Leapfrog Violet Toy Review

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Every kid loves playing with an interactive toy because it makes them feel special, and on top of that, it allows them to learn something new every day. The Leapfrog My Pal Violet is a fantastic toy for kids who like having a cuddly friend that doesn’t mind singing them a lullaby or telling them a bedtime story. Last time we reviewed LeapFrog Scout for boys. Today, we tackle this gorgeous puppy for girls.

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6 months – 3 years

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Pieces: One

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Fun, Musical, Educational, Stimulates the development of cognitive skills

If you’re looking to surprise your child with a cuddly friend, this toy would be a great choice!

Leapfrog Pal Violet - The Basics

This musical toy offers everything you’ll need in order to introduce your child to a whole new world of interactive plays. It is well-known that toddlers and young kids learn best when there’s audio-visual stimulation involved. Leapfrog My Pal allows you to input custom data, program the toy, and completely personalize it to say your child’s name, sing their favorite song and interact with your kid in many different ways.

Another thing that makes this toy stand out from the rest is the crystal-clear, distortion-free sound. The vast majority of other similar toys struggle to meet one’s expectations in regards to audio clearness, but this particular one offers excellent audio output. It might not seem too significant at first glance, but rest assured that sound quality makes a huge difference.

What most parents consider to be among the greatest advantages of this toy is the fact that it can be used throughout the day without the danger of becoming tedious and boring. Thanks to the 40+ songs, high customizability, and over 15 learning activities, the Leapfrog My Pal will
never cease to amaze your young one.

Apart from being an incredibly fun toy to play with, this toy also comes with substantial educational value. It introduces your child with their first words, colors, feelings, emotions, phrases, and even counting. In other words, it’s an ideal all-in-one toy, and it’s definitely worth giving it a go.

What You See and What You Get

At first glance, this toy looks somewhat similar to many others that are available on the market. It’s a cuddly toy that features a couple of touch sensors located on the paws, all of which have a specific purpose. However, there is much more to it than meets the eye.

The first “wow” factor is this toy’s compatibility with smart devices. This particular feature allows you to personalize the toy with your child’s name, favorite animal, color, food, and much more. The best part about this whole ordeal is that it takes only a couple of minutes to set up.

Unlike many other interactive toys, this one doesn’t come with a complicated setup process, nor does it require any serious programming skills. Instead, it only requires a couple of minutes of your time, and that’s it, you’re ready to surprise your kid with hours of incredible fun!

With all of this being said, you definitely get much more than you see. While it does look like a pretty straightforward and generic toy, it’s much more than that, especially when it comes to both fun and educational value. Not many toys will teach your kids new words and phrases while also keeping the fun factor at a high level.

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How To Use

As a parent, you’ve probably stumbled upon many toys that sometimes require a lot of time and knowledge in order to be properly set up for use. This tends to be a pretty tedious process that usually isn’t even worth going through because the result comes off as rather underwhelming after all the effort you’ve invested.

Luckily, the Leapfrog My Pal Violet is among the simplest to set up as it only requires you to sync it with your smart device and enter the necessary parameters such as favorite colors, food, songs, etc. Contrary to popular belief, this process does not take long. In fact, it usually takes less than five minutes, and it can be done while the toy is still in the box.

After the initial setup, the possibilities are endless. Depending on your child’s interests, you can start by pressing one of three paws (as the fourth is the on/off button), and choose between lullabies, 40+ melodies, words, phrases, counting, and more. As you can tell, the main selling point of this particular toy is its engaging factor, and on top of that, its ability to retain its fun factor for a long time. In other words, you don’t have to worry about your kid getting bored with it after a couple of minutes.

It’s important to keep the educational value of this toy in mind at all times. While it’s an incredibly fun toy, it can also be quite educational if used properly. Many parents tend to neglect or overlook the potential of this toy, meaning most of them don’t dive deep enough into the matter. Therefore, we advise reading the instructions and exploring the potential benefits of Leapfrog My Pal Violet because there are countless advantages lurking beneath the surface.

Buyer's Guide

PROS

  • High educational value
  • Encourages creativity and develops cognitive skills
  • Consistently fun to play with

CONS

  • Somewhat large battery pack
  • Uses an audio jack rather than USB (iPhones require a dongle)

Advantages

The most obvious advantage of this toy is its sheer educational potential. While it’s great to have a cuddly and fun toy, it’s even better if it actually manages to teach your kid a thing or two during playtime. Given that the recommended age is between age 1 and 3 years, it’s incredibly important for kids of that age to have a useful, easy-to-use, and simple toy by their side while growing up.

Another notable advantage is the incredibly broad spectrum of different customizable options. It really shows how easy it is to spark your child’s interest and keep them engaged with just a few simple steps. All you have to do in order to tickle your kid’s imagination is to set up the toy via a smart device (phone, tablet, PC), and fine-tune the parameters according to your
liking. Once you’re finished setting it up, all it takes is a gentle squeeze on the paws, and the adventure can begin!

Many parents don’t realize how important it is to get a toy with a soothing rather than annoying voice. Now, your kids might not find talking toys to be annoying at all because they’re a lot of fun, but as a parent, rest assured you’re going to get sick of it pretty quickly. Luckily, Leapfrog My Pal Violet comes with a pleasant, soft, and calming voice that allows you to enjoy
your time while your kid is going through an unforgettable adventure with their new toy. This might be a rather insignificant factor for many parents, but it definitely deserves to be mentioned.

Disadvantages

There aren’t many disadvantages, to begin with, but there are some things you should keep in mind when contemplating whether to buy this particular toy. The first and probably most notable disadvantage is the fact that it uses a 3.5mm audio jack as a connection, rather than USB or even Bluetooth. This isn’t a big deal for Android and PC users, but iOS users would beg to differ. As you may know, Apple decided to eliminate the 3.5mm port right before the iPhone 7 was launched. Therefore, if you have an iPhone 7, or any subsequent generation, you’ll need a dongle.

Another thing most parents were complaining about is the bulky battery pack. While this isn’t too much of a concern in regards to functionality, it does take away a bit from the fun factor. In other words, kids like playing with soft and cuddly toys instead of with toys that have a bulky box inside them. It makes the toy feel more like an inanimate object rather than a “sentient” friend.

Like any other battery-powered toy, this one tends to lose sound quality once battery charge drops low. It’s not a massive concern by any means, but it’s definitely something you should keep in mind. We would advise buying a couple of extra batteries so that you can avoid unpleasant scenarios and drops of sound quality altogether.

One more thing that’s worth pointing out is the database of names that comes with this toy. In other words, while it’s advertised as a toy that can say your child’s name, it can do so only if that specific name is in the included database. In case it’s not in the database, the toy will spell the name rather than pronounce it. As with most other disadvantages, this one isn’t a massive, game-breaking one, but it’s something you should keep in mind nonetheless.

To Conclude

If you’re looking for a fun, interactive, and incredibly educational toy – the Leapfrog My Pal Violet is an excellent choice! It will keep your young one occupied for countless hours, and allow you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

Give your daughter the treatment she deserves by introducing her to a whole new world of plushy cuteness and catchy tunes; you won’t regret it for a single second.

Author: Jonathan M. Ward
Author: Jonathan M. Ward

Himself a father of two, John is obsessed with getting the most out of every children’s product on the market, finding value wherever it can be found. His years of study in developmental psychology coupled with his passion for parenting make him an invaluable asset to our team.

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