Mellow Mummy: Leapfrog Discover Summer Club, and Leapreader Interactive World Map Review : Taking life as it comes...

Wednesday 22 July 2015

Leapfrog Discover Summer Club, and Leapreader Interactive World Map Review

The end of term is here, and the end of year one for Lara who has really enjoyed the past year at school. The six weeks holiday ahead of us seems like a long time but I just know it will whiz by.

Leapfrog know how important it is to keep our children learning, but with a little less pressure, during the school holidays so that they can build upon all the reading, writing and maths skills they've acquired during the school year. Lots of parents worry (not me though, as I'm the mellow mummy!) about their children returning to school in the autumn having forgotten some of the things they've learned so Leapfrog have set up the Discover Summer Club to help provide ideas for six weeks of fun learning activities to keep kids laughing, thinking and secretly learning over the summer.  There are free downloads and a regular email with activities... PLUS the chance to win a Center Parcs break.

As part of the Leapfrog Blogger Panel, Lara was sent a copy of the Leapfrog Leapreader Interactive World Map which is an absolutely brilliant learning resource.  I would go as far as to say that it is the best Leapfrog product I have tried since I first discovered Leapfrog products, nearly 6 years ago.

The World Map is designed to work with the Leapreader interactive reading aid.  The map has two sides, one traditional atlas-style map and the other is a more illustrative map with pictures of people, animals and landmarks across the globe.  As you place the Leapreader onto the map it will read the name of the country and tell you about the things you are looking at.  As a first introduction to world geography, it is an incredible tool. Lara instantly took to it and wanted to explore every detail of the globe.

Both sides of the map feature a series of interactive games that you can play with the Leapreader pen and which encourage you to explore the map and learn fun world facts.  Our absolute favourite of these games involves locating as many named countries on the map as you can within a fixed time period.  There are three levels so it is as suitable for a 4 year old as it is for a 40 year old.  In fact, grown-ups seem to find it an irresistible challenge once a record is set that has to be beaten.  Would you be able to locate Guineau-Bissau under pressure?

I'm really pleased that Lara is enjoying her interactive world map because I have fond memories as a child of exploring my parent's printed world atlas - this feels like the equivalent! In just a couple of weeks I've seen Lara's knowledge of countries, continents and points of the compass improve noticeably.  I'm also glad to see that Lara has a renewed interest in her Leapreader (many of our existing books are now a little young for her).  I'm looking forward to seeing how often Lara dips into this map over the school holidays.

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