Leapfrog Tag Reading System
“The Leapfrog Tag is easily one of our best ever toy decisions – every home should have one.”
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Initial thoughts: I’m not a big educational parent, preferring things that kids can play with, so I was a bit ambivalent when we were given a Leapfrog Tag to test as part of the toysrus Toyologist programme. The system includes a battery-operated pen and a library of books (which you purchase separately at £10 plus each). One book is included with the Tag – Ozzie and Mac. Once you have downloaded the relevant story from the Leapfrog website to the pen, you can touch words inside the book and hear them aloud. The idea is to help kids with reading.
We liked: Once this was all set up and running (which took around half an hour) I could immediately see my fears were silly. Flea adores this toy. She can read individual words with the Tag pen, but more importantly she can play word games, create songs, do counting and spelling games and engage with the characters in the story, making them speak out loud.
The size means it’s incredibly easy to slip into a bag while travelling, and we get several weeks use from the batteries. It’s perfect for flights and long car journeys, but Flea will also regularly take this out at home and play – I’d say Ozzie and Mac has been read more than any other book in this house, so clearly it stimulates kids to read.
We weren’t keen: Registering on Leapfrog and downloading the audio content was a bit of a pain, but nothing too painful.
Overall: Genuinely, I think the Leapfrog Tag is one of the best toys Flea has ever had. It’s educational without compromising the idea of fun. It motivates kids to read, and play with words, and because you can buy new books as your child gets older, it should last them for years – or can be shared between kids of different ages. I love it.