Several weeks ago we invited three other families over to try out some products from Leap Frog. We had a total of 4 moms and 41 kids over for some playtime and snacks.
The afternoon was a marvelous success and, for the record, a half acre lot looks very small when you add 4 large vans and 41 children. The kids had a great time running around
and learning how to use some of LeapFrog’s popular products.
The LeapPad Learning Tablet is an iPad for kids. It has a touch screen, stylus and boasts tilt technology. In addition to multiple apps, it has 100’s of play and learning options. From the ability to watch movies, a built-in camera and video recorder, handwriting practice and game playing options, the LeapPad offers a little bit of everything.
The kids enjoyed the ability to take and edit photos. They took turns taking pictures of each other
and then editing them to end up with the funniest picture possible.
They also made use of the video recording feature, acting like news anchors and conducting humorous interviews with their friends.
After the party was over, Nicholas (3) and I played with the digital scrapbook feature. This feature allows you to choose a different template for each page of the book and children can add photos, digital drawings and audio recordings. One of Nick’s pages has a picture of each member of his family and an audio recording of 3 year old Nick saying, “I wuv my mommy and daddy, and I just wuv my family.”
All photos, videos and digital scrapbooks can be loaded to a computer and saved.
Although we’re not big on video games in our family, the LeapPad provides many educational options that even fit our tastes. Another feature that we’ve put to good use is the handwriting app. Colby (5) uses this often and even Nick (3) can practice some of the easier letters. There are many other educational options that we look forward to trying.
Another big hit at the party was the LeapFrog TAG World Map. The children gathered around the large map
then worked together as teams taking turns to see who could find the most locations before time ran out. This game even kept our high energy group of 5-9 year old boys entertained.
This is a wonderful way to learn or review geography basics and it’s just one of many games to play with the TAG World Map.
The other side of the map offers more information about cultures, animals and significant geographic features around the world. The LeapFrog Tag USA Map is on our short list for Christmas this year.
In quieter moments (when there are less than 41 children running about) the TAG system is a good way to help beginning readers become independent readers. This does require supervision and discernment (otherwise the children are liable to overuse the system).
Colby (5) is able to read the TAG books and when he comes to a word that is too difficult for him to sound out independently, he is able to let the TAG pen help him by either sounding it out for him or telling him the word. This enables him to spend time reading even when mom is occupied with something (or more frequently someONE) else.
The LeapFrog Learn, Create and Share Party was a success. The children had a blast playing with each other and with TAG and LeapPad.
Our family has continued to use and enjoy both the LeapPad and TAG Reading System (especially that map) as a supplement for our homeschooling studies and playing a fast-paced geography game with the TAG map remains a favorite break when other academic work gets a little intense.
Our family received LeapFrog products in addition to a LeapFrog party kit in order to host a Learn, Create and Share Party. All opinions expressed are my own.