Thank you to LeapFrog for sponsoring this review. For more information about the LeapFrog Animal Adventure Learning Table, please visit their website. #LFAnimalAdv #spon

One of the things that drives me craziest about kids toys is not the whole gendered toy thing – I mean, my daughter LOVES pink and her name is Amelia which means that a pink airplane? Pretty freakin’ rad. So while I could go on about that – my mother would approve heartily of me bashing gendered stereotypes – it’s not something I think about terribly often.

No. That’s not what bugs me.

What bugs me about kid’s toys is that they’re aged all wrong.

Sure, they may be labeled as “appropriate for ages 6 months to three years,” (in compliance with the whole, “let’s not let your kids choke on stuff-n-things”) but really, my five year old is going to have a TON more fun with a toy designed for a toddler than a toddler will. He’s the one who can read and write and sing along to whatever annoying song the toy sings, which by the by, is another thing that annoys me – those freakin’ things go off in the middle of the damn night, nearly causing me to pee the bed as a discombobulated voice asks me if I’m “ready to count now?”

Freaky crap, Pranksters.

Anyway.

LeapFrog, who happens to be one of my most favorite toy manufacturers (besides Legos, because, well, the kids are OBSESSED with Legos) ever, sent me an Animal Adventure Learning Table, which was rad, because then my kids had something new to play with at Mom’s house. New (or used), in kid eyes, always equals better. This was no different.

the kids are alright

(totally note the boxes behind her – I wasn’t quite done unpacking. That’s a job for THIS weekend)

Like other LeapFrog toys (of which I’ve owned plenty)(no, not for myself)(weird, I know), it’s a nice sturdy toy, that, to be honest, I’m thankful because my children are now old enough to enjoy it. While it would make a fabulous thing for me to stub my toes on while a toddler used it to practice standing, puking and walking, it’s much better suited for older kids. Kinda like that kid’s Blackberry I bought Alex back when I was a Blackberry Widow, which bored him to tears then, but now, finds it wildly entertaining.

She played with the thing for at least twenty minutes, which is practically an eternity for a three year old, and honestly? The noises it makes are kinda soothing and not nearly as grating as some of the toys the kids’ve been given over the years. (note to self: buy new parent friends THE MOST ANNOYING SOUNDING TOYS EVER) Alex was similarly impressed, although he was busily playing Batman, which is his new favorite game. Just WAIT until you hear what his decisions about what we all have to be for Halloween – it’s both hilarious and full of the awesome.

Love that kid.

And while the nights (when the kids are at Dad’s house) are lonesome, the apartment filled with no pattering of wee footsteps, I know one thing and I know it well.

The kids? They’re gonna be alright.

I carry that thought with me all day long.

I was selected for this opportunity as a compensated member of Clever Girls Collective and received free product from LeapFrog to review.

The content and opinions expressed here are all my own. #LFAnimalAdventures #spon

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12 Responses to The Kids Are Alright (Part Deux)

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  • JTook says:

    Boxes. Boxes are the most awesomest toy EVER.
    Also, my sister used to go to WM, find an annoying toy and walk around with it. If she got *enough* dirty looks from other shoppers THEN she would buy it for one of her nieces or nephews. Not enough dirty looks? Back to the toy aisle to find something even more annoying. All I gotta say? Payback is a bitch.

  • MustangGina says:

    My husband and I would stand in the toy section at Christmas and wait to hear an exasperated parent say, “Put that thing down! It’s annoying!” And that’s what my neices and nephews got for Christmas! HAHA! Care Bears that sing and interact with each other? Heck yeah! The Elmo guitar that sings and plays music? Bring it! Toy Police cars and fire trucks with lights and sirens? Bought ‘em. There is a reason we never had kids!

  • Cynthia Medina says:

    You did good. And you will be ok too. <3

  • Carol Anne
    Twitter: NJdreaming
    says:

    While I’m not a parent, I did however run the annual Toy Test for the magazine I worked for. (that sentence is all kinds of bad grammar) I HATED those noisy toys and the intern refused to go to the third floor where all the toys lived because the noisy ones talked to him. LOL

    But seriously, I coordinated the annual toy test and wrote the article about it for 8 years and Leap Frog was always one of the winning toys.

  • Steve says:

    My mom used to buy my kids the loudest toy she could find with no volume control, she bought my cousin bongos one year, for some reason they did t seem to want to swap gifts after that. Kids are pretty resilient and as long as you both show them real love they will be fine

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  • Becca says:

    My Ainsley would have loved that toy, suddenly though she is obsessed with thoughts of a cd player that will play lullabies so she can fall asleep faster. Her words not mine I swear, it’s like living with an adult in an 8 year olds body.

  • Cindy G says:

    Kids are so funny and yes, the age groups are all wrong. My 8 y/o loves her 4 y/o sisters’ toys. She has since they were born. The little ones aren’t interested in them much until after the age they are “appropriate” for.

    And Amelia – that girl is such a beauty. That face, those curls – I could mush her up all day.

  • roxie says:

    Do they make a huge one? For ages 28 to 39? They can keep everything else the same, just make it much bigger, for us plus sized kids! :)

  • alexis (You can call me Al)
    Twitter: theangelalexistwitter.com
    says:

    I would be a freaking genuis had I played with such awesome toys as that Leapfrog thing when I was Amelia’s age.

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