I am not one to spoil my kids rotten they get enough of that from their grandparents. I think sometimes too much from their grandparents. But I have always been more about buying toys that educate them and help them in life rather than just occupy them. I think it’s amazing what toys can do to help kids learn from birth to any age really. Even at my age, I have apps on my iPad that teach me things still at 30+.
As part of being a LeapFrog Ambassador this year, we are ever so excited to get the chance to really put some amazing educational toys to the test, both for my daughter and son. I love this opportunity because they are both at completely different ends of learning. MM is just starting her colors, shapes, numbers, and B is reading, writing and putting letter all together. LeapFrog has so many toy options to help aid both of them in their education as they grow.
We were sent the Number Loving Oven to put MM’s counting and baking skills to the test. My little chef was delighted to open her new little oven and see what all it could do. Being right in the middle of the age limit (ages 2-5 yrs) it was brilliant for her from counting and cooking to serving and sharing, it’s perfect for those preschool little chefs and comes with 16 fun ingredients!
She first torn into the ingredients and figured out she could serve slices of the bread or pizza separately and put them back together again. It was a take them apart and put them back together scenario which is great for building their dexterity and coordination. It didn’t reach squealing levels until she figured out the pan with the fried egg when put on the top burner, makes a sizzling noise, that the squealing bounced out of her. She must have held down the sizzle button for over an hour. Poor Number Loving Oven and Mommy’s ears. But she soon figured out how to turn on the music and the counting began which I think is a great feature helping teach kids her age to count with the music. She was up dancing around her oven along with it. Music is a great way to encourage learning without them even know it.
She even invited her brother to come play and cooked for him. I love that toys bring them together as siblings to play together. She was showing him proudly how to work everything on her new oven and what she was making and why. B is so patient with her and let’s her pretend she is teaching him when he already knows something and rewards her with good job.
It’s been half term and there has been a lot of cooking going on in this house with my two tots and the Number Loving Oven. We think it will be a great toy to not only learn MM’s numbers but really work her imaginative / creative play as well. I think these are equally as important when teaching our kids. Plus, I get to play “chef” with her although she never wants me to touch the sizzle button. “I do that Mommy!” is all I hear and a push of my hand, away. We love that quality time spent together.
Have you tried one of LeapFrog’s learning toys for toddlers? This oven is a great one to recommend especially if you have a little baker in the making.
*We are LeapFrog ambassadors but all photos and opinions are our own.