LeapFrog’s new Leapreader is so much more than a “talking book” system. Anyone remember those annoying books with buttons you would push on the side to make sound effects? Oh, I hated those things.
The LeapReader is a pen-like device that kids can used to: listen to a story, have a book read to them, have individual words read to them, learn to write. That’s right, the new LeapReader allow to write with the pen!
Learn to Write Letters with Mr. Pencil ($19.99) allows kids to learn to form their letters properly. Once the pen is on the writing page, the pen gives instructions for proper stroke order. Can I confess something? The only area Jubilee and Hezekiah were lacking in when then went to public school last year was handwriting. I had never taken the time to have them form the letters properly and it showed. The LeapReader now does that for me. The only downside to this is the handwriting pages are consumable, so you will eventually have to purchase more. The book, however, can still be used once the pages are finished.
To use the LeapReader you hook it up to your computer and download stories, books and songs. I love this aspect. No clutter and no worries about losing game cartridges. The LeapReader offers over 150 books, so you don’t need to worry about running out any time soon.
In my opinion, this set is best for early readers or struggling readers. For Avi and Mordecai, this gives them the ability to read books independently and have the individual words read to them when they get stuck. I love this!
Click below to see Avi review the LeapReader!