley
    December 9, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    Great prize thank you!

  32. Pauline Hilll
    December 9, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    LOVE IT thanks for the chance

  33. Pauline Hilll
    December 9, 2016 / 5:13 pm

    LOVE IT thanks for the chance perfect christmas prezzie

  34. Charlotte A
    December 9, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    We have a Scout but not the Read-with-Me one and I think my daughter would love it. She’s at nursery now and loves reading.

  35. Laura Pritchard
    December 9, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    My daughter would love this!

  36. Anthony Harrington
    December 9, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    wonderful! have often looked at Leapfrog, these look fab!

  37. maria dhillon
    December 10, 2016 / 1:35 am

    this is a great prize 🙂 x

  38. Lynsey Buchanan
    December 10, 2016 / 5:52 am

    Fantastic Giveaway – Thank you for the chance

  39. Kim Neville
    December 10, 2016 / 8:06 am

    These are lovely interactive toys

  40. Jackie ONeill
    December 10, 2016 / 8:17 am

    love to win, thanks very much

  41. claire woods
    December 10, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    Fab toy.

  42. CHELSEY HOLLINGS
    December 10, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    Great Giveaway

  43. Hannah Cummings
    December 10, 2016 / 10:23 pm

    Yes please!

  44. Angela L White
    December 11, 2016 / 10:05 am

    great prize, find interactive they learn a lot quicker

  45. Beverley Cousins
    December 11, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    Oh my goodness, how wonderful, thankyou x

  46. Nicola Haywood
    December 11, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    This would be a fabulous Christmas present for my little one x

  47. Jamielee Wells
    December 12, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    What a great giveaway – this looks fab for any younger child

  48. Vicky Limerick
    December 12, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    My daughter would love this

  49. Peter Watson
    December 12, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    I’m sure my grandaughter would love these.Terrific giveaway thanks.

  50. Rachel Ray
    December 12, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    Lovely prize! Thank you!

  51. Kev C
    December 12, 2016 / 9:07 pm

    very generous of you….TY 🙂

  52. Jennifer Toal
    December 12, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    A nice prize

  53. Kimberley Ryan
    December 12, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    This looks fabulous

  54. Corinne Henson
    December 12, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    Love Leapfrog toys 🙂

  55. Lorraine Tinsley
    December 12, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    What a fab prize, my daughters would love it if I won

  56. christine shelley
    December 12, 2016 / 11:01 pm

    Fantastic giveaway thanks

  57. Jo Hutchinson
    December 13, 2016 / 12:02 am

    This looks so much fun, Merry Christmas x

  58. Solange
    December 13, 2016 / 3:54 am

    Such a cute toy.

  59. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)
    December 13, 2016 / 4:08 pm

    Looks great

  60. michelle o'neill
    December 13, 2016 / 6:05 pm

    great giveaway x

  61. Jules Eley
    December 13, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    Fantastic 🙂

  62. Rhia P
    December 13, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    I love learning toys, as I want to support my son but sometimes I don’t know where to start. At least with toys we can both have fun with it!

  63. Deborah Mackenzie
    December 13, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    I love leapfrog toys I think they are great value for money and the kids love playing with them. Added bonus they are normally educational.

  64. Deborah Clarke
    December 13, 2016 / 10:26 pm

    Fab giveaway. My grandson would love this. Fingers crossed x

  65. Maggie Ali
    December 14, 2016 / 10:38 am

    great giveaway! something my daughter would love 🙂 Happy Christmas!

  66. ElegantlyHafsah
    December 14, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    Thank you for hosting this lovely giveaway!

  67. Denise C
    December 14, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    Lovely giveaway!

  68. sarah rowland
    December 14, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    this looks amazing

  69. Becky Yeomans
    December 15, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    Would love to win for my little girl! Fingers crossed 🙂

  70. jennifer thorpe
    December 15, 2016 / 4:47 pm

    what a fab prize

  71. sarah brokenshire
    December 15, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    thanks for the chance x

  72. gemma middleton
    December 15, 2016 / 8:43 pm

    What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the chance.

  73. Farhana
    December 15, 2016 / 10:38 pm

    This would be perfect for my son. Thank you

  74. sandy ralph
    December 15, 2016 / 11:50 pm

    leapfrog are brilliant educational toys and so strong and last well too. a great reliable brand

  75. dawn f
    December 16, 2016 / 6:39 am

    this would be lovely for my 2 little ones

  76. Sallyanne Rose
    December 16, 2016 / 7:31 am

    leapfrog, great products

  77. Angie McDonald
    December 16, 2016 / 7:47 am

    I know how popular the leapfrog brand is in my family and my nephew would be sure to love this new addition!

  78. jo liddement
    December 16, 2016 / 8:29 am

    Lots of things to amuse and also like the fact it has a volume control

  79. Jayne Kelsall
    December 16, 2016 / 9:38 am

    This looks brilliant, my little one would adore it .x

  80. Lucy Carter
    December 16, 2016 / 10:48 am

    Great prize I’d love to win this for my niece

  81. Rebecca Powell
    December 16, 2016 / 11:16 am

    My son would love this

  82. Rachael McCadden
    December 16, 2016 / 11:24 am

    great giveaway

  83. Stevie
    December 16, 2016 / 12:26 pm

    This would be great for when my nephew gets a little older.

  84. Jo Carroll
    December 16, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    The new ‘read with me’ Scout looks brilliant – as long as he doesn’t come alive like TED 😉 (was watching that last night on TV)

  85. AnnaH
    December 16, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    My daughter would love one of these, especially Violet

  86. Rowena Wood
    December 16, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    Oh wow! Great giveaway my daughter and me would love love, love this!

  87. ADEINNE TONNER
    December 16, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    Leapfrogs are great for children and makes learning fun for them.

  88. JULIE WARD
    December 16, 2016 / 5:57 pm

    Great gift for grandson, these toys are really well made

  89. jessica cook
    December 16, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    I would love to win one for my son Max

  90. donna l jones
    December 16, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    great prize my grandaughter would love this

  91. Jane Middleton
    December 16, 2016 / 11:08 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  92. LAURA WHEATLEY
    December 16, 2016 / 11:26 pm

    lovely giveaway 🙂

  93. Rebecca Smith
    December 16, 2016 / 11:50 pm

    What a lovely prize

  94. Jacqueline Chapman
    December 17, 2016 / 12:45 am

    I love Leapfrog. Every toy I’ve bought from Leapfrog has been loved and well used. They are great value for money too.

  95. Caroline Buckley
    December 17, 2016 / 1:50 am

    My daughter is 10 months and I’d love to win Violet for her!

  96. alice lightning
    December 17, 2016 / 5:24 am

    great giveaway very nice indeed

  97. Dorogi Eva
    December 17, 2016 / 7:14 am

    Nice prize would be good for my daughter

  98. Michaela Hannah
    December 17, 2016 / 7:40 am

    Lovely prize!!

  99. Carol Boffey
    December 17, 2016 / 8:18 am

    Great prize thank you

  100. Hayley Todd
    December 17, 2016 / 8:54 am

    This would be fabulous for my daughter! She would absolutely love these gorgeous Leapfrog toys!

  101. jen lloyd
    December 17, 2016 / 11:04 am

    scout would be ideal for my son 🙂

  102. danielle pooley
    December 17, 2016 / 11:19 am

    This would be perfect for my little boy! Great giveaway!

  103. janine atkin
    December 17, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    Id love this for my nephew

  104. Karen Barrett
    December 17, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    Lovely prize for my Grandchildren, thank you.

  105. Richard Tyler
    December 17, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    Great Prize 🙂

  106. Teresa sheldon
    December 17, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    A fab prize leapfrog toys are just so brilliant as their educational as well as fun strong and colourful what more could you ask for
    merry Christmas

  107. Chris Fletcher
    December 17, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    This would be brilliant! Fingers crossed

  108. laura stewart
    December 17, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    yes please fingers crossed x

  109. Nancy Bradford
    December 17, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    Happy Christmas and thank you for running this lovely competition x

  110. Jessica Townley
    December 17, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    This would be awesome for my little boy!

  111. Lilly Anne Shayn
    December 17, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    my newly turned 3 year old boy would LOVE this <3 Fantastic prize!! Fingers, toes and everything else crossed! x

  112. Diana
    December 17, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Would love to win 🙂 Thank you

  113. Joanne Phillips
    December 17, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    Leapfrog products are fab1 Great giveaway – thanks!

  114. Tricia Cowell
    December 17, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    I would be over the moon to win for my Grandson fab prize

  115. helenRMad
    December 17, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    leapfrog are a great brand, I have bought them before for my nephews and nieces

  116. Pauline Burroughs
    December 17, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    Great competition, my grandchildren would love this x

  117. Kat Allinson
    December 17, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    I would love to win this for my daughter

  118. justine meyer
    December 17, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    what a great giveaway, thanks for the chance x

  119. Rachael ashmore
    December 17, 2016 / 11:06 pm

    Would love to win this for my nephew. Merry Christmas ????????????

  120. Leanne Bell
    December 17, 2016 / 11:45 pm

    This looks like lots of fun. I’d love one for my Daughter x

  121. Rebecca Cusick
    December 18, 2016 / 10:42 am

    Thanks for the chance to win! My boy would love this x

  122. Kat Glynn
    December 18, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    Lovely giveaway thanks, Merry Christmas! x

  123. Linda Curtis
    December 18, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    these do look very good

  124. Anna Brown
    December 18, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    I would scout for my little boy. Thank you for the chance of this fab prize

  125. samantha buntain
    December 18, 2016 / 6:03 pm

    these look fab

  126. Melissa Crowe
    December 18, 2016 / 7:19 pm

    Thankyou for the chance, my son would love x

  127. Katie b
    December 18, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    Love leapfrog stuff! Fun and helps the learning process!

  128. Anneka Hulse
    December 18, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    love the leap frog brand so many amazing and educational toys

  129. Laura Findlay
    December 18, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    I would love to win for my son x

  130. Tee simpson
    December 18, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    I love Leapfrog. We have a few of their toys.

  131. Terrie-Ann Wright
    December 18, 2016 / 10:16 pm

    Leapfrog do amazing products would love to give this a try.

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