After reviewing LeapFrog's Scribble & Write, My Scout Pal and Leapster Explorer, I am more than convinced that LeapFrog is definitely the way to learn, for children. Over the few weeks, my son's letter recognition has certainly improved greatly and he shows more interest now in trying to write the letters. I was more than thrilled to review another awesome product from LeapFrog - The Alphapet Explorer.
The theme of the toy is "pet" centered. The keys are shaped like little bones and the puppy shaped slider moves to various functions. I like this much better than the Scribble and Write as this is a first step towards learning by listening before they start to learn writing skills.
When a button is pressed here's what the child can listen to from this toy:
- The child can hear what alphabet he/she pressed.
- The child can hear the phonic sound.
- The buttons also act like keys of piano whereby you can play a song.It is just to encourage music and also I think it is nice to have "one" different function.
- The child can also play a game of identifying the letters on the keyboard as the puppy's voice tells them what letter to find.
There are 2 sound levels which is nice to have. We plan to take it on a trip in the car and I am sure that it will be enjoyable for my son. It is a perfect toy to be introduced at around 2 yrs of age and alphabet learning will be a breeze. It is a highly interactive toy.
I used a lot of flash cards with my son and enjoyed the precious time we spent together. But at times, I really appreciate having toys that encourage self-learning skills. He can also practice what he learned with me. I would say that his letter recognition skills are 95% right now, when asked to read a word. He just has to get them together. I do not push him as I want it to be something he takes interest and initiative to learn and mommy is more than happy to stay beside and help. These learning toys from LeapFrog has stimulated a lot of love for alphabets which are the foundation of a strong vocabulary.
He loves to sit at the table and read a book.He first goes to tell the story by himself and now as a new habit he recognizes the alphabets in the page. What can I say but that I am a happy mommy of an energetic little bookworm!
You can buy the LeapFrog Alphapet Explorer for $19.99
Now, a BIG thank you to LeapFrog Canada for sponsoring an awesome My Own LeapTop in pink color, worth $ 29.99.
(Open to residents of Canada only)
Prize pack worth almost $300 and still adding!
You will have the chance to win a mega toddler prize pack which will include this My Own Leaptop.
(Disclaimer: Thanks to LeapFrog Canada and the PR company for sending me the featured product for review purpose. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.)