LeapFrog Read with Me Scout – a Review
I love LeapFrog products. We have been buying them since we had our first child 8 years ago and it’s great to see how they have evolved and how the range has expanded. The reason I love LeapFrog is that their toys are both fun and educational at the same time. And yet again, they have created this with the Read with Me Scout (and Violet!).
Read with Me Scout is a cuddly companion specifically designed for children aged 2-5 years old and introduces them to reading. Complete with 5 colourful, interactive, read aloud books narrated by Scout it turns reading time in to an exciting experience and encourages children to read along with the book and develop their reading comprehension skills to get them on the path to reading independently.
As well as narrating the accompanying books, Scout responds every pet, pat, hug, and kiss by pressing a button on Scout’s collar to start reading, and pat his head to turn the page. You can also switch Scout into ‘Sleepy Time Mode’ when it’s bedtime and time to snuggle down with a story – and he plays eight minutes of lullabies too!
Each of the five story books is designed around a unique core curriculum that encourages children to read. Scout asks more than 70 questions prepared by early reading experts to encourage active engagement and build important comprehension skills. The play-based curriculum is designed to delight and entertain, and is appropriate for children aged 2 to 5 years old.
Like I said before, we love Leapfrog products and the Read with Me Scout did not disappoint. Abigail is now 3 and as we have made the decision not to send her to nursery, we are teaching her at home. She already knows her colours, shapes, alphabet and can count to 20 and so naturally the next step is to encourage her to start reading – or at least recognising letters and sounds.
Abigail immediately took to Scout when he arrived and popped herself down with one of the books. You press a little button on his collar that relates to the number of the book, so he can narrate the correct story. The books are short at only 5 pages long, so they hold interest – as well as having key learning messages including patterns, rhyming, narrative and concept.
Read with Me Scout is a great product which lays down foundations and encourages toddlers to start reading and recognising words. It is a great introduction to those first steps in to reading. It would have been nice if there was an option to add to the book range, but the 5 books are plenty to keep the children occupied without getting repetitive.
I am a big bookworm and try to encourage the children to read whenever they can. I am always buying them books and getting them to read to each other. Read with Me Scout now means that our 3-year-old can now join in with learning to read – she’s already talking along the books after Scout!!
Read with Me Scout is available to buy from major retailers and costs around £29.99.
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