We love Leapfrog products in this house so when they asked us to review for them we were very excited. Our most used toys, by both boys, include the Tag Reader and the Leaptop and recently Spud has been very keen on the Scribble and Write which helps him to write his letters by following the dots.
Leapfrog asked Spud if he wanted to review the Count and Draw, a product similar to the Scribble and Write but that teaches numbers and shapes instead.Like all Leapfrog products you can plug it into the PC for customised learning. With the Count and Draw you personalise it with your child’s age to include with the activities available.
When the Count and Draw arrived Spud could start playing straight away even without me plugging it into the PC. He already knew what to do with the pen and it’s a nice chunky size for toddler hands. He flicked through all the options and we discovered that as well as numbers and shapes the Count and Draw also teaches counting, maths and position words such as above and below. The options were really easy for him to choose and the Count and Draw had no problems keeping up with him.
The familiar Leapfrog voice gives clear instructions and praise and told him to trace the dots and then press the paw button. The pen is really easy to hold and playing with the Count and Draw has definitely improved the quality of his writing. The only problem is even if he does it wrong and presses the paw button he gets praise so doesn’t really learn if he is correct. Saying that it is hard for him to go wrong because the lights are bright and obvious and it’s simply a case of tracing them. Whilst learning numbers the Count and Draw asks you to do things like pat your tummy or clap your hands counting up to the number that you have just drawn which made it a bit more interesting and gripped Spud as he excitedly waited to see what it would ask him to do.
It’s so easy to bung into our bag for train/car journeys or even to play with in a restaurant whilst waiting for food. We love the Count and Draw and even with my “what’s wrong with a pen and paper” attitude it is a life saver because it keeps Spud’s attention and the games make learning fun. It retails at £14.99 which is really good value for money considering the amount of activities that it has to offer.