Product Type: LeapFrog Child Development
Newest Review: ... it between modes, lower case / uppercase / drawing .If you press a letter it then tells the child how to form the letter whilst the s... more
LeapFrog Scribble and Write
Member Name: Whizz11
LeapFrog Scribble and Write
Advantages: Great way to learn
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.
Summary: Leapfrog scribble and write
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