Here's a secret: I'm really bad at picking out toys for Kyle and always have been. I've been leaning on the advice of friends and family and straight-up hand-me-downs since he was born. Whenever someone asks for a gift idea for a kid Kyle's age or younger, I look at them like, Uh, maybe a gift card? Cash? Oh, books! Those are always welcome, right?
The toys that do top his Awesome List are usually ones he got from someone else. Thank goodness the kid has other people in his life. Although, he does have an impressive book collection courtesy of his mom, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
All that said, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that when I got the chance to review the LeapFrog Magic Alphabet Bus through Clever Girls Collective, I was game. (Although, shhh, this time I could pretend I picked it out myself to earn back some toy-picking-out credibility with my three-year-old.)
This is a pretty great toy for the three-year-old set--well, at least my three-year-old--because he's at the age where he's all about letters and spelling words and "what does COW start with, Mommy?" There are a few options on the toy--learning letters through sounds, music, or games--and they all got big laughs out of Kyle, which is a win in my book. (Although for the letter option, whenever you tap a letter, it responds with the letter and the corresponding picture--"a as in apple"--and that made it a little confusing to spell out original words Kyle was narrating to me. Small thing I'd change!)
The toy itself is super lightweight and takes up almost no room, which is good since we have about five total feet for toys in our 1300-square-foot house.
There's also a pretty cool keyboard that Mike and I made up songs on once Kyle went to sleep, in case you're looking for a toy that you can also act like a fool with once the kids are tucked in bed. (If this weren't a sponsored post, I might add something about having a few glasses of wine before playing original songs on your kid's Touch Magic toy to maximize awesomeness, but I am far more professional than that OBVIOUSLY.)
It IS a great toy, though, and I'm actually planning to buy it for an upcoming birthday present because it's the best gift idea I've come up with (sort of on my own?) in months.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and was given free product by LeapFrog. The content and opinions expressed here are all my own.