Disclaimer: I received free LeapFrog products in order to host the LeapFrog sponsored MommyParty. The opinions expressed here are my own.
I have never used a LeapReader or Tag system before so when this fun party pack of Leap Frog items arrived I was stoked! Doesn’t this look like a fun party pack? My kids were very excited to have some friends over for the “Ready, Set, Read & Write” party!
I prepared for the party by making sure both LeapReaders were charged and ready to go. I familiarized myself with the books and flashcards. I let me kids play a little with some of the books as well. We had fun using the special LeapReader paper to practice writing letters. We also had a blast wearing the 3D glasses and reading the Monsters University book. It was fun to have the Monsters popping out at us while we read.
Once the party started I had the kids sit in a semi circle around me. We read some stories and played some games. I love that the stories have games associated with them. It really helps with comprehension to be able to relate the information you just heard to a game. The kids LOVED wearing the 3D glasses and listening to the Monsters University game. We did have to rush this a little and skip to the end of the book because some of the younger kids had lost interest, but the book does suggest for children 5-8. The kids that weren’t so interested in that part of the party were younger than 5.
We had a lot of fun with words. We all got a couple flash cards and paired them up with other peoples flash cards. We saw how many words we could make using each others cards and then we started a rhyming game. We would make a word with a flash card and then list some rhymes.
The kids thought the funniest game was where we were picking rhyming words to go in a song for Tad (the Leap Frog). We picked words and then the song was sung. Of course the words were silly and didn’t really fit in the song. Everyone had a turn picking the words n the LeapReader book and then we got to work on our own songs. I had printed some pages so the kids could practice writing some rhyming words. Then we cut and pasted the words into our own song. They kids had so much fun making up a tune to their new songs. My daughter is still singing her song days later.
After we were done with reading, writing and playing games we had some LeapFrog inspired snacks with Limey Frog Parfaits and Lime Sherbet.
Thoughts About LeapReader
I had never used a LeapReader system before so I am beyond impressed. My 4 year old loves to use it to write. I am amazed at how responsive he is to the directions when he is writing letters and playing games. He loves to engage with the books and follow along. I think it is really helping prepare him for school.
Although my 7 year old can already read she enjoys having the LeapReader read for her. She thinks it is fun to take a break and let it do the “work”. She also LOVES to play the games. She tends to stick to using the books that are more her age because she says the other books are for “kindergarteners”. HA!
We have a couple engineers for husbands and they were having a fun time playing with the LeapReader trying to figure out how it worked. They were very impressed with the LeapReader abilities.
Overall I am very impressed with LeapFrog and the LeapReader system. I would totally recommend this! I’m excited for my kids to really use all the books we currently have and to expand the collection in the future. You can connect with other parents using the LeapFrog products on the LeapFrog facebook page or keep up to date with Leapfrog on Twitter.