Last month, Leapfrog unveiled their new interactive system – the Leapfrog Leapstart! The system comes with a sampler book, has an RRP of £34.99. Available separately; is a library of 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 from 15th July 2016. Today I am sharing more information on the device.
The Leapfrog Leapstart is designed to help children get ready for starting school, so it can help them thrive in their early school years.
What Leapfrog Say About The Leapfrog Leapstart
Firstly, here’s what Leapfrog had to say about Leapstart… “There are two devices… One for Preschool children and one for children in their first years of Primary School. Jam-packed with educational and life skills for curious 2-7 year olds. LeapStart is designed to help build key skills for school success and challenge kids to get ready for their next step in learning. The system works with a library of replayable activity books that grow with your child. And get them excited about mathematics, literacy and phonics, science, problem solving, and much more.
Secondly, The LeapStart Preschool system, for children ages 2-4, comes with an innovative, ergonomically designed stylus for smaller hands. The LeapStart Primary School system for children ages 5-7 has a robust, kid-tough design. And a stylus that accurately represents a pen, to help them practise finer pen control. Kids can tap any page with the stylus to activate audio responses … Play activities designed to keep them engaged and coming back for more. Each book is packed with over 30 activities. They come to life and entice kids to trace letters, hunt for numbers, explore the world and much more. Providing a fun, productive and safe screen-free learning environment.
Additionally, there are 16 activity books across four learning levels. Which have been designed to work with the LeapStart interactive systems. Each book is sold separately, and will grow with your child. There are four books at each learning level and together they teach 50+ key skills… From the alphabet and 123’s to space science, basic coding and educational problem solving. The LeapStart library enables your child to grow and develop by teaching core skills. These are integrated with life skills, so help them prepare for the future. Both LeapStart platforms work with all four levels of activity books, for complete interchangeability and ability to find just the right level for each set of skills.”
Firstly, this is aimed at Nursery children. It teaches early fundamentals like the alphabet and numbers as well as shapes, colours, creativity, music, and problem solving.
This is aimed at Pre-school aged children.It introduces early key skills like phonics, writing, counting and critical thinking as well as introducing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), and skills for starting primary school.
This is best suited for Reception aged kids. It complements school skills like reading, maths, science, and geography with skills including logic and reasoning.
This is aimed at children in Year One of Primary School. Level 4 covers fundamentals like vocabulary and fractions. It also helps grow interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths), space science, and problem solving.
My children are 4 and 5 now, so are probably a little too old for the preschool model, and just on the cusp of being ready for the Primary Leapstart. Sydney starts reception in September,. Additionally, Sam will be starting Year 1 in his special needs school. (He has Autism, so will probably engage better with the younger Leapstart books).
A Leapfrog spokesperson said: “Today’s parents realise that ‘learning’ is more than just the alphabet and 123s. It is also about problem solving and critical thinking. That’s why LeapFrog’s focus is on 21st Century learning. A framework that includes the foundational skills kids have always and will always need. Such as the ability to adapt to changing technology, collaboration skills, and perseverance,” said Jody Sherman LeVos, PhD, Director of Learning at LeapFrog. “Through fun-filled activities and engaging adventures that progress one step at a time, the LeapStart interactive activity book system brings learning to life to provide children with the tools they’ll need to thrive in tomorrow’s world.”
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This is not a sponsored post. I heard about the product and wanted to share the news.