Leapfrog makes some GREAT products to help teach literacy to the youngest of children. We don’t have all the latest and greatest gadgets they make, although I do have my eye on their new Leapfrog LeapPad Explorer for ALuv for Christmas; but we’ll see.
Here are the Leapfrog products we have at our house:
Little Touch LeapPad Reader with books (Christmas present; then a friend gave me 6 more books as she was purging)
Tag Reader (Christmas present)
Magnetic Fridge Carwash (Christmas present)
Fridge DJ (birthday present for NJoy @ 2 years old)
Letter Factory DVD (birthday present)
Talking Word Factory DVD: short vowel words with CVC pattern
(We also have a math DVD LeapFrog makes)
As you can see, most of our LeapFrog products were gifts to us. The great thing about them is that they are fun for kids, so to sneak them in as a gift works VERY well. I keep a running list (in my head mostly) of educational gifts, so when family asks what they can get my children for various occasions, I have a suggestion or two.
MORE LITERACY FAVORITES (from some of my fellow reading teachers at We Teach)
- Michelle-Dry Erase Crayons
- Nicole-anything I can write letters or words on (bingo chips, poker chips, popsicle sticks, lima beans, etc.)
- Jennifer R.-alphabet tubs from Lakeshore & spacemen to help children learn to put spaces between their words
- Emily- Upwords board game, letters cut from packaging & junk mail
- Tricia- Education Cubes
- Jennifer B.-play dough or clay for stamping, cutting or rolling letters, salt in a tray, sand paper letters, wikki sticks, highlighter tape
- Tammy-Reading folder with familiar text that we have read over and over. Chopsticks or drink stirs for pointers. Highlighter tape cause it is removable and you can emphasize he text you want the kiddos to look at. Sorting picture cards. The Pinnell and Fountas book, Phonics Lessons: Teacher Resource Binder. Great for picture card galore.
Thank you for joining This Reading Mama on a literacy journey!