Wednesday 18th September 2019,

Introducing the LeapReader

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I was lucky enough to jet off to Melbourne recently to attend the launch of the newest addition to the LeapFrog family – the fabLeapReader!

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 I was spoilt….. with tasty treats 🙂

Now apart from some yummy mocktails (green of course) and delicious treats I got the low down on this exciting new reading and writing system. I have to say it’s pretty impressive but that’s what I have come to expect from LeapFrog.

But I have a LeapFrog Tag Reading System – why buy this new LeapReader?

Some of you may be familiar with the LeapFrog Tag Reading System which looks very similar to the new LeapReader. The new LeapReader expands on the already brilliant Tag Reading System. The really good news is the LeapReader will work with most Tag books (check the list of compatible titles here).

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So what’s so special about the LeapReader?

Well firstly, my only gripe about LeapFrog products in the past has been about batteries, power and charging. And they have heard….wait for it the LeapReader is USB charged….HALLELUJAH!!!

With the LeapReader your child can:

– Learn to read

– Learn to write

– Listen to audio books

LeapFrog-LeapREADER-with-book-MRLeapFrog has combined the three essential literacy skills: reading, writing and listening.

Kids can go at their own pace and learn in a way that suits them. They can listen to a book or they can sound out a word or letter. They can play games and trivia or they can write letters and words. But ultimately they are engaged and they are learning.

At the launch it occurred to me, why would I spend my money on a LeapReader (which RRP is $99) when I could download an app for the iPad – which would probably be much cheaper. The answer was kind of obvious especially after talking with Professor Nicola Yelland from Victoria University, College of Education.

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Nicola highlighted that the LeapReader is only as good as the library that supports it, and that is really what you are paying for with the LeapReader. Yeah sure you could buy a $5 app that “teaches” reading or writing but it is the LeapFrog library which is created by education professionals and academics that truly makes the LeapFrog LeapReader superior (and worth the money).

There are 100’s of titles in the library of interactive books, writing activities and audio books. Some with familiar characters like the Monsters University in 3D Reading Book . My kids had an absolute blast with the interactive Human Body Discovery Book.

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Oh and with the school holidays beginning this week you might be interested in the new game – Disney Pixar’s Monsters University – which is compatible with both the LeapPad tablet and Leapster GS Explorer handheld gaming units.

The game has 30 levels where you can create your own masterpiece, compose your own tunes with musical colours, and solve puzzles with Sulley or Mike.  This Explorer learning game teaches logic, reasoning and memory skills, cause and effect, critical thinking, art/drawing, and shapes.

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Even though this game is suitable for children aged 3-7 years my 3 year old needed my help to play and enjoyed the matching games. My 7 and 9 yearolds loved it (my 9 year old son said it was awesome – that’s pretty good). The Disney Pixar Monsters University LeapFrog Explorer game is RRP $44.99 and available from all major toy retailers and other independent toy store.

For more information on any of the LeapFrog products you can visit their website www.leapfrog.com

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 {the formal stuff} Disclaimer: As with ALL products reviewed – no payment was received however I was supplied with a LeapFrog LeapReader, Human Body Interactive Book and the Monsters University Book and game to review. The ideas and views expressed in this review are my own – good and bad.

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