My 3 1/2 year-old daughter is interested in learning how to read, and she would be content if I just sat and read books to her all day long. I, on the other hand, occasionally need to do things like shower, cook, or answer the phone. So she now happily sits and "reads" with her Tag pen.
I was happy to find that the pen tip is sensitive enough that it's not hard at all for her to use and press on the right things, as long as she remembers to keep the book down flat. There's a lot on each page to activate-- sounds, words, and games. The size of this Tag pen works fine for her, and after some initial guidance, she is able to use it by herself. She doesn't yet have the patience or coordination to have the pen read the words one at a time, but she likes having it read a page at a time to her, then she explores the various sounds around the page and plays the games.
Two small complaints about the design: one is that my daughter fairly frequently accidentally shuts it off by bumping into the "off" switch, and the other is that the "hinge" to open to plug in a USB cable is cheaply made, so the little door doesn't stay closed properly once you've opened it a few times.
I know that some reviewers like the sample book that's enclosed, but I didn't-- because it really meant that the "system" was unusable right out of the box, because there was no book for my daughter to read. She read the two pages of Toy Story and wanted to know what happened next... she was not happy that the story abruptly stopped and then there were random pages from other books. So of course, I then had to go right out and buy the Toy Story book (nice going, LeapFrog). The books are very expensive, which is why I'm taking off a star from this system. It can become a very expensive habit! Of course kids will want several books, which means that this system will wind up costing triple-digits. While I think it's a very good toy, it is still a toy, and my daughter isn't going to keep reading and rereading the same books over and over, so it feels like a lot of money to me for what it is.
One of the best investments we have made all year, LeapFrog's Tag Reading System is an Anya Favorite. A little on the pricey side, but well worth it. Your little one will have a blast touching the pages with his/her Tag and hearing the story played through the pen. There are also a ton of other tid-bits buried in these books: games, reading assistants, the actual character voices. LeapFrog Tag Reading System (Pink) (32 MB)We decided to actually purchase … more
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The LeapFrog Tag Reading System will change the way your kids experience reading. Combining fun, interactive activities with help for sounding out challenging words, this unique reading system will engage children in the reading process. Recommended for children ages four to eight, the Reading System uses the innovative Tag Reader to bring books to life. A simple touch to the Tag Activity Storybook will prompt the Tag Reader to speak words, ask questions, sing, and engage your child in over 17 learning activities. The Reading System has received over 28 awards in six countries!
Tag Reading System
Ages: 4 to 6 years
2 "AAA" batteries (included)
What We Think
Fun factor: Durability: Educational factor: Novelty factor:
The Good: The interactive LeapFrog Tag Reading System engages children for hours of reading fun.
The Challenging: We wish there was a protective covering for the optical reader tip to store when not in use.
In a Nutshell: A creative, award-winning learning tool that can store audio for up to 10 interactive books.
With just a touch, the Tag Reader will read, sing, and ask questions to your child.
Kids can select from a growing library of interactive books and store them on the reader. Easy for Children to Use The durable Tag Reader is cleverly shaped like a pen, with the optical reader at the tip. It's easy for children to operate independently and the pen fits well into small fingers. The lightweight Reader has a ...