LeapFrog have been enjoying enormous success with their LeapPad and now the Ultra LeapPad, in fact I imagine that at least one of their toys has slipped into your child’s toy box over the years. Now it’s time to talk about the LeapReader which we have been sent to review.
You may have seen the LeapFrog Tag reading system, well this is the next step forward as not only can you read with the LeapReader but you can also learn to write.
The LeapReader is an instrument like a pen, a thick pen easily held in little hands. It has an on/off switch and once turned on you hear a signature tune and the interactive buttons light up.
The interactive buttons change colour to green, blue and orange depending on which activity you choose,
GREEN is for the audio books
BLUE is for music
ORANGE is for Trivia fun
By placing the tip of the pen on a book the LeapReader will read you a story, sound out words to you and spell them too depending which symbol you touch.
On pages in the books you can find extra symbols which offer games to play expanding on the reading content and adding a fun activity to do along your way.
The LeapReader is split into varying levels
Getting ready to read – great for preschoolers
Early Reading – perfect for reception
Read & Write – excellent for Year One and Two
Read on your own – perfect for year 1 & 2
Learn through Reading – a great way of expanding your child’s knowledge
so it becomes a toy that grows with your child’s development. As you can see the scheme has been colour coded making it easy to see which material is available in each level.
The levels cover the basics of letters and sounds and preschool skills through to science, geography, creativity and puzzles.
What do we think?
From the moment the girls spotted the ‘new toy’ they wanted to play and as it’s a sharing toy there was a lot of arguing as they both wanted to try it out. After some discussion they managed to sit together and read the book Monsters University together.
Luckily the Talking Words Factory which encourages children to read and write short and long vowels, consonant blend and to write words, also comes with a pack of learning paper which you apply to the page in order to follow the exercises so I am able to share this between them.
Do I think you need a pen each?
Not necessarily, if your children are able to share – which is an excellent skill to learn, one LeapReader will do.
I’m happy to tell all parents that the LeapReader also has a headphone jack.
One thing to keep in mind is this isn’t a toy that they will learn to use by themselves immediately and will need some parental interaction in the initial stages but I think as they get the hang of it they will need less attention
and be able to use on their own
The LeapReader RRP is £39.99 available from major stores
For another mum’s view on the LeapReader visit Emma from Mummy, mummy, MUM!
Disclosure: We were sent a LeapReader to review for the purpose of this post, all opinions are my own.