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Leapfrog LeapReader [Review]

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Learn to Write Letters With Mr Pencil and the LeapReader system (sold separately) for review as a Leapfrog Parent. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

We’ve been getting ready for the start of school at the end of August, the supplies have been mostly collected and the uniform has been bought. During the summer, in between our little projects and play activities, we’ve been keeping up with and expanding on the skills that Mikey had been learning in Preschool.

He had been using the Leapfrog Tag Reader quite a lot at the beginning of the summer to read his Monsters University book, I think we’ve got to the point now where we both know the story by heart! The LeapReader is compatible with most of the Leapfrog Tag library and when it arrived he was happy to be able to use it to read his two favourites: Monsters University and Leap and the Lost Dinosaur. 

Leapfrog LeapReader

Leapfrog LeapReader

Mikey was even more delighted to discover that the LeapReader could hold audiobooks, trivia games and music… as well as read his Leapfrog books (with 256MB of on board memory, it can hold around 40 content titles) and that you could use it to write on the magic writing paper.

The LeapReader is rechargeable via USB, no AA batteries mean that it’s lighter to hold for writing with and also cuts down on the cost of buying batteries.

Mikey is already familiar with Mr Pencil from one of his games for the LeapPad2, so he was excited to try out the Learn to Write Letters with Mr Pencil LeapReader Book. It is an activity book that kids can use with the LeapReader pen to learn how to make letter shapes while they follow the story of the Mr Pencil characters.

We are still working on the correct way to hold a pen (as you can see in the photos) but Mikey has become quite the pro at drawing and forming letters. He really enjoys using the LeapReader to trace the letters in the book and writing on the magic paper with interactive writing guidance.

I’ve been browsing through the LeapReader Library and I have quite the list of books that I think Mikey would really enjoy! He loved the original TAG reader and I credit it with really getting him interested in learning to read. Now he loves the LeapReader just as much, if not more, and it has been a fantastic tool to use to get him ready to begin Kindergarten. I know he’s going to continue to love using it throughout the year as his reading and writing improves.

Leapfrog LeapReader

Leapfrog LeapReader

Leapfrog LeapReader

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Learn to Write Letters With Mr Pencil and the LeapReader system (sold separately) for review as a Leapfrog Parent. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.