I have to review this toy because both of my kids love it. And, while it comes with 27 pieces, it’s never strewn across the living room floor. Also, even though it plays music, it isn’t annoying. Oh, yeah, and it’s gender neutral. Do I have your interest, yet?
It’s Leap Frog’s Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet Set. It is a full set of letter magnets and a musical magnetic holder. The letter magnets fit, one at a time, inside the doghouse. When they’re engaged, a song plays, introducing your child to that letter’s sounds. For example, when you put in “A,” you’ll hear this song: “A. A says A and A says ah. Every letter makes a sound. A says A. And ah.” And, that same simplistic song is what you’ll hear for every letter. I like that it’s so simplistic. The kids can focus on the differences in the verses, which is merely the sound(s) associated with that letter. The vowels are a different color from the other magnets, so, even early on, kids can associate that they go together and are somehow different from the other letters. There’s also a button they can push that plays the Alphabet Song. Bugster is only 20 months old, and she can mumble her way through The Alphabet Song pretty well because of all the times she has pushed this very button.
Leap Frog’s suggested age for this toy is 2-5 years. Both of my kids started playing with that earlier than that, and The Big Cheese, at 3 1/2, is still enjoying it.
The letters are a little large, so if you’re super neat and like a blank fridge, this isn’t for you. But, I have found it really holds my kids’ interest. I have used it more times than I can count to distract them while i’m in the middle of cooking a somewhat involved meal.
It’s a little pricey, at $20, but I really think it is worth every penny. The Big Cheese hasn’t had any other toy for 2 years that has gotten as much use as this one.
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