Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Review: Leapfrog Tag Reader

As I mentioned in a previous post, I don't enter too many giveaways these days.  But occasionally one will catch my eye and I'll take my chances.  Recently I found out that I won a great giveaway over at Go Graham Go! The giveaway was sponsored by Leapfrog as part of their Tag. Give. Read. program.  I won a great prize- a Tag reading system, two books and the most fabulous interactive US map.  I also had the opportunity to choose a kindergarten teacher to win a second prize pack for use in her class!

We've been huge fans of Leapfrog pretty much since we first started buying toys for our kids. Over the years the Leapfrog toys have added up- and all are favorites of our kids. Both Ethan and Vivian have a My Pal Scout/Violet, they still fight over the Learn & Groove Musical Table, and for the past year they've been enjoying "reading" books to themselves with their Tag Junior reading system. So I was understandably very, very excited to get the Tag Reader and try it out!

The Tag reading system is designed for kids ages 4-8, and my kids are a bit younger than that, but Ethan's still been having a great time with it.  Since he's been using the Tag Junior for a while, he's familiar with how the general idea of moving the reader over the page works. I like that, as he gets older, he'll be able to use more of the features of the system, such as using the reader to learn individual words, and playing the games that are a part of the books. I love to read my kids books, but I do sometimes need to get other things done, so it's nice to have this reader to read books to Ethan when I can't!
Ethan plays with the Tag while Vivian plays with the Tag Junior!
We also received the very cool Tag United States of America map. I'm a big fan of geography and of travel, so I've actually been playing with this map myself. The map is huge (it takes up over half of my dining room table), has two sides with different maps and is packed with great features and interactive games.  I love the Map Racer game- it's helping me brush up on my geography skills! Ethan's been having a great time "exploring" the US and learning about the different regions.  He can even find Washington State on the map now, which we're pretty excited about. 

As with many other Leapfrog toys, these do require an internet connection for downloading the audio to the reader. This means that the reader can be customized with your child's name - and it means that you can track your child's play and learning progress online. Very cool!

So, if you're looking for a great, educational, fun toy for your child for the holidays, definitely take a look at all that Leapfrog has to offer. I'm going to be getting Ethan the Tag World Map for Christmas so that he can start learning more about the whole world!

Disclosure: I received no product and no compensation for this post- just writing about a prize that I won and that we love!