So, on Thursday’s post, I talked about a prior experience earlier last year when Nate just didn’t seem to be talking so well. He clammed up when we try to engage him, hates interacting with strangers, and it got to a point in the pediatrician’s eye that Nathan may need some developmental help.
Well, he turned that corner a few weeks ago and is spouting off all sorts of stuff now. It’s really exciting. Sure, it’s not entirely on time… but, well… my wife & I procrastinators, too 😉
In any case! This post is about two toys which really helped Nate with talking. For my boy, he just doesn’t like social pressure, especially the pressure to perform. That is where educational shows and educational toys seem to really help him shine out and get comfortable without that pressure of failing in public.
So, without further ado! Here are two toys I’m reviewing:
First, the LeapFrog Laptop!
We came across this toy at the grandparent’s place. We first noticed how he was not only drawn to the toy, but also interacted more verbally with the tech itself. What I really like about this toy is that it has a screen. There is a highly visual component while also melding with the auditory dimension of learning. There are four settings, each which represent a different functions including ABCs, messages, games, and music. It has two volume settings and is very pet-centric. The toy can ask the kiddo to find the letter representing an animal and encourages the kid until the time runs our or the kid hits the right letter. It’s really quite fabulous and has been the best learning toy for my boy.
Secondly, the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn
So, this toy came home with us as a victim of the situation. It was in a box where Nate was able to reach it and the settings were already on. Also with two volume settings, it has 3 “Smart Stages” where the first is simply interaction, the second is directional, and the final stage is more pretend play. The tunes are rather catchy and the voice isn’t annoying. However, the problem with this toy is that because it isn’t very visual, Nate can become bored with it rather quickly. Also, because he is a fairly visual learner (as the present), the other toy is superior for his needs in terms of getting him to talk. Still, it’s a great toy for the road and is rather durable. It has been tested — by several tantrums 😉
So, my overall recommendation is that if you were only to buy one of these learning toys, get the LeapFrog laptop. It is more versatile, visual, and is designed in a way that is more interactive for your child. I hope you enjoy the learn & play!