If you follow me on twitter you may have been unable to miss my complaints this month about being sick. We’ve all been down with colds for what seems like the entire month of January, a not-so-great start to the year which has meant lots of time indoors: snuggling under blankets, playing quietly, drinking warm tea and reading books together.
Although we’re never happy to be sick, Mikey has at least been happy to get goodies in the mail and to have had the chance to read and play with Leap and the Lost Dinosaur, a Tag System book sent to us by Leapfrog. It has also inspired a lot of dinosaur related play around the apartment and a request to visit the museum as soon as we are well, to see the dinosaur bones.
Mikey is a somewhat reluctant reader, something that I’ve had trouble coming to terms with being such a voracious reader myself. He has never really enjoyed being read to and is much more interested in games, physical activity and building things than he is sitting quietly with a book. He’s also very interested in electronics and technology, which is where the Tag reading system comes into play.
He was completely smitten with the Tag Reader (which is sold separately), amazed that he could point at words in the book with and have it read back to him as well as use it to play games with the pictures in the book. I’ve never seen him more interested in a book and we are certainly going to take a look at some of the other books offered by Leapfrog in order to encourage this further.
Leap and the Lost Dinosaur (which is aimed at ages 5 to 8) is a part of the Tag Learn Through Reading library, designed to help children apply reading skills to various other topics such as science and geography through stories and interactive games, which is something that I love because the extra information in the book seems to appeal to Mikey a whole lot.
Not only does Leap and the Lost Dinosaur contain a fun time travel story filled to the brim with interesting facts and games about various dinosaurs and the prehistoric timeline, but it also comes with 15 fun interactive dinosaur playing cards to further learn and compare characteristics of all the different dinosaurs we have read about in the book.
Mikey particularly loved a game within the book where you can learn about what different dinosaurs ate and “feed” them accordingly. He also spent quite a lot of time playing on the pages that contain a prehistoric timeline with different fossils, and also another page where you can compare and identify dinosaurs of different heights which he thought was pretty fun because some of them were “even bigger than mummy!”
He has been carrying around the dinosaur playing cards in his pockets and pulling them out every now and then to take a look at the different dinosaurs on them. You can use the Tag Reader to touch one side of each card and listen to the dinosaur’s name and what it would have sounded like, or touch the other side to hear more interesting facts. Mikey has had me sit down with him several times to listen to the difference between the sounds that the different dinosaurs make when you touch the Tag Reader to the cards.
Leap and the Lost Dinosaur has everything that a budding paleontologist could want, and all of the fun learning extras that we love. Available for purchase on the Leapfrog Website.
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Leap and the Lost Dinosaur and the Tag system (sold separately) for review as a Leapfrog Parent. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. Product photo courtesy of Leapfrog.