We have always loved LeapFrog products and the children have had so many of them over the last few years but with Little Man starting preschool in September LeapFrog sent him the LeapStart Preschool to get him off to a flying start.
The LeapFrog LeapStart is like an electronic book with the added bonus of being able to buy new books to expand the learning options. The main unit is really well made and sturdy, great for little hands who may not be as careful with it as older children.
It has an on/off button as well as a volume control – which is always appreciated from a parent’s perspective. It also has a stylus or pen which is attached to the main unit – perfect for stopping it getting lost.
When you first use the LeapFrog LeapStart you have to put batteries in it – 2AA batteries, not supplied. Then you connect it to your computer and download the LeapFrog Connect application to be able to update the system’s software and install the audio file for the accompanying book. As we only have the sample book the audio was already installed on the LeapStart and the unit can hold roughly twelve books worth of audio files.
The LeapStart is then ready to be used. The covers of the LeapStart contain basic number and letter games which teach the alphabet and counting. As well as this, you add a book to the system to give more topics and the sample book that comes with the LeapStart has a lot of activities and challenges based on letters and numbers as well
Little Man loves working his way through the activities and as the instructions are all given through the audio file it really helps his understanding as well as his pronunciation too. It’s like having a teacher playing along with him.
Little Man loves being able to play with the LeapStart by himself and he really likes the praise it gives him when he gets things right. My only criticism would be that the audio is very American and so some words are pronounced differently to how we would say them. Also, the book is made thick paper and the stylus does make indentations as you play the games and complete the activities. It would be better if the stylus had a softer tip to it or the pages were thicker with a plastic finish to them.
But, Little Man loves his LeapStart and we have already ordered more books to expand his learning. I love that the LeapStart can really grow with him and support his learning through Preschool when he can then more on to the next LeapStart with even more learning options available to him.
The LeapStart has an RRP of £34.99