Leapfrog Play & Discover School Set : Review
It’s time again for another review from the range over at Leapfrog, this time I have been asked to review the Play & Discover School Set. This great interactive toy is designed to introduce school routines and prepare your child for the world of nursery/school through learning core skills of Listening Comprehension and Pretend Play.
- School set with collapsible base and side door
- Attachable/detachable slide
- Snack table
- 3 characters, Turtle, Tiger and Monkey
The Play & Discover School Set is designed for children aged 2+, requires 3x AA batteries which are not included and can be operated with the on/off/volume control panel on the base.
Operation of this toy is really simple, clever for children and really does encourage their role play. Using Ms. Giraffe simply slide her along the Activity Board to select which activity the characters will be doing, activities include Greetings, Story Time, Snack Time, Sharing Time and Free Play.
For more interaction with your characters and Ms Giraffe simple insert a character into the blue recognition circle in the Circle Time area, here the clever toy recognises which character out of the 6 in the range is talking to the teacher and they will begin talking, story telling or singing songs.
Other activities include playing on the roundabout or being launched down the slide.
The end of the school day Ms Girraffe will ring the bell to signal the end of the day, this is usually caused by a period of inactivity rather than the toy being turned off. The toy can be easily re-awoken by either placing another character in the recognition circle or choosing another activity with Ms Giraffe.
As mentioned earlier this toy is designed to promote 3 core skills, these are;
- School Routines; By the use of Ms Giraffe your child will become familiar with certain routines they will encounter when start school.
- Listening Comprehension; through the forms of story time and singing.
- Pretend Play; This provides your child a chance for self-expression to imagine how they would like their typical school day to be. Whilst seeing how they foresee communication to be like with their classroom peers and building confidence about going to school.
With full use including the 3 other characters from the Play & Discover range this set features 70+ phrases, stories and songs which include the Alphabet Song.
I only have one slight problem with the Play & Discover School Set, that is the word “School” being used to promote this toy. I feel the word “Nursery” would have been more fitting, considering the activities done during their day as it feels more geared towards a typical Nursery day. But given that the additional toy to this range is a Bus, which is actually designed to be a School Bus,this gives a feeling of your child seeing their average school day through from leaving the house to returning at the end of the day. But all said it is a great toy which both Lewis and Leah have had so much fun playing together, it has also given me a better insight to Lewis’s school day as he is in Year1.
With an RRP of £24.99 this set can be bought from most high street stockists or online. I feel this an adequate price to pay for this toy and really will help with a child’s transition into Nursery and/or School.
Feel free to also watch our YouTube introduction video.