A Review of the LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Set
The LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket is a lovely toy for 2 year olds to play with, either alone or with other children. It comes with food, plates and cups, forks, plus picnic basket and blanket to sit on, so it’s a complete toy in itself (unlike many toys, which force you to buy expensive accessories).
This toy brings many benefits for 2 year old children. It helps to encourage sharing, which most 2 year olds struggle with, by making it part of the game.
It’s popular with parents and has 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon, which is unusually high.
This toy picnic basket set has a hidden surprise. Lift the lid of the basket to hear over 30 music and sound effects. The fun learning songs will appeal to 2 year olds and will even help to teach them manners – for example there’s a song about ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. The songs are also designed to encourage pretend play at this crucial stage of a 2 year old’s development. They ask the child to do various things such as pushing the button for another song, lifting the lid of the picnic basket, identifying the colours, sorting and matching the play food etc.
As well as helping children to learn about concepts such as shapes, colours and manners, the LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Set helps to develop their motor skills. 2 year olds will enjoy emptying and filling the picnic basket, slotting the food into the correct positions on the plates, and so on.
Most toy food is labelled as suitable for age 3 and over due to the small parts. This picnic set has larger food pieces and is suitable for babies from 6 months up to about 36 months (however I think it will be enjoyed by children of at least 4 or 5 years old).
I like pretend play toys like this because a child will naturally adapt the toy to their stage of development. A 2 year old will use the picnic set in a fairly basic way, whereas an older child will act out a picnic in a more realistic way. The toy grows with the child.
I think that most people will use this as a standalone toy. However it also connects to the LeapFrog Learning Path which allows you to incorporate it into an overall customised learning plan, working alongside other LeapFrog toys.
The LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Set is available to Buy on Amazon.