A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
What's it about?
In LEAPFROG EXPLORER LEARNING GAME: LETTER FACTORY, kids joins Leap, Tad, and Lily as they help new friend Burfder on a quest. Burfder can change into any shape he wants, but he doesn't know the alphabet well enough to transform into a letter. Leap, Tad, and Lily invite him (and the player) into the Letter Factory to learn more. In the first activity, Tad asks kids to tap all examples of a certain letter before time runs out. In the next one, Lily asks them to find a picture that has the same starting sound as the letter. Once they guess correctly, they can play a ball drop game. Lastly, Tad has kids trace the capital and lowercase versions of the letter. Lily has a second game that involves choosing the correct missing letter sound to form the word shown in a picture. Kids can return to Leap for a new letter or chose to explore the factory. As in other LeapFrog games, kids can earn badges for completing certain goals. They also earn stars that allow Burfder to transform into a letter of their choosing. Parents can track their child's progress via the LeapFrog Connection application.
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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- Platforms: LeapFrog games
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, naming, phonics
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
- Price: $24.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: LeapFrog
- Release date: September 5, 2012
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Numbers and Letters
- ESRB rating: NR
Themes & Topics
For kids who love preschoolers
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