There was much excitement in the LeapFrog LeapReader arrived. H loves gadgets so this was bound to score points.
It does take a little while to get up and running, so it might be one to set up in advance if you are giving this as a present. It’s recommended that you charge the LeapFrog LeapReader up for an hour before use. To do this you use the USB cable provided to link it up to your computer. I liked the fact that the USB slot on the LeapReader is covered over when you aren’t charging it up. Having a rechargeable battery inside the LeapReader is another big plus,
You then need to set up your LeapReader by visiting the LeapFrog website and registering the LeapReader by creating a LeapFrog parent account. You will then be able to download the audio books, music and trivia that come included with your device. We also had LeapReader 3D Book: Disney Pixar Monsters University. This comes with 3D classes and proved exceptionally popular with H (he’s currently 6.75 years).
I had wondered if he would find the LeapReader a bit babyish for him as he is regularly reading chapter books independently now, but not a bit of it. He enjoyed having the story read by the characters voices and the various games and activities that occur throughout the book. I was pleasantly surprised by the eductional value of the book. Ours included games to help children learn the concepts of nouns and verbs.
H has struggled with writing: he doesn’t have the same motivation to learn and enjoyment from it as from reading. His letter formation needs some work and I was interested to see how the learning paper worked. It did focus H on forming his letters properly and if he went wrong he got corrected. The only downside that I can see is the learning paper that you use isn’t reusable.
Truthfully, I wouldn’t buy the LeapFrog LeapReader for a child approaching their 7th birthday, but I was impressed by how much H got out of it despite being towards the top of the 4-8 age range. I think if you were buying the LeapReader for a 4-year-old say, you could be assured of getting quite a few years use out of it. There are books suitable for different age groups so it is a toy that can grow with the child. I would imagine that factual books like the Solar System Adventure Pack would work particularly well with the interactive format. It’s nice that there are non-fiction books as well as stories. H has really enjoyed using his LeapReader and I think we’ll have many more hours of fun with it.