Leap Frog Scribble & Write
The audio voices were all British and clear which is always a bonus. We have had mumbling toys before! Because of this I didn’t have to hover over them telling them what to do all the time.
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Initial thoughts: The Scribble & Write looks interesting, is really chunky, and easy for little hands to hold – both children (5 and 3) wanted to play with it as soon as they saw it. Children trace the lights on a retraceable screen to practise shapes and letters with step by step audio instructions. There are four learning modes; exploring drawing, uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and games.
We liked: My 3 year old boy is reluctant to sit down and practice writing so this was a good opportunity to inject some fun into the task. The audio voices were all British and clear which is always a bonus. We have had mumbling toys before! Because of this I didn’t have to hover over them telling them what to do all the time. The pen, which is just the right shape for little hands to grasp is attached by a piece of string and has a slot in the back of the unit to store when it’s not being used.
Oh, and you can spill milk on the Scribble & Write and it still works.
We weren’t keen: Our school is teaching the children to read using phonics, this unit referred to each letter in capital form whether it was in lower case or not, which could become confusing for the 3 year old when he starts reception. The 5 year old kept correcting the Scribble & Write when it asked her to draw an ‘A’ instead of ‘a’. She also discovered within 10 minutes that the unit said ‘well done’ regardless of what shape/letter she had traced on the screen.
Overall: A really good introduction to forming letters, shapes and encourages independent learning. The 3 year old has played with this every day for a week and got the hang of it really quickly. The 5 year old, although wise to its inability to distinguish between correct and incorrect tracings, still enjoyed playing with it, especially the more challenging games mode.
[by Laura D]