CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
LeapFrog Learn & Groove Alphabet Drum
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- Tap the drum for learning fun!
- Features three ways to play: Alphabet, Dance-Along and Music Play learning modes.
- Letters of the alphabet light up when baby taps.
- Music Play allows baby to explore creativity and develop gross motor skills with tapping, crawling and moving to the music.
- Introduces the alphabet in English and Spanish.
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The Beat Goes On
The Alphabet Drum is built to withstand the throws and whacks from typical toddler handling. Parents will appreciate the volume control as it keeps the music at an enjoyable level. To prolong battery life, the drum shuts off if it hasn't been used for awhile. Plus, at approximately 8 inches tall, it helps babies learn to sit up on their own. Both the English and Spanish voices of the Alphabet Drum are audible and easy to understand. Bright colors, uplifting music, and a fun design make this a favorite in any child's toy box.
It is no surprise that the LeapFrog Alphabet Drum was a winner of the 2006 iParenting Media Greatest Products Award. This drum teaches language, music, and motor skills as a strong foundation for the child's future. Children love to dance, roll it around, or chase after it, and as a versatile toy, it can be played with through multiple development stages.
What's in the Box
LeapFrog drum and 3 AA batteries.
Top Customer Reviews
The drum has 3 different playing modes: Alphabet mode, music mode and dancing mode. On alphabet mode, every time it is tapped upon, it displays a letter of the alphabet while speaking it loud, in order. On music mode, it plays music and rhythmic lights, inviting the kid to tap on the drum and in dancing mode, it tries to suggest movement to the kid with voice commands and pictures (clap your hands, hit the drum, etc).
The drum has 2 language settings (English or Spanish) and also a volume control (low and high settings). The high setting is not very loud.
Unlike some other reviewers say, this drum does not teach counting. They probably refer to an older drum model from leapfrog (look for leapfrog learning drum here on amazon). This one only teaches the alphabet.
In all, this seemed a great idea to me. The drums' reaction to the child movements would encourage tapping on it, teaching cause/effect relationship. I did not care much about the alphabet as my son is too young for that, but didn't mind if he got some introduction to it anyway.
So, what are the design flaws?
Well, to start, the sound made by the drum when hit is very low. On music and dancing mode, you can barely hear it as it is completely shaded by the background music, which is played independently of hitting the drum.Read more ›
She loves pounding on it with her hands for quite some time. Like one other reviewer said, I do wish that you could hear the drumming that the child actually makes a little better. I wish that there was a mode where it only made a sound when you "drummed" on it, but oh well... can't have everything.
Her daddy loves it too. They spend a lot of time after he gets off work playing with the drum and dancing to the music. They have gotten quite a bit of quality "Daddy-Baby" time in.
It is also nice that it shuts off when it hasn't been moved for quite some time. I am sure this really has saved on some batteries. It has some type of sensor in it that can tell if the drum is on its side or if it is upright. If it is on its side and it rolls a little bit, it kicks on, but that isn't a problem. It helps keep the baby interested in it when she bumps it. Also, if it is on its side, it functions differently in the modes. For example, if it is in the "A-B-C" mode, then when it is on its side, it works more like a normal drum. I guess the thinking is if it is on its side, then the child can't see the lights to learn the ABC and is using it more like a drum tucked underneath their arm. I don't know, but just a guess.
I also love the volume. The soft is pretty soft where you can easily talk over it and it is more like background noise.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This showed up and it looked used. It was dirty and had scratches on itPublished 5 months ago by Lisa S.
I bought these for a couple friends back when they had kids and when it was my turn it wasn't in the stores anymore. Happily I found it on Amazon! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Nathan Proper
Gift for our granddaughter's first birthday. She loved the noises it makes. She still loves music and dancing! She wants to go to dance class.Published on May 6, 2014 by Kris Stanisci
My daughters love this! I love it has counting and letters, as well as being a fun drum. It also has 3 languages.Published on January 7, 2014 by Cseals