You may remember a few weeks ago, I posted about the very exciting new product that would be joining the LeapFrog family: the LeapStart. We have been really lucky to be sent one to try out and here is our review of the LeapFrog Leapstart:
The LeapStart is perfect for getting little ones ready for nursery and will grow with them up to the end of Key Stage 1. My girls are starting nursery in September so it’s a great head start on their learning ahead of starting. We haven’t done much formal home learning but they are familiar with their name and are able to find and write a P.The product itself is really easy grip with two handles either side. It opens out like a book. It comes with the LeapStart itself, an attached styler, USB cable and sample book. Just to advise that it needs two AA batteries which aren’t included to save you time with impatient little ones.
Before you use the LeapStart, you need to set it up. My heart at this point usually sinks, as I always manage to do something wrong but this time it was a simple few steps when connected to the computer. The USB cable isn’t very long so make sure you’re sat right next to your laptop when loading it. Once you’re all registered, it’s off you go.
I would say that at times you really need to press the styler quite hard to get it to register. My two have never really played on anything electronic so it’s a great introduction but it made me realise how behind they are in terms of being able to effectively use technology!
The nursery level has lots of various topics to choose from including English and Maths. I think this is great so that you can mix and match as my girls don’t have long attention spans as they’ve only just turned three so it’s good to be able to swap back and forth.
You can also plug in earphones to the LeapStart incase they want complete concentration and to block out external noise. It has a volume button on it too which is any parents dream if something is too loud (and repetitive)
I love that it grows with the kids and that there are so many different activities and levels to choose from. Personally, I would love it to be able to be run via the mains opposed to batteries, as we all know how annoying that can be! As a whole, I think it’s such value for money and a great fun way to get them interested in learning. Whilst it is interactive, it’s not like them staring at a tablet or computer screen and required fine motor skills to use the LeapStart.
The LeapStart system has a RRP of £34.99, as well as the 16 LeapStart Activity books (RRP £9.99 each, ages 2-7) are available to buy from 15th July 2016.
Disclaimer – we were sent the LeapStart photographed above for the purpose of this review. All words, opinions and images are my own