LeapFrog LeapReader

LeapFrog LeapReader
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The LeapFrog LeapReader toy helps teach reading and writing foundational skills to kids in a fun, natural way, at their own pace. 

The TAG Reading System is a pen shaped stylus that was designed to help children ages 4-8 recognize and sound out words while reading specially designed books that featured many current childhood favorite's like Dr. Seuss, Disney Princesses, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Cars, and Toy Story.

There are embedded games and questions geared to also encourage a child's visual discrimination and memory working on comprehension questions as well.

If you are wondering whether you should purchase a LeapReader vs. Tag Reader, the answer is simple, buy the LeapReader. The LeapReader has replaced the TAG Reader. 

The LeapReader builds on the same skills the TAG Reader did, by encouraging kids to learn to read, comprehend a story by listening and answering questions. However, the LeapReader has one more critical skill that can significantly help children, as it teaches them to write letters and numbers. 

Similar to other LeapFrog toys, like such as the LeapPad educational tablets, parents will connect the LeapReader to a computer, through a USB cable. The LeapFrog Connect software makes it possible for parents to track their child's progress during their playtime and manage the settings and content on their toys.

The LeapReader online library houses over 150 learning experiences geared to help children build upon their literacy, phonics skills, and written expression skills simultaneously. The device itself can hold up to 40 books or 175 songs.

Products available for purchase with the LeapReader stylus will include LeapReader books, maps and flashcards.

Additional titles included in the new materials feature Clifford, the Magic Tree House, The Velveteen Rabbit and music by the popular kids band, KIDZ BOP. Aside from songs and audiobooks in the App Center, there are also other trivia apps that can be downloaded onto the device.

However, should you inherit a TAG Reader with a large library of books from a family member, or find the toy used at a yard sale, don't turn it down for a reasonable price, given that there is so much content included within the books.

For families that have already invested in a TAG Reader library, the LeapReader toy is backwards compatible with most TAG books. One benefit of the LeapReader is that it does not require batteries to operate, the stylus is charged through a USB cord through a computer or a wall outlet.

The LeapReader will be available in pink or green and retails for about $49.99. For younger children who aren't quiet yet ready for the LeapReader, you may want to consider the LeapReader Junior.