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According to the LeapFrog website, the Tag has won 28 awards in 6 different countries and is the best-selling reading system in the world. LeapFrog graciously sent us a Tag to try for ourselves, along with a Spiderman book, an I Spy book and both of the Learn To Read Phonics Book Series. Both my boys were beyond excited to test this brand new educational toy and they have already spent many hours with it, reading the books over and over.
I’m impressed with how intuitive the Tag is. Maybe I’m showing my age here, but I find it more than a bit amazing that it recognizes any word or series of words you choose, including the names of the authors. There are different reading options so kids can have the Tag read the entire page, or they can read word by word/ bubble by bubble (character voices included). There are also games on a lot of the pages, which keep kids involved and engaged in the story. I’ve also seen already how much the Tag helps with word recognition.
The Tag holds 10 books and comes with Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat. For other Tag books, all you have to do is connect the Tag to a PC with the included cable and download the appropriate book from the website. It couldn’t be easier! (Note: You need the actual Tag book for your download to do any good.)
I haven’t done this yet, but you can also set up what’s called a free Learning Path for your child on LeapFrog.com. This allows you to track what your child is learning and see his/her accomplishments when online.
All in all, I am very impressed with this LeapFrog product and highly recommend it. This would be a great Christmas gift for kids ages 4-8 this year. With over 30 books and games for the Tag, there are plenty of choices, plus you can even get the reader in pink for your little girl.
Personally, I feel really good about my kids playing with LeapFrog toys because I know they’re spending their time well rather than mindlessly (video games, anyone?). Learning with LeapFrog toys is so much fun that they don’t even realize that’s what they’re doing.
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