Pros: Sturdy, Interactive, Different Modes of Play and Volume Control.
Cons: You might have to go hunting under couches for balls.
My boys had a blast with Peek-a-Shoe from LeapFrog, which is for children up to 36 months.
Peek-a-Shoe is a shoe-wearing octopus. He is a sturdy plastic toy, with 5 different colored shoes and a white sailor hat. He comes with 5 balls and minor assembly is needed to put his shoes on his feet. They must have done that for packaging/shipping. But the shoes were easy to pop in place and have not come off, even with both boys scrambling to lift those shoes up to find out where balls are hiding.
You see, that is their FAVORITE mode of play with Peek-a-Shoe. There is one tentacle that holds balls. Then another tentacle acts as a tunnel, where you can roll balls into. You can also pop balls into his hat. Then the children have to figure out which shoe the ball landed in. Shoes are differently colored and numbered, so make sure you assemble it in the correct order! Shoes are red, yellow, green, orange and blue. And those are the same color of the balls.
The Red Shoe is #1. it has an image of 1 turtle on it. The Yellow Shoe is #2. It has an image of two crabs. The Green Shoe is #3. It has three puffer fish on it. The Orange Shoe is #4. It has the image of 4 seahorses. The Blue Shoe is #5. It has the image of 5 jellyfishes.
There are two modes of play – by color or by number.
BY COLOR: When you roll a ball down, Peek-a-Shoe encourages the child to find it. If you peek under an empty shoe, he tells them, “Not under the *insert color* shoe.” If you find the ball, Peek-a-Shoe says, “Peek-a-boo, you found it under the *insert color* shoe”.
If you haven’t dropped a ball and lift a shoe, it will tell you the color of the shoe.
BY NUMBER: When you roll a ball down, Peek-a-Shoe encourages the child to find it. If you peek under an empty shoe, he tells them, “Not under the number *insert number* shoe.” If you find the ball, Peek-a-Shoe says, “Peek-a-boo, you found it under the number *insert number* shoe”.
If you haven’t rolled a ball down and you lift a shoe, it will tell you the number on the shoe.
There is also a song button. It plays My Best Friends are from the Sea, a Counting Song and it also has a few musical melodies. I think I recognized Chopsticks? It plays the same songs no matter if you are on number or color mode.
The balls are not empty, cheap, thin-plastic balls that get squashed and unusable. These are good quality, sturdy, and can withstand the play from a curious toddler and rough preschooler.
Peek-a-Shoe requires 2 AA batteries, not included. You need a screw driver to insert the batteries. It has a power on-off button and two volume levels. He retails for $29.99.