“ Brand: Leapfrog / Age: 6 months / Type: Learning Toy „
I initially sought out a Leapfrog Roll & Rhyme Learning Lion after my son delighted in playing with his friends one (he's currently 7 months old). I actually managed to pick one up on eBay for a ridicuously cheap bargain price, given the R.R.P, but that aside, I do think this toy is worth the money but probably slightly overpriced. It pays to shop around, and I don't think anything of having second hand toys...I digress!
This is a bright and colourful toy, interactive and stimulating. There aren't a huge volume of different melodies on it, but I don't think that it to it's detriment at all. The songs are catchy, even if sung in American accents, and have a good learning element. There are two other toys by Leapfrog in this 'range', with the Lion being for colours. I also have the Elephant which I will review separately.
The spinning/rolling dial is very easy to use, my 7 month old can manage it well unaided, and it has also been a helpful tool in practising his sitting, he can easily play with himself whilst learning to sit unaided!
It does have night-time and day-time melodies on it, but I wouldn't use this as a sleep aid, purely because it doesn't last for long enough without being spun again, but I think it's helpful in teaching the difference between day and night once your child is old enough.
I really recommend this toy, I think most babies will enjoy it's colourful appearance and catchy melodies :)
My daughter has owned this lion since she was 5 months old. She is now 22 months old and still loves to play with it! When this was bought for my daughter for her first christmas this lion was called Appy the Lion - not sure if they have now got rid of his name but from a small age my daughter used to ask for "Appy" by name as she found it a lot easier to say than Lion.
The Lion has a spinning wheel on his tummy and two different modes - daytime and nighttime. When you spin his tummy in daytime mode he sings different songs and also asks if you can find different objects and colours in the picture on his tummy. This is great but the songs do get VERY annoying. My partner and I still walk round the house singing "I am a Lion, I roar all day. I bounce up and down that's how I play ..." On the plus side, the next part of the song sings about high and low which my daughter picked up quite quickly so at least it is educational.
When you put it in nightime mode the toy becomes much quieter (thank goodness!) and stops singing. When you roll his tummy in this mode he plays a short quiet tune and his tummy lights up a little duller than in daytime mode and acts as a sort of night light. I have to admit though that I never allowed my daughter to take this toy to bed with her as the music and spinning his tummy would wake her up too much! This lion is a lovely bright yellow and very cuddly (apart from the wheel on his tummy which is made of plastic) but he is very appealing to the eye and lovely to hold.
This is a lovely little toy - he is about 6 inches high so not too big for little ones to hold and my daughter is showing no signs of tiring of him yet so good value. I would definitely recommend this toy but only if you can stand to listen to the annoying songs over and over again!
Both my children have had these lions. I bought my first daughter one when she was little and it was one of her all time favourite toys. I then bought my other daughter one and they now both enjoy fighting over it. My older daughter actually thinks its her's from when she was little! So it was definatly memorable for her, she still remembers all the songs. It is a lovely little toy though and it will definatly keep your little one entertained. It comes with batterys so you dont need to worry about forgetting those. Its quite a simple toy you just spin the wheel in the lions tummy so its perfect for younger children. It has catchy songs and teaches basic colours and animal names and sounds. If the wheel lands on a daytime scene it plays a song about colours, there a a few different ones. If it lands on the nightime scene it plays a more gentle song and the light dims to encourage your child to go to sleep. You can get it in boots at the minute for 11 pounds which i think is a bargain as its such a lovely little toy. Ours have been very well loved just have batterys on standby!
My daughter received the Leapfrog Roll and Rhyme Learning Lion at her first christmas.
The lion is a very cute little chap - yellow, plush, with a silky mane. He also has a little plastic spinning toy in his belly with a small pink heart shaped button above it.
The spinner has 2 sides to it - a night time scene and daytime scene.
When the spinner lands on daytime it either sings a song or asks a question. The song is really cute, catchy and upbeat...
"I am a lion I roar all day,
I pounce up and down, that's how I play.
Reach up high, roar
reach down low, roar.
I am a lion I roar all day".
The questions are short, fun and educational. The answers can be found in the daytime scene. They all rhyme and one example is...
"Lets look for colours,
what do you see?
If you see blue roar with me...
Blue sky! Roar".
The daytime scene consists of green grass, flowers, a tree, blue sky, sun and a rainbow.
When the spinner lands on the nighttime scene it again either sings a song or asks a question. The song is lovely and is catchy, but unlike the daytime song is very slow and soft...
"Even lions get sleepy when it's time for bed,
I'll stay cosy and warm with my mane round my head,
now it's time for bed".
The questions are short, fun and educational. The answers can be found in the nighttime scene. They all rhyme and one example is...
"The stars are out,
our friends are near,
let's say goodnight,
who do you hear?
*makes monkey noise*
Monkey! Goodnight, sleep tight".
The nighttime scene consists of the lion sleeping under the stars and moon, with a tree next to him.
The spinner automatically lights up when in use (eg. being spun or talking) but you can also press the heart shaped button which lights up the spinner for when you'd rather just look than listen. The light is soft rather than really bright.
He has a hidden battery compartment in his back. The lion takes 3 x AA batteries, which lasted us around a year of constant use before we had to change them.
There is an off button and 2 volume settings next to the battery compartment. The toy isn't overly noisey in my opinion, but we usually have it on the quieter setting.
The lion is suitable for children 6 months and onwards. In my experience the lion can make for hours of fun up until around 18 months. The toy is still fun and enjoyable for children over 18 months but holds their interest for alot less.
The lion cannot be machine washed due to the battery compartment, but he is easy enough to give a wipe over with a cloth or sponge.
The Leapfrog Roll and Rhyme Learning Lion is available at all good shops (that sell pre-school toys) including Toys R Us, Argos, Tesco, Boots, Amazon.co.uk and Mothercare. It is generally priced around the £10 mark which I think is very good value for money.
This was always one of my daughters favourite toys when she was a baby and before she could even talk she was roaring along with him!
I believe the lion is brilliant for young children as it can encourage learning of colours, animal names, animal sounds and the difference between day and night.
It can also encourages language, speech and imaginative play.
The spinner is also very easy to spin and is suitable for even the youngest of children.
The only real downside from a parents point of view is that the songs might really irritate you. They tend to embed themselves into your head and you will probably find yourself singing them all day (usually at the most inappropriate times). I'm quite fortunate as I quite enjoy the lions songs and they don't bother me, but whilst searching google I realised some parents aren't quite so friendly with this little lion...
Also, beware if putting him to bed with your child - the slightest movement and he'll burst into song! Not fun at 3am...
There is also an elephant version of this toy, but which we don't have or have never tried so I can't comment on it.
The Leapfrog Roll and Rhyme Learning Lion would make a lovely gift for any child between 6 and 18 months.
It's a lovely daytime and nightime toy that I totally recommend.
My husband chose this for my daughter when she was 4 months old and it is still in her bedroom now she's 2 and a half! The lion looks cute and has a calming light for bedtime and sings a few songs. In normal play mode, your baby spins the roller in the lion's tummy, when it settles it sings about the scene it has landed on - night or day. In the day scene it may also ask baby if she can see a certain colour in the scene. In night play the light is soft and it plays a very short tune.
It did not take my little girl long to practise her eye and hand co-ordination and "bat" the spinner, and she smiled every time a song came on. Now the lion gets played with every now and again, somtimes it even gets pushed around in her dolls buggy! The rest of the time it looks very sweet sitting on the shelf in her in her room. They also do an elephant one as well
Cute Factor,Tick.Fun factor,Tick & very easy on the purse strings we bought this for my little boy before he was even born as it caught my eye on the shelf and after giving his tummy a roll the song that comes out was stuck in my head.Luckily my little boy loves is just as much as i do!! First of all when he was too young to spin in himself we used to do it for him and when the lion sings the different songs he always had a big beaming smile on his face. The lion has two different modes for day & night which is good for learning.He is really vibrant and also nice and soft so great for having a cuddle with....The price of this is fantastic we paid £9.00 but asda is somewhere i would definitely reccommend to look out for this one as throughout the year they drop the prices to as low as half of this its just grabbing it at the right time.The lion sings about night & day,animals & also colours so a great learning experience for children.
I would highly reccommend this product as it definitely has a long life of use as we started having it around my little boy when he was about 2 months old and he is almost 2 and still likes to sit and play with him....but he can spin his tummy himself now.We have never yet had to change the batteries that came with him which i find impressive as most toys these days eat batteries.....
All round excellent buy, good fun & good value....
This toy is colourful, simple and noisy. Great! My daughter loves it. She is now nearly nine months old but has been playing with this one since she was a few months old. It is easy to use even for a small baby but remains a favourite still, so thats good value given how quickly she tires of some other toys. She has an abundance of toys but this and the elephant version are among her absolute favourites. She will sit for ages just spinning the little whell in the tummy, lining up the lion and elephant and spinning them both. I particularly like these are they cuddly as well. They have an educational side, as the little songs they "sing" when spun teach colours, noises objects etc. I would definately recommend. One last plus point is that batteries last for absolutely ages in these toys which any parent will agree is a plus!
Easter used to be a time of painting hard boiled eggs, a small stack of chocolate and fluffy bunny ears, but now, with society aiming to be healthy and so much pressure on mums and dads to make their kids eat healthily, things in my family at least have changed. In place of the chocolate comes small gifts. This year was Elsa's first Easter and one of the gifts she received from her granddad was the "Leapfrog Roll & Rhyme Learning Lion"
Part of the Little Touch range by Leapfrog the lion is aimed at children 6-36 months old. It is a plush toy, like a stuffed animal only he has a rolling section in his tummy which lights up. When the section is rolled the lion also plays a song and interacts with the child and the picture goes from day to night, he has a stain feel mane which is great for little babies learning about texture and a totally adorable face that's hard to resist.
The interactive features are quite simple and come in 2 sections- Daytime and Night time. When the picture on lions tummy shows the day time the tune is quite lively and activities focus more on the day, when the picture shows night time the music is more subdued and melodic and the song is about how lion is sleepy and going to bed. It's a really sweet toy. Lion has a small pink heart shaped button on his tummy above the roll screen, when this is pressed the screen lights up for a moment highlighting the picture within the screen. In the different modes you are taught animals, colours, sounds and even encourages movements giving a few actions that can be followed.
What Elsa thinks-
Well she's a year old, it's cute, cuddly, bright yellow and plays music .of course she loves it, she drags the poor thing around by it's leg or chews on his ears, I feel quite sorry for him sometimes.
I wouldn't say she's learnt much from lion as his educational function is quite small, she could already roar but its cute watching her join in with lion. The poor chap can only manage a small bit of his song now the batteries are low but that doesn't seem to bother her, she still spins the barrel in the tummy and presses on the heart button to try and get the light to work.
Her older brother Christopher (who's 3) also likes the toy, but he loves animals and lions in particular so it's no surprise he's taken to the toy. Lion holds little educational value for him though as he already knows the animals names and sounds and also already knows his colours. I think the joy for him comes from the tug of war they have to gain possession of the toy.
Our lion tends to be kept at nanny and granddads house which I think is perhaps why he has kept them interested as long as he has, I'm not sure if he was with us day to day that they would pay him too much attention in comparison to their other toys.
A Parents view-
The lion is battery operated as most of these kind of toys are, it takes 3aa batteries which are supplied. The compartment is within lions body which, while easy to access, is quite bulky and means that his body isn't as soft and cuddly as it could be. I wouldn't say this would be a toy that would be taken to bed as it's too hard to snuggle into despite it's cuddly arms, legs and head. The batteries on lion have already run out in the 5 months we've had it and I can't say it's been used all that much, so all I can imagine is that it either drains batteries quickly or was used a lot in the shop before it was purchased.
His soft "fur" is best to be wiped clean with a damp cloth, due to the type of fabric it's made of (and of course how mucky your child is) the lion is prone to getting a bit sticky. He seems quite durable, the padding on his body protects the inner compartment from damage when dropped or thrown (which happens a lot in our house!) My one main complaint really is the button nose, these kind of noses are easily pulled off, although lion has not yet lost his, and I worry about them being a choking hazard.
The voice in this toy is quite sweet, not annoying or offensive like some can be. It's volume is not too loud meaning it wont be drowning out all the noise around it, however the song and features are quite repetitive, which may either drive you mad or not keep the little ones attention for very long.
I'm not quite sure really whether I would recommend him or not, I don't think he is educational or interactive enough to really teach children over the age of 6 months and keep them entertained, equally he isn't soft bodied enough to become a favourite bed time ted. For the money I guess he is good value, a lot less then many other toys on the market that are aimed at similar things but he wouldn't have been the first toy I would have looked at. Personally I would say if you're thinking of this for your little one let them see it first, if they love him completely then go for it but perhaps not if what you're after is education or a high level of interaction. Lion is good for babies in the younger age bracket but not challenging enough for older ones, certainly not for 36 month children, either way he still looks cute!
The toy retails in the range of £9.99 and I have seen them in Asda as well as online. An Elephant also available in a cute blue colour. Go to leapfrogshop.co.uk for more details
Leap Frog Roll & Rhyme Learning Lion
So many people buy you things when you have a baby it is not surprising that so many people are popping out kids left right and centre. My partner works as a restaurant manager for a very large hotel and he often gets guests coming back year after year. Because he has been there fore so many years he has really gotten to know quite a few couple that come away on a regular basis. One couple who are not one of the ones that he knows especially well were really nice and bought little baby Jack this roll & rhyme Learning Lion to play with.
Not only does Jack love it but I do too! I am singing the song all the time now, as it is just too damn catchy! I looked up this particular toy again on Amazon and found it to be such a reasonable price I couldnt believe it! For just under ten pounds you are getting hours of pleasure! (Well nearly).
What you get when you buy this product is a medium sized yellow lion with a velvety main of hair. It is not the best looking creature but it is bright and has a cheery smile. On the stomach of the lion is where you will find a plastic spinning section that lights up and has an option of two different pictures. Once the spinning sectioned has been moved the lion will automatically sing one of its catchy songs.
I usually keep this on Jacks changing mat so that he has something to take his attention away from the fact I am taking off his warm but dirty nappy and replacing it with a cold clean one! He doesnt mind one bit though as his full attention is on this Learning Lion with the lights and the wonderfully catchy tunes that his mummy is singing along to.
The two pictures that are on the spinning section of the lions tummy are one showing a rainbow, tree, smiling sun and flowers. The second picture shows a moon and the lion curly up ready for sleep. Of course when you spin it you can never tell which picture or song it is going to land on so sometimes in the middle of the day Ill be singing along with the night time tune and Jack will be staring at a picture of a lion asleep.
For either of the pictures there are a few songs that go with that particular picture. The daytime picture of the sun always starts with the song I am a lion I roar all day, I bounce up and down thats how I play. Reach up high, roar. Reach down low, Roar. I am a lion I roar all day Its so catchy you will be singing it all day. It then goes on to sing about different colours Lets look for colours what do you see. If you see yellow roar with me Yellow sun, roar!
The nigh time picture has the song Even lions get sleep when its time for bed Ill stay cosy and warm with my mane round my head. Good night. Sleep tight. Now its time for bed grrrrrrr. Then after that has played it will sing The stars are out are friends are near who do you hear (queue bird sounds) Bird Goodnight sleep tight.
All in all this Learning Lion is great for kids and big kids alike. It is great for learning colours and animals. The music is catchy. The price is reasonable. A perfect gift for any child.
10/10 for Leap frog learning Lion.
Roar! This lovable character from the LittleTouch book 'If I Were' springs to life with lots of learning fun. Sing along to learn animals names, animals sounds, colours and more.