LeapFrog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo

Kids and animals seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. A good early developmental toy is going to utilize images of animals to encourage your child to want to learn. A great early developmental toy is going to mix the idea of a play ball with animal images to make learning fun.

The LeapFrog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo is a spinning ball that uses animal images to get your child to start learning letters. The ball sings songs and rewards your child with a fun song whenever your child does something interactive. This toy has three modes that can be used for learning or playing, and it has plenty of reasons for your child to stay engaged in learning.

Basic Features of the Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo

The LeapFrog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo is a spinning globe set on a sturdy stand that offers three play modes for your child. Your child can choose to learn about animals, letters or hear music simply by moving a switch. The center of the globe spins on an access to create hours of fun for your child.

This toy either plays some of your child's favorite tunes, makes the noises of animals that your child points out on the wheel or it pronounces letters that your child pulls up when the wheel spins.

Each time your child touches an image or spins the wheel, they are rewarded with a song or a sound. The sides also have fun images your child can follow as the center spins to reveal the next letter or animal.

The manufacturer's suggested retail price for this toy is $25.99, which does not take into account any additional charges for sales tax or shipping. The age range for this toy has been set by the manufacturer at six months to three years old.

Detailed Features

There is plenty going on with the LeapFrog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo each time your child spins the wheel. The interactive features include:

  • Lights that follow the spinning patterns on the sides and down the middle of the globe
  • The middle is wheel that offers animal pictures and letters that your child can press to get sounds
  • The sound device plays children's songs, animal sounds (when your child presses an animal image on the center wheel) and pronounces letters (when your child presses a letter on the center wheel)
  • There is a mode switch that determines if the sounds will be animals, music or letter pronunciations
  • There is an on/off switch and a volume control
  • Lighted arrows indicate which letter or animal sound is being played

Almost every element in this toy is interactive, with two exceptions. The large buttons on either side of the wheel hold the wheel and the spinning designs in place, but do not offer any interactive features when pressed. The base of the toy has relief designs on it that seem to offer no real purpose except for design.

This toy comes assembled and is ready for play the moment it is taken out of the box. It requires three "AA" size batteries that come included in the packaging, but the manufacturer recommends installing fresh batteries for the best results. This is a very lightweight toy that is safe and easy for parents and children to move around.

Products Similar to the LeapFrog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo?

The Playskool Busy Poppin' Pals is an iconic toy that works on the same kind of identification and reward theme used in the LeapFrog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo. When a child presses a button, an animal pops up and sounds are made. Children can also use this toy to learn how to identify shapes and colors and makes a great alternative for folks that may like a second option to the toy reviewed on this page.

Should folk like to stick with LeapFrog but prefer something a bit different, or without a zoo theme... then the LeapFrog Learn and Groove Color Bilingual Play Drum is worth checking out. The toy uses lights and drum sounds to teach your children to recognize numbers. Each time your child plays a light pattern, the drum will pronounce a number. The more active your child gets with the Play Drum, the more counting the drum will do.

Children love to see movement when they strike a toy, and that is what makes the LeapFrog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo so effective. Every time your child touches or moves this toy, it rewards your child with a light show and an audio presentation your child will enjoy.

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