Tag: Learning Toys

Learn About Animals with LeapFrog’s 100 Animals Book

100 Animals Book is an interactive book that will allow you to explore the world of animals while building vocabulary for your future little reader.” – Momma Braga

100 Animals Book™

Hold 100 animals in your hands with the touch-sensitive pages of the 100 Animals Book! Six double-sided, interactive pages feature animals from 12 habitats and environments. Hear animal names in English and French. Kids have a natural curiosity about animals, and this book provides lots of opportunities for exploration with illustrations and photographs of animals from the desert, savanna, rain forest and more. Fun facts about animals promote early science awareness, making this book a must-have addition to every little learner’s library.

Feature Highlights

Learn about words is 12 categories, sing along to learning songs and play fun sound effects while building vocabulary – an important skill linked to future reading success. There are five different activity modes and we break them down for you below.

Animal Names Mode

Animal names, sounds and fun facts come alive on six double-sided, touch-capacitive pages. The great part of this mode is that the words are toddler-appropriate.

Fun Facts Mode

This mode is awesome as you get to hear different fun facts about each picture.

Fun Sounds Mode

In this mode you can press the pictures to hear music and sound effects. Curious about what a sloth sounds like? You can now found out along with your little one. 😉

Music

Press the light-up Music Button to hear three learning songs.

Language Play

Slide the English/French Language Switch to hear the songs, directions and picture words in English or French.

#MelAndNikkiReview

The 100 Animals Book is the must have interactive book that will allow your child to learn about the many animals in the world. It will help build a child’s vocabulary and help better prepare them for the wonderful world of reading. The 100 Animals Book™ will inspire young readers to learn animal names and fun facts in both English and French. This is a great introduction to the world of animals.

We loved learning about each one and it was great practice for Nikki to read the words before clicking on the picture. Nikki’s favourite animal is the Penguin, while mine is the sloth and otter. Hearing the animal sounds was very interesting too as many I personally never heard before. I guess you can say that we both learned many new things with the 100 Animals Book. 😉

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 10 penguins out of 5 (Nikki’s favorite animal)! For some learning fun, explore the 100 Animals Book and set your little one on the path to success to learning with this great product by LeapFrog.

If you would like to purchase your very own, click here. It would make a perfect gift idea for children ages 18 to 48 months.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this product was provided in exchange of an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Blue’s Clues & You! Learning Toys Are Woof-errific

“Beloved Blue’s Clues & You is embracing toy time with these woof-errific items that will have your children learning and having fun for hours.” – Momma Braga

Blue’s Clues & You

Blue’s Clues & You follows Blue as she invites viewers to join her and Josh on a clue-led adventure and solve a puzzle on each episode. With each signature paw print, Blue identifies clues in her animated world that propel the story and inspire the audience to interact with John and Blue to figure out Blue’s Clues.

This popular preschool show is great to learn problem-solving and gets viewers engaged and interacting.

It is hard not to fall in love with Blue’s Clues & You! There are some amazing toys featuring this beloved character and we want to introduce you to some that will be popular this holiday season (or anytime of the year for the Blue’s Clues fan in your life). 😉

Tickety Tock Play & Learn Clock

Make time for learning and explore daily routines with the Blue’s Clues & You! Tickety Tock Play & Learn Clock. Press Blue to listen to her friendly barks and watch Tickety Tock wiggle her bells and light up.

Tickety Tock will play music including a song sung by Josh, the host of Blue’s Clues & You! Tickety Tock introduces numbers 1-12, says phrases and asks questions to encourage toddlers and preschoolers to learn and discover. Move the hour hand to explore daily routines including brushing teeth, snack time, bedtime and more. Explore numbers, music and daily routines by sliding the mode switch for a variety of activities. The Blue’s Clues & You! Tickety Tock Play & Learn Clock is a pretend clock that introduces toddlers and preschoolers to time concepts and makes a great gift for Blue’s Clues & You fans.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Tickety Tock Play & Learn Clock is absolutely awesome and can really help children learn the concept of time. We love how we can make this toy part of our daily routines. I have to admit that it helped keep me on track of our activities too! We love the teaching aspect of this toy as it teaches about daily routines, counting and number recognition.

The learning is done through three different modes and depending what your child would like to play with, you can pick the one that fits for the day. Our favourite was the music as it provided interactive activities. The toy itself is captivating to a little one and it is nice and big to make it easier for a child to grasp it. This is one clock that can not be missed in a room – it’s adorable!

We give it, 10 tocks out of 5! “I love learning about time and I love finding out what Blue does at different times. My favourite time is when Blue goes and plays outside at 11 in the morning.” – Nikki, Age 6

The Tickety Tock Play & Learn Clock is recommended for children ages two and up. If you would like to purchase your own amazing Tickety Tock & Learn Clock, click here.

Blue’s Clues & You! Really Smart Handy Dandy Notebook

Learn what’s new with Blue and Josh! The Blue’s Clues & You! Really Smart Handy Dandy Notebook looks like Josh’s Handy Dandy Notebook from the show. Learn through pretend play with 14 light-up app icons that introduce toddlers and preschoolers to colours, counting, shapes, weather, health and hygiene.

Learn through pretend play with the Really Smart Handy Dandy Notebook, just like the one in the show Blue’s Clues & You! 11 light-up app icons introduce toddlers and preschoolers to colours, counting, shapes, weather, health and hygiene. This Really Smart Handy Dandy Notebook features phone, music and mail apps for pretend play with Blue, Josh and Mailbox. Press the button with the picture of Blue to listen to a variety of her fun barks. This Really Smart Handy Dandy Notebook makes the perfect gift for toddlers and preschoolers who watch the show Blue’s Clues & You!

#MelAndNikkiReview

Really Smart Handy Dandy Notebook is a great way to truly feel like you are part of Blue’s Clues & You! The notebook looks just like the one from the show and if your child is a fan they will absolutely love it! This toy provides great interactive games that encourage imagination, listening skills, movement and early childhood foundations, such as shapes, colours, weather words, numbers and more.

There is so much that you can do on this handy dandy notebook, it truly earns it’s name of handy. 😉 You can chat with Josh and Blue, check email with Mailbox and play music. You can also explore 11 light-up app icons to explore colours, counting, shapes, weather, health and hygiene. Did I mention you can also play games?! My favourite is the exercise game with Magenta – it really got me to shake my tail! 😉

We give it, 10 hands out of 5! “My favourite app is the ABC because I like sounding out the letters of the alphabet and picking a word that starts with that letter.” – Nikki, Age 6

The Really Smart Handy Dandy Notebook is recommended for children ages two and up. If you would like to purchase your own amazing Handy Dandy Notebook, click here.

Blue’s Clues & You! Learning Watch

Bring Blue wherever you go with the Blue’s Clues & You! Blue Learning Watch. Bring time concepts to life with an entertaining wristwatch that features Josh’s voice and familiar barks from Blue! Explore daily routines with Blue and Magenta by choosing a time to discover what they want to do.

It’s time to learn all about time with Blue, Magenta and Josh by exploring daily routines and things they want to do at different times of the day. Four interactive learning games introduce counting, shapes and problem solving with Tickety Tock, Slipper Soap, Shovel and Pail. Explore time concepts and build early habits with an alarm clock and timer. Includes seven digital watch faces and a protective lid featuring Blue’s adorable face. This digital wristwatch featuring Blue makes the perfect birthday gift or holiday present for toddlers and preschoolers.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Learning Watch is a great learning tool on the go. It includes four learning games, seven watch faces, alarm clock and timer. Along with all these great features, a child can learn counting, daily routines, shapes and telling time. All great skills to learn!

We love the Learning Watch as it allows kids to take it with them as it’s comfortable to wear on their wrist. We loved picking the watch faces and our favourite is Magenta. It is hard to pick my favourite game as I enjoyed each one. Nikki on the other hand does have a favourite game which is “Spot the Difference.” She loved being able to find the differences in the pictures and I have to admit that she was fairly quick to spot them all. It is overall a great addition to a child’s playtime as it offers fun, learning and of course Blue and friends!

We give it, 10 barks out of 5! “I love playing the games! It is so much fun and it’s easy to take with me everywhere!” – Nikki, Age 6

The Learning Watch is recommended for children ages three and up. If you would like to purchase your own amazing Learning Watch, click here.

We absolutely adore all three of these toys and they truly are great for little ones, especially for Blue’s Clues fans! We love how LeapFrog developed them with education on mind to ensure every child is getting the most out of playtime.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

*These products were provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Story Time Got More Enchanting With LeapStory™

We love story time as it is the time that we can all wind down for the day. It is especially nice after a long and busy day. Could bedtime get any better than spending time with your little one and reading a story? Yes it can!

We are delighted to introduce our readers to LeapStory™ by LeapFrog®, which turns any time into story time! It develops children’s listening comprehension skills by letting them hear stories read to them, whenever they want. While the narrator reads the story, you can watch Scout’s reactions as images and animations are projected onto the wall or ceiling. You can listen to content from four categories such as classic stories and poems; myths, legends and fables; sleepy-time stories; and songs.

Image Source: LeapFrog

Now it was time to put LeapStory™ to the test and give it a try.

#MelAndNikkiReview

LeapStory™ made an leap right from day one into Nikki’s heart! Once Nikki gave me a chance to see the product for myself, I couldn’t help but fall in love with it as a parent. I just love the whole concept behind LeapStory™.

Here are eight reasons why we love LeapStory™ by LeapFrog®:

Storytelling Cube

The cube shape is intriguing and very appealing to little ones. Nikki loves holding it in her hands and taking it to every room (including the backyard) that she goes. We love the option to take it where you go and at the same time it offers the classic stories, myths, legends and fables read aloud. Perfect combo!

Record a Story

Who doesn’t like recording a story, especially your very own! You can record your own voice reading your child’s favorite story or in our case one that Nikki has made up. It makes the story more personal and even more enjoyable for your child to hear mom or dad’s voices coming from LeapStory™.

Classic stories kids love

Growing up I loved the classic stories such as: The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, The Gingerbread Man and Beauty and the Beast. Now your child can listen to those and so much more with LeapStory™. Listening to the classic stories with my daughter felt a little magical and a trip down memory lane as I recalled childhood. You can never go wrong with the classic stories.

Daytime Stories

Story time can literally be anytime and it does not need to be associated with going to sleep. Reading should always be encouraged to inspire young minds and we love how LeapStory™ does just that. Your child can turn it on at any time to hear the stories. As a parent with two busy jobs, it is comforting to know that if my daughter wants to hear a story, she can do it on her own and listen to the magic.

Projector

Did we mention that there is a projector?! I think I might have been more excited about the projector than Nikki was but as soon as she figured out what it can do, she was very much intrigued. Images and animations are projected onto the ceiling for enhanced storytelling which had us all admiring our new storytelling cube!

Full Content Included

There is lots of content (80+) included which can provide hours of entertainment; however, you can download so much more at no cost! Impressive?! Yes it is!

Sleepy-time Stories

The LeapStory™ has an option where your child can fall asleep to stories with a nightlight and a shut-off timer. I absolutely love this option as it can make my escape to my room much more easier. 😉

Skills Learned

Of course we can not forget the skills that can be learned with LeapStory™ which are:

  • Storytelling
  • Vocabulary
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Classic Stories
  • Myths
  • Legends and Fables
  • Poems
  • Songs
  • Relaxation Techniques

“With expressive reading and fun sound effects, LeapStory™ is designed to help children recognize that hearing stories read aloud is a pleasurable activity. Listening to stories develops listening comprehension and builds vocabulary by helping children learn new words and hear how they are pronounced.” Carolyn James, PhD, LeapFrog® Literacy Expert

There you have it! Eight reasons why we love LeapStory™ and we know your child will love it too! Now Nikki wants to make sure you all know that if you push Scout’s head, he tells jokes. Nikki loves that and giggles every time she hears one. My ultimate favorite is the relaxation piece (9 in the Sleepytime Lullabies and Stories) as adults can benefit greatly from it after a hectic work day. I know it has helped me relax! 🙂

“What key do you use to open up a banana? A monkey”

Therefore, it is no surprise that for this #MelAndNikkiReview, LeapStory™ gets a 10 stars out of 5! Also don’t feel bad if your child figures out how to use all the options before you do. It was made for them and when they are excited they do figure it all out quickly. I know that was the case for us and I am proud that Nikki learned so quickly and taught me how to use it. 🙂

If you would like to purchase one for your little one, click here. Intended for children ages three to eight.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This product was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own and no other compensation was provided.