Unfortunately, I do have a few things that I didn’t like when playing with the LeapFrog Count Along Register. When playing with the Count Along Register, I very quickly found that the phrases were repeating themselves already. As a mom, toys with very few, often repeated phrases, get irritating to listen to extremely quickly but the Count Along Register does have adjustable volume so that is a point in its favor.
Another drawback with this toy lies in the scanner itself. It isn’t realistic at all and doesn’t interact with the products so for me this is a loss on the overall experience. I think it would have been extremely more valuable to have an attached scanner that both looked more realistic and also offered more educationally.
I realize that when playing “grocery store” most children want to engage in a realistic experience while playing make-believe. Unfortunately, the only way you get the realistic experience is if you use the faceplate, which isn’t the fun part of playing with the Count Along Register. Also, I definitely think that the use of the credit card feature could be better. There is a slider for the credit card and the Count Along Register does acknowledge when you slide the card but it says the same few phrases over and over again by saying things like “you’ve been here before!” but doesn’t acknowledge it as a method of payment which was disappointing.
Not as fun as I had hoped
I was really hoping that this LeapFrog Count Along Register would have ended up being more fun that it was. The chance for children to learn through play is always a great prospect but unfortunately the Count Along Register falls short in my expectation to keep the “grocery store” game fun. Additionally as a mom, I know that the accessory pieces won’t stay with the unit long unless I use a plastic bag or some sort of special storage system to keep things together.