I am a huge fan of educational toys for my children and it’s no secret here that I adore and rave about LeapFrog’s educational toys on Let’s Talk Mommy. As part of their testing team this year, it’s given me the opportunity to really work with them on what works for the different educational levels and ages of my two children. I love sharing that experience with all of you.
You can read all about our thoughts and experiences with LeapFrog’s LeapTV and LeapReader too. It’s great to compare them to each other and which toys we get the most out of in terms of educational for both my kids but also what the kids think of them too.
That’s what every parent wants for their kids to have fun while learning. We never want it to become boring, a chore or difficult for them. That’s a huge reason I go back to LeapFrog’s toys over and over. (I am not just saying that because I am on the tester panel this year, I have had LeapFrog toys in our house since my first child was a baby).
The LeapStart is brand new to the LeapFrog collection. My first thought of it was that it will be great for traveling. While tablet apps can be just as educational, I think the interaction with pen to paper is great for their dexterity skills too. It is more real to practice writing letters and drawing with a stylus than dragging a finger across a tablet screen. We found B really had trouble holding a pencil and writing with it at first when he starts school so we are very aware that MM needs to practice this more too. She can now do that with her LeapStart.
There are four levels of learning for the LeapStart and various books for your learning library to collect. Each book teaches a variety of subjects and skills to your child. I love that my kids do it together before or after school and in the car. It’s perfect to take with you to doctor’s appointments to keep them busy and learn something new while they wait. We seem to pack ours around quite a bit now whenever I need them to be occupied for a bit too. I know they are getting something out of it at the same time so there is no mom guilt. Besides waiting for doctor’s appointments with two bored toddlers can get tricky.
I feel like the LeapStart is great for days out, appointments, car rides and time outside the home, for on the go families. We definitely will be taking it with us for our trip to America for the summer and on the airplane. It can help keep B and MM on track for starting school/nursery back up in September. I always worry about them forgetting what they have learned and finding it hard to dive back into learning after summer break. Even in the house, it’s brilliant value and variety to your child’s homework, if they are bored of the same style of learning every night like B was. Now we choose a topic that matches his homework to add some fun to it.
My favorite part about watching the kids play together with their LeapStart is B helping MM learn what he already knows. He feels like the proud older brother taking care of his littler sister. It feels a sense of accomplishment when she gets it right and he has been the one to show her how to use it or taught her the right answer to a question. It’s bonding time for them now too. LeapStart really is a great educational toy to get a head start in their education and have fun while they are learning.
Have you tried LeapFrog’s educational toys with your kids? What do you think, I would love to know to feed it back to them. Also, don’t miss out on their amazing giveaway to WIN a LeapStart Bundle worth £225 below. Just click the photo to enter below! Good luck!