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Learn to Write and Draw With Mr. Pencil Review

Helps Teach Kids to Recognize and Write The Alphabet

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LeapFrog TAG Reader Learn to Write and Draw with Mr. Pencil
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Learn to Write and Draw with Mr. Pencil encourages children to recognize different upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet, as well as to learn the motor control and stroke order to form the letters appropriately. It is used in conjunction with the Leap Frog TAG Reader, which is an educational toy recommended for kids ages 4 and up. Additional workbooks are included to translate the skills to using pencil and paper.


- Requires Leap Frog TAG Reader (sold separately)

- Learn to Write and Draw with Mr. Pencil storybook

- 3 pages of stickers readable by the TAG Reader device

- 4 Workbooks for pencil and paper activity entitled "Drawing with Shapes," "Uppercase Letters," "Lowercase Letters" and "Create Your Own"

My Review

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The Leap Frog TAG Reader is a great tool to encourage pre-reading skills for preschool and early elementary aged children in Kindergarten and first grade. Click here to read a full review of the Leap Frog TAG Reader device.

Learn to Write and Draw with Mr. Pencil includes a storybook and additional workbooks. The story entitled in the book is "Mr. Pencil Presents Doodleburg Rocks." This set is purchased separately for use with the TAG Reader device. Inside the cover of the book, instructions are provided for parents to make sure their child has an appropriate sitting posture along with the proper hold of the device using their fingertips. Under the guise of reading a story, children are asked to initially trace paths to learn the motor control strokes to eventually be able to form letters of the alphabet. As the book progresses, children are encouraged to form more challenging letters, starting with easier ones and moving onto more difficult letters with directional changes and diagonal lines.

After children experience the learning activities using the TAG Reader, additional workbooks are available to help children transfer their skills to pencil and paper activities that initially begin with tracing activities using shapes. The second and third workbooks includes the formation of uppercase letters and lowercase letters of the alphabet starting from A and ending with Z. Each page includes a few letters to trace, before encouraging kids to write the letters on their own using primary dotted lines typical of a Kindergarten curriculum. The 4th workbook encourages kids to draw pictures and write simple words.

The stickers included in the set can also be read by the TAG Reader. Though the pages of the storybook have become marked with time as children tend to push down hard on the TAG Reader while tracing, this is a great accessory to purchase, along with the TAG Reader, for early elementary and preschool aged children. Even families with children of varying ages will appreciate the benefits of reinforcing skills for older children with advanced skills, while exposing younger siblings to new concepts.

Here's a link to other LeapFrog educational toys.

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