The Infantino ABC Discovery Apple is a fun filled electronic apple with multiple bilingual activities that will help your little one develop a healthy appetite for learning. English and Spanish modes, twinkling lights, letters, music, sounds and more. Designed to inspire the senses and teach early language skills.
As a bilingual parent raising my kids to speak English and Spanish, we search often for bilingual toys for toddlers and preschoolers - and almost never find toys of any quality and effectiveness. HOWEVER, I was very impressed with the ABC Discovery Apple because it has many features that most bilingual toys lack.
I am very appreciative that it (1)contains the same options in English and Spanish, (2)includes all the Spanish letters of the alphabet, (3)uses a decently native-like speaker/accent, and (4)has lots of different game options, at varying levels of skill/interest. I did find it to be a bit advanced for my 18 month old, but it is almost perfect for my 3.5 year old, who is learning her alphabet.
In response to the concerns of the other review, I want to mention that the words corresponding with each letter seem to be chosen because they start with the same letter in both Spanish and English. The letter P is for pirate and pirata; uniform for U in English is uniforme in Spanish. I understand the concern that some of the words seem a bit odd - not your typical choices - but the rationale makes perfect sense. And with so few options out there for children learning the Spanish alphabet/literacy skills, I'll take it!
Again, this is perhaps the best electronic toy we have found for teaching those early literacy skills in Spanish.
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First, the positives: It is a bright and shiny red color. And there are many thoughtful games to learn the alphabet (at least in theory). That's pretty much it. The negatives are plenty. The toy is poorly designed: the on/off, language and volume buttons are all located on top of the toy. My son constantly switches language or puts the toy on mute (by mistake) and looks confused and walks away! So there isn't much alphabet learning happening... Next, while it is a good idea to make the toy bi-lingual, including the N(with tilde on top - the Spanish letter) bang in the middle with all other alphabets is again confusing. The upper case and lower case letters are printed SO close to each other, they are hard to decipher. Again, for a child learning his / her alphabet this is way too confusing. And the choice of words that go with the alphabets is odd. For instance - P is for Pirate, U for Uniform and D for Dragon to name a few. Really? What's wrong with the dog, cat, parrot kind of ordinary words?!! Who thought an 18 mo old (at whom this toy is targeted) knew about pirates and dragons?! And when you consider that the toy plays sounds for these words the confusion worsens. There is sound of marching soldiers for uniforms, Arghh for pirate... All in all, the toy is designed poorly in my opinion. I have really liked other Infantino products but this one was disappointing!