LeapFrog is one of the most popular educational toy companies in the market right now. They deal in developing and marketing technology based learning products and related content for infants. The following review is about their product the Learn and Groove Musical Table – an educational toy that combines learning with musical fun. The product is intended for children of ages 6 months to 3 years and provides visual as well aural inspiration and motor talent expansion. So, is this the toy you would want to buy for your toddler, read on to find out.
Sturdy Little Table:
The Learn & Groove Musical Table Educational Toy is designed with strong and strong plastic that can withstand pretty rough usage. It is brightly coloured so as to attract the attention of the little toddlers. The table has adjustable legs and hence can be used both while sitting as well as standing.
Bright and Colourful buttons:
On the top of the musical table are colourful and attractive buttons of all sorts. There are buttons of colourful shapes such as triangle, square and circle. There are buttons that are designed to look like a cello and piano. There are buttons that feature a trombone and a maraca as well.
On spinning the maraca, a musical rendition of the ABC song is played and this will definitely catch the attention of the child. The piano motor keys help the kids in improving their motor skills as well as learn about colours. The trombone can be slid and up down to count up to 10 numbers thus teaching your toddler the numbers. There is a slider present on the cello as well that helps in toddlers distinguishing from up and down. Kids can tap on the drum and learn about all the basic colours and primary shapes too. There is a book and by flipping its pages, the kids are exposed to 40 different melodies and songs including some popular nursery rhymes.
Dual Language Option:
The musical table also features the dual language option and allows one to switch mode from Spanish to English. All the voices and songs will be converted to Spanish and this is an amazing way to initiate children to new languages. Children who are exposed to foreign languages as children are known to perform better in academics and other standardised tests.
Why Is It a Great Toy?
Teaches kids Word Order:
Infants join sounds together to imitate the words they hear around them. Later on, they use these strings for referring to certain objects. The musical device helps in not only building their vocabulary but also teaches them the principles of word order. They will learn that a blue toy is correct and a toy blue is incorrect.
Teaches the Alphabet, Colours and Shapes:
The device also teaches children the letters of the alphabet, the first step towards reading and writing. It allows them to learn colour names and match them time and again to the right colour. Once the children understand the concepts of colour, they can use the information to classify patterns, shapes, and other visual information.
Inculcates Number Sense:
Toddlers begin to start understanding the concept of numbers as early as 6-8 months. They develop number sense using the slider on the trombone and can learn to count by ones, skip count and even count backwards. Kids who learn numbers early, seem to find the learning operations such as addition and subtraction easier.
Helps them develop Motor Skills:
Kids are known to prefer music to speech. Other than the obvious joy in listening to it, it also helps them learn language, problem solving skills and improves their memory and physical coordination. The musical table allows infants to use their thumbs and other fingers thus developing and improving the coordination of small muscles and thereby allowing infants to start grabbing objects, paint and learn to write. Soon after, they will learn to sit up and stand and use this knowledge to learn how to run, walk and jump.
Package and Assembly:
The musical table does not necessitate any kind of assembly and the package includes the table alone.
The LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table call for 3 AAA batteries to run. The batteries are not included in the package and one has to separately buy them.
Learning was never this fun. The table offers a wide range of features from songs to sounds of real instruments along with a lot of things to spin, roll, slide, open and close. The activities can also be enjoyed in Spanish as well. However once your kid learns how to climb, he/she would use this to climb to higher places and fall. Otherwise it is a great choice and will help your kid learn and have fun at the same time.
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LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table – Specification Table
|Toy Name||Learn and Groove Musical Table|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||21 x 5.4 x 15 inches|
|Operation Level||15 different actions
Over 40 songs
Dual Language Mode
Can be used while sitting and standing
|Age Limit||6 months to 3 years|
|Box contains||1 x Learn and Groove Musical Table|
|Batteries||3 AAA batteries required|