LeapFrog Tag Junior – Not this Christmas

LeapFrog Tag JuniorWhile the husband and I were out together (without children!) doing our Christmas shopping, we stopped and looked at the LeapFrog Tag Junior.  The LeapFrog Tag Junior is an interesting little device.  Like the first LeapFrog toy we’d ever had (for Andy, around ten years ago), it’s a device that will read stories to your children with a pen touching the words.

For Andy, we got it with the hope of it helping him read.  Instead, though, he dragged the pen across the page and let it read to him.  (Back then, it was a terribly monotone voice thing.  The newer incarnations of LeapFrog reading devices have gotten much better.)

Considering how much I love everything else that we have that’s by LeapFrog, some might be surprised that we’re skipping the LeapFrog Tag Junior… especially considering Norton is the right age for it now.  So why are we skipping an awesome tech-y gadget?  LeapFrog Tag and Tag Junior read to your child from expensive books with technology built in the pages so that the pen sensor can “read” them.  In essence, it will read to your child for you.

I don’t want gadgets to read to Norton for me.  I want to spend that time with Norton to read to him.  I want to do what I can to promote early reading.  I want him to sit down with my husband for story time, too.

Some of the most wonderful fun times that Norton and I have together are when we’re snuggled up over a Spot the puppy book.  When we read a Spot Loves story, it always ends with that grown up snuggling up with Spot or giving him a big hug.  Norton will turn to those pages repeatedly because I snuggle him and give him kisses when we read that part of the book.  I don’t want to blow off those occasions with a pen.

My husband and I have agreed that we never want to have the “problem” of being too busy to read to our children.  Maybe when Norton is starting to learn sight words, it’ll be time to consider a Tag device.  But not right now.

Do you have the LeapFrog Tag Junior or Tag?  How do you (and your kids) like it?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. This is so true! I feel the same way. It’s nice if you have an independent reader but before they start reading, I’d like to be there to teach them. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. I see your point. We did get it for our daughter this Christmas though. We read to her a lot, but I thought it would be fun to read use it together sometimes too, just another way to make reading fun. I wouldn’t let her use it by herself though because reading is one of my favorite things to do with her. But yes, I see your point. If parents aren’t reading to their kids and relying soley on this, that’s not good either.

  3. My toddler (20 months) is getting one for Christmas but I’m starting to regret the purchase. I just don’t think she’s going to be interested in it. Plus, I know I’m going to end up reading the books to her anyway. I also agree with Amanda, the Tag Junior is probably a great tool for an independent reader.

  4. We don’t have one. I don’t see a need for it yet. I read to her outloud every day.

  5. I got my kids this a few years back and it was a total waste of time and money. We never used it because the kids prefer us reading to them and we love getting the chance to read to them. I have written two posts recently about my hubby being our story teller in our house and no type of technology could give the kids the creatively and story telling techniques he uses. Great choice and I totally agree with you. I will also say though I am starting to deter all my family from Leapster products I end up with too much headaches from their products.

  6. Such a coincidence you wrote this. I just bought it on Black Friday but have been questioning whether I should take it back or not. I think I will and I LOVE Nickida’s comment about no one being able to be the story teller besides her husband.

  7. You have a great point. Although I think it’s a great idea I can see how it can keep children from actually reading.

  8. I completely agree…I love reading to my girls and I’m not a huge fan of electronic books in early childhood. I think the act of turning the page and the way a book smells and feels all contribute to a lifelong love of learning.

  9. I agree, I read to my daughter everynight when she was little..

  10. I totally agree. we have one, but it doesn’t get used. That is MY time with him – to bond over our books!

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