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.

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132 Comments

  1. Tracy Nixon Reply

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

  2. Pauline jaconelli Reply

    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. Alana Walker Reply

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

  4. amelia avossa Reply

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

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

  6. Jayne Townson Reply

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

  7. 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 🙂

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

  9. Cheryl Kemp Reply

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

  10. Charlotte A Reply

    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.

  11. Anthony Harrington Reply

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

  12. Nicola Haywood Reply

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

  13. Jamielee Wells Reply

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

  14. Peter Watson Reply

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

  15. Lorraine Tinsley Reply

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

  16. 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!

  17. Deborah Mackenzie Reply

    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.

  18. Deborah Clarke Reply

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

  19. Maggie Ali Reply

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

  20. Becky Yeomans Reply

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

  21. sandy ralph Reply

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

  22. Angie McDonald Reply

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

  23. jo liddement Reply

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

  24. Jo Carroll Reply

    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)

  25. Rowena Wood Reply

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

  26. ADEINNE TONNER Reply

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

  27. Jacqueline Chapman Reply

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

  28. Caroline Buckley Reply

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

  29. Hayley Todd Reply

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

  30. danielle pooley Reply

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

  31. Teresa sheldon Reply

    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

  32. Nancy Bradford Reply

    Happy Christmas and thank you for running this lovely competition x

  33. Lilly Anne Shayn Reply

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

  34. Tricia Cowell Reply

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

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

  36. Pauline Burroughs Reply

    Great competition, my grandchildren would love this x

  37. Rachael ashmore Reply

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

  38. Leanne Bell Reply

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

  39. Anna Brown Reply

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

  40. Anneka Hulse Reply

    love the leap frog brand so many amazing and educational toys

  41. Terrie-Ann Wright Reply

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

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