This educational electronic toy from LeapFrog is inviting
to play, and as educational as it is fun. Besides helping children identify numbers 1-20,
the toy encourages them to try to learn how to write them. And, depending
on the mode selected, kids will also learn numeric order,
counting, addition, and subtraction.
happy, clear voice names the numbers as children press the
buttons. They can select any of 6 modes of play. The first level
is called "Learn". Children simply press any number from
1-20 to hear its name. Then, kids are shown how to write the
number, and can try their hand at it on the erasable writing
screen. The "Count" mode asks kids to press any number,
and the toy then counts to that number. The third mode is a
"mystery" game in which kids need to find any number
that is bigger than or smaller than a given number. Again, kids
can practice writing the number on their "magic" screen.
The fourth and fifth modes teach addition and subtraction
respectively. Kids select the starting number, and the toy asks
kids to either add or subtract another number. When kids make
mistakes, they are prompted to try again. They are shown how to
arrive at the answer if they continue to either press an incorrect
answer or take their time answering. The final mode is a
"beat the clock" game. Kids are given 45 seconds to
answer a series of number and counting questions.
toy is encouraging and busy with variety in its activities.
Children will enjoy the challenges, and they get help when they
are making errors. There are counters at the top of the unit that
kids can use to arrive at their answers. The writing screen is
similar to that of a MagnaDoodle, which may not last for a long
time, and the toy is unable to recognize whether kids have written
their numbers correctly. Otherwise, this is an exciting toy that
is ideal for independent learning.
This toy is hugely educational,
and equally as entertaining. It is affordable too at approximately
- Both free-play and
- Children develop math
skills at a number of different skill levels.
- Educational and
entertaining at the same time.
- Encouraging feedback.
- Six levels of play means
the toy will grow with a child's abilities.
- Though the audio is more
clear than many electronic toys, it is sometimes
difficult to discern numbers (example, fifteen can sound