Just a heads up that this post is very picture heavy. There was just too much good stuff, I couldn’t bare to leave anything out. Don’t let it deter you! You will WANT to read this!
Everyone knows Leap Frog and as far as I know, everyone LOVES them.
But when you hear Leap Frog, you automatically think all those little electronic devices.
Did you know that there is now a paper products line? No? Well thanks to MEGA brands (the makers of mega blocks) Leap Frog now has paper based learning products.
Thanks to Mosaic Reviews, I got the chance to have Vanessa review their Pre-K products!!
The assortment of products in this Pre-K pack is awesome. With Vanessa going into preschool in the fall, I feel this will benefit her a lot. I have mentioned before that Vanessa has some speech delays and has sensory processing disorder. I am expecting school to be a little bit of a challenge for her because of being with other people and having other people teach her without myself or her dad there. I want to prepare her knowledge as much as I can because she LOVES learning. These products I feel will do just that.
Once I got the box unpacked, someone wanted to get right to work!
First up was the flash cards.
These flash cards are sorted into lower case and uppercase letters and are easily identifiable by dark green for uppercase and light green for lowercase. One side of the cards shows the letter and a word starting with that letter. Flip the card over and there’s a picture of the word and the letter pair.
After that, Vanessa was all about the dry erase book! Seriously, dry erase is my lifesaver with her. This little book is filled with activities that teach you about colors, shapes, and counting. The girl couldn’t get enough. If you scroll back up, you can see market on her cheek! LOL
There is also a larger dry erase book that helps teach colors, shapes, & numbers. It shows you how to write letters with the names of colors, shapes, & numbers, teaches patterns, matching colors to items, counting, etc. At the end of the book there’s a blank spot to draw anything you want and pictures using only certain shapes. I’m seriously in love. So is Vanessa.
I think my favorite thins is the creative journal. Vanessa won’t be able to use it for awhile, but I plan on saving it for when she learns to write. There’s something about little kids stories that make my heart skip. Reading what their imagination holds and reading their ways of spelling…sigh…mommy bliss.
This creative journal is awesome. It has that dashed line paper inside that teaches kids the proper way to write their letters. It also saves you a spot at the top of the page to draw a picture to match our story with stickers to add that extra flair. I has a pretty durable cover and binding so you can save it for years to come. I can’t wait for the stories that will some day fill the pages of this book. It is recommended for grades 2-3 but I am glad they included it in my pack.
A great way to encourage a child’s learning is to show them how great they are doing. Positive reinforcement is a great way to keep a child interested. Giving them something to show for their hard work makes them feel great and proud as well.
Hello Success Charts. Inside this cute little pack is weekly performance charts to keep track of learning, stickers to help motivate, because really, what kid doesn’t love stickers, & there are awards certificates to give your little one to reward them for their hard work. Bright. Colorful. Fun.
Got a little one about to go into kindergarten?? Get them the kindergarten skills book! Packed with 60 pages to learn to write, patterns, opposites, letter recognition, counting, colors, shapes, etc. it also has STICKERS!!!
Last but not least are pencil grips! I have never ever seen anything like this before. These pencil grips are GREAT for little ones learning to write because it teaches proper finger placement when holding a pencil. Now, for some uncanny reason, Vanessa has ALWAYS held a pencil, crayon, pen, whatever the proper way since she was able to hold one. Her speech therapists and occupational therapists always made comments about the way she holds a pencil because apparently its not a skill that is normally picked up until they are 4-5 years old and learning to write. In fact, her first therapist said her daughter, who was 3 at the time and Vanessa wasn’t even 2, wasn’t able to hold it properly. Because of Vanessa’s ability to hold it properly, she was not very pleased with these pencil grips. They frustrated her badly so I had to take them off.
You can see in the first picture that she doesn’t look pleased! (You can also see the dry erase marker on her cheek LOL)
Here are a few pictures of the grips on a white paper background so you can see how they look. 2 spots on the front to place your thumb and pointer finger and a space on the back to rest your middle finger. Awesome! And whoever thought of it, genius.
Here is Vanessa holding a pencil without the grips to demonstrate.
All in all, I am thrilled that there are paper based learning products. Not everyone can afford an electronic toy. MEGA brands has made these products VERY affordable. LeapFrog products by MEGA Brands are available for purchase (MSRP $0.99 – $24.99 for children ages 3 and up) at major retailers including Toys R Us, Michael’s, Joann’s, Target, Wal-mart, OfficeMax, and Costco. At Target and Wal-mart, look for them near the stationery and writing instruments, rather than toys or school supplies.
Thank you SO MUCH to MEGA Brands for allowing me the chance to review this product! You get a thumbs up on our end!
Want to read more LeapFrog paper based learning products reviews including other age groups? Please visit the Mosaic Reviews blog to see more from other reviewers.