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Not Letter Perfect. But Close,
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This review is from: LeapFrog Touch Magic Learning Bus, Retail (Toy)
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Today's youngsters are expected to have a basic set of skills and knowledge before entering first grade, or even kindergarten. Letters, letter sounds, numbers, shapes,colors, and a basic vocabulary should all be part of the young learner's repertoire. The Touch Magic Learning Bus gives little learners a head start on letters, letter sounds, and listening skills.
In a fun format the little one learns to recognize letters and the sounds they make. He or she also learns to recognize initial letter sounds of words representative of the letters. Some of the word/letter matches are untraditional like: mararena for M, wave for W, lime for L, and otter for O. Since I'm a vacuum cleaner fanatic, my favorite combo is vacuum for V.
A youngster touching any of the letters is treated to the spoken letter, its sound, and the name of the representative picture. There is a quiz mode during which kids are asked to identify specific letters or objects. There's also a mode that allows the user to play music, listen to songs, and even add instrumentation to the songs.
Learning Bus is large enough to display all the letters and sample object pictures, a six key keyboard and five musical animals. At the same time it's light enough for small hands to hold and manipulate. I like that all of the edges are rounded for safety.
This Indonesian-made learning tool is a worthwhile purchase, though I do have several quibbles. The clarity of the spoken words on the unit could be better; instead it can be a little muffled at times. In quiz mode, little ones are asked to identify individual letters or objects. I wish the mode would also ask users to identify specific letter sounds. For example the voice could make the "b" sound and ask the user to find the letter that makes that sound. It would add another dimension to the toy. Maybe I'm expecting too much for an instrument that's designed for those 2 and up.
As much as I hate to admit it, Learning Bus has far more educational value and interest longevity than a Mr. Potato Head will ever have.