About My Pal Scout and Violet from LeapFrog
The My Pal range comprises of cute dog shaped interactive teddy bears which comes in two varieties, Scout in green, and Violet in purple. This review features Violet.
The teddy bear is recommended for children aged between 6 and 36 months and is made of super soft fabric. In the back of the bear there is a battery box requiring 3 AA batteries and a headphone jack in order for you to connect a smart device. The front of the bear has a flashing collar and each foot has a button which which you can activate different features.
Once activated and linked to your LeapFrog account, My Pal will learn your childs name and favorite colour, animal and food. These will then be incorporated with songs and games. The functions of the bear include various games and learning prompts, 40+ songs and a set of lullaby programs lasting 5, 10 or 15 minutes.
My Review of My Pal Violet
I was quite excited about receiving a My Pal Violet for review. Baby hadn’t yet shown any interest in cuddly toys but as she loves anything that makes noise so I was hoping that this would be the cuddly toy for her. As it turns out I was right and as soon as she saw the big purple cartoon face she was transfixed! She loves to stroke the soft fabric and tug on and chewing Violets ears. She is, as yet, too young to activate the programs herself but she will sit for ages while I drive myself slightly loopy pressing the buttons repeatedly for her.
The big selling point of the My Pals range is that you can customize their vocal programs so that they know your child’s name and favorite things. You do this by creating a LeapFrog account which is very quick to set up and easy and intuitive to use. In total it only took around 5 minutes for me to create the account on my iPhone (you can use any smart device with a headphone socket), choose from the available options and download those options to Violet. The only downside was that Baby’s name wasn’t an option. This isn’t very surprising as she has an extremely rare (Made up) name, but it meant that I had to go through and choose a name which sounds a little like hers when I would have preferred to see an option to not provide a name at all. However, given the huge number of names to choose from I doubt this would be an issue for 99% of buyers.
On thing that I really liked about the programming process was that LeapFrog have appreciated that there is a high likelihood Violet will be a gift and there’s nothing nothing more frustrating than receiving a gift and not being able to play with it straight away because you need to set it up, especially for little ones who aren’t known for their patience. To combat this, they have designed a flap in the back of the box which allows you to program Violet without removing her from or damaging the packaging. This is such a little thing but it means the difference between the toy being given and taken back while you read the instructions and sort it out, or the toy being given and immediately speaking to your child, saying their name and being ready to play.
The final stage of setting up Violet was to remove her from the packaging and stuff the battery box into her back. This was quite a tight fit so I had to get a little violent with Violet, but I like to think that this means Baby is unlikely to be able to remove the battery box by accident.
Once Violet is all set and ready to go, you can access her 3 functions by pressing her paws (the fourth paw is an on/off button).
The play function includes a number of phrases aimed at helping your baby to learn numbers, colours and emotions. They do this by playing guessing games, making statements or by requesting hugs because violet is sad or sleepy. These are a little repetitive but I can certainly see their value for small children who are just learning to talk and become familiar with the world around them.
The sing function is programmed with a huge number of short songs, some of which are tailored to your child. These are sung in the same singsong childs voice as the character normally speaks in which Baby seems to love and the accompanying flashing collar keeps her attention.
The lullaby function has a large selection of lullabies which I found quite pleasant and far more diverse than other sleep toys Baby has. You can alter the length of the lullaby to be either 5, 10 or 15 minutes long depending on your need. I can see this being a particularly good feature as baby grows into a toddler and wants the comfort of a cuddly toy in bed.
All of the functions appear to be programmed so that they give a random response rather than the same responses in the same order every time, which I feel makes the dialogue seem a little more organic than most other toys of this type.
It’s fair to say that most parents are a little hesitant to give their children any toy which might make a repetitive noise but I have to admit that I find Violet quite cute, I may have even had a cuddle or two myself! All of her chatter seems to have a some underlying point to it and for a Baby who is just starting to learn about the world I think she’s a fantastic little companion while also being cuddly and lovable.
You can find out more about My Pal Scout and Violet and where to Purchase them on the LeapFrog website.
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