Jan 172014
 

For a while it looked like we would miss out on a decent summer this year, until this week that is. Here in Adelaide it has been sizzling hot all week and there is no relief in sight. We’re trying to keep cool indoors with craft, cooking, games and of course some LeapFrog learning fun in the lead up to the start of school:

LeapReaderYou may remember that I told you all about the LeapFrog LeapReader last year and while I may not have mentioned it often (We were a little distracted by the LeapPad Ultra and all the new games we discovered for it) we do use it a lot. When the kids want something quiet and relaxing to do they’ll often go grab the LeapReader, get comfy on the couch and I won’t hear them for an hour or so as they read books from their LeapReader and LeapFrog Tag library.

Although the twins do know their alphabet and can write all the letters a little bit of extra handwriting practice is always welcome. Copying mummy’s handwriting is only fun for a little while so we’ve been mixing things up with the LeapReader book Learn to Write Letters with Mr. Pencil.

Tommie takes his reading very seriously

Tommie takes his reading very seriously

The exciting thing about the LeapReader system is that it combines reading, writing and listening, they’re all important skills and connecting them from early on will benefit your children in the long run. This book covers all three learning areas: Your child can READ the 42-page story about the Doodleburg Fun Fair, they can LISTEN to the story, words and letters being read out loud and they can trace and then WRITE the letters themselves on the special LeapFrog writing sheets.

Tracing the letters in the book

Tracing the letters in the book

The book tells the story of characters Dot and Dash who are putting together a band for the Doodleburg Fun Fair. On each page there are new people to meet, different letters to trace, funny pictures to look at and interesting words to discover. By touching the pages with the LeapReader kids can bring the words, letters and pictures to life. The LeapReader will tell them what to do, so it also teaches children to listen and follow instructions. At the end of the book they will have ‘written’ every letter of the alphabet, what a cool way to practise the ABC!

And trying your own hand at writing them

And trying your own hand at writing them

Because it is a spiral bound book you can simply remove the writing sheets once they have been used, leaving you with a fun reading and activity book to be enjoyed again and again (you can still trace the letters on the normal pages). The Learn to Write Letter with Mr. Pencil Deluxe Set includes a spare writing pad with 26 sheets of LeapFrog Learning Paper. With one letter per sheet featuring both upper and lower case letters there is plenty more writing fun to be had.

Learn to Write Numbers with Mr. PencilWithin the same range you can also practise your numbers with Learn to Write Numbers with Mr. Pencil. Join in the Doodleburg Games and learn how to count to 20, do simple maths and play join the dots, draw shapes, discover how to measure things and of course train your hand at writing the numbers yourself. This is a super versatile activity book, it is like a book full of games and the kids won’t even realise they are actually learning something too, it was a big hit during our little trip away.

Just like with the letter set an extra pad (25 sheets) of LeapFrog Learning Paper is included.

If you want to stay up-to-date with all the latest LeapFrog news and specials make sure you keep an eye on the LeapFrog Australia Facebook page, that way you’re always the first to know.

To find out more about LeapFrog, to take a closer look at the range and to locate stockist near you visit www.leapfrog.com.au.

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