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This is a great educational toy helping to develop fine motor skills. Child traces over the screen to write letters or draw simple pictures. , You can switch it between modes, lower case / uppercase / drawing .If you press a letter it then tells the child how to form the letter whilst the screen lights up for them to trace on. The screen is cleared by swiping the plastic bar across in the old school drawing board manner. Unfortunately some of the letter formations are not the way that children are taught to write them in school, so they have to re learn how to write them at school. Also the toy always says well done to the child even if they do it wrong I'd rather it said try again instead of just praising them. Also the pen is a little fat and clumsy. It does however keep my child entertained for a good period of time, and is small and portable enough to be taken out regularly.
A friend bought my daughter this back in August I was with her when she bought it and it cost £14.99 in Tesco. I have seen this priced anywhere from £14.99 up to £19.99. My daughter was with us when we purchased this and wanted to have a go straight away, the packaging was very difficult to remove it had those cable tie type things around it which were impossible to remove without a scissors. The product is suitable for children ages 3 and over. It requires 3 x AA batteries which are included. The scribble and write is basically a drawing pad which lights up and guides your child to draw letters and shapes. The top of the pad has 26 buttons laid out in the alphabet with capital letters and lower case letters. There is also a paw shaped button. At the top left of the pad there is a sliding switch which changes the modes of play and also switches the device off. On the right hand side of the device is a volume button to choose a high or low volume. The pen is attached to the device at the bottom using a string and there is also a holder on the top of the device to clip the pen in. Finally at the bottom under the drawing pad is a slider to clean the screen and start again. This device comes in one colour which is green, grey and white. This device has 4 modes of play; Drawing; the device asks your child to draw certain shapes the lights form each line in turn for your child to trace. Upper case letters as the drawing mode again the device will show your child the letter formation in lights so that they can trace. Lower case letters as upper case letters but with lower case letters. Guess the letter the device will start showing parts of a letter in lights and once your child knows the letter they need to press the right letter button. The device is easy to use. The lights on the device are red and are the instructions are clear for your child to follow. Once they have finished they need to push the paw button and Scout the dog will praise their efforts. You child can choose which letter they want to draw in the upper and lower case letter mode by pressing the appropriate letter button this makes it useful for children who are perhaps struggling with certain letters. My daughter is 2 years and 8 months she has a go at following the lines and she is starting to try and recognise letters. We play this together so that I can help her out and give her instructions, if she were a little older she would be able to follow the instructions herself. My daughter enjoys the drawing mode on this she recognises her shapes and is getting good at drawing them. She also likes to just scribble on the pad too. My daughter likes to have this in the car it is a useful toy for long journeys. The devices plays a little tune every time your child traces the letters or shapes and when the paw button is pushed Scout also barks. Finally the device is really robust, the side of it has grooves which are slightly rubbery to allow your child to grip it with ease. I also need to mention that the voice has an English accent which is great as some toys we have bought are Americanised and I don't like that. I would recommend this device it would make a really nice Christmas present for children around 3-5 years of age. It also comes with batteries which is a bonus. I would give this device top marks it is another really good Leapfrog device!
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Introduction ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * My now 4.5year old was delayed with starting nursery because we had many struggles with getting him out of nappy's, so i was worried he would be behind everyone else so i brought this heavily reduced in ELC (7.99 from 19.99) to try and help speed him up a little. * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Scribble And Write ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * It arrived in a bright green coloured box so i thought my son would be interested, apparently not as it didnt look 'fun' according to him. A few days past and we managed to get him to give it a try, its green and white with the keyboard located at the top and the screen at the bottom. The pen is attached via string and hides at the back. At the very bottom is the wipe away eraser, simple slide it across to watch the screen become clear again and ready to re-use. On the keyboard are the letters 'A-Z' upper and lowercase. On the left hand side is the off switch, and 4 other options which are drawing, capitals, lowercase and games. Its 9 inches high and 5 inches wide. It has green gripper handles for your little ones hands which make it easy to hold. * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ In Use ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * The drawing option allows you to draw straight lines, squiggles, diamonds etc so there is a real variety to help children. To write a letter simple press the button, 'H' the console will say 'H, Lets write it, Start here (then a red light will appear on the screen signalling you to put the pen there)' below this more red dots will appear (as if to start drawing the 'H') and say 'draw the line from here (pointing at the 1st dot), to hear (while pointing to the 2nd dot)'. You dont need to press hard to see the marks, and the voice gives a positive comment when you do well. The capital letters option along with the lowercase option gives detailed instructions and does a demonstration so you know what to do. The games option is still educational as it will start to draw a letter and your little one has to guess what letter is bring drawn by pressing the correct letter on the keyboard. The voice does also get you to say the sound of each letter. * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Our Thoughts? ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * We purchased this with the hope of helping Harvey along, (we also brought him the Leappad2 for the same reason) and I'm sad to say that Harvey just didn't find it interesting, he preferred the using pen and paper so we ended up spending £2 every few weeks in Sainsbury's on letter books where Harvey could do his letters in there. If I'm being totally honest I'm not sure why he didn't like it??? Harvey did use it, but for no more than 5 minutes at a time, he also had the leappad2 with an alphabet game that does exactly what this leapfrog product does but he prefers this one as the other is soo sensitive so I was totally baffled as to why he has hardly used it. Its easy to hold, educational, easy to use as the voice will explain exactly what to do as well as giving a demonstration, gives prase when doing well (you have to press the paw button to let it know when you have finished). Is great for the price i paid, but my little boy does get bored quickly with it, it would also be nice for there to be some way the scribble and write recognize when the task isnt completed as well so to correct Harvey and encourage another try. The screen does get scratched quite easily to. At the moment my 2year old uses it more than my 4year old for his random scribbles so at least im getting my moneys worth!
I never taught my oldest child his ABC's. He just seemed to pick it up. My youngest had more difficulties with this though, and still has some difficulty with letter reversals. He also goes back and forth between left and right handed, but seems to write more often with the left hand. Naturally, As a parent, I was keen to give him a little extra help, and I also wanted to keep things fun. He does really like my older son's Maths Wiz, so I thought he might enjoy a small learning game of his own - something to give us a break from pencil and paper work or work books. The Leap Frog Scribble and Write has four functions ( besides on and off). The first is a very basic drawing programme with tasks like drawing a curved line, a zig zag, or straight line, moving up to more advanced shapes like, diamond, triangle and happy faces. The next two functions are identical except that one is for upper case letters and the other for lower case. The child chooses a letter from the keypad and the screen will then light up, showing the child which lines to draw to make that letter. This also says the name of each letter, so a child can learn the correct letter names just by pressing buttons and listening if they wish. Once the child pushes the paw print button which indicates that they have finished writing the letter, a clear easy to understand voice will repeat the letter name and the sound which it makes. The final function is called "Guess the letter". This has the lights appear one at a time until the child can guess which letter is being formed. They then press the correct key. There is also a volume switch for loud or slightly less loud. There is no mute button, but this really does require sound to be used properly. This uses 3 AAA batteries which come included with the product. We have owned this a few months and it is still on the original set of batteries. If you leave it for a couple of minutes without touching anything, it shuts itself off, which is always good in battery operated toys. The game itself seems to be well made and sturdy. It is a good heavy plastic with a textured grip section on either side. The pen is extremely thick, and a bit difficult to hold. I do feel that the big lumps it make holding this in the correct position more difficult, and my children have adopted a different style of holding this pen, with two fingertips pressed against one side and a thumb on the other. The pen is attached with a 9" string, meaning it can not be lost. The unit itself is roughly 9 3/4" x 6 3/4". The Good: This teaches both letter names and sounds, so is a wonderful tool for learning phonics as well as basic letter recognition. It also teaches upper and lower case letters, and the newest edition ( which sadly is not the one I own, or the one pictured above) now includes numbers as well. As I home educate my children, I really do like to find ways to add variety to their school day, and this does provide a change of pace from writing on paper or on dry erase boards. This is something a child can use without any adult assistance, so it is an excellent resource to use while I am busy helping my older child with something, or even to pass time on a car journey or while waiting on appointments. The Bad: I can't say that this teaches right handed writing - but it doesn't really teach left handed letter formation either. The way this directs a child to form letters seems odd to me, starting at the bottom for some and the top for others. But for the most part, this would be proper formation for right handed writing, and a child can always wait for the lights to all show up and then draw it their own way. Another isssue is that "c" is really indistinguishable for "o", the only difference being whether you start at a 12 o'clock position or nearly 3 o'clock. I would also note that the letter sounds are not phonetically perfect. I would also note that to give them perfectly is incredibly difficult to do. Technically, when we teach a child the sound for a letter such as "c" we want to do so without including a vowel sound. Realistically this is nearly impossible without a massive amount of practice. The problem arises when the child is trying to sound out words with additional vowel sounds. Instead pf "c-a-t" blending together to make "cat", we end up with them combining into "cuh-a-tuh". Having struggled horrifically myself to make the vowel sounds with the "uh" sounds though, I have not rated down for this. The Ugly: I have one major issue with this toy. While the overall construction is very good, the writing pad is not at all well made. It requires significant pressure to make a mark, but it scratches easily. So if you press hard enough to draw a visible line, you will end up with a scratched up screen. Even if I use this, I often have to go over a line repeatedly to make it appear. My second issue is also related to this screen. The screen is not connected to the main processor. It is just a cheap magnetic screen. When the game directs me to make a certain letter, it does not make any difference whether I make the letter it requested, or any other letter. In fact I can just makes a random scribble or write nothing at all and the game will still respond with the letter name and sound and the words "good work". There is no feedback if the letter is made incorrectly. Our Opinion: This is one of those toys that had it's moment of glory, only to be quickly abandoned. True my son was a bit old for this when it was purchased as he was nearly 5. He was quite keen on writing with this at first, but grew frustrated after awhile due to having to make the same lines over and over again to make them show. Even more frustrating, sometimes while he was busy trying to make one line appear, another would disappear. After awhile he realised that the thing would make the same response no matter what type of line he made and just listened to the letter names and sounds. This grew boring soon as well, and he has looked at this in nearly two months now. This toy certainly does have some educational value. The idea is brilliant. If the writing pad worked properly this would certainly be a five star toy in my opinion. But due t he defects in the writing pad, I'm afraid I really did not find this toy fit for purpose. That is not to say it is useless. The child can still follow the lights to practice writing, even if their work does not show, and the repetition of letter name and sound is always beneficial. I think this product would be most beneficial for families where children really do need to learn their ABC's without a lot of adult interaction. I think it could also be very useful for an adult trying to teach themselves to read as they could learn the letter sounds in private. But, for our purposes, this really wasn't worth the money. My son prefers to practice letter names and sounds with alphabet books or games, and he prefers to write on paper, whiteboard, blackboard or basically anyplace where he can see the letters he is making without having to press so hard that his hand gets sore, or go over the same lines so many times. I believe I paid £14.99 for this, new and delivered from Amazon. There are several for sale through ebay a but they all seem to be asking silly money for this toy. Argos offers this exact same model at £19.99, but Amazon has the new and hopefully improved version for only £14.99 so if I were considering one, I would certainly hop on over to Amazon. That said, unless I was absolutely certain the screen problems had been corrected, I really would not consider this toy as value for money. I have emailed the company on the off chance that we just happened to get a faulty product and will update this if I get a reply.
I bought this for my son last week with the aim to start learning to write and not just scribble! The part of the toy where it lights up is like an etch a sketch type thing, so at first he was just using it as an etch a sketch with the added novelty of lights, but after a bit of direction he is starting to understand more what the aim of the game is! It is starting to help him understand about writing and letters alot more, given he is only two and a half I am not expecting miracles, but the toy asks that you start out with drawing lines in different directions and then has the options to copy lower case and upper case letters, so you do have the option to start out with lower case (as the curriculam suggests to do) and then move on to upper case as and when the child is ready. Overall, i think this is ideal for pre-school children, it suggests its for 3+ but in my opinion there is no harm in starting early. It also has a quiet or loud option - which he thankfully hasnt found yet as the loud is a bit too loud! the only down side is that the etch a sketch cant actually tell if the letter has been traced properly.... so whether they are right or wrong they dont know
This year we, or should I say Santa, pretty much bought my little girl who is two years old learning toys, no more fun anymore, just learning. Well ok, that's not true, she still has fun toys but I wanted to get some things that would help her learn her numbers or alphabet. This scribble and draw pad from Leapfrog is perfect for learning the alphabet and learning how to draw your letters too. The toy is basically in tablet form and has a little screen on it. It's really easy to hold which is nice. Above this screen are all the letters of the alphabet, upper case and lower case, each on their individual buttons and also a little paw button. The screen lights up enabling you to follow the lights and draw the letters. You do this with the use of a stylus pen that is attached to the top of the tablet with a length of string. The pen then clicks into a slot at the back. I really like this stylus, it is fairly small and chunky and easy to write with as well as being easy for little hands to hold. The toy features 4 different learning modes. There is a drawing button which shows you how to draw animals, shapes and items like that. There is music playing when you are doing this which is a bit loud but bearable I guess. There is a lower case letters mode and an upper case letters mode. I think these are great as they show kids how to form the letters properly and where to start and finish in simple steps. Once you have drawn the letter you press the paw button and the lights will go off just leaving the outline of the letter you have drawn. The final mode asks you to watch the lights and guess what letter it is making. Again you press the paw button when you think you know what it is and then it will say you've got it right. The only thing I don't like about this machine is the erase lever. It's a bit like an etch-a-sketch where you move the lever across the screen to erase what you have done in order to start drawing again. The lever on this machine is very fiddly and sticks and is virtually impossible for a 2 year old to do as even I am having trouble with it. The toy is recommended from 3 years and I would say this is a good estimate. At the moment my 2 year old is just scribbling on it but I think if I get her used to it and used to seeing these letters then she will pick it up sooner rather than later. All in all this is a great learning tool that I definitely recommend.
I bought this for my son's 3rd birthday as he was showing an interest in writing and I though it would help his pen control. He had a magnet board but this got quickly scratched by different children pushing too hard and leaving perminant marks on it so I thought I would see if this was any more durable. The good news is that after just over a years worth of use the drawing surfice is still unblemished even with lots of use. It has 4 settings, drawing which is lines and shapes, upper case letters, lower case letters, and guess the letter which does the lights in a random order for the children to press the correct letter on the keyboard section. It also has 2 volume control settings both of which are quite loud, and takes 3 AAA batteries. Both my sons enjoy playing with this machine and certainly my eldest who has just turned 4 can now write several of his letters. I am a childminder and would however like to focus on one of the children I mind for when discussing the benefits of this toy because whilst my children have learned it has benefitted this child the most. He is 6 and 1/2, very funny, extremely lively and a little charmer. He does however have Global Development Delay and my 2 (nearly 3) year old is sadly leaving him behind. He has a very short attention span and I have found it difficult to find equipment to hold his attention. Do not ask me what it is about this machine but not only does it hold his attention he also has the patience to copy the letters really neatly. He can't play on guess the letter yet but it has definatly helped him with recognising some of his letters (not all yet but I'm sure he'll get there.) The voices on the machine that tell you what to do are a man's voice and a very enthusiastic sounding boy. I'm not sure if its this combo or the lights that hold his attention but normally you are lucky to 5 mins of concentration and he has been known to focus on this for over 30 mins. I am by no means saying this machine can only be used for these purposes but it is such a huge thing that it manages to do I felt it needed mentioning. I purchased this machine for £24 but it is current;y retailing in toys r us for £19.97. I could not recommend this machine enough to people with young children who either like mine love letters or children who have any sort of concentration issues.
I'd been eyeing this up for a while for my eldest daughter but was waiting to buy it until she was old enough to follow instructions and have good pen control. I finally bought it for Christmas last year, shortly before she turned 4. And perhaps she is slightly above the recommended start age, but I think this has been beneficial to her, and also to me, because she began using it almost immediately, needing little tuition from me. I've been quite impressed with the quality and educational value of many of the Leap Frog toys that we own. So I was quite keen to see what this one was like, and if it would actually teach my daughter anything at the same time as entertaining her. **Scribble and Write** It's basically an electronic console that helps your child to learn their 'alphabet, phonics skills, early writing skills, and pencil control.' This is done by a variety of learning games within the console. On the console you will find a sliding button at the top with which you select one of the 4 different modes of play (Drawing, Uppercase Letters, Lowercase Letters and Games). Underneath this is a small keypad with every letter of the alphabet (shown in lower and upper case); and beneath this is a small retraceable drawing surface which can be drawn on with the attached chunky pen, and erased using a slider along the bottom. **How Does It Help Your Child To Learn?** Well, it's quite an ingenious design and kind of removes all parental responsibility from teaching their children the alphabet and how to form the letters with a pen! Obviously I'm just kidding here, but it certainly goes a long way to helping a child to learn things independently, and it is done in such a way that it's actually fun to use. My daughter will often sit with this for long lengths of time, just following the instructions and drawing various things on the screen. What happens is that the unit will talk to your child when they turn it on and select their mode. For instance: Uppercase Letters - the unit will tell your child to touch a letter to learn how to write it, so if your child pressed L they would hear - 'L, lets write it, start here and make a line straight down, then make a line to here' - these are the verbal instructions given, but not only that, a series of bright red lights will appear on the drawing surface in the shape of an L and your child just has to trace the lights. Then when they have finished they have to press the paw button (located with the alphabet buttons), and the red lights will go out and all that is visible is their attempt at drawing the letter. Also when they have finished, the unit will say 'L, makes the sound 'l'' so they are not only learning how to write the letter, but also letter phonics - something I still have to get to grips with! Lowercase Letters - this works in exactly the same way as Uppercase letters. Drawing - this mode just asks your child to draw various shapes and lines such as zig zags, triangles, rectangles - you get the idea. Again they are assisted with the verbal instructions and the lights; and the good thing here is that they are also reminded to erase their image once they have finished, so things don't get confusing by drawing on top of drawings. Games - there are a couple of fun things on here such as 'Guess the Letter' and 'Dig and Draw'. Guess the letter is where the lights will slowly form a letter and your child has to guess by pressing the correct letter, and then they get to draw the letter once they have guessed correctly. 'Dig and Draw' is where the lights will move around the drawing surface and your child has to follow them with the pen, and at the end they should have drawn something simple and recognisable, such as a house or a balloon. More often than not these drawings do not resemble anything familiar, but my daughter enjoys following the lights with the pen! **What's Good About It?** Well, it's a good sized unit - not too big, not too small, a perfect little size for preschool children to have on their lap without any discomfort. It is a clearly laid out with everything within easy reach for a child, no complications for them to get annoyed with, and the controls are simple and easy to use. A unit this size is great for travel too, my daughter can use it in the car and it keeps her quiet for a while. The functions are simple but effective and really quite educational, even if the target audience is quite limited in range. My daughter didn't particularly need any encouragement or advice to use this toy and began using it straight away, and can be entertained for say 30 minutes at a time (which is pretty good in my book when a child is occupied for that length of time!) I'm not entirely sure if she is actually learning her letters from the toy because I think she is concentrating too much on where her pen is going rather than thinking about the end product. So I know she is gaining good pen control but perhaps not much more at the moment. I think there is a definite potential for children to gain an understanding of the alphabet and perhaps phonics through using this toy, but I feel what a child gains from it is more to do with pen control and learning how to form the letters and shapes on a page, rather than literally remembering each letter. This is where the parents come in, they can extend the learning from the toy by repeating the letters to the child, and perhaps writing them on normal paper for your child to see and remember. And of course when they get to school, that is when the learning really starts. It seems to me that the idea is the children can practise their pen control by drawing the simple shapes and pictures, and then when they have mastered pen control they can move onto the letters, and then onto the games. So I guess it's a kind of graduated educational system and the child can move up the learning levels when they feel comfortable. It's really good that the child can select the mode that they feel most at ease with and move onto more difficult tasks when they feel ready. The pen can be stored on back of unit to prevent damage, although ours is rarely clipped into position! **What's Not Particularly Good About It?** Well firstly, the screen is not great, it could have been much better quality, it reminds me of one of those magic slate toys you used to be able to get years ago. Dark patches seem to seep onto the screen, although you can soon clear this by moving the slider across, but it doesn't take a long time for the patches to start appearing again. The pen is quite chunky and does not replicate a real pen or pencil. The music is very loud and cannot be switched off, and although I quite like the sound, it does tend to grate after a while. I have literally just found out that it can actually be turned down a notch using a switch on the side...if only I had known this sooner! **Recommendation** Well the recommended age is 3-5 years and I would say that is quite accurate, but it does depend on your child and how much concentration they have. I waited until my daughter was almost 4, could already use a pen and was capable of following instructions, so I knew she would be able to use the toy straight away. But a very young 3 year old may not have the skills in place to use the toy unaided, and would have to be guided until they gained confidence with the pen and they understood what the toy was asking them to do. With that in mind, I would definitely recommend this toy to children in this age range, but any younger (my 2 year old has absolutely no idea how to use the toy, she just scribbles on the screen and randomly presses buttons) and it will be a waste of money. Available from Amazon for varying prices (between £26 and £30), but the RRP is about £20 and you get currently get it from Toys R Us for £19.97 (Feb 2011) Requires 3 x AA batteries which are included with the unit.
We went to visit family in England and so needed something to keep our kids occupied. This is what we purchased for our eldest boy who is 3. We purchased it from Argos at half price but these usually retail at around £20. It requires 3 AA which are not provided. What it is essentially is a pen and paper apart from its all done on an electronic handheld device. AT the top on the left hand side is the mode selection this has choices like upper and lower letters shape or freestyle. To the right of that is button alphabet with both upper and lower case of each letter on a button this is how a child selects which letter they would like to draw. Also attached the the toy is a pen to write on the board with. The child can then choose which mode they would like to learn. For example if they choose uppercase mode they must then press the appropriate button for the letter of the alpha bet they would like to learn. One they do so the letter is pronounced by the device and then on the screen the child is shown how to draw it by a light on the screen showing a step by step for the child. They are then free to trace write clear and repeat until the master the letter by themselves. The toy itself is simple yet clever and my son loves it. It is very sturdy and so far has lasted a few months being carried everywhere as he does not want to put it down.Once he writes the letter he loves to show everyone how well he can do it. The one problem for us is that sometimes the writing does not show to well on the board. He has to clean off the board and try again which can be a little frustrating for a 3 year old. It seems to go through fazes of this but then most times will work perfectly. I would recommend this as since we brought it for my son his writing has come on so much he now knows most of the alphabet and can write around half of it. Its a novelty product to children but at the same time is extremely educational so it really is learning through fun.He has had so much use out of it already and I'm sure once my daughter is a little older she will enjoy it too.Even at the retail of £19.99 it is a steal!
My daughter has just started school and loves to learn new things. I think this may be due to having two older brothers that she loves to be like. Christmas has just been and we always have to get a list of things for family to buy, because my daughter was starting school I thought it would be a brilliant idea if she had some toys that will assist her with learning. This product jumped out at me when I was looking through the catalogue. I have had leap frog products before, we have had the reading pen and the Leapster computer when they first came out so when I saw the scribble and write I thought this was something new aimed at my daughters age she liked to play with the other learning tools from leapster and this was only priced at £20 so I told a family member that they could buy her this. This is a funny shaped computer type system which has letter buttons on the top, a dial on the side with different options and a small drawing window with the pen attached to a string and neatly clipped into the back of the computer. It is green and white which are very versatile colours and is perfect for girl or boy. This computer pad takes 3 aa batteries. We put batteries in this on Christmas eve when she had this toy and they are still going now but it is only played with half an hour a day approximately. I am hoping that these batteries last a few months before needing to be changed because it could get very expensive otherwise. The option button slides easily along the top of the computer and each option is in the shape of a paw. The first option is the off button which is a power sign in a blue paw. The second option is a shapes option which is in a brown paw. This option teaches your child different shapes. It uses a child's voice to explain the shape that it would like you to do the options are simple lines such as zig zag, wiggly lines, straight lines and will take them to shapes such as squares and triangles. An adults voice on the computer will talk from time to time to explain what they have to do. When you are asked to do the shape a line of flashing dots will appear on the drawing screen for the child to follow on some of the shapes it will let the child know where they have got to start. It also tells them to press the paw button on the key pad when they have done the shape so that the child can move onto the next shape. It then explains with arrows that the child is to move the slider on the bottom of the system to clear the screen so they are able to do the next shape. The system registers when the slide is moved to clear the screen and will then show the next shape. When they are trying to do the shapes it will congratulate them on what they have done. This is the same for every option on the system. The third option is capital letters, this is in a red paw shape with ABC. The child will have to press one of the letters on the top of the pad to choose what one they want to learn to draw. It will explain as with the first option where to start the letter and tell them what the letter is and when they are done to press the paw button to move on to another. The fourth option is lower case letters this is in a blue paw shape with abc, this works the same as the uppercase but will give the sounds and a word that will start with this letter like C is for cat. The lights will flash the same for the child to draw over them. As before it will explain to the child how to start the letter and to press the paw button when finished. It will also explain again how to clear the screen so that they can move to the next letter that they want to attempt. The last button is in a purple paw and has a ball that looks like it is bouncing on it. This is where the system differs from the other options, this is a play option. It explains to the child that they have to guess what letter the system is producing in dots. When they know what letter it is going to be they have to press the letter on the buttons and it will congratulate them or tell them to try again if it is the wrong one. The screen on the computer is like an etch sketch it is magnetic files under the screen with a magnet in the pen that allows the child to draw and wipe the screen as an etch sketch works. The lines are not easy to draw with this method but is still very effective. The size of the system is very good. My daughter has been able to sit down with this on her lap or on a surface and be able to use this efficiently. It is not heavy so my daughter has been able to carry this around with her very well. This has also been dropped and thrown a few times due to my daughters younger sister who is one finding it and it has been very hardwearing. The rope that holds the pen is thick and very secure so there is no worry that the pen for this will be lost soon. The pen has a special place on the back of the system that allows it to clip in securely. There is two volume levels on the system which the loudest is loud enough to hear even if you are in a noisy room which is good. This has also got two raised bumps on the back with blue rubbers on the bottom this is for if the system is on a surface that may be smooth so that it will not slip away from the child which is an advantage. The letter buttons on the top of the system are big enough for a child of 3 to see and press and do not need lots of pressure for them to register with the system. When the letters are pressed the make a click noise so you are able to recognise that they have been pressed too. I love this mini learning pad, I think that it is a brilliant learning tool for pre school children. The drawing screen is a good size and the red dots for the child to copy are very clear. I think that the computer explains what has to be done very well so the child is able to play with this without much aid. The age is 3 plus depending if you have a child who loves to try and learn at 2 this is a sufficient age for this to be bought and will help them until they are 5 by this time they will no longer need this, luckily I will be able to pass this down to my other daughter so it is worth the £20 paid. I think this is very child friendly and will teach my daughter a lot. I have noticed that my daughter does not struggle with using this system and has mastered the shapes option already, at the minute she is not interested with the letters but I am sure that this will come very soon. This is a very good learning tool for such a reasonable price and will recommend this to parents with pre school children because I feel this will help them a lot. A truly wonderful toy that teaches.
My son has many toys to play with so when he was given this at Christmas I wondered whether he would ever play with it. He is over 2 years old now so maybe slightly young for it but not by much and he should grow into it and use it more. I have to admit we did have a cheap etch a sketch that he seemed to enjoy last year so was hopeful he'd like this too and he does seem to. This toy is from Leapfrog, so veering away from VTech toys which are the majority of the ones I own. The toy iteself looks and is pretty robust as my son has thrown it a couple of times. It's also brightly coloured and very neat looking. As always removing it from it's box was a mission in itself as they put so many wires in these things now to attach them. My first early impressions of this toy are that it is a fantastic learning toy that children can use on their own or with the help of an adult. It seems like a great device for aiding my child's development and he should be able to use it for a few years yet so will get some good use from it. It takes AAA batteries. There are many different learning activities on here for kids. First is the letter form where it requests that the child follow the lights and gets them to write the letters in lower case and capitals. They can also draw shapes and pictures. Therefore this toy also aids their writing skills and being able to follow instructions. There are two volume levels but unfortunately one of them isn't low so both are reasonablly loud which can be annoying at times and after a while. The game itself costs around £20 so not too bad if you can get some use out of it for a few years. This is a nice toy that is worth checking out.
My daughter has just turned three so i wanted to encourage her in learning how to write her letters. When i saw this in Tesco for £20 i decided it had to be worth a shot... and its brill. Its a little handheld game that has the alphabet at the top and a wipe clean screen at the bottom. At the top left hand there is a switch to choose which game you want to play. You can learn upper case letters, lower case or shapes. Then your child just needs to pick a letter and the games tells them how to pronounce it. Then, lights appear on the screen at the bottom walking your child though how to draw the letter step by step. The pen attached means that your child can follow the lights and... voila! Theyve written their first letters. It really helps them to recognise their letters alongside the pronunciation too. You can say letters to my daughter now and she can pick out the relevant one. Its so compact - you can just leave your child with it whilst your driving in the car - and a long car journey instantly becomes educational. I would absolutely recommend this product - its a fun way to teach your child without even really trying (and without the risk of allowing your child to run around with a pen!)
Leapfrog scribble and write was given to my 3 year old son as a christmas present, it has the definite look of a a leapfrog product well built colourful and robust which is essential for a three year old. Getting it out of the box was the usual trial and error method that comes with all kids toys these days the yanking unscrewing and breaking open method worked best but once that is tackled you have a fabolous unique early learning product that children can use alone or with adults as a helping hand to pre school learning. It takes AAA batteries and has numerous learning activities it describes the letter form and asks the child to follow the lights to get them to write the letters in lower case and capitals and also draws shapes pictures etc, this is a wonderful product that has two volume levels both are quite loud and it is definetely one of my sons christmas presents he goes back to time and time again. I know it cost his aunt £20 so a solid bargain in more than one way as its been bounced a few times as toddlers too and always goes with him in his over night bag to grandmas and still works perfectly, although its not awfully cheap it makes a fab educational gift for kids and ive recommended it to friends in my sons nursery group as they are eager to get them writing asap there.
My daughter received this as a Christmas present from her granddad and I have to say it is one of his better buys. Scribe and Write is by leapfrog and this is an interactive hand held game which focuses on phonics and writing/word formation and fine motor skills. It has 4 learning activities to choose from. The first activity is drawing, it introduces the child to drawing lines and zigzags and they can choose to write words by clicking on any letter in the keypad. The drawing pad will light up with a zigzag and the male voice gives clear instruction of how to trace over the zigzag and the lights demonstrate where to start drawing from, for example if they were to draw the letter "s" the lights will start at the top and each light will light up to demonstrate how the letter forms. Activity 2 is uppercase letters- you simply select a letter on the keypad and the keypad will light up showing how to write and form the letter as well as pronouncing the phonic sound. Activity 3 is the same as 2 but with lower case letters Activity 4 is a mixture of guess what letter the lights are forming on the pad, you get 3 guesses before it will tell you and you make your guessing by pressing the letters on the letter pad. Once you have guessed either correctly or incorrectly you will be then asked to write it by tracing over the lights. When you have finished you press the paw button which removes the lights and shows you your writing. To clear what you have written or drawn you just move the slider at the bottom across. In this activity you are also given surprises to draw such as butterflies, balloons and faces by following the lights with the pen as it lights up. The game has 2 different voices, a child's American voice which welcomes you to the activities and gives encouraging comments to keep children motivated. The second voice is an English male voice and he pronounces all the letters and sounds. There are 2 sound settings on the game acceptable loud and very loud. The game takes 3 AAA batteries. The pen is attached by string to the game so no parts can get lost. MY OPINION As a parent - this is fantastic. Its aimed at 3-5 year olds but my daughter is 9 and she has learning difficulties and struggles with fine motor skills and letter formation. She really enjoys this game and it is helping her with phonic recognition as well as writing. I like the fact that there are no parts to lose everything you need is attached. Its very sturdy and doesn't feel like its going to break if its dropped once. Its very easy for children to use and navigate around and the constant encouragement and praise it gives just makes this already impressive educational toy even better. This is a hit both with me and my daughter and I highly recommend it. 5/5 dooyoo's well done Leap Frog another top product.