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
Want to learn more about other LeapFrog products we love? Read all of my reviews here!
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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