We have been thoroughly enjoying the glorious weather recently, cooling down with ice pops, ice cream smokies and ice cream cones. It’s been great to say the least and we hope it’s going to last a bit longer than a few weeks this year.
With the great weather comes being outside more and spending some great quality time together as a family, relaxing in the rays of the sunshine. We’ve been taking full advantage of our garden and the little one has made sure his favourite toy has been involved in the action too. What toy could that be? Well, it’s only his Leapfrog Scoop and Learn Ice Cream Cart! Quite apt for the season, don’t you think?
He got his Leapfrog Ice Cream Cart as a main present from Santa for Christmas 2017. We wanted to get him something that he could grow and learn with. We’ve been using Leapfrog products for 8 years now and they haven’t failed us once, so we knew instantly that this item was going to be a good investment.
We weren’t wrong. The moment he opened the box he fell in love with the ever so cute animated face on the front of the cart. The colours are truly amazing with that iconic “Leapfrog Green” which parents have become well accustomed to being used on the handle and wheels. Overall colour scheme is gender neutral, bright and cheery - all things that it should be for an ice cream cart.
The cart is fully interactive using the impressive Leapfrog technology that make their products stand out from the rest. Included are: 6 double sided activity cards, 8 ice cream scoops (2 each of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and mint), 3 toppings (orange sprinkles, red cherry sauce and whipped cream) and 3 cones. Don’t worry about any of the items going missing as there are two cupboards located on either side of the cart to store everything (handy!).
The attached magnetic ice cream scoop recognises which colour and flavour of ice cream/topping has been scooped up and released into the cones, which helps build up a child's recognition skills. The double sided activity cards are activated by inserting them into the slot on the cash register. Each card has a cute animal customer who has a request for certain ice cream combinations which your child has to make. The activities (which vary in difficulty) are designed to help your child with their listening and memory skills by selecting the correct flavours, amount of scoops and toppings. There is also a sauce pump which makes sounds each time it’s pressed to act out squirting sauce on the top of the ice cream. The flavours to choose from are blueberry, toffee sauce and grape. Children can then finally use the till to charge their customers, pushing the button to tally up the total. Once the order is made and paid for, ring the bell - order’s up!
As with all Leapfrog products, there are numerous extremely catchy tunes & songs belted out by this cart - adorably cute, which you will find yourself singing along to. Our little one loves to sing the “Ice Cream! Ice Cream! Who wants Ice Cream?” jingle Every.Single.Time he puts his hands anywhere near the handle. He really loves the role play aspect of this toy and I have to say, he makes a great ice cream man. For children/parents who have a noise sensitivity, there are two volume levels on this cart which we think is excellent.
Since he’s been playing with this cart it has become clear that Leapfrog are continuing to set the standard of making learning fun by providing various activities that teach colours, flavours, numbers, memory recall, sequencing skills, improve dexterity, encourage communication and stimulate the imagination, all of which will help to prepare children for preschool. His confidence with colours, numbers and memory is soaring and it promotes positive communication between him and his sister as she gets in on the action asking for ice cream, he’s more than happy to serve her. It’s a great toy for open ended play time.
Do we recommend this item? Yes. Yes we do. Out of all the toys we have in our home, this is the one that is played with the most. When we have visitors call, their children go straight to this cart. Our own two could happily spend a good 45 mins taking turns being the vendor and customer. It’s always their go to toy. It’s a great size for little hands to handle and small enough to not be in the way of your daily home life. It takes 3 AA batteries, which seem to last forever in our one giving the amount of playtime it goes through.
So, if you’ve got a little one aged 2 or over, we highly recommend this toy.
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