We are a LeapFrog family. In addition to that, we are a Scout Family. Not only is Scout a LeapFrog character but Scout is the name of our little girl. Last Christmas I searched high and low on Christmas eve for the My Pal Scout stuffed animal that would be the accompanying friend to my other daughter Lulu’s My Pal Violet.
This holiday season we are one of the lucky families who get to play with the brand new Read with me Scout toy and both of my girls love playing with him for different reasons.
My 18 month old daughter gets a kick out of pushing all of the story buttons on Read with me Scout’s collar, she loves pressing his paws to hear songs and patting his head and back. One of my favorite parts about this toy is that the buttons are very sensitive and easy to push with just a pat on the head or a rub on the back. This helps enforce our “gentle” rule when it comes to petting animals AND it really helps smaller children be able to play with the toy.
Three year old Lulu is recognizing letters and preparing to read on her own. She is always ready for a story and loves being asked questions about what she sees or hears in books. Read with me Scout reads the story of her choosing (five selections) and she can follow along with the book. It tells her which page to turn to, asks over 70 comprehension questions about the story being read and encourages her to continue through the book.
Lulu curled up with Scout the very first night we had him and read through all five books. Now when we read the books to her on our own, she points out different elements of the book without even being prompted. Read with me Scout has joined us on road trips, for bedtime stories and for solo play while I’m cooking dinner.
Read with Me Scout comes in green and also available as Read with me Violet, companion to Scout. Read with Me Scout/Violet come with five board books which teach: 1) Rhyming—helps children learn about the sounds of language and build phonological awareness,
2) Learn-about—learn about the world through reading and recognize how print carries meaning,
3) Narrative—learn about how stories are put together, with characters, settings, and a sequence of events,
4) Pattern—learn with rhymes, refrains and repetition to predict what comes next, and
5) Concept—explore concepts like colors to label and classify new information.
My children were given Read with Me Scout free as part of a promotional program with LeapFrog and MomSelect. All opinions are my own. This post and others may contain affiliate links.