Product Type: LeapFrog Child Development
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How many honeypots are in your cupboard?
LeapFrog Winnie the Pooh - Lots & Lots of Honey Pots
Member Name: emmad5689
LeapFrog Winnie the Pooh - Lots & Lots of Honey Pots
Advantages: Brightly coloured, durable, teaches plenty of items
Disadvantages: Not challenging enough for a 5 year old
==Getting the Book==
A friend of mine gave my daughter the Leappad system an loads of books to go with it, my friends has both a boy and a girl so there were books for both sexes although more boy ones and because they are a couple of years apart there are books which cover a great range of ages too.
You can still buy the Leappad system although Leapfrog who are the makers have brought out a more up to date version so the system we have can only be bought second hand now although this does mean you can pick up the console pretty cheaply. The books vary in ages and prices, you can pick them up second hand for around £4 although you can still buy some new ones and these can be anything up to £23 which I think is too expensive for just one book.
==The Front Cover==
This book actually differs from the layout of all the others ones we have got as it hasn't got a red stripes down the side. The front cover of the book is made of really thick paper which has a glossy finish to it making it hard for it to get torn which is great in our house. The book has a large title on the front which says Pre Maths and then the book itself is called Lots and Lots of Honeypots. On the front there is a picture of Winnie the Pooh with coloured honeypots around him numbered 1 to 5. It tells you on the cover that this book teaches number recognition, counting up to 10, matching and classifying and social skills. The book doesn't actually have an age range like most of the books do but it states that the book is for up to age 5 which seems a little strange to me as the sort of things this book teaches your children are taught in nursery and therefore I would have thought up to age 4 was more appropriate.
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 cover of the book there are instructions on how to use the book and put the cartridge into the system. On each page there are a number of different symbols that you can press for different things, each page has a go button which you need to press as you begin to play on the page so that the console knows which page you are on. There is a speech bubble which when you press it reads the narrative on the page, there is a yellow bee for a numbers game and a red bee for a counting game, a repeat button and two triangles with volume controls in them.
The story follows Pooh who sees Piglet with a wagon containing the things from his house in it, Tigger comes along and explains to them that if you have things you don't want Christopher Robin can give them to people that need them. Piglet asked Pooh if he has anything he doesn't need anymore but Pooh gets confused, he struggles to find anything to give until he opens his cupboard and finds 20 empty honeypots. Pooh explains that half the honeypots have honey in them and he keeps the others so that he has somewhere to keep any really nice honey that he finds but he decides to give away ten of the honeypots.
I think the story is really nice and has a lovely message to it and even Sophie points out how nice everyone was to give things away that they don't need, I think this is a really valuable message to give a young child.
The games in the book are very simple, there are little games like finding a certain number and then there are groups of bees for your child to count and see how many there are. When Pooh opens the cupboard with all the honeypots in it they all have different shapes on them and your child can play a game to match up the shapes. The games are really pretty simple as the book is for up to 5 years and even though my daughter is only 5 this book is too easy for her and she can play all the games with ease which is why I think the book should be up to age 4.
Sophie loves playing on the Leappad and she loves the books that go with it but this isn't one of her favourite books simply because the book is too easy for her. She might have enjoyed the book more if we had been given the console a little earlier but my younger daughter will learn plenty from the book. I would say that Sophie would only give this book 4 stars as she does actually play with it every now and again so she does return to it but it just isn't a favourite.
I think the whole console and the books are fantastic, the books are great quality and they don't get damaged easily. The pages are very brightly coloured so they are inviting to a young child and the whole book is easy to use. There are many things on each page for your child to interact with that they can have hours of fun and learn many things out of one book. I would give the book 5 stars but will stick with 4 as I think Sophie's opinion is more important than mine in this case.
Summary: There are better books but still great