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My review on the Leapfrog Tag Reading System

Updated on May 5, 2010
My daughter and her Tag reader
My daughter and her Tag reader

The tag reading system

With all of the new toys coming out these days,it is so hard to find one that really impresses me. Everything is taken to the extreme,with cars that transform into ghastly creatures,and baby dolls that pee their pants. Unfortunately,a lot of these types of toys will end up being forgotten about almost as soon as they are received.

But this year for Christmas,I really did find a winner. It is called "The Tag Reading System",by Leapfrog. Anybody that is familiar with the leapfrog line of products will certainly agree that they have some of the greatest toys on the market. But this product in particular goes far beyond anything I have seen from them in the past.

The tag system is really not a "system" at all. When you say "system" you probably think of something large,and bulky. The tag consists of a pen,and a book. That's it. The pen requires 2 AAA batteries to function. Once you insert the batteries,you can read the book that comes packaged with the tag,or you can use the USB cable and a computer to load other books that you have purchased. It takes only a small amount of time to load new books onto the tag,which is very nice. Nobody wants to sit there for an hour while their child waits impatiently!

How does the tag work?

The tag system works to help your child learn to read. The child uses the pen,and can move it along the sentences within the book,and the pen will read the story to them as they go. Your child can also choose to have the tag read the entire book to them,from start to finish. There is a volume button on the side,which can be adjusted as needed. Your child can also play games on many of the pages,and as they play and beat the games,they can advance to a new,more challenging level. Every book is completely interactive. This includes all pictures,and words inside the book,even the title. It keeps them entertained with funny sounds,and silly words,to really bring the stories to life.

As a parent,there are some things that you can do as well. You can go online,and track your child's progress! This is a wonderful part of the tag system. It will show you what they are learning,and how much progress they have made. Your child can also unlock prizes,such as coloring pages,that can be printed from your computer. There is a very nice library of books to choose from. They include some classics,such as The Cat In The Hat,and The Little Engine That Could. There are also some kid favorites,such as Spongebob Squarepants,Dora The Explorer,etc. Definitely enough assortment to keep kids happy!

2009 Educational toy of the year
2009 Educational toy of the year

So,can it really help my child read?

Yes! It can,and will. My 6 year reads to me from her tag books all the time. She now reads other books to me as well,and she does wonderfully. Some of these books really do have some large words,but the fact that it is so fun for them will have your child playing with it for hours. They will eventually learn to recognize the words,and it is such a joy when they show you how far they have come.

They also make a junior version of the tag system for children ages 24 months to 4 years. The original is for children from 4 to 8 years of age. I really can't comment too much on the tag junior,as I don't own one personally. But being that it is made by Leapfrog,I'm sure it is a great learning experience as well!

So,if you are looking for a fun toy,that also has a LOT of educational value,then you should consider purchasing the Tag Reading System. I can assure you that you will not be disappointed. And your child will thank you too.


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      Brian 3 years ago

      What fun! I had never heard of it, but that looks worth looking into for sure!You asked on my post at what age I had my kids start putntig away laundry. Basically, I had them make their beds (with plenty of help), put their laundry away and drag waste baskets to the kitchen trash when they were around two. But I had to help them plenty. They were able to do things more independently by 3 or so. I've missed reading here. Hoping to ease myself back into blogging and blog reading!

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      _cheryl_ 8 years ago from California

      Great hub! This is definitely something I think my 3yr. old would love, thanks for the insight.