Monday, September 7, 2009

LeapFrog Tag Junior

My kids love their LeapFrog Tag reader, so I was excited to try out the Tag Junior, which is a new version of the Tag intended for younger kids, ages 2-4.

I have a four-year-old so I used him to test the reader, which came with a very cute little book called "If I Were..."

The Tag Junior differs from the regular Tag in that it is shorter, chunkier, and easier for a small child to hold in a fist. Plus, the books intended for use with the reader are sturdy board books, which is a way better bet for the 2-4 year old set, which is not necessarily known for their avoidance of page tearing.

My four-year-old liked the Tag Junior, but it didn't hold his attention the way the regular Tag does. I would definitely recommend this system for younger children. I imagine that a two- or three-year-old would be delighted by the ability to make a book talk to them.

The Tag Junior is very easy to use (once it's set up and you've downloaded the audio from the internet, which does take some time). A toddler could easily "stamp" the page with the reader to be rewarded with animal noises, music, and the story.

At this point, LeapFrog offers 13 books for the Tag Junior, including some classics, such as "Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?", "Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?", and "How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?" Each book focuses on a different preschool theme, including sounds, colors, letters of the alphabet, numbers, and social play.

The Tag Junior can hold the audio for up to five books at one time, and parents can swap the audio files in and out with their computers. The Tag Junior works with both PCs and Macs.

So if you have a young kid and you are tired of reading the same book over and over to him or her, or you just want to let your child explore a book alone, the Tag Junior might just be for you.

Honesty Clause: LeapFrog sent me a review sample of the Tag Junior at no charge. The Tag Junior sells for $34.99. Tag Junior books sell for $10.99 each.