This post is part of a sponsored campaign with LeapFrog and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
It’s never too early to start teaching a child to love books and reading. My preschoolers enjoy looking at picture books and we spend time reading together every day. We recently got a new friend to join us at storytime. Read With Me Scout by LeapFrog is a cuddly, interactive toy that helps make reading fun for young children.
This little guy does it all – he can read, sing, talk and he really loves getting petted! My 4-year-old was amazed with all the things Scout could talk to him about. Scout can ask more than 70 different comprehension questions about the 5 books that come with him. My son figured out how to work Scout all on his own. He didn’t even need my direction to tell him to push the number on Scout’s collar that corresponds to the book number he wants to read.
We can read the books together with Scout or I found that my son prefers to have Scout read to him on his own. Scout asks questions (and gives kids the chance to answer) and when it’s time to turn the page, you pat Scout’s head. If you don’t have the book in front of you, that’s okay. Scout can read the book even when it’s not there.
At bedtime, Scout tells stories and sing lullabies in Sleepy Time Mode for eight minutes and then automatically turns off. The kids love to sleep with Scout at the foot of their bed so he can do that.
Read With Me Scout is extremely interactive and preschoolers really respond to this cute dog. Pet Scout on the head or back for responses while you are reading. Kiss his cheek and he tells you you are his best friend (my son was THRILLED to hear Scout tell him that and kissed Scout over and over), press his left paw for songs and his right paw for more responses.
We have one Read With Me Scout and two little boys who are learning to share his attentions. I thought these photos were funny and completely demonstrate how things go at our house when there’s one toy everyone wants to hold. They are a little blurry since a lot of tugging on Scout was going on – but you can still get the idea. Don’t worry, Read With Me Scout was not harmed…he still tells the kids they are his best friends, so I guess he’s okay with people fighting over him every now and then.
My 2-year-old son enjoys Scout in a different way. He is happy to sit and hold Scout, and loves pushing all his collar buttons. He’s not quite ready to sit and listen to the books on his own, but really enjoys the songs and music. As you can see, Read With Me Scout makes them both happy.
I have seen how Read With Me Scout by LeapFrog lets older preschoolers enjoy their books. It encourages my son to look at books independently. I like how Scout combines children’s love for snuggling plush toy “friends” with reading and listening skills. Kids get an educational play time when they are with Scout.
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Do you have a preschool aged child? Would he or she like to cuddle up with a Read With Me Scout and read, sing and play together? Let me know what you think in the comments below.