If you're looking for a holiday present for a child, you can't go wrong with a ball. Kids of any age love balls -- they love throwing them, catching them, rolling them, dropping them, hiding them, doing just about anything with them! A ball is one of the first toys babies learn to play with, and there are so many ways parents can use these wonderful round objects to teach their children colors or number, not to mention more basic skills like motor skills or cause-and-effect.
When my kids were babies, one of their favorite toys was a ball drop where they could drop a ball in a hole and look to see where the ball came out. They had hours of fun with it -- which is why, when Leapfrog asked me to review their Peek-a-Shoe Talking Octopus, I just couldn't resist, even though my kids are no longer babies. I knew parents everywhere would love to hear about this cute little toy (and I just know my 2-year old niece and her new baby sister would enjoy it for the holidays!).
The Peek-A-Shoe Octopus is a brightly-colored, hollow octopus. Babies and toddlers drop colored plastic balls into the octopus' head (or into one of his tentacles), and wait for it to drop into one of the octopus' other five tentacles (the seventh tentacle is for holding the balls, and the eighth is just a plastic appendage at the back of the octopus). The octopus has colored shoes and numbered on these tentacles, and kids have to life the shoe to see whether the ball has rolled into that tentacle or not. The octopus helps them along with audio cues ("Not under the orange shoe!") and cheers them on when they lift the correct shoe ("You found it under the number 3 shoe! Way to go!"). It's such an adorable toy -- and a great way to get the little ones familiar with colors and numbers!
Win a Leapfrog Peek-A-Shoe Talking Octopus
One lucky Bonggamom Finds reader will win a Peek-a-Shoe Octopus from LeapFrog -- just in time for the holidays!
Leave a comment on this post and tell me which LeapFrog toy your child would most like to receive for the holidays. This entry must be completed before any extra entries will count.
For extra entries, you can do any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each extra entry with a way to verify the entry (i.e. tweet link, blog post link, Facebook id, Twitter id, etc.).
1) Blog about this giveaway, making sure you include a link to the giveaway in your blog post (1 entry).
2) Write this on the Bonggamom Finds Facebook page (1 entry):
I entered the Leapfrog Peek-a-Shoe Octopus giveaway! http://bit.ly/u6MfMY
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6) Enter my Leapfrog My Own Story Time Pad giveaway (1 entry)
This giveaway ends at 11:59PM PST on December 15, 2011; I will draw 1 winner at random on December 11 and post the winner's name after he/she confirms acceptance. Continental US residents only. For additional giveaway rules, click here. Good luck!
Disclosure: I received a product sample to facilitate my review, but have not been paid to review the product or give my opinions. Product information is provided by the featured company/product and is indicated in italics. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.