New LeapFrog Learning System
The summer is winding down, and kids will be starting school soon. Need a fun yet educational way to help them review before school starts?
As a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador, I had the privilege of testing out the NEW LeapFrog Learning System for kids ages 2-7. It’s called the LeapFrog LeapStart Interactive Learning System, geared toward kids in preschool to first grade.
About the New LeapFrog LeapStart Learning System
The LeapFrog LeapStart Learning System teaches kids ages 2-7 school and life skills, with games and activities that help curious minds to grow. The device itself is book-like and folds up when not in use. There is a stylus inside, which, depending on the system you have (Jr. or Sr.) either helps kids with basic motor control or helps kids practice pen control.
The Jr. version is for ages 2-4 and features games and activities that are preschool and prekindergarten oriented, while the Sr. version is for ages 5-7 and features games and activities that are oriented for Kindergarten and 1st grade. Both work with books (sold separately) that teach a variety of subjects, ranging from the basic ABCs to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). A sampler book is provided with each one.
Both systems have a retail value of $39.99. Books have a retail value of $12.99.
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See it in action!
What I Love about the LeapStart Learning System
My favorite thing about this is that it isn’t a video game or tablet. Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE the LeapFrog tablets that we own, but this learning system gives kids a real feel of what it’s like to actually learn from a book like they would in school, all while being interactive with the stylus.
The system was easy to set up. I had to connect the computer to LeapConnect to download the audio for the books to set it up. That took about 15 minutes from start to finish for 4 books to download.
Everything is so colorful and fun! The colors and pictures really keep the kids’ attentions!
The activities have kids think about things besides just letters and numbers. While yes, those things are very important, the kids are learning about other things, like science topics or different languages, that they might not normally get in a preschool or Kindergarten class.
The kids really enjoy using it and being rewarded for progression. My 5 year old and 3 year old spend a lot of time taking turns with it. When the kids master a skill, they are rewarded with a sticker in the back of the book.
What I Would Change about the LeapStart
It needs two AA batteries. I like toys with batteries that can be recharged. I would add a rechargeable battery. It’s a personal preference, I guess.
There is no way yet to store ALL of the books. Only one book can be kept in the back of the device at a time. I wish there was a way to keep them all together. For now we’re keeping ours in a little back pack like this one.
The volume doesn’t go that high. If you have background noise in your house like I do (I have four kids, plus the washing machine, dishwasher…etc), it is really hard to hear the device on the highest volume setting. To remedy that, we either use a separate small speaker or headphones.
Those are really little things. Bottom line, we love the LeapStart Learning System. It is going help make learning fun!
Where to Buy the LeapStart
You can learn more about it on LeapFrog.com and find it on Amazon, as well as at Target, Toys R Us and Walmart.
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As a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador, I receive products , promotional items and educational material to use and share as I see fit. However, any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience. This post contains affiliate links.
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Janet W. says
My favorite feature is that the set up is so easy and quick to complete!
Judy Cox says
My great granddaughter got one and my daughter says she loves it and it was fairly easy to set up…I like that it gives a prize for doing things.
Tiffany Schmidt says
I love that you can different books, so the kids don’t get bored with just one or two.
Tresha Mcfadden says
My favorite feature is The activities have kids think about things besides just letters and numbers.
nidhi chauhan says
I love how easy and interactive it is. Leap start makes learning so much FUN!
M favorite feature is that it can be used from 2-7. I like that I can get books for both my 3yr old and my 5yr old. They can both play and learn at their own level.
It’s great to see that they’re basically bringing back the original LeapPad, however those things had far more functionality than these do. They even made Quantum Pad books that could be used with them for 3rd through 5th grade! Right out of the box they’re for Pre-K on up. There was a “My First LeapPad” for 3 to 5 year olds as well.
natasha lamoreux says
My son would love this! I used Leap frog products with my oldest child and she really enjoyed it. It makes learning fun.
Melissa Lewis says
I also love that it’s an actual book that they are learning from. It kind of adds the technology of a tablet and the aweaomeness of a book! 🙂
Colbee Hernandez says
I like the fact that this isn’t something with a glowing screen, but an interactive book. Very neat!
Lici Lee says
I agree with your statement about the kids having that book feel. I love that about the System. Technology is more of that screen touching and we are moving away from the satisfying feel of turning an actual page (to swiping a page 🙂 )
Erin l says
My favorite feature is that it’s easy to set up
Stephanie Larison says
I love this! Love the fact it covers different ages so both of my older girls could learn and have fun with it.
Shakeia Rieux says
I love that the activities talk, sing and teach. This would be great for my nieces.
kayla sheehan says
haha my favorite thing is that the volume doesn’t go that high.
shelly peterson says
I like how easy this is to set up. This is a great way for kids to learn and have fun.
Deborah W. says
I love that it is so easy to set up. It only takes 2 batteries so this is a plus too.
This LeapFrog Learning System looks like it would be great for helping with reading!
Jerry Marquardt says
My favorite object about Leap Start is that it encourages imagination while fostering better learning techniques.
Katie H says
I love it has stem involved, and can switch out books so endless learning!
My favorite feature is how interactive this is! Perfect for little ones and great for learning! 🙂
Esther Varughese says
Hi I”m sorry if I’m asking a question that you may have already answered. Whether I purchase the jr vs sr system can I use books from sr on jr and jr on sr systems? Or do I have to purchase both systems when child is the appropriate age?
I believe you can use the books from either one, but as I don’t own the preschool one I can’t say for sure.
So are there two different devices for age 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 or just different levels of books? I have a three year old and am unsure which to get. If there are two different devices are the books interchangeable?
I’m not sure if they are interchangeable. If you visit the LeapFrog website it will be able to tell you.