Feb 172012

Every night before bed we read books to the kids, until recently that is because things have changed and they now prefer reading to us. When reading books with my little ones it is obvious that they ‘read’ books in a completely different way than we do. As they can not really read just yet they simply tell the story the way they remember it. Sometimes they are lucky and the pictures guide them as to what part we are up to but more often than not they turn pages as they see fit regardless of the text. To teach them more about how to read books we have started using the LeapFrog Tag Junior.

LeapFrog Tag Junior is the little sibling of the original LeapFrog Tag system which I have written about before. The Tag reading system is all about helping children learn to read in a fun way. These days children are familar with and intrigued by electronic toys from a very early age so LeapFrog combines the fun aspect of electronic play with the educational aspect of learning to read, a winning combination.

The original LeapFrog Tag reading system is specifically developed for children between 4 and 8 years old and thanks to the simplified version of Tag even little ones as young as 2 can start learning the basics of reading with Tag Junior. Especially for those chubby little hands the Tag Stylus has been replaced by the chunky Book Pal which is available in 4 different designs (white/green, white/purple, Scout or Violet).

The Tag Junior books may look like ordinary board books but once the Book Pal enters the scene the sturdy pages come to life. All kids need to do is move the Book Pal over the pages to hear the text on each page read out loud and even behind the pictures songs and sounds are hiding. By turning the reading of books into an exciting adventure you can spark an early interest in reading, something your child will thank you for later.

With over 20 different titles in the Tag Junior library there is sure to be a book that will grab your little one’s attention, some even feature famous characters like Dora, Toy Story and Sesame Street. The latest addition to the library is the Get Ready to Read Series ($34.99), a set of seven books teaching reading skills and short vowel sounds through music and funny stories. As your child’s book collection grows you simply add the audio for your new book to your Book Pal via your computer.

If you would like to see the LeapFrog Tag Junior in action and give it a little electronic try yourself visit the interactive LeapFrog Tag Junior website.

To find out more about the LeapFrog Tag Junior ($59.99, 2 -4 years) visit www.leapfrog.com.au. LeapFrog toys are available at leading retailers all over Australia, click here to find out where to buy your favourite LeapFrog products.

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