Blue's Clues & You! Learning Watch and Really Smart Handy Dandy Notebook Review (LeapFrog)

Blue's Clues & You! Learning Watch and Really Smart Handy Dandy Notebook
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What It Is

It's always time for Blue's Clues & You! with the Blue's Clues & You! Learning Watch. This interactive watch includes a timer, an alarm clock, four learning games, and seven digital watch faces. Kids can explore time concepts, exercise observation and comparison skills, and practice counting. The watch has an adjustable wristband, and when you lift up the cover (which features Blue's face), you'll find the digital watchface underneath with a clock/home button, a right button, a left button, and a light-up OK button. Any time a kid needs to check the time, just open the cover. With the cover closed, kids can tap the bottom of the cover to activate sounds and lights. Or press the clock/home button, open the cover, use the left and right buttons to scroll through activities, and press the OK button to select one. The first three options are "alarm clock", "stopwatch", and "timer", and little kids might need adult help setting these up. The fourth option is "games", and there are four different ones to play. In A Day with Blue and Magenta, kids press the left or right buttons to scroll through the hours of the day and find out what Blue and Magenta want to do. In Spot the Difference, kids press the left or right buttons to select the pose that's different. Press the left or right buttons in Count the Bubbles to choose the correct number of bubbles. And kids use the left or right buttons in Catch! To move the pail so it catches the correct shapes. Some other fun features that can be accessed from the "settings" menu are different watch faces and a cuckoo clock function. When this is activated, the watch will chime at the top of each hour between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The Learning Watch is available in blue or magenta.

The Really Smart Handy Dandy Notebook is based on the one seen on the TV show, but this interactive learning toy introduces colors, numbers, letters, healthy habits, shapes, and music. There are 14 light-up app icons that kids can press to hear learning phrases from Josh, Blue's barks, and music. Lights will flash with the sounds. Kids can also press the light-up Blue button for more barking sounds. And if you press the Home button, you'll hear more music and Blue barking.

Is It Fun?

Either of these toys will be fun for fans of Blue's Clues & You! We like the interactivity of each one, and that they bring to life the characters from the show. The notebook is cool because it's a huge part of the show, so little kids will like having their very own. Plus, it lights up, plays phrases and music, and inspires kids to explore and roleplay. The Learning Watch has a lot of cool features that make it more than just a standard digital watch. Kids will like customizing the watchface and playing different games with Blue and Magenta.

Who It’s For

The Learning Watch is for ages 3 to 5.

The Handy Dandy Notebook is for ages 2 to 5.

What To Be Aware Of

The watch includes one CR2450 cell battery for the try-me features. Make sure to follow the instructions to remove the watch from try-me mode.

The notebook comes with three AAA batteries for the try-me features.

Each toy is sold separately.

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy


    3 AAA & 1 cell battery required