As I mentioned in my previous review, the LeapPad2 is a fabulous electronic toy for families who want their kids to enjoy electronics without succumbing to the dreaded "brain drain." We limit the time our girls spend with electronics...it's a treat rather than something they expect or demand. I love that the games, apps, and eBooks are all geared to expand little ones' knowledge base. They learn while they play!
With LeapFrog's Ultra eBooks (cartridges you can insert into the tablet) reading is an interactive experience. There are:
- adjustable reading levels
- built-in reading games
- a built-in visual dictionary
- activities to enhance learning skills (phonics rules, sight words, listening and reading comprehension, decoding skills)
I've struggled this year with making reading fun for my oldest, Natalie. She does well with sounding out words, learning sight words, and practicing phonetic concepts. But, let's be honest...so many of the beginner level books she brings home are flat-out boring. She says so herself. How many times can she read about "the fat pig" or Skip planting plum seeds without going nuts?
She may already know the story of "The Three Little Pigs", but the fun of seeing Tad, Lily, and Leap in their on-screen adventure in "The Three Little Frogs" keeps her interested, as well as knowing that she gets to play games and earn points. She's really into archery lately (her grandpa made her a real bow), so she loves the marksmen game, which is a bow and arrow phonics activity. The story also changes as her reading level advances.
If you (or a parent you know) are struggling with getting your kindergartner or first grader reading because "the stories are boring," you may want to give LeapFrog's Ultra eBooks a try. They have Dora, Tinkerbell, Thomas the Train, Cars, and more!
A perfect stocking stuffer...it's not too late to send a little note to the North Pole. Santa can get the memo in time!
Do your kids love their LeapPad products?