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Leapfrog Monsters University Book and Game [Review]

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of the Monsters University game and a copy of the Monsters University interactive book for review as a Leapfrog Parent. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

We’re big fans of Pixar and of the original Monsters Inc movie and Mikey has been excited about the new movie, Monsters University, that is coming to theaters later this month. There are ads for the movie on the sides of the city buses that drive through our neighbourhood and he has been shouting “Mummy, look look, Monsters!” each time one passes us while we are walking.

He was absolutely thrilled to open the package that arrived from Leapfrog and see that it was a game and book of Monsters University. With packaging left strewn about the floor, he opened the book and began to look at it right away.

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We love the Leapfrog Tag books and they’ve become an important addition to our little home library, the Monsters University book very quickly became the favourite. It has beautiful illustration of characters that he already loves and comes with a pair of 3D glasses, both of which are compelling for a beginning reader. It is Leapfrog’s first 3D book (it is also readable without the 3D glasses) and Mikey was fascinated with the effects on each page, while listening along to the story with his Leapfrog Tag device. The book will work with the Tag device and also with the new Leapreader.

The book contains logic building and reasoning skill games that can be played using the Tag device, these games also help to develop reading comprehension, knowledge of nouns and verbs, and general vocabulary skills. If Mikey is stuck on a word or just wants to hear the correct pronunciation again he can touch on the word with the Tag device and have it read back to him, helping to develop the word recognition skills that he will need for Kindergarten next Fall.

To find out more about the Leapfrog Monsters University 3D Book, there is a video trailer on the Leapfrog Youtube Channel.

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We’ve also had a lot of fun playing with Leapfrog’s Monsters University cartridge game on the LeapPad2 (the game is compatible with all Leapfrog Tablets and Leapster Explorer).

Mikey’s favourite part of the game so far is where he can create his own monster, using a photo and then recording a sound for the monster’s roar. Both my husband and I have been unwitting subjects of monster creation photos as he sneaks up on us to take a photo for a new monster.

What I really like about the game is that it encourages important critical thinking skills and is based on learning by trial and error. The Scare Maze portion of the game requires players to navigate a maze with obstacles, using planning and strategy skills as well as problem solving. These are the kind of open-ended skills that I feel are very important and translate into almost every aspect of learning. Mikey found the Scare Maze game challenging at first but once he had worked out what to do he began to enjoy it a lot.

There is also a Guess the Monster guess who game, and a Memory Match memory game that both involve the use of logic skills and reasoning. Mikey is already familiar with memory games and enjoyed this portion quite a lot, but he wasn’t familiar with guess who games, luckily there is an in-game tutorial and with a little help he managed to work that out too and has been enjoying it.

To find out more about the Monsters University Game, there is a trailer on the Leapfrog Youtube Channel.

I’m continually impressed with the quality of Leapfrog products, the research that goes into each and the new learning experiences that Mikey can have while using them. He loves them too and they are consistently fun and engaging for him.

Leapfrog are also offering free shipping on the Monsters University Book and Game with the code MONSTERS until 6/30!

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of the Monsters University game and a copy of the Monsters University interactive book for review as a Leapfrog Parent. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

1 Comment so far

  1. Kristi Bonney

    I just love the LeapFrog learning system! They’re so much fun for kids. Lana loves her Tag Jr. I’ll have to look into the new Monsters University stuff they have out right now. Thanks so much for sharing. I love your LeapFrog reviews. :)

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