Aside from the toys in my previous Winning Toys post I have a few more Leapfrog learning toys that are regularly played with and which I also love for their educational value!
First, is the Phonics Radio which is unfortunately not widely available at this time! The name is a bit misleading because it's not really a radio in the way you might expect. It does play a few nursery songs but mainly it's a phonics radio. The "radio" has 30 songs, rhymes and a mystery tune game that lets children explore letter names, sounds and letter/object correlation. The Lil Divas love how encouraging DJ Leap is when they get the answer right! I like that it's not loud and obnoxious, the songs are catchy and they are learning while playing. This little toy is also sturdy, it has survived numerous bangs and falls and still works like when we first opened it.
The Lil Divas love singing along with their Phonics Radio!
Another Diva fave is the Leapfrog
Text and Learn toy.
The Lil Divas also owned Leapfrog's Alphabet Explorer (told you I love Leapfrog!)
This one was not their go to toy. I think it was due to the fact that it lacks flash (i.e. lights). It's more simple/basic and is not loud or obnoxious. I liked that about it but the Divas love loud & flashy and so this just did not get their attention like the other toys did. There were a few things I really liked about the Alphabet Explorer. One was that it is that is very easy to understand. The voice and pronunciations are extremely clear which is especially great in the letter sounds mode. I find some of these electronic toys hard to understand and you almost have to guess at what the voice is saying. Not this one! Another thing I liked was that it helps with both letter recognition and sounds. There is a fun game where the child is given a letter name or sound and they have to press the correct letter. Overall, I think this is a good early learning toy and it definitely served it's purpose while we owned it.