We were sent a Leapfrog Tag Reading System to review, along with several books from the Tag Library.
You begin by downloading the Leapfrog Connect software onto your PC. From there you can personalise the device and load the data necessary for it to 'read' from your books.
The reader is the size of a large pen. The child places the pen on the book and the Tag will read to them. They can listen to the entire story, audio book style, or 'read' the words on the page. The touch technology is impressive. The Tag gives them a fun interactive reading experience for 4-8 year olds.
We already had the Tag Junior (a reader for ages 2-4), so my son already knew roughly what he had to do. Although this meant that he spent longer on the pictures than the words. He was disappointed that the Tag didn't say his name when it is switched on like the Tag Junior does, but I'm sure he'll grow out of that!
He found the Tag easy to use and extremely precise. It was comfortable to hold and he loved all of the books. His favourite was Madagascar 2 - he adores monkeys! I have a soft spot for Toy Story 3, having cried at the film! Cars Tractor Tipping is very funny. There is so much to do on every page in addition to the story. These books kept my son entertained for ages.
As my children are at the very beginning of learning to read I'm sure they'll be using the Tag for a long time.
The Reading system is currently discounted to £24.99 from the Leapfrog Store. The books are available for £12.99 each. The Learn to Read sets are £24.99.
We were already big Leapfrog fans in the Calico household, even before the Tag arrived. One of our favourite ever toys is My Pal Scout so I was keen to try the new iPhone app Scout's ABC Garden. So keen in fact that I spent £2.39 of my own money to download it. It's fab and my children are playing it every day. Sofa snuggle time is now educational!