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LeapReader Read and Write Series

I’m no stranger to the LeapFrog LeapReader, if you are, then I’ll fill you in. The LeapReader is the first ever reading and writing system for children. For more information on the LeapReader you can view my previous post here.

The question I’m most often asked by other mums and dads about LeapFrog products is “Why not just let them play the iPad*, there’s heaps of apps for kids?” Well I agree the iPad* is a real crowd pleaser when it comes to kids but the real point of difference between the two is the educational quality of the content available for the LeapFrog products.

There are a team of experts who create or select the educational and entertaining content for the LeapFrog library. There is also an extensive choice with over forty different books to choose from across the LeapFrog LeapReader library of reading, writing and activity titles, all for specific stages of development.

So basically what I say to those asking the question is, with LeapFrog products you can be certain of the educational value.

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Two new activity sets I’ve just tried out on the LeapReader are: Learn to Read and Write with Mr Pencil and Engineering a Win.



Learn to Read and Write with Mr Pencil is  suitable for ages 4-8. It teaches number writing, addition, subtraction and counting. Throughout the story, which centres around the Doodleburg Games, there are various activities and games.

Kids can also choose to read the story or have the LeapReader read it to them. The activities are done on special paper that the LeapReader actually ‘writes” on. Also included in the activity set is a Practice Pack of paper with 25 sheets: two copies of all ten activity pages from the book and five blank practice pages.

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My youngest son is nearly four and enjoyed various aspects of this however he is a bit too young for the counting, subtracting and addition. With my assistance, he played many of the games and had fun pointing at the words, numbers and illustrations which were read back to him.

Learn to Read and Write with Mr Pencil is perfect for kids in Kindergarten and Year One. I think pre-schoolers, like my son, would need a little bit of help with the trickier stuff in this set.



The next one is Engineering a Win which again is suitable for ages 4-8. It teaches engineering design process, basic science & technology and maths. The story is about a soap box derby, which I have to say I found a little bit ‘American’ – not a bad thing, but as we don’t really have Soap Box Derby’s in Australia I needed to explain it was like a Billy Cart or Go Cart race.

My seven year old daughter got right into this one – she loved it. I personally think the age recommendation of 4-8 for this should be at least 5 -8. Everyone is different but I felt this one was way out of my nearly four year old’s league.

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It has some really great activities that get kids working out creative solutions. My daughter said (in her own words) “I like how they make the cars and the games and tracing”. That was all I could get out of her while she was engrossed in the book.

Like the other activity set, it also came with a Practice Pack of paper with 25 sheets: two copies of all ten activity pages from the book and five blank practice pages.



*********      This competition is now closed…Congratulations Peta H 🙂      **********


Win Well how can you try out these great activity sets without a LeapReader? You can’t, that’s why I’m giving away a LeapReader valued at $99 to one lucky reader!

To enter just leave a comment below and tell me why the LeapReader would be great for your child?

Competition ends midnight 17 March 2014. Remember comments are moderated so they may not appear straight away:) Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Good luck,


*iPad is a Registered Trademark of Apple Inc.

Disclaimer [keeping it real]: To facilitate this post, and provide accurate information to my readers, I received a complimentary copy of both the LeapFrog LeapReader Engineering a Win and LeapFrog LeapReader Learn to Write Numbers with Mr Pencil Activity Sets. I received no payment for this post and the opinions express are entirely my own after trialing the product supplied.


  1. Lauren A March 17, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Kids have to learn so much and so quickly at Prep, it would be great to give them a head start.

  2. melanie w March 17, 2014 at 5:13 am

    Learning to read can be such a struggle aLeap Reader would make this time fun ans alot easier to juggle.

  3. Andrew March 16, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    My Little Miss Four would just love the range of amazing learning options available.

  4. Karly March 16, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I’d be one of the mummies who asked you why LeapReader was any different to an iPad so thanks for the explanation!
    Our 6 year old is struggling with homework but loves technology. A LeapReader makes it look less like learning and more like playing. Thanks

  5. Michelle Gray March 15, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    My 4 year old has started kinder this year and for the first time ever is now excited to try and learn to write. Her skills need a lot of developing and the LeapReader would be a fantastic help for those times we can’t be sitting next to her helping.

  6. Maria March 15, 2014 at 1:02 am

    The sooner children develop a love for reading the sooner they will discover the world…

  7. Kristin Santi March 13, 2014 at 2:52 am

    I love that this is educational, and I love that it has the writing component to it. My 3 children could certainly benefit from having such a tool. We limit tv and ipad time strictly and I’d love to have something educational to offer them next time they say “I’m bored Mum”. One child especially could use the writing practice, the other the reading practice. By the time they are done with it, I will be ready to pass it down to our youngest.

  8. JulieM March 10, 2014 at 8:41 am

    My daughter started Kindy this year and when she gets home is so eager to learn her sight words, and practice writing. I think the LeapReader would be a great tool in assisting her with her writing and learning her letters & numbers, and make learning to read (which she is having a little difficulty with) fun!

  9. Kush Bourke March 8, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Miss 4 gave me a real shock today by getting a book from her bookshelf (an Octonaught book) and copying the title into google so she could find it on youtube! I know she can recognize most of the letters but I wish her handwriting was keeping up with her typing skills (probably my bad for being on the computer too much lol :D) The LeapReader sounds perfect for her to develop all aspects of her reading and writing.

  10. Alison L March 8, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I have a 4 and 5 year old with slight learning delays that would benefit so much from this! They love to learn, and will get there eventually, this would just give them that little boost they need! 🙂

  11. Peta-Lee February 26, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    My middle daughter stares longingly at her older sister playing with her leap reader and secretly uses it while her sister is at school. I know she would love one of her own

  12. Candice E February 26, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    It’s my son’s 4th birthday today and he started kindy a couple of weeks ago. He is struggling to learn letters and numbers and just wants to play. This looks like a fun way for him to learn, whilst he think he’s playing!!

  13. Amanda M February 26, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Literacy foundations are the key to success in all tasks. LeapFrog will help kids, in leaps and bounds! 🙂

    PS – I do not have children, but I try to help children I know (including EAL littlies) with their reading and writing. This kit will help so many children that I get to see. 🙂

  14. Peta Hanney February 26, 2014 at 4:07 am

    My 7yr old would get so much out of this product! Her fine motor and english skills are really lacking due to her medical challenges. This looks like a fantastic idea to help engage her and encourage her to do some ‘work’.

  15. Carolyn February 26, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Both my children would benefit from this LeapReader. It would help reinforce what my Grade 1er is currently learning at school and it would help my almost 4 year old learn all the letters and numbers ready for Kindergarten next year.

  16. Tracy A February 26, 2014 at 12:21 am

    At nearly 6 & trying hard to write on her own
    A LeapReader would surely get her in the zone .
    Winning this would help her at school .
    Practice makes perfect & would make a great learning tool !

  17. cassandra webb February 24, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    What a fantastic tool for my reading mad son, to give me a break from reading all day long!

  18. Jenai February 24, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Mr 5 has just begun school;
    A motivated student, for him learning is cool.
    Together we stay up at night;
    Practicing how to read and write.
    He can read some words and recognises most letters;
    Practicing will make his comprehension better.
    To keep him inspired and make learning fun;
    LeapReader books and activities are number one!

  19. AmberB February 23, 2014 at 5:27 am

    Little Miss LOVES reading, but needs a little help with her reading and writing skills. I want her to have the best education possible.

  20. Kate February 22, 2014 at 2:29 am

    The activity books look fantastic – we have a leapreader and have collected some of the story books over the years but my youngest (in Prep) is beyond the stories now and wants something more challenging so this would be awesome! I never knew they existed.

  21. Nikita February 21, 2014 at 2:27 am

    My daughter is actually too young for this but I would love to win this for my best friends daughters for when they come over here to play.
    They are growing up so fast and would really benefit from this to aid and encourage them to write.

  22. Stacey Shailer February 18, 2014 at 4:17 am

    This would be great for my little man, as he is keen to learn but I’m struggling a bit with making it easy and fun for him!

  23. kelly February 18, 2014 at 1:34 am

    My daughter has started kindy this year and reading and sight words are a big part of her learning this year. A leap reader would be a great way to encourage her reading, but at the same time keeping it fun and interesting for her to keep trying and to continue reading

  24. DIANA O February 17, 2014 at 4:43 am

    He needs a little help so he doesn’t fall further behind, I’m hoping something fun will hold his attention because nothing else seems to work.

  25. Rachel Kriss-Newell February 17, 2014 at 3:40 am

    I’ve just returned from helping out at Kindy in my daughter’s classroom and delight in watching the shine in her eyes as she’s seeking to learn and attempt all the new tasks. She is super keen and wants to do extra writing at home after school. This would give her such incentive and fun at the same time – a new mix to her work that she is currently attempting at school. How proud she would feel of her efforts with a LeapReader. Her own little computer, she would be overjoyed and feel very important. Technology is really terrific – fun, educational and inspiring.

  26. Janelle Smith February 16, 2014 at 10:26 am

    My son is a little behind with reading and writing and this would be perfect for extra help when a teacher isnt around.

  27. Lana February 15, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    I have an older boy who is struggling and a younger girl starting her learning journey so these would come in handy for both kids