A couple weeks ago, I shared a sneak peek at two all-new LeapFrog DVDs that released recently. Ready to hear what we thought after our chief LeapFrog reviewer (my four-year-old) finished his astute observations? Well, the verdict is in, and we are once again impressed by LeapFrog and their creative ways of teaching preschoolers. Both LeapFrog: The Magnificent Museum of Opposite Words and LeapFrog: Adventures in Shapeville Park, the newest releases in the LeapFrog learning DVD line, feature important pieces of the preschool basics – shapes, measurements, size difference, opposite words, synonyms, and more!
LeapFrog: The Magnificent Museum of Opposite Words (on Amazon for $9.98)
Meet Scout and his friends, Violet, Eli, and Penny…best friends who have all kind of learning adventures along with their magical toy car, Axle. The friends are engaged in a hot game of “In other Words…” when they learn that the new Museum of Opposite Words is opening in their town today! Intrigued as to what opposite words might be, they hurry off to the museum. At the museum they find The Beaver Brothers struggling to get the exhibits completed in time for the Opening Night Gala and and the museum curator, Mr Polecat in full panic mode. Together the friends use vocabulary skills to unlock the clues and help the Beaver Brothers complete all of the exhibits in the nick of time!
The Magnificent Museum of Opposite Words uses the kid-friendly animation and catchy songs we’ve come to expect from LeapFrog to teach the concepts of opposite words, the importance of a good vocabulary, and synonyms. It features the normal beloved LeapFrog characters like Scout and Violet, along with fun personalities like the Beaver Brothers. Luke really enjoyed this DVD, and learned a lot about opposites (something he hadn’t quite understood as of yet). It was easy to understand, and the songs and characters always make the learning entertaining. My only complaint is that some of the opposite matches made in this DVD were a bit odd, and once or twice Luke got a bit confused. Overall, this new LeapFrog adventure gets a thumbs up from us!
LeapFrog: Adventures in Shapeville Park (on Amazon for $9.99)
Scout & Friends head over to Shapeville in this delightful skill-building adventure that shows what a circle, square and triangle can really do! A new playground is being built at the park by the Beaver Brothers and soon the pets have their hands full helping with the construction. With the guidance of “measuring” mice, the pets learn how to measure out all the various shapes, sizes, and dimensions needed to build the perfect parts of a perfect playground!
Adventures in Shapeville Park was Luke’s favorite out of the two DVDs we reviewed. He loved the pup character Dash, and had fun practicing measuring, shapes, counting, and discerning the difference between small and large. In this DVD, they use mice to measure objects, which goes along with the preschool measuring lessons we’ve done together here at home using everyday objects to measure items. They stick to very basic shapes, and I would have liked to see a few more complex shapes like a hexagon or something similar. But, it was a good reminder for Luke, and definitely would be a good introduction to shapes for younger children.
I don’t think Luke will ever tire of his LeapFrog DVD collection, and the new additions add even more learning to the set! The Magnificent Museum of Opposite Words and Adventures in Shapeville Park are available in stores now, and online as instant downloads from Amazon. These videos are geared for ages 2-5. Run time: approx. 30 minutes for each DVD.
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