Monday, August 1, 2011

Product Review: Counting Maracas by Leap Frog

Leap Frog is known for their technology-based educational products that make learning through play effective and engaging. This is why Jagger and I were pleased to have a chance to review one of their products, the Bilingual Counting Maracas. I was especially excited about this product, because my son loves music. His dad, a music engineer, had him listening to music since before he was even born, so we thought this would be a great product for our son.

The Bilingual Counting Maracas are for kids 6 to 36 months old. The set includes one traditional maraca that rattles, and one Leap Frog infused maraca that features three different educational modes. In counting mode, each shake encourages your child to count to 10. Color mode teaches colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple as the top of the maraca lights up in each color, and music mode creates various musical sounds with each shake.

The best part is that all modes can be used in both French and English. I think this is an amazing feature since we live in Quebec, a bilingual province, where learning French and English are equally important. Living in a primarily English speaking home, I love having the option of setting the maracas to French, so that my son can begin to be introduced to the language, and be exposed to it a little more. After all, it’s never too early to start learning.

At this age (8-9months), I think Jagger prefers to shake the traditional maraca, because he understands it a bit better. He gets that each shake makes the maraca rattle, while the other one intrigues him with various lights and sounds. He loves to shake it up and make music. I think as he get older, he’ll appreciate the counting and colors modes even more.

Check out this video to see Jag in action, enjoying his new toy.

So cute! He has lots of fun shake, shake shaking up his maracas, and they’ve given him some extra practice for the mommy & me music class we attend every week.

Click here for more details on the Leap Frog Bilingual Maracas, and stay tuned for an upcoming Leap Frog giveaway on Montreal Fashion Moms!

* Please note I was not monetarily compensated or influenced by the sponsor for this review. All opinions expressed here are my own.