If you’ve entered our LeapFrog giveaway you know what learning games our girls love to play but what about our son (yes, we have one of those too!)? Our 5-year old boy is probably the biggest LeapFrog fan of them all, he is a quiet boy who loves studying interesting subjects and if he can expand his knowledge through play it’s even better, these are the two LeapPad games he currently plays the most:
I’ll be honest, when I first picked up the Phineas and Ferb ($44.95, ages 5-8) learning game at our local toy store I wasn’t too sure. Physical science, engineering concepts, it sounded a little boring to me and I felt that maybe it was a bit too ‘old’ for our son. But he liked the look of it and so far we haven’t been disappointed in any of the LeapFrog games so we decided to take the leap (excuse the pun) and buy it anyway.
It turned out I was terribly wrong, he got the hang of it really quickly and it’s one of his most played games. Last week master 5 wrote a letter (just a list of words, he’s only just learning to read) to his teacher and one line said Finias and Fob, which shows how much he loves this game.
It’s stepbrothers Phineas and Ferb (and their pet Perry the Platypus, also known as secret spy Agent P.) against evil Doctor Doofensmirtz in a range of fun missions using all kinds of interesting tools like circuits and electricity and pulleys, wheels and levers. Once you’ve built your very own balloon launcher using your awesome math skills you can drive this cool invention and use it to conquer the enemy.
Now before you leave me an angry comment please rest assured that I am not saying that girls can’t be interested in science or mechanics, the simple truth is that the girls in OUR house are more into Minnie Mouse, My Little Pony and Disney Princesses and that’s okay as they learning in their own way too. Our son is not complaining as it means he doesn’t have to fight for a turn playing his favourite game, happy faces all around.
A relatively new game, but already a real winner with all our kids, is Adventure Sketchers ($44.95, ages 5-8). Our son loves drawing and colouring and this game lets you draw elements to ‘build’ your own game so it’s very interactive. Create your own hero, record your own sounds, draw vehicles and pets and walk your way through the story to beat the Grumpus and save the kingdom.
Adventure Sketchers is a great tool for training fine motor skills by drawing, tracing and colouring game elements, it also helps improve reading skills by reading along with the story and it’s a fun way to encourage children to use their imagination and creativity.
Often boys are more into outside play, building with Lego or electronic games and not very keen on drawing with markers and paper or reading stories. Adventure Sketchers may just be what you need to light that creative spark and bring a story to life, showing them that a story is more than just words and you can use your imagination to make the adventure real and exciting. Your adventure is slightly different every time you play/read it depending on the elements you create, how cool is that?
Don’t miss your chance to win two great new titles for your Leapfrog learning games library, read our original LeapFrog giveaway to learn more about the prizes up for grabs or take a short cut and enter below.
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