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Jingles All the Way   With LeapFrog on Christmas Day:

Here are some toys you can gift your children for Christmas day.
By Expert Tips
Date: September 16 2021
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LeapFrog is turning up the tech with its new toys just in time for Christmas.  

Creating toys packed with educational, learning magic, LeapFrog works to harness how children love to play with what they need to learn. And we all know that they love to explore, imitating real life, role-playing, and pretending. So, the clever team at LeapFrog has developed toys inspired by everything from storytime to singing, tea parties, shopping and cooking, through to gaming and tablets. You can prepare your Christmas list, with these features in mind:  

• Fun and Educational ✓ 

• Durable ✓ 

• Can be passed down to young family members ✓ 

• High quality ✓ 

• Good value ✓ 

And check it off with these new LeapFrog finds: 

Learn & Groove Thumpin' Numbers Drum, RRP $29.95 

Count to the beat of your own drum with the Learn & Groove Thumpin’ Numbers Drum. Tap the top of the drum and it will light-up to match the numbered tags' colours while teaching colour names. Choose English or Spanish modes to learn about colours and numbers in either language. Drum up your own beat in Drum Solo mode to add to reggae, pop and Latin music styles. In Music mode, jam along to 12 children’s melodies. This plush drum is designed with textured fabric, colourful, numbered tags that add to sensory development and encourage touch. Take the show on the road using the easy-grab fabric handle for on-the-go play.  

For Babies from 6 months, the Learn & Groove Thumpin’ Numbers Drum is available mid-August from Target, good toy stores and online retailers.

Musical Rainbow Tea Party Deluxe, RRP $59.99 

Invite friends to a magical tea party with the Musical Rainbow Tea Party Deluxe. This 25-piece set includes everything needed for a tea party for four including a teapot, teacups, forks, plates, cake and cupcakes. Choose a tea flavour and pretend to pour while the teapot magically empties. Press the heart button to brew a new pot of tea and explore colours, counting and sharing.  Introduces manners and sharing with friends, plus a range of learning activities featuring  colours, counting and fruit. 

For Infants/Toddlers from 12 months, the Musical Rainbow Tea Party Deluxe is available now  from Target, good toy stores and online retailers. 

Count-Along Basket & Scanner, RRP $59.95 

Y’all ‘bready’ for this? Let’s shop with the Count-Along Basket & Scanner featuring play food, shopping lists, and an interactive scanner that recognises each food piece. Carry the shopping basket or expand it into a  rolling shopping trolley. Shop the rainbow with eight-play foods in a variety of food groups, colours, shapes and numbers. The fish, carrots, strawberries, cake, bread, cheese, broccoli and grapes show off their silly personalities with music and unique phrases when scanned. Ready for a veggie dance?  Let's ‘brocc’ and roll! Scan foods on the shopping lists to play activities like  Food Group Feast and Shapes of the Day to hear encouraging phrases and songs. Three interactive play modes reinforce learning. In Learn mode, scan food to find out its name, colour and the number printed on it. Switch to Count mode to follow the scanner’s directions to scan foods up to 10 times. Ready to play a game? The scanner gives clues for foods by name, number, colour and shape in Game mode. Play pieces store in the basket so your child is always ready to go. 

For Pre-Schoolers from 2 to 5 years, the Count-Along Basket & Scanner is available from mid-September from Big W, Target, good toy stores and online retailers.

On-the-Go Story Pal, RRP $44.95 

The On-the-Go Story Pal player lets children take story time wherever they go.  Spark imagination through more than 30 stories, poems, songs and lullabies. The narrators, character voices, sound effects and content encourage listening comprehension and build a foundation for a love of storytelling. This adorable, bunny-shaped player has easy-to-navigate controls and a headphone jack so children can listen anywhere (headphones not included). Personalise the On-the-Go Story Pal by recording your voice reading your child’s favourite story or your own creation. Make a playlist of up to five stories, songs, poems, or lullabies. A timer allows you to select a variety of stories, songs and lullabies to be played before the player shuts off. Easy-to-navigate controls make it kid-friendly and simple to use. Includes a carrying strap so kids can take their On-the-Go Story Pal anywhere they want. Free additional content is available for download from the LeapFrog Learning Centre and features four packs of additional stories and music. Listen along happily ever after. 

For Pre-and Primary Schoolers from 3 to 8 years, the On-the-Go Story Pal is available from  mid-August from Target, good toy stores and online retailers, and at Big W from mid September. 

LeapLand Adventures Learning Video Game, RRP $49.95 

Video gaming that’s good for your child’s brain! The LeapLand Adventures  Learning Video Game takes children on a quest as they play. Hunt for keys to  unlock the castle and learn about letters, numbers, shapes and colours along  the way. Insert the plug-and-play HDMI game stick and USB power cable into  your television and start playing the video game immediately using the  wireless controller. No web connection or downloads required. Choose a  character and explore Letterland, Numberville, Shapetown and Colour  Springs. Run and jump through progressive, replayable game levels to collect gems, cleverberries and treasure chest rewards. Play the game again and again, collecting additional gems, flags and banners to decorate the castle and celebrate at the Gem Festival. Players can also explore more than 150 learning items at their own pace by playing the  educational content directly in the fun Learning Centre menu. Save unique game progress  with up to five player profiles so all the family can play. 

For Pre-Schoolers from 3 years, the LeapLand Adventures Learning Video Game is available mid-September from Big W, good toy stores and online retailers.

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