Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ready, Set, Read and Write! LeapFrog #LeapReader Review

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post. All LeapFrog products featured in this post were provided to me to host an in-home party. All opinions are my own.

As a teacher and a mom, LeapFrog has always been a brand that I endorse. Both of my kids have learned their basic phonics with a little help from these two LeapFrog friends:

Don't get me wrong: I think the best way to learn to read is by reading to your kids the old-fashioned way. But I believe that LeapFrog products offer a great way to reinforce reading skills when you just can't, especially on the go (these products are great for road and airplane trips!). So I was thrilled to be asked to host a LeapReader party! We invite some of my daughter's preschool-aged friends over for a fun playdate and let them enjoy all the fun LeapFrog products together.

Here are our thoughts on some of the new, interactive LeapFrog products: 

LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet: This is a great tablet for the preschooler in your life. With its fun, pre-loaded educational apps, you know your child is safely playing and learning: indeed it challenges more than 2500 skills in subjects like reading, art, music, language and culture, science, geography, mathematics, health and more. At our party, the kids loved passing around the tablet and sharing their fun finds. Without a doubt, all of the parents agreed that we prefer this sturdy tablet over the kids using our own tablets anyday!
LeapPad2 Explorer™ Learning Tablet
LeapFrog TAG Reading System: Designed for children ages four to eight, the Tag Reading System uses touch technology, with a special "pen" that kids can use to touch to the pages of specially printed storybooks, puzzles, maps and more to trigger audio responses. Kids can also learn to write with this special talking pen on special LeapFrog Learning Paper. The kids absolutely loved writing and reading with the "magic pen". As a teacher, I appreciate the fact that the books you can purchase to work with this system are leveled, helping you move your child up the reading ladder. Learn more about the LeapFrog TAG Reading System here

My favorite book in the LeapReader series is the Talking Word Factory.  Kids can use the Word Whammer and the Sticky-Ick-o-Rama to learn how letters blend to create new words, trace missing vowels and write words in a workbook together with Tad and Lily. 
LeapReader™ Book: Write it! Talking Words Factory
Finally, here's a fun punch recipe I shared with our friends: 

Frog Juice
1 quart pineapple juice
6 oz frozen limeade
1 liter seltzer water
1 quart lime sherbert
In a large bowl, combine pineapple juice, limeade and seltzer water until limeade has dissolved. Chill until ready to serve, adding softened sherbet to the punch immediately before serving. 

To learn more about these fun, educational products Follow LeapFrog on Twitterand “Like” them on Facebook.  All products are available at LeapFrog websiteWalmartTargetAmazonKmartBarnes and NobleToys R US or Best Buy.
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