“ Brand: Leapfrog / Type: Soft Toy / Type: Cuddly Toys „
My son is a lucky boy to have so many friends who buy him gifts o e of which is the Leapfrog Ella Elephant.
This is a cute blue elephant who has green and yellow patterned ears and pads on her arms and legs. The toy could be improved in my opinion if Leapfrog had made the patterned material crinkle so a baby could explore touch and texture. Ella has a cylinder which rolls to show two different images of Ella one playing with an apple and two birds in the daytime and other of her sleeping under the stars at night. The stars form three different shapes namely circle, square and triangle.
Each time the cylinder rolls Ella chimes and will sing a different song depending on whether daytime or night is shown. Thankfully there are two volumes settings although why anyone would have it on loud I do not know! My son does like to roll the cylinder often doesn't wait for Ella's song and just starts to roll it again so I have to listen to lots of chimes which rather quickly become annoying even set on the lower volume setting.
If my son does let Ella sing then if the night image has been selected Ella will sing about one of the star shapes. The image will also light up. This is a nice way to teach my son about shapes although the I ages are a little bit on the small side in my opinion. If the daytime image is showing then Ella will sing about her face. For example her eyes see you and her nose sniffs flowers. Again this is quite a good way to teach my son about faces as I tend to point to the relevant body part as Ella sings. Again the toy could be improved if her trunk made a sniffing sound when touched although it her fairly easy to provide your own sound effects here.
My son does like to play with Ella for a while but then does tire of her. Ella does have a bedtime wind down routine but as it only lasts for 5 minutes it isn't very effective for him. It will be intersting to see if he starts singing the Ella songs once he is older as I find them a bit irritating but they do get stuck in your head after a while.
This was a gift but it apparently retails for £10 which is an ok price for this toy. I would say this is a reasonable toy but could be improved. As my 8 month son gets older he may play with it more as he is keen just to roll the cylinder at the moment. At the moment I would only give it 3 stars but will perhaps I crease this if he plays with it more later.
We bought this toy for our eldest daughter when she was about 9 months old from our local Asda store, there were two to choose from a Lion or an Elephant and we choose the elephant.
The toy costs us £10 at the time we bought it and it still sells for about the same price now which I find strange as most things have increased over the last 3 years or so. The toy came in an open fronted box which of course means you can have a little play with it before you buy it. The toy is made by leapfrog and is in a bright green box which is Leapfrogs trademark colour. The toy is for ages 6 months and up and it is to introduce facial features, day and night and shapes. The toy takes 3 AA batteries which came with the toy which of course is ideal so you are not running around looking for batteries whilst your child wants their new toy.
The toy is a bright blue elephant with big black eyes and a long trunk, the ends of the elephants paws and inside his ears are a silky feel bright lime green fabric with swirly patterns on them. The toy is nice and bright to encourage your baby to interact with it. The elephant has a screen on his belly and there is a small button at the top of the screen.
To make Ella work you have to spin his belly which is a roller and on one side you have a daytime picture and Ell sings you songs and on the other side there is a night time picture where there are shapes in the sky made up of stars and you get a softer tune. The roller also lights up and it will light up for 5 minutes so it can be used as a night time comforter although we never did this and to be honest 5 minutes would never have been enough for my daughter.
My daughter loved this toy and she would just sit happily spinning the roller round and round and of course this would become rather annoying especially since one tune/song wouldn't get chance to finish before she would set the next one off. As a parent this toy was annoying and would often get hidden and I would end up wandering around singing about night and day however as a child my daughter would search this out of her toy box and play with it for ages so I know it was a well loved toy.
The toy for all it was a soft toy in the main was nice and strong and it was easy to clean with a damp cloth whenever it got covered in chocolate or the like. The batteries never had to be changed so I can say the battery life was great although the lights did dim a little towards the end of my daughter playing with it but the words still came out perfect so not sure if this was down to the batteries or not. I would recommend this toy as it was so loved by my daughter however prepare to get annoyed with it.
"I can do lots of things with my elephant nose, I smell apple, make a smelling noise" Any quiet moments in my day when my brain slows down are now invaded by these and other words of wisdom from this delightful elephant (and those of her friend Appy the lion)!
My sons were given this toy for Christmas- it came with batteries amazingly and as much as the songs drive me to distraction, particularly at 3 in the morning, the babies love it. It's about 15cm tall, but quite heavy. It lives in one of their cots and they have learnt to roll the cylinder to make it sing the (very American) songs. It has a range of day and night time songs. The night time ones are shape based- the stars in the picture are in different shaped constellations. There is also a night light setting which plays a much shorter tune and fades out gradually over 5 minutes. I much prefer this setting personally, but my husband likes the songs and keeps changing it back!
If you are not a fan of American accented baby songs, don't buy this, I guarantee it will drive you potty. It is much loved by my two at 8 months though and the songs are short-ish and catchy so will be easy to add to the repetoire that all parents carry around in their heads!