If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know we are Leapfrog Panel members. This means we are occasionally sent products to review, and hear about new launches as soon as they are announced. Last month, we received a Leapfrog LeapStart Preschool to review, and we weren’t disappointed. It is designed to help children get ready for starting school, and to help them thrive in their early school years.
The system has an RRP of £34.99 and it comes with a sampler book. You can also purchase additional activity books, which Leapfrog say will “bring learning to life”. These books have an RRP of £9.99 each and all items will be available to buy now. Read more about the devices here.
Leapfrog Leapstart Preschool
It was really easy to set up – once you’ve installed the batteries! The Leapfrog Leapstart Preschool needs two AA batteries, and you’ll need a small Philips screwdriver to open the battery compartment.
Firstly, you have to connect the Leapstart to your computer to download and install the sound files for the book. A USB cable is provided, and the whole process took less than 5 minutes. I am happy to report it is very durable! Ours has survived a few tumbles down the stairs, already.
I love the fact that the Leapfrog Leapstart Preschool gives children the chance to improve their pen control . This is something which isn’t as easy to do on tablets. With a £34.99 price tag, the Leapstart is much cheaper than a tablet, but it is still really engaging.
Syd, my 4 year old has been practising her hand writing with the leapstart, and it has come on massively. Her confidence has grown a lot too.
My son is 5 and has Autism. He doesn’t usually engage well with screen less toys, but has spent ages exploring the shapes and numbers sections of the sampler book.
One thing I do want to mention is that the stylus is a little chunky. So it’s not possible to hold the pen as you would a “normal” one. This hasn’t stopped my children from using the device, though. I love how portable the device is. It’s got incredible battery life too. So is perfect for car journeys or visits to the grandparents. The fact it takes normal batteries and doesn’t need charging between uses is also a blessing. My kids hate having to wait for their devices to charge!
Personally, I would say the Leapfrog Leapstart Preschool version is great for children aged 2 and 3. But I’d probably have opted for the 5+ model (pictured above) if I was purchasing this myself. Syd was 4 last month, and she can already complete the sampler book with minimal assistance.
With that in mind, I’d probably opt for the 5+ model and just buy 1 or 2 preschool books if I were recommending the product to others.
We were sent the Leapstart for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own.