Christmas came early to the Baby Baby household this week.
The lovely people at Leapfrog asked if 15-month-old Cash would like to review a new cuddly green puppy named Scout. I accepted on his behalf, what a kind Mummy!
I've always regarded Leapfrog as a company dedicated to making educational toys. My Pal Scout is no exception. This cuddly doggy teaches:
- First words
- Daily routines
- Early number sense
- Feelings and emotions
You will need an internet connection to personalise My Pal Scout. So there is a bit of setting up to do. I would recommend doing this while your child is asleep, otherwise they may become impatient and possibly a little upset at seeing their new toy wired up to Mummy's laptop!
We found the program easy to install and navigate. We customised My Pal Scout to include Cash's name, his favourite animal (squirrel), his favourite colour (he hasn't expressed a preference, so we chose green) and his favourite food. I'd love to say this was aubergine or avocado, but no, it's biscuits. We were also able to add up to five lullabies and five daytime tunes.
My Pal Scout is a lovely soft toy. You press his paws to choose either daytime songs, lullabies or chat. Most of the daytime songs include Cash's name and the chat is mostly geared around our customisation. An example is 'Hello Cash, can you guess what animal I'm pretending to be? Moo, moo..... that's right, I was pretending to be a cow'. He's not too noisy either, which is a criticism I usually have about electronic toys.
Cash is besotted. He has worked out how to press Scout's paws. Each time a song finishes he says 'more, more' and squeezes his paws. Scout is perfect cuddling size and it suitable for ages 6-36 months.
Two year old Presley loves Scout too and spent a good half an hour playing with him (when Cash was distracted). When Scout said he liked biscuits, Presley brought him a toy biscuit box and held it to Scout's mouth.
My Pal Scout is very reasonably priced at £20 and would make a great Christmas present.
My Pal Scout is still in stock at Boots and Early Learning Centre. You may also be able to find other stockists via the Leapfrog website.