Name of Product: Leapfrog Mobile Med Kit
How many children do you have and how old are they?
I have 2 girls, aged 4 ½ and 2 ½
A lovely bright coloured toy, sturdy and durable – perfect for little hands. It’s an ambulance with a useful carry handle that comes with a thermometer, otoscope, syringe and a stethoscope with lots of entertaining features like sounds effects, a song and ‘missions’ to teach little ones about the tools and what they’re used for.
How long did it take to build?
This toy has no assembly required (a blessing in our house!) and came with batteries included.
However I must add that although it was beautifully presented, the packaging was complicated and really difficult to get into with numerous pieces of cardboard, sellotape, cable ties and fastenings. We needed a sharp pair of scissors and it was a bit frustrating for the girls but as soon as it was out, they were thrilled as it’s a super toy.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
It’s a straightforward toy to use so we didn’t really need the instructions but they were well laid out with tips on core learning skills and instructions on getting started and playing.
Which is your favourite part?
This is a great toy that educates but allows free role-play and helps develop imagination skills. I love that it doesn’t dumb anything down and calls all the medical tools by their proper names. Aged 35, I even learnt what an otoscope is and does! We also like the fact that it has a British voice, which is refreshing, as so many of our ‘noisy’ toys are American sounding.
The 2 year old loved to bash the siren button down and wheel the ambulance around the room, whilst my 4 year old enjoyed developing role-play situations with the pieces of equipment. With two girls our house is full of dolls, tutus and tiaras so it’s nice to have a toy that’s unisex and a little less ‘pink’!
Would you recommend it to other parents/children?
Absolutely! We’ve had lots of fun out of it so far and can see us all playing with it for a long time to come. It’s a perfect toy for any child that has to visit the doctor or hospital to help them prepare and understand what is happening in a fun way.
Is it worth the RRP?
Yes at £17.99 it’s really reasonable as there’s so much play to be had with the variety of tools and sounds.
Does it teach children anything? co ordination? sharing? counting etc?
It’s perfect for role-playing, allowing children to develop their sense of imagination as they learn about the world. It also helps children learn about health and visiting the doctor, as well as the human body. And it encourages parents to talk about ambulances and medical care as families play together. On top of that, the different pieces of equipment, and siren button helps with hand to eye co-ordination and fine motor skills.
What is your final feedback?
There are few toys so absorbing as a doctor’s kit and there’s so many of them on the market. This is one of the best as it does so much more with the siren button, sounds and songs and the ambulance push-along toy too.
It’s been great for my two girls, and has allowed them to play together nicely (something we’re working on!) as well as independent play on their own.
The Mobile Med Kit is a well made toy that educates, interacts and encourages children to understand and learn about health and medicine through the wonderful world of play.