“ Brand: LeapFrog / Age: 6 months / Type: Learning Toy „
The hug and learn globe is a first introduction to little one about the worlds map and continents. It has a very basic image of the shapes of the continents all around the world printed over it. Also at each continent it shows 2 pictures of animals that can be found there eg Europe there are a goat and a red fox printed. While they are babies the ball can just be rolled for them to listen to the music it plays but as they grow into toddlers they can begin to push a button at each continent which will teach them the names of the continent the animal associated with it and the noise that animal makes. What I love about this toy is although it is simple it remains bright and colourful to catch little ones attention.It used to work well as an aid for my first 2 little ones to crawl as when they tried to hug the ball they would drop it and it would roll away playing music. So it is brilliant toy for younger and older children who can both learn from it. It is operated by batteries which are hidden beneath a Velcro strap there is also an option to turn the globe off completely so even when little one is pressing the on/off button on the globe it is still not going to work.Also there is a volume control for settings meaning it can be mild or loud but I find as the sounds come from inside the globe it has a lot of padding to pass through and so is not too irritating. The ball itself is very soft so no chance for little one to hurt themselves. My only small problem is the cover can not be machine washed due to the electronics in it and as it get dropped often and rolls across the floor also it was a well loved toy by my children it often got messy. Although saying that it does wipe clean easy enough. Age recommendation is 6 months + which I think is about right as babies are then able to hold and interact with the globe. I brought mine from my local Tesco 3 years ago for around £15 and I can see that they retail anywhere between £10-£15 which for a toy that has lasted so well and has been used for many hours by two and soon three of my children it is well worth it.
The Leapfrog Hug and Learn Animal Globe is a babies first globe, suitable for children aged 6 months and above. The globe is roughly eight inches in diameter and is made of a wipe clean material. The globe cannot be washed in the washing machine but comes up brilliantly with a wipe over with a damp cloth. It is highly padded and this makes it great for babies as they do tend to bash themselves over the head or in the face with toys! The globe is brightly coloured and attractive. The globe is printed (as you would expect!) with a basic example of the world's globe. The different continents are labelled and two examples of animals from that continent are printed on. Where the continents name is printed there is a button (set in the padding) which baby is meant to press. Once the button is pressed a little song about that continent is sung, describing the animals and the colours of the animals. For example for Europe there is a red fox and a white mountain goat. The globe also plays music without the buttons being pressed if it is rolled. It makes it very interesting for baby and encourages crawling. The globe is battery operated and the batteries last a long time. These are put in, in the bottom of the globe, underneath a velcro flap. I like this globe as it helps baby learn about the world. The music helps to stimulate babies to speak and the globe helps baby to crawl (if it is rolled away from them).
This was one of the presents we had for our son after he was born from a friend. As my son's got older this toy has really come into use and he loves it. It is a musical toy that will need batteries but it comes with some so works straight away. There's an on/off switch on it and when switched on a very cheerful voice starts talking. There are buttons for the continents (europe, north america, south america, australia, asia, antartica, africa) and pictures of common animals. When your baby presses one of the continents a rhyming song starts using the animals. These songs stick in your head! The animals also make sounds but the one annoying thing is if they don't know the noise they giggle. Also the choice for europe a fox and a goat seems a bit lame. If it's left for a while it sings to itself using 3 colourful characters in a car, boat and plane. The song's about the 3 friends travelling the world and this is super super stick in your head. My little boy loves rolling it around and his actions often start the songs. I had to cut the label off this because he spent more time initially playing with that than the ball! It's a good toy and will teach him something when he's old enough to understand. I would buy it for him if he didn't already have one.
Develops Motor skills, music creativity and imagination and all in a rewarding learning experience. Music stimulates a newborn's brain, creating pathways for future learning, such as speech. Exposing children to music also enhances long-term ability to perform higher brain mathematical functions, and it encourages movement, self-expression and social interactions.