Here's a learning toy that offers kids a wonderful, interactive introduction to the world of letters, sounds, and colors. Alphabet Pal features several ways to play--pull the string and, antennae flashing, the jolly green caterpillar rolls happily along singing the alphabet song. When one of the caterpillar's 26 multicolored alphabet legs is pressed, kids hear the name of that color, letter, or letter sound depending on which mode they choose. Best of all, Alphabet Pal is a parent's friend, too--it's not too loud and turns off by itself when idle. It comes with three demonstration batteries, which should be replaced with regular AA batteries. Made of durable plastic, the toy is 7 by 11.5 inches long. --Marianne Painter
Tickle your little one's senses with this funny caterpillar with talking feet. An innovative learning toy from LeapFrog, the Alphabet Pal has 26 shoes and 4 fun learning modes. Each shoe teaches a different letter, letter sound, color or tune, depending on the mode. There's a big button on his back that starts off the Alphabet Song, and when he's pulled along, the cute, friendly character wobbles and his antenna light up. (He sings the Alphabet Song when he walks, too.) While they play, children develop gross motor skills, language and auditory skills, and cognitive skills. Volume control. Ages 12 mos. and up. Uses 3 AA batteries (not included).