Product: LeapFrog Musical Rainbow Tea Party
Age Range: 12 Months to 3 Years
Manufacturer’s Description: Children will love learning with the Musical Rainbow Tea Party! The lovable light-up teapot bubbles with personality while percolating “tea,” and teaches children about colours, matching, manners and counting, too! children will love matching and building motor skills as they play. Host a special tea time for two to learn lessons in sharing. And, best of all, the Musical Rainbow Tea Party features 50+ songs, phrases and tea party sounds!
Rating: (4/5 stars)
Review: Georgie really loves a good imagination fuelled tea party, and so when we were offered this colourful tea set to review I jumped at the chance. The LeapFrog Musical Rainbow Tea Party is a really interactive tea set with lots of noises and lights to keep your little one entertained.
Almost all of the packaging for the tea set is recyclable, although there is some plastic, and a few cable ties that will need a pair of scissors to get into.
Georgie was so excited she took a photo of the tea set herself in her eagerness to get into it, knowing that she wasn’t allowed to start playing until I had snapped a few photos…
With this tea set you get: a battery powered tea pot, two tea cups, and a plate with six triangular slices of cakes in different “flavours”.
The tea pot talks, sings songs, makes great sound effects, and lights up in different colours. The lid of the teapot lifts up on a hinge to reveal a mirror inside. The noises & songs are activated by either pressing the heart shaped “tea time” button, tipping the pot up to pour the tea, or opening the lid.
There are two teacups included in this set, and unfortunately due to the way they are packaged, each teacup has two holes halfway down the side which makes it impossible to fill more than about a third full of liquid. Georgie does occasionally like to take toy teacups outside when she is playing with water in the garden, or even into the bath now and again, so it’s a shame that these teacups don’t hold water. It’s not a massive problem though as they seem perfectly able to hold an immense amount of imaginary tea!
The slices of cake come in different flavours, each one with a different coloured icing, giving your child a good opportunity to practise their colours. They can match the colour of the cake to the colour the teapot has lit up, and the teapot also mentions cake flavours by name and colour. The plate the cake is served on has markings to show what flavour goes where, but I think these are far too subtle for a young child to pay much attention too – in my opinion they could do with being a bit more obvious so your child can develop their matching skills.
Georgie has really enjoyed playing with this tea set, and she clearly finds the bright colours and illustrations on the different parts of the set attractive & inviting. She loves to dance and jiggle along to the songs the teapot sings, and really enjoys the pouring sound effects.
Georgie has no trouble at all following the teapot’s instructions about pouring tea, and matching the various cakes to the colour of the pot and the flavours the teapot mentions. I think that she does occasionally find it a little frustrating as she doesn’t always want to be talked at and would prefer it if there was an option to just have it making the sound effects & music, so you could switch between guided play and free play.
You can clearly see that she finds the set a lot of fun in this video of her having tea party with Homily, our dog!
We give this tea set 4 stars. I think it would make an excellent present for a toddler, especially if they are just getting into imaginative play.