What is it?
LeapFrog Alphabet Pal Caterpillar
What’s the price?
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What are the special features?
- 4 learning modes – letter names, letter sounds, colours & music
- Comes with a pull string, when pulled, the caterpillar sings the ABC song
- Flashing antennae, silly giggle & zigzag walk
The first thing that attracts me to this toy is the vibrant colours. Apart from the body itself, which comes in bright green or deep purple, the 26 legs comes it colourful shoes, each of them can be pressed to make sounds. Even the voice is cute & bubbly, just like a real kid.
Letter names – says the names of the letters i.e. A, B, C and so on
Letter sounds – pronounces the sounds of each letter, A (ei) B (bi) C (si) and so on
Colours – says the colour of the legs pressed i.e. blue, green, red & yellow
Music – a different melody for each individual leg. That’s 26 melodies!
There is volume control just behind its head, and another big button of a bug lounging on its back, that when pressed, also sings the ABC song. The pull string is good in encouraging babies to walk, seeing the caterpillar trail behind them.
What I like about it
The caterpillar is a straightforward & simple toy, but its sturdiness is amazing. All I can say is that it is built to withstand a toddler’s manhandling. My kids’ caterpillar had withstood pretty much all tests – being thrown around, being stepped on, being kicked (poor thing), being pulled by two toddlers. All its pretty legs are still functional. Just don’t let them throw it into the bathroom sink!
Additionally, the wheels underneath the caterpillar is put a little off centre, making it inch along zigzag like an inch worm, which is really adorable.
What I don’t like about it
The cute and bubbly voice gets really annoying when pressed too many times. I mean, how many times can you listen to the ABC song anyway? Kids learn by repetition anyway. So if the caterpillar’s singing the ABC song nonstop, just stuff your ears and walk away.
The pull string is rather short. For young toddlers, it might be adequate length. But older, taller toddlers might need to stoop and bend their bodies a little in order to be able to pull the caterpillar behind them. It makes more sense for the manufacturer to attach a longer or maybe adjustable string.
A simple toy which seems quite expensive for its simple functionality. Buy it if you don’t mind listening to the ABC song 100 times a day.