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Leap Pad Leap Start - Tutter's Tiny Trip
Our little one has just got to the age where she loves reading and anything interactive (although not quite old enough to read herself yet!), so we decided to buy a leap pad from a friend for the low price of £5. A Leap Pad is an interactive learning tool which requires a cartridge and book to match. By using the special attached pen, children can interact with the stories, play games and read all whilst learning. Of course, it needed books, so I went onto Ebay and found a selection of books for children up to the age of 5. One of the books I purchased was the Pre-Reading book; Tutter's Tiny Trip for only £2.50 including postage and packaging which is a bargain as I have seen this online for £6.99 which is actually cheaper than some of the other Leap Start books seen on Amazon.
The books can be read the standard way, though to use the book on the leap pad, you must insert the matching cartridge into the slot and place the book onto the leap pad. My little one can insert the cartridge and lay the book out absolutely fine without any help which is a bonus!
This book is aimed at children under the age of 5 or preschool-K
On each page there is little button which says 'go'. This is places in different places on each page so that the leap pad corresponds correctly with the book. Throughout the book there is a story about Winnie the Pooh and friends as they give away items they don't need anymore, including Pooh eventually giving away a lot of empty honeypots.
There are various buttons to 'press' with the special pen;
Speech bubble - when pressed, the leap pad will read the story to you. You are also able to use the pen to read at your own pace by running it over each individual word.
Games - There are approximately two games per double page which all help the child learn in one way or another.
Volume control - You are able to turn the leap pad up and down in volume via the buttons on each page though beware, the leap pad turns up quite loud!
Repeat - This allows the child to hear the words on the page once again.
The child is also able to touch the pen to the characters on the pages to hear them speak as well as items on a page to hear the noise they make.
There is also some fun music on various pages such as playing a tune on the empty honeypots - this activity brings a lot of fun to my little one.
This particular book follows friends, Tutter and Bear as they get ready for Tutter to go on a fun trip. The child learns counting, reading, matching, shapes, emotions and more through reading and working through the book and cartridge. At the end of the main story there are also a couple of pages with some random exercises for children which tie in with the main story.
My little one absolutely loves this book, and I enjoy working through the book with her.
Other titles in the Leap Start range include;
Pre-Reading: The Birthday Surprise
Vocabulary: Things to know
Pre-Math: Lots and Lots of Honeypots
LeapStart Books introduce concepts that develop reading readiness, such as letter recognition, phonics, repetition, rhyme, and music. Tutter is ready for his first big trip... or is he? See how Tutter's friends help him prepare for his trip and make him feel better about being such a tiny mouse out in the big world.