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      14.05.2013 00:17
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      a nice toy

      My son received this as a gift when he was born - it's a bright, fun and educational toy that can either be hung or carried along. The item comes assembled and required 3 x AAA batteries which are included (I've not had to replace these yet) and is for 3 months plus, however I think it could be used from birth. The toy itself is soft toy in shape of a caterpillar with a face, neck and five segments, each of which has different activates that helps your child explore different textures and sounds. On the "neck" of the caterpillar, you can pick the different functions. Firstly there is the on/off button, this or the different function buttons can be used to switch on the toy. If there is no activity for 2 minutes, the toy will switch itself off. The first mode is the counting mode, when this is switch on you can push each of the numbers in the five segments and it will play a short song that introduces that number. The second mode is the colour mode, when this is switch on you can push any of the segments and it will play a song about that colour in a musical style (Opera, Rock n Roll, Jazz etc). The third mode is the classical music mode, when this function is switched on you can pushed any of the segments to hear a classical tune (Mozart, Boccherini, Bach, Vivaldi and Beethoven). The final mode is the musical medley mode, which when switched on plays a continuous music. Each of the five segments also has something handing off it, for example the first segment has a bird hanging off it, which squeaks when pushed, the second segment has butterflies on it and is a rattle etc. As mentioned above the toy has attachment straps so can be hung in a cot, pushchair etc and the baby can grab the bits hanging off the segments and explore the different textures. There is also a handle so it is easy for the child to carry it. My son enjoyed grabbing and playing with this toy, he enjoyed the variety of music and I think he was about 8 months old before he got bored of it. Unfortunately you can't take the cover off to wash so can be difficult to clean. I also found that my son struggled to push the numbers on his own, so as he got older became a bit frustrated with it. This product can be bought from a number of retail outlets (boots, Toy R Us etc) and online (Amazon). I'm not sure the cost of this toy; however expect it to be about £10. Overall I think this is a nice toy to have for a child.

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      30.05.2012 14:55
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      A really fantastic toy for younger children

      Before my son was even born as he was only the second grandchild and nephew in the family this meant he was spoiled everyone and one of the presents we received was this lovely caterpillar toy. You will need to purchase 3 AAA batteries which are not included but in all the years of use we have had from this toy we have only had to change them twice so they do last rather long. The toy This toy is a large bright caterpillar it has a soft body with cute smiling face on the head of the toy. Then there are five sections to the caterpillar's body each numbered 1 to 5 in a bright coloured background and the number sown as clear as can be on each section. Also underneath each section is an activity like flower rings for little one to move around or a bird squeaker. There are four different modes of play on the caterpillar activated by pressing buttons on the neck which helps keeps it interesting for little one by changing modes as well as the other activities that lay beneath each section of the body. One of the things we loved about this toy is that it has two straps in the back of the toy meaning it can easily be fastened to the cot or to the buggy making it mobile but still safe in the knowledge it will stay put and not get lost along the way. The toy is a good size so that is attractive to little one but does not overtake the space it sits in and the large sections of the body are really easy to press meaning even young children just exploring moving their hands about can catch the body of the caterpillar and set it off. In play There are different modes of play with this caterpillar and they are changed by pressing the buttons on the neck of the bug this is rather difficult to do for young children and it was not until my children were about 18 months old that they worked out how to do this independently. Mode one is number mode when you press each of the numbers a song will begin to play including whichever number on the caterpillar little one has pressed these can be very catchy and great for children a little older learning about numbers. The songs are very pretty and soothing and great at holding little ones attention and they repeat the relevant number over and over trying to make sure little one takes in the information. Mode two is colours depending which part of the caterpillars body you pres it will begin to play the colour that covers that area and makes a fun catchy song up. This is great for younger children learning about colours but also brings animals in to play so they are hearing about two different things at once. The thing that is great about this mode is the type of tune you hear one will be a classic children song rather slow paced and floaty and then the next colour will be a rock song or a jazz song meaning the style of music keeps changing and helping keep little one interested. Mode three is classical music each button one to five will play a small clip of a classical song. My children really liked this mode but unfortunately this is one of the shortest modes of play and only lasts around 20 seconds which my children found a little disappointing especially when they are using it in their cot as it means it needs to be pressed over and over again. Finally mode 5 is a mix of all the music meaning and this was actually my children favourite as the songs last a lot longer than the other modes and we found this perfect for use in the cot. All the songs are rather soothing and calming which is great for use before bedtime and this was the mode we used the most when my children were younger. Well there are different modes of play and my children each had their personal favourite they seemed to swap and change with time and as they got older they preferred the melodies that have a song to go with them while they were younger they preferred the music on its own so it can grow with little one. The caterpillar has that many different modes plus then you have the activities that sit below each number meaning there are lots to do and always keeps little one interested. The buttons are easy to press meaning and the activities are a fantastic size for little hands. As the child gets older there is a carry handle so if they wish to take it around with them they can do so very easily and as there is not too much weight to the toy they can do so easily. This and the straps on the back of the caterpillar mean it is easy for this toy to be transported around and is perfect for when you are out and about getting things done it will stop little one getting bored. All three of my children have used this toy and it still works perfectly it can only be cleaned by wiping it with a cloth but ours still looks great and has lots of life left in it yet. I found that my children used it a lot when they were younger up to around 8 months but as they started moving around by themselves it got neglected. However when my children started walking and were steady on their feet they realised that they could actually carry the toy around themselves by the carry handle on the top they found a new interest in it and again it would be used on and off until they were about two years old. There is an on/off button and also a volume switch even though we found that ours was not too loud even when in the highest mode the songs are catchy and you do find yourself singing along through the day but I find this happens with most children's toys. As there is so much to do I find it grows well with little one the different modes provide different interests but also it was not until my children were a little older they discovered the flower rattles, the bird squeaks the crinkly bees so there is always something new for little one to discover, this along with the clear voice teaching them about numbers and the bright colours of the caterpillar holding their attention while it is still soft enough to have a cuddle with makes this toy a winner for us. Summary This toy is recommended from 3 months to 3 years of age I do agree with the younger age range of the toy as it is easy to use and the slightest knock sets it off it is great for small hands. While they are so young it needs to be propped up with the fasteners for them but it is still easily used by small children. The older age range I do think is a little high all three of my children became a little bored with the toy by around 2 years old they do come back to it now and then but to be honest it receives two minutes play and then they move on to something else it does not do enough to hold older children attention. The mix of activities mean this toy is great for teaching numbers, colours and animals and is great for little to start using and perfecting their fine motor skills there is lots to do and a perfect toy for the cot or on the go. This toy retails at around £15 which we think is very fair considering we have had this for over 4 years now and all three of my children have used it that is fantastic value for such a small price. It is available from all good toy stores, supermarkets and online we were given ours as a present and it certainly has been one of the mist used toys between all of my children.

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      28.08.2011 20:46
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      Cute, carry along pal, which entertains the little one without annoying Mummy.

      After seeing one of my friends had bought this for their little one, I tried to resist copying, but in the end I was so impressed with it, I bought one for my little one. This was about 3 years ago now, and this cute pal cost about £15 from memory, and he was a faithful companion. My children still like to play with this from time to time, but we are about to pass it on to a friend with a young baby as they are both a bit old for it now really. I think what appealed to me foremost was that it was very portable. We were attending baby massage classes with my friend, and the babies were only 3 months old, and this toy was always attached to her car seat to entertain her son at the push of a button. He has two straps on the back that fasten with velcro quite firmly, so this would be attracting her babies attention. I then copied this myself when we were on car journies so that I knew my baby had something to entertain him while we were out and I was driving. Alternatively, there is a nice carry handle at the top of the toy which means it is very easy to carry along in your hand too. I think this might also attach quite well if your pushchair has a bar going across the front. It could also go around the top of the cot or round the cot bars, so there is a toy within reach to entertain them if they wake up. This leapfrog toy is musical, with the primary aim of learning numbers and some colours. The caterpillars body is segmented in 5 sections, each one is a bright colour and has a large number from 1 to 5 on it. Pressing the on/off button is a little tricky for a very young baby, as is the 4 other mode buttons along the neck of the caterpillar, but the squeezing of the sections to activate the toy is a bit easier. In mode 1 - numbers mode, the caterpillar sings a song for each section about that number, eg. For number 1, "1 little birdie sings so sweet, 1 fluffy cloud and one big tweet. One. Tweet. Under each number is a little textured tab showing a picture that corresponds to the number shown, such as 2 butterflies, 3 bees, 4 flowers on a ring, and 5 ladybirds. These are also interesting for baby as they make sounds such as squeaks, bells ringing, a rattle sound. Mode 2 is a colour mode. This sings a song about the colour. Eg. For number 1, "Hello little bluebird, flie along. Sing your blue opera song. Bluuuuuu-eee. Pressing it again repeats blue. 2 is a rock song. 3 is a barber shop quartet. 4 is a jazz song. 5 is a reggae. This is my favourite mode as it is just so different to what you get from other childrens toys. Yes, sometimes some of the tunes start out a little bit same-y but I found myself pressing the buttons a lot because I found it cheery to listen to. Mode 3 is a classical music mode. Pressing one of the sections will play about 30 seconds of a classical song. 1 is Mozart. 2 is Operini. 3 is Bach. 4 is vivaldi. 5 is Beethoven. I am no classical music expert but I could recognise some of the tunes myself, and they were all really nice to listen to, and classical music is meant to be quite soothing for babies. Mode 4 is then a musical medley. Pressing a button, any button starts off a selection of the classical tunes. This was best for pressing and entertaining a small baby as it goes for longer. This toy requires a couple of pencil batteries. With decent quality batteries, the life span is really good, which is helpful as it is a compartment inside the softer body of the toy, which requires access with a screwdriver. I tend to keep a small crosshead screwdriver for just such purpose as a lot of toys seem to be like this. Next to the battery compartment, there is also a little switch which can turn off the toy completely, or switch between 2 levels of volume. This would be best if it was on the middle setting in my opinion. Like many toys, this can be a bit loud when it is going, and especially if you were giving it them to play with in the cot, you would want it to be more gentle and soothing. I personally loved this toy, and my boys both seemed to like it almost as much. When they saw me get it out the playroom to pass on they immediately wanted to play with it again, even though it has been a bit neglected for a while. I don't see this as just a baby toy. I would say a child up to the age of maybe 2 to 2 and a half might get something out of this. Mine knew 1-5 at an early age, my youngest was about 12 months old when he shocked nursery staff by reciting them. Colour knowledge my eldest had by about 18 months, and the youngest was just a bit over 2 years old when he had them all in his head. This toy does so many different things that I feel it still does entertain and educate a 2 year old, and at that age they can also then carry it around by themselves. The recommended age is 3 months to 3 years.

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        16.12.2010 23:30
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        my daughters favourite toy

        Leapfrog Baby Counting Pal I got this toy for my daughter when she was 3 months old as she had started to take notice of different things and interact with toys and music. **WHAT IS IT** This is a soft toy that plays music when you press different buttons. It has hanging items so your baby can grab them when it is hung up in the cot and there is a handle so it is easy to carry. There are lots of different textures and features for your baby to explore. **WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE** It is a caterpillar and is made out of soft material. The caterpillar has a lovely smiling face that is very friendly looking. On the caterpillar there is a green hat and there are purple knots and taggies which are red and blue. These are great for your child to explore as they are different textures my daughter loves to put these in her mouth and chomp on them. On the neck you can pick different functions and they are clearly marked in red circles. You can choose to turn the toy off or on here if you wish. The body of the caterpillar has five different segments and each segment has a different colour and number. When you press each number it will sing different things depending on which setting you have chosen. Each segment has something hanging from it. The back of the toy has toy straps which you can use to attach the toy to the cot. **WHAT IT DOES** This toy is good as a soft toy for your little one to cuddle and it is also good for your child to explore different textures and discover new things. There are five segments and each has something hanging from it as I have previously mentioned. The first hanging toy is a picture of a bird and when you squeeze it, it will squeak like a bird chirping. The second segment is a picture of two bees and there is a rattle inside which makes a noise when you shake it. The next segment has three bees and is crinkly to touch. The forth segment has a plastic hanging bar that has four purple moving flowers that you can move about. The last segment has another rattle which sounds different than the others and has a picture of five ladybugs. The toy teaches numbers and each segment has a different number on it and when you press the button it will play a song about that number. You child will also learn about colours and again if you press the button there is songs about the colour. The same principle applies to the next function and that is classical music. The last function is that you can play a musical melody and this will play all the classical music one after another. **MY OPINION** I really like this toy as it has lots of functions and it brightly coloured and nice to look at. My daughter loved to look at this toy when she was younger. Now my daughter is older she loves to explore the different textures and functions all by herself. This toy cost me £9.50 which I feel is great value as it has lots of different features. It is a safe toy to leave attached to the cot and is a nice shape for your child to hold and play with. I did find that as my daughter got older she learnt to pull the caterpillar off the cot. I would recommend this toy to anyone who has a young child as it is entertaining and keeps your child amused. I also feel that it is educational and your child can learn from playing with this toy. I have to say that I like this toy and I don't mind the music that it plays in fact I even enjoy listen to the classical music as it can be rather soothing to listen to. My daughter loves playing with this toy in fact at 7 months old I feel that it is one of her favourite toys.

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        02.10.2010 14:08
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        Good value for money

        My friend had this caterpillar for her baby and my daughter kept trying to steal it so I thought I should get one for her. I bought this when she was about 5 months old. The Leapfrog Baby Counting Pal teaches babies numbers, colours and music. The caterpillar has a yellow head and next to it a section with the mode selection on it. Next are 5 sections with the numbers 1-5 on them in different bright colours. From each of these hangs a toy with a corresponding number depicted on it. The number 1 is a bluebird, 2 are butterflies, 3 are bees, 4 are flowers and 5 are ladybirds. They each do different things such as a squeaker, rattle and bell. The toy has a handle so it can be carried and two velcro straps so it can be attached to a pram or cot. The toy has 4 modes: numbers, colours, individual music and musical medley. The numbers mode has different songs which include the number and the animal depicted on each number. The colours mode gives songs done in different styles like opera, reggae, jazz etc. In the individual music mode, it plays a piece of classical music with the name of the composer given at the beginning including Vivaldi, Boccherini and Mozart. In the musical medley mode it plays each of the pieces of music following on from each other without the name of the composer given. My daughter didn't really play with this when she first received it. The toy says that it is for 3 months - 24 months but at that age baby is not strong enough to press the buttons on it. My daughter enjoyed playing with the hanging toys when she was younger and liked it when I played the classical music for her too. Now that she is over 1, she is able to play with the toy better and enjoys pressing the buttons herself. I think the classical medley is still her favourite part though! I think this toy is great for children to play with as it is bright and colourful to attract them and the music is very catchy. There are lots of sections to play with and the toy grows with the child as it allows children to learn colours and numbers as they get older. The toy costs between £12 and £16 and I think it is worth it for a fun and useful toy.

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        02.10.2010 08:52
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        highly recommend a great toy to have

        My daughter absolutely loves this toy, I'm not sure what animal it is suppose to be but it seems like a caterpillar to me! It has two straps at the back which can be attached to the side of the cot which are fastened by velcro, and there is also a handle on the top to carry which my daughter never lets go of. The colourful toy is soft and easy for a baby to handle, there are several settings you can chose from, numbers, colours, music and music melody. You just press which setting you want and when the numbers are pressed it will sing a tune relating to either the number, colour or some classical music. It is so much fun and you will find yourself humming the tunes to yourself (which is quite embarrassing when your at work). There are several tabs on the bottom which have a squeeke ball, crunchy sound and a bell so they can explore all the different sounds. I think the bright colours draw their attention to it and can encourage them to learn, it's small enough to carry around but also big enough for you to notice if they throw it out of the pram. A great learning toy would highly recommend.

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        30.06.2010 14:56
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        I would not buy this toy for another child

        This toy was given to my daughter on her first christmas by a friend of ours. This toy is basically a singing caterpillar that teaches numbers, colours etc. The caterpillar has five different coloured body parts with the numbers 1 to five sewn on to part, all of which have a button underneath which can be pressed. Underneath each body section is there are five different pictures/activities which relate to the number and colour of the body part above it (1 bluebird which squeaks, 2 butterflies that rattle, 3 bumble bees that crinkle, 4 flowers on a ring and 5 ladybirds that jingle). On the caterpillar's neck, there are more buttons - on/off switch (the toy does automatically switch off also if you don't play with him for a while), and four different play modes (numbers, colours, classical music and musical medley. The child needs to choose a play mode for the caterpillar and then press a number on the caterpillars body. Depending on which mode it is in she will then sing a song or rhyme. When in number mode, if the number one is pressed, the caterpillar will sing "one little birdy singing so sweet, one fluffy cloud and one big tweet, tweet!" In colour mode when each button is pressed the caterpillar sings a song about each colour in a different style of music ie when number 2 is pressed the caterpillar sings and orange rock song! In classical music mode each number has a different composer - 1 Mozart, 2 Baccarini, 3 Bach, 4 Vivaldi, 5 Beethoven, all of which play a short piece of music by the composer. In musical medley, the caterpillar just plays a medley of music from the composers for a few minutes. The caterpillar has a soft carry handle on the top of it's body and is light and easy for a little one to carry. It also has two velcro straps on the back which can be used to attach to a pram, puschair or cot etc. It requires 2 AA batteries which last very well - we have owned this toy for approx 18 months now and not had to replace them yet. As mentioned before, my daughter received this for her first christmas when she was around 5 months old - the toy is suitable from 3 months old but only as a cuddly toy as the child will obviously not be able to press the buttons at that age. My daughter managed to start pressing the buttons when she was around 1 year old. We never actually attached the toy to her pushchair or cot as we attempted it a couple of times but because it is only secured by velcro, she was able to remove it very easily and quickly got thrown out of her pushchair and cot onto the floor. We therefore decided that it would just be a toy that she could have in her toy box and we found that she didn't really play with it too much as she found other toys more interesting. Our little girl is now almost 2 years old and she has hardly played with it for the last year - think it is time for it to be moved out of her toy box to make way for more big girl toys. I would not personally buy this toy for another child as I do think there that are more interesting toys out there for babies, but I will however be keeping hold of this toy for our next baby to play with when they are old enough. Overall it is a nice little toy but just not interesting enough for our little one.

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        05.05.2010 11:34
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        A good buy for young children to aid development

        My parents got this caterpillar for my son as an easter gift. He took to it right away! Being a teacher I am always on the lookout for educational toys, and now having a child of my own I like to know that there is so much choice out there. What I like about this particular toy is the 4 different choices you have. If your child gets bored with one mode you can switch to another. You can learn numbers and colours, listen to classical songs and also musical medleys. My son likes the classical music and seems to find it soothing. The colours are nice and bright- and when using this in colour mode there are nice songs for each colour. This is also the same for numbers. The parts that hang from the bottom all have slightly different things to do- rattles, squeaking, crinkling etc which are very stimulating for children. This can be used as a toy in the car as well as it has two velcro straps to attach to the car seat. We tend to take this toy everywhere as my son enjoys using it so much. I have not found any faults with this toy and think it is a lovely way for children to learn initial numbers and colours, and also to be introduced to a different form of music than nursery rhymes!

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          16.01.2010 18:24

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          A great buy, highly reccomended

          My daughter loved this leapfrog counting pal from a very young age. She loves the soothing clasical music that it plays and it often has the added bonus of sending her to sleep. The catterpillar has 5 buttons which cover numbers, colours, classical music and continuous music which plays for around three minutes (perfect for bed time!) The catterpillar itself is colourful and cute and has velcro straps to enable you to attatch it to baby's cot, pram or chair. There is also a carry handle so older children can carry it around with them. Different parts at the bottom of the catterpillar make different sounds like crinkle, bell, horn and rattle. There is so much to touch and feel on this and the older my daughter gets the more she is discovering about this toy. So many toys for tiny babies are quickly outgrown after a few months but with this you get plenty of use out of it. My daughter is now 16 months and it still keeps her entertained over a year later. All in all for under 20 pounds its a bargin toy.

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          17.06.2009 22:10
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          fantastic toy !

          This is a toy that has made my son smile - he is 8 months and got this at 7 months. Im not sure to be honest that he is at the stage of learning from the numbers and colours songs yet but the musical medolies is certainly a favourite. Obviously it will be a toy that will grow with him as he will be able to learn from it when he gets older. At the moment though it is a great toy to give him to play with in his highchair as it is soft and as he has a habit of smashing toys of his heas it means it wont hurt him! He also loves to chew the ring with the flowers on it or holds on to it and swings the whole toy around by it! It is colurful too which grabs his attention and the volume is nice not too loud like other musical toys can sometimes be.

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          06.02.2009 22:34
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          A great value cute and soft toy which is educational and has lovely music. Handy for trips out too.

          ====The Item==== It's a soft caterpillar with a cute face (which both my children love looking at for some reason!) and features the numbers 1 to 5 on different segments of its body. It has an on/off switch and then 4 different settings; numbers, colours, classical music, and classical music in continuous mode (plays all songs one after another, once). It has a different colour segment for each number, and little toys hanging off each segment of the body, including a squeaky bird, rattly butterflies, crinkly bees, four flowers on a ring, and rattly bells with ladybirds on. The creatures match the songs that the caterpillar sings about on the number and colour modes. Each number must be pressed to hear the song, something which you will probably have to do for your baby until they're about 9-12 months (depending on each child), because you have to press it in a certain place on the number to activate it. It has a strong material handle, and two loops fastened with velcro - good for hanging on front of pram or on front seat headrest in car. It takes two AA batteries (if my memory serves me correctly!) but is not very easy to clean at all; you can only wipe over with a damp cloth. I got mine from Tesco for about £15 but not sure of the price now, it may have reduced. ====My Experience==== I got this for my son when he was about 3 months and he liked the face of the caterpillar instantly. I think he looked at the face more than the rest of it for a while! He liked the classical melodies too, and I found the continous mode very useful when I needed to pop out of the room for a moment in the early months so that he wouldn't get scared. Later on, he liked the number and colour songs too, especially when I sang along too - this lasted until he was about 2 years old. ====My Verdict==== I think this is a good value little toy to introduce numbers, colours, songs and noises/textures, and just for all round entertainment. It has a cute face too!

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          03.02.2009 14:10
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          Highly recommended by me and my son!

          My son really likes the Baby Counting Pal from Leap Frog. It is a soft toy caterpiller. It has lots of bit hanging from it that he finds easy to grab and it is lovely and soft in texture so he like to squeeze it and hold it. It is also brightly coloured which makes it easier for him to see. He is 4 months old and has been playing with this toy for several weeks. He is just starting to enjoy the tunes that this toy plays. They are quite classical and he seems to like them. He always quietens down when it starts to play. I use it to help him go to sleep, as it will play for several minutes without you having to press it again, which is teaching him to go to sleep without me there. I am not quite sure whether it is really helping him to learn how to count but I point at the numbers and say them out loud to him in the hope that it might be sinking in. I doubt it is but at 4 months, I would rather he played with things he finds interesting rather than with things I think will teach him something. Fortunately with this toy, he likes it, it is fun and yet he might, possibly, at some point, eventually, learn how to count to 5 from it! I paid about £15 for mine but I have seen them on ebay for a lot cheaperr.

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            23.01.2009 20:49

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            a great toy for over 3 month olds

            I have a few friends with babies or toddlers , and the one toy that seemed to be owned by them all is the Leap frog catapillar. I bought one when my little boy was about 6 months old and it cost me £9.99 from Woolworths. It has two velcro straps which I found really useful , because his buggy had a bar across it so I could attach the catapillar to his buggy and he would play with it for ages. There are different funtions on it , so that you can set it for numbers, colours, or melodys. It has the numbers 1 to 5 on the catapillars body , all in different colours , and below each number it has a small character hanging from it. Each has a different feel for your baby to enjoy. Some are hard, some scrunchie, and some rattle. There is a function on the melody section to play all 5 classical tunes one after another - very handy. Over all I would rate this as a great oy to buy.

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            11.11.2008 23:11
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            An excellent toy, for a bargain price

            A couple of weeks before Christmas two years ago, me and mum where nosing through what she'd brought for everyone, when she showed me what she had brought for my baby cousin-The leapfrog baby counting pal, it did catch my eye, as it was a rather colouful caterpillar with the numbers sprawled across it's belly and various jiggle things as it's feet. I asked mum where she'd got it from as i would like to of got my daughter one for Christmas, but then changed my mind as i had already spent more than enough. Come Christmas day, and we where round mums, and i was helping my daughter open her presents of 'Nanny and Granddad', one of them being the caterpillar i had fallen in love with, and cetainly seemed to catch my daughters eye aswell, as she grabbed hold of the box and wouldn't let go. ~What is the baby counting pal~ It is made by leapfrog, and is a soft caterpillar about a foot along, it's belly is divided into 5 sections, each being a different colour, and they are numbered from one to five. Each one of it's five legs it made up of soft material to touch and feel. Inside each of them are- A squeaker, one plays a musical tune, a crinkle effect feel, a rattle and ball to feel, which are great fro developing babies development of senses. ~ How it works~ There are four different settings to chose from which are numbers, music, colour's, and classical music, by pressing each number it plays different songs or teach you about the number you've just pressed. And each number is also dedicated to a animal. 1~ Birds 2~ Butterfly's 3~ Bumble bee's 4~ Flowers 5~ Ladybirds So the songs that are sung are about the animals. My daughter loved this, and i did to as it really helped to simulate her, and kept her occupied for hours, unlike some toy's we invested in, there are two handy Velcro straps at the top as well so we attached it to her cot sometimes to play with. When she grew out of it, i didn't have the heart to give it away, and it was a good job as my other daughter took a shining to it, and would sit there happily playing with it for hours. It now takes pride hanging over the front seat, so my daughter can play with it whilst we are traveling, ~What i like about it~ I have seen it in shops priced around £10.00 and thought it was a absolute bargain for what you get, most toy's you buy for that price are worthless, but the counting pal, was value for money, being a talking toy, it does have so many different things to say unlike some toy's who repeat them selves over and over again. The voice is very soft and not to loud so it doesn't get annoying to parents. Leapfrog still sell this product today and is available from a wide variety of shops, it takes AA batteries, and would make a great gift for a loved one this Christmas Age range= 3 months+

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            30.10.2008 10:40
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            Colorful and Fun, Multiple activities, Educational, Easy To Use, Durable, Easy To Clean

            This was one of the best presents my Daughter got for her first Christmas. The caterpillar is very colourful which babies love and has a big bright face. It has different textures and has a squeaker, a rattle, a scruncher, a teething part and a bell all on the bottom section all inside little pouches, except the teething ring. It has a carry handle and velcro straps so you could put it on a cot or pushchair. There are three different learning modes. Numbers, colours and classical music. There is an on/off button and it has 'musical medely' button which you press and the toy will go through all the classical music in one go rather than one by one when you press the numbers. It has numbers one to five. It is very clever and encorporates a blue bird, orange butterflies, yellow bumblebees, purple flowers and red ladybirds as well as singing them in different styles of music like oprah and jazz. You can buy this for about £15, used to be in the Early Learning Centre, but not sure if they still stock it. You can still get it online though. Both my Daughters enjoy this toy, at first they couldn't press the buttons but this can give you something to play with your baby. It has kept both my girls occupied and I know they are learning at the same time as having fun. The songs make things easier to remember and aren't too annoying!

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            A soft toy for baby to touch, hear and see. Introduce counting, colors and a variety of classical melodies to your baby / With easy attachment straps baby can enjoy this toy anywhere!