Scout’s Goodnight Light
The Scout's Goodnight Light from LeapFrog measures 16cm tall and 13cm wide at the handle, very solidly constructed so it should survive the odd knock to the floor. It is battery driven and they are sealed behind a Philips screw shut opening in the back.
It has a four position yellow slider on one side, a red button on the front and another yellow push button on the outside of the substantial handle.
Initially the adult can set what the child gets from nursery rhythms, spinning lights or a white light emerging from the top for 10 minutes or 20 minutes but most children will soon learn to operate it for themselves.
Once the unit is in use pressing the red button will produce a colour display on the ceiling and according to the number of presses either lullaby’s, solar wind or environmental sounds.
There is also a display of the planets with the child asked to ‘find something red like Mars’ or ‘green like Earth’ for examples.
Dependent on the child’s age will depend on what they get from this well-made toy. Best of all it should enable the adult to have to not read so many stories again and again instead it can count the planets. Certainly Jupiter was nothing to me until a lot older than this is meant to send to sleep. As it’s on a timer the most it will run for by itself is 20 minutes.
Apart from the red and yellow for the buttons already mentioned the top dome is violet, then a green band, then the rest of the body is turquoise blue and finally the base is green.
The white light from the top will only show on the ceiling the display of planets in an otherwise darkened room.
The language spoken by the young sounding reader is clear and easy to follow so the child will soon pick up the numbers 3, 2, 1 spoken before the light display.
Overall a very clever toy and even if it does end up on the floor or tipped on its side then there will be no damage to the toy or to the child, if the child is restless this should quieten him/her down and that means less stress for the adult.
I assume it’s meant to be a space ship with a couple of colourful animals looking out of a window on the side but whatever it is does not matter it’s a light with revolving images and things that the child can control when a little older.
The instructions on the box say for ‘9 months or older’. I will spare you my normal rant about having to destroy the box to extract the product as at this age the adult would have to remove it from its packaging for the child anyway.
The Scout’s Goodnight Light is available from Amazon the link below for £9.45.
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