Review: Frog-in-a-Box for Babies

Photo of my daughter opening the lid of Frog-in-a-Box as my son watches. The frog has vaulted into the air and is obscuring my daughter's face.

Frog-in-a-Box by Galt Toys is a jack-in-the-box for babies. This one is rated for 9-month-olds while traditional jacks start around 3 years.

It’s a simple deal. You open the lid and a fabric frog vaults freely about 12 inches into the air. To reset the box, push the interior spring-loaded platform down 5 inches until it locks, place the frog inside and close the lid.

Unlike a regular jack-in-the-box, there’s no fussing with door latches, no worrying about whether you have to crank the handle one more time so the door can close, and so forth.

The lid opens freely to 80 degrees and the frog is triggered when the lid is at a 90 degree angle. So, a toddler needs to learn to open the door completely for the fun to occur.

Now, the box is more like a canister, 8 inches tall, 7 inches wide. It’s made of plastic, but is covered with a removable, machine-washable fabric cover on its base and lid. Frogs adorn the side and the lid resembles a lily pad with crinkly petals.

Photo showing a sideview of the Frog-in-a-box with the lid open and closed.

Photo of the top view of Frog-in-a-Box with the lid open, showing the frog inside and the frog gone.

At 9 months, you do the prep work, and your kid does the door opening.

My boy loved our regular jack-in-the-box when we operated it for him, but then he would turn Incredible Hulk on us and try ripping Jack from the box. So we procured this Frog-in-a-box from a friend knowing he can’t destroy the frog because it’s not attached to anything.

Some observations:

  • It helps if you hold and orient the box, otherwise a first-time baby will often be shooting the frog at his own face as he tips the box toward himself. It didn’t faze our boy though. With only a foot jump, the frog isn’t flying too fast.
  • The music of a regular jack-in-the-box really helps with instant enjoyment. We’ve had to show him the frog a few times and jazz him up before he got the idea. A secondary issue is that he has to learn to track the trajectory of the frog.
  • My 4-year-old daughter loves this toy a little too much. She quickly devised games where she tilted the box and we were supposed to compete to catch the frog.
  • A variety of small stuffed animals will work in the box.
  • I have no doubt my son will grow to really love this frog as he learns to operate it on his own.

Grab Frog-in-a-Box at Amazon. If anyone knows of a comparable product, I’d love to hear about it. It seems like Galt Toys has the market to itself.

Photo of my son smiling as the frog leaps out as my wife opens the lid.

Photo of my son smiling and grabbing the frog as it lays on top of the box.

Photo of my son smiling as he grabs at the Frog-in-a-Box with its lid closed.

Photo of my son pulling the lid open of the Frog-in-a-Box as he stands.

Photo showing a side view of my son pulling the lid open and the frog leaping out.

I like watching him do that standing squat as he works with the lid. He’s not walking yet, but has pretty good balance. And yeah, what’s with the hair? The wife says his first haircut won’t occur until his firth birthday. I have other plans.


7 Responses to “Review: Frog-in-a-Box for Babies”

  1. My Boaz's Ruth says:

    We did the first haircut when he needed it. (which happened to be after his first birthday, but I think he could have used it before. I was just nervous about taking scissors to my wiggly boy’s head!)

    Do 3 year olds like Jack in the Boxes? that seems awful old for that.

    December 16th, 2008 at 6:00 am

  2. Amy says:

    I just trimmed my 10-month-old son’s hair last night for the first time – it looked a lot like your son’s before. I only trimmed the front and started on the side, before my husband nixed the side, and says it’s okay. So, we’ll see! Looks like a fun toy!

    December 16th, 2008 at 6:11 am

  3. Natalie says:

    It only took my kid a few days to figure out he could just open the lid a little bit and pull out the frog! But he has played with this toy off and on since he was 8 months old or so. Most recently he used it to launch small wooden blocks (he’s 3).

    I gave him his first trim at 10 months, only because the top part was getting in his eyes. I left the back curls as long as I could, but had to cut them when he was just over a year old. His hair hasn’t curled like that since. : (

    December 16th, 2008 at 7:23 am

  4. Kathleen says:

    Thanks for this review. I could see both of my boys really enjoying this without worrying about it getting broken.

    December 16th, 2008 at 8:05 am

  5. Patti says:

    Step away from the hair. When my oldest was little, my husband kept lobbying to cut the hair but I was too sentimentally attached to the curly, wispy, emo ragamuffin stuff. Cutting that hair for the first time can be such a girlie breaking-my-heart-where-did-my-baby-go thing. Let her hold on. Besides, she could change her mind and be okay with a cut before a year, too, you know. In the end I did. If you listened closely you could hear the tinkle sounds of my shattered heart hitting the floor with his curls.

    December 16th, 2008 at 8:40 am

  6. Kimberly says:

    My baby loves frogs. I am adding this to his wishlist!

    About haircuts… we gave (okay, it was just me) gave West a haircut… it didn’t go to well. You can see pics here

    December 16th, 2008 at 5:30 pm

  7. observer says:

    i like the concept.. but i think it could prove to be dangerous if the child was to put his or her head in the box, or tried to shoot out something into someone’s face. but over all vary cute

    January 5th, 2010 at 7:14 pm