Product Type: LeapFrog Child Development
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LeapFrog: LeapPad Cars
Member Name: emmad5689
LeapFrog: LeapPad Cars
Advantages: Bright colours, great characters, easy to use, teaches loads of different things
We were given the Leappad console system and a load of books and cartridges to go with it too, our friends children had outgrown them but as they still worked well she gave them to us. As the system was used mainly by her son we have ended up with more games aimed and boys really but as my daughter likes a wide range of characters it doesn't matter to her. I am not going to bore you with information about the actual console as I have already written a review on the console and don't want to repeat myself and bore you all.
You can still get hold of the console even though Leapfrog have brought out a much more up to date version, you can pick these up pretty cheaply second hand although you can still get some of the books new on Amazon aswell as used, you can pay anything from £4 to £23 per book, I certainly wouldn't be paying £23.
==The Front Cover==
The front cover of the book is made of thin card but has a glossy finish to it so is pretty strong. The book has a plastic covered metal spiral down the left hand side and then there is a red strip which tells you about the book. The main part of the front cover has a couple of the Cars characters such as Lightening McQueen and Rusty on the front of it and they are racing down the road. The red strip on the book has the Leapfrog logo on it, the age range which for this book is for ages 4-6 and a description of what this book should teach your child, this book is for reading and mathematics. It also covers,
Parts of Speech
Compare and Contrast
As you can see one books really does cover a wide range of different things for your child to learn so even if they only got half of this out of a book the books would still be highly educational.
To use the book you have to open the Leappad console which is done very simply by pushing in a button on the upper piece and then the console opens up like a book. You place the book you are going to play with inside the console and the spiral fits nicely into a gap in the console. You have to place the cartridge which matches the book into the console which is really easy as it can only fit in there one way and then press the on off button to start your play. The console is easy to work on my daughter is able to work the console and set up a new book on her own.
Inside the front page of the book you have instructions on what each of the little pictures throughout the book can do, such as the game button, how to get the books to read and the volume controls all of which are very easy to work.
The book pretty much follows the story of the Cars film which was the very first film that my daughter actually would watch as she is a little strange and doesn't really like Disney films as she says there is always a baddie and they are scary. My daughter knows the cars film word for word and doesn't understand why this is a more compact version of events and everything isn't exactly the same as the film.
There is a go button on every page so that when you press it the console recognises what page you are on and then there is a speech bubble which you press for the book to read to you but you can also read the book one word at a time by pressing the pen down onto each individual word. My daughter likes to try and read the words for herself and then let the book read the word to see if she has worked it out right although this is a newish things she has started doing with the books as she begins to read more.
If you don't do anything for a while when the system is turned on it has different sayings which it will randomly speak to encourage your child to keep playing. There are little triangles at the bottom of the page one with a + on it and one with a - on it and these control the volume of the book although it doesn't go up too loud so it is comfortable for the parents whilst their children interact with the book.
Each page has a game button at the bottom of it so that your child can get even more out of them, the games cover a wide range of things that a child aged 4-6 should be learning. Sophie loves plasying the spelling game in this book where each picture of a car has a letter on it and she has to try and spell 3 letter words put of them, when she first started playing with this book she had the attitude of "I can't" but now she plays really well with the book and she is really proud of herself when the book congratulates her for spelling the word correctly.
Sophie loves playing with the book and the whole console system, she loves touching different cars on the pages and listening to what they have to say and I think it's great that the voices are the same as in the film. I think this and other books in the series have really helped to back up my daughter learning to read which I think is great and Sophie thinks is fantastic when she manages to work out a new word and she gets it right. Sophie hated reading when she first started school and I cannot say that this system has changed her mind but she certainly seems to enjoy reading more the more she plays with the system.
I think the whole system is a fantastic invention, it helps your child learn to read but also how words are made up so that they understand the principles behind reading. The system teaches a great variety of things and different books cover different learning aspects. The books range from 4 years to 8 years so there is loads of time to get more from this system and her younger sister who is only 2 has started to point the pen onto pictures and listen to it so I think she will be playing with this well before she is 4.
I cannot recommend this console enough and Sophie loves it, she will happily sit changing the books and playing through them all for hours at a time so I know she loves it and when she feels she has learnt something new or found a new answer she will come and show me what she has learnt - 5 stars.
Summary: Another great book