A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn to recognize upper and lowercase letters and letter sounds. They can also practice basic spelling and writing letters. LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Letter Factory offers solid activities for early writing and reading.
The characters emphasize the fun in learning letters and spelling.
Positive Role Models
The characters are trying to help another fulfill his dream of taking on the shapes of letters by teaching him the entire alphabet.
Ease of Play
The game has a tutorial at the beginning, but the youngest kids may still be confused about how to progress. Also, some kids may struggle with drawing the letters accurately enough for the game using the stylus. Otherwise, it's easy to navigate.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Letter Factory is a preschool learning game tied in to the LeapFrog video of the same name. The game targets kids in the 3-5 age range, although a few may need some adult assistance. Kids can learn letters, their sounds, and how to draw them.
Is It Any Good?
LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Letter Factory is a playful way for kids to learn the alphabet and early literacy skills. Unfortunately, the "games" aren't all that fun (with the exception of Lily's ball drop) and game play may start to feel repetitive with 26 letters to play through and nothing to vary the activity. The activities are age appropriate, but young kids may be confused and/or overwhelmed by trying to learn to identify both the upper/lowercase letters, recognize their sounds, and draw them, all at the same time. Parents may need to help young kids get started. Despite a strong premise and educational foundation, this title feels like it focuses on too narrow of a topic without sufficient variation to sustain interest over a long period.
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