REVIEW: Leapfrog Water & Count Vegetable Garden

This is another great interactive learning toy from Leapfrog which offers so much for children to enjoy. Encourage your child’s interest in growing things as they role-play as a gardener and at the same time practise science concepts, numbers, colours, fine motor skills and counting skills. There are so many different facets to this toy that your child will be making new discoveries all the time – I know we were! The sun is rising, so it’s time to press the sun button to hear about times of the day and practise planting each of the three colourful vegetables (radish, carrot and onion) – and watch the sun light up too. These can be ‘planted’ in the appropriate holes, then pulled up, to foster fine motor and matching skills; as they do this, the fun sound effects will be enjoyed. Slide the snail along the front when the veggies are planted to see them spin round, as well as to hear sounds and phrases. The pronunciation and phonics are aligned to the British curriculum, and the sounds are clear, perfect for children to copy. Then there’s the light-up watering can which makes watering sounds when tilted – so children remember the all-important point of keeping plants watered! Turn the pages of the book to discover the life cycle of plants and what they need to grow. Flip the molehill over and discover who is hiding underneath! A trowel is included too, and this can be used to flip the molehill over. The whole lot packs into the wheelbarrow which little ones can trundle around to their heart’s content. There are four songs (fun to sing along) and over a hundred phrases, sounds and musical responses, so there will be plenty of new sounds to listen out for. The vegetable garden is suitable for ages 6 months +. We have reviewed similar products in the past and it’s really good to be able to say that they are still among our young testers’ favourite toys, giving them fun play for many years. As we expect from Leapfrog products, it’s sturdily made and will definitely withstand many hours of enthusiastic use; there are no small parts or rough edges so it’s totally safe for babies and toddlers. It’s a stimulating and colourful toy with many different facets to encourage imaginative play, and there’s a real strength in the way it will encourage an interest in planting and growing. Plenty of fun and excellent value for money.

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