LeapFrog has always been one of our family’s favorite educational toy company. We have so many of their products from the Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket to Leapster Explorer to Fridge Phonics Alphabet Magnets . . . and almost everything in between.
We recently had the opportunity to review the newly designed LeapFrog Tag Reading System and all I can say is . . . talk about amazing technology! I have no idea how the Tag Reading System works behind the scenes but it just blows my mind!
Learn to read. Love to read! The #1 best-selling Tagâ„¢ Reading System brings stories to life with each touch to the pages of specially printed storybooks. Words talk, pictures sing and stories live out loud, engaging children’s senses to make reading a rich, fulfilling experience. Now re-sized to better fit little hands, the Tag Reader holds audio for up to 10 titles at a time from our library of 40+ books and games! And parents can see details of their child’s play and learning with the LeapFrogÂ® Learning Path.
LeapFrog TAG Reading System ($39.99)
The Tag Reading System comes with the Tag Reader, Let’s Play Tag! activity book, USB cable, & user guide.
The Tag Reader is shaped like a chubby pencil or stylus and has buttons for power on/off, volume control, audio books, as well as a headphone jack (YAY!) and a USB port. It runs on 2 AAA batteries (not included) and has a really smooth finish that comes in either green, blue, orange, purple, or pink. If you’re familiar with the older model of The Tag Reader you’ll notice that all the buttons are in the same place but the newly re-designed shape fits better in small hands.
To set it up, you would first need to install LeapFrog connect to your computer. If you’ve used other LeapFrog products before and have already installed this program you will not need to install again. I like that I can see all of our devices on one page. It keeps everything organized and makes it easier to switch out users. Â You’ll then need to connect your Tag Reader to your computer using the USB cord (included) and personalize your device for the child that will be using it.
With LeapFrog Connect, you can purchase more books and apps for your device, see what’s already installed on your device along with how much space is being used, download e-books, play games, and earn rewards. However, what I like best about LeapFrog Connect is that every time you connect your device to your computer, all the progress your child has made is automatically downloaded and analyzed. This way you’ll be able to see which areas they’re excelling in and which ones they need help with.
To use the Tag Reader, turn it on and you’re ready to go. In the Let’s Play Tag! activity book there are short stories, comics, games, and activities. There’s also a chart with all the icons and functions just in case your child forgets what to do.
For books, you can either touch the “book” icon and have the Reader read the page in it’s entirety or your child can move the Reader over each word one by one. This is good for words that they don’t recognize and would like to hear the pronunciation again. You can also touch various images in the book to hear sound effect or dialog. For comic strips, just touch the thought bubble and the Reader will narrate the entire bubble.
We’ve used other type of readers before where you have to touch an icon at the beginning of every page so that the reader knows where you are. I really like that we don’t have to do that here since Kiana gets so excited to get to the next page that she usually forgets. You do need to touch the “book” icon to read each page but you don’t need to touch anything if you just want to hear random words or sounds associated with that page.
There are also games like I Spy where you have to find hidden objects, Where Am I where you need to point to various areas on a map, Learn to Read with extra large font for beginners, Tinker Tunes which helps your child identify sounds, and many more.
LeapFrog Tag Learn To Write And Draw ($19.99)
The Learn to Write and Draw with Mr. Pencil comes with a Tag Reader Book, 4 workbooks, and 3 sheets of stickers. It does not come with it’s own Tag Reader device so make sure you already have one.
This book teaches handwriting, upper and lower case letters, and the alphabet by having kids trace letters and lines going in different directions. Your child will know where to begin tracing each letter because each start point is marked with a red x. Then they just follow the dotted arrow until the get to the end. While they are tracing a letter, the Tag Reader announces which letter it is like “uppercase v” or “lowercase v”.Â And like the other books you child can have the story read to them, hear the way each words sounds, as well as touch various character or objects and hear their voice or the sound they make.
This set also comes with 4 books that your child can use with a real pencil:
- Drawing With Shapes – This workbook teaches kids the basic pencil strokes by having them draw lines and shapes.
- Upper-Case Letters – This workbook is like the worksheets that your child does at school. First they trace the upper-case letters and then write them on their own.
- Lower-Case Letters – The same as the Upper-case workbook but with lower-case letters.
- Create Your Own – This workbook teaches imagination and creativity. There are pages that ask a basic question or makes a statement and your child has to draw their interpretation.
It also came with 3 sheet of stickers which . . . get this . . . make sounds when you touch them with the Reader! How in the world does it do that? Now we can place these stickers anywhere . . . on the fridge, in the kids’ drawings, on books . . . and they’ll come to life by making their own special sounds. Super cool!
I could go on and on about the LeapFrog Tag Reading System because we absolutely LOVE it! And if you’re on our Christmas gift list and have a child between the ages of 4-8, chances are this is what I’m getting for your family! I will guaranteed be your child’s favorite Aunt on Christmas morning.
This post was written for LeapFrog who provided the complimentary product in exchange for my honest review.
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