This interactive map is a perfect example of how toys have progressed in recent years, and while this excites me, and I look at this map in absolute wonder and awe and try to work out how the heck it works, it fills my husband with fear for the future.
This jumbo map, which is aimed at 4-8 year olds, is double-sided, and is used in conjunction with the Tag pen, and it has many different educational games and activities to choose from.
Tom and I spent a whole evening competing against each other to see who could find countries and continents the fastest in the race game. And with my geography not being that great, I found that I learnt an awful lot in that couple of hours.
I was excited about unleashing this product on Betty (my four year old) the following morning, and she too was slightly in awe of what this map could do. She had been learning about Africa at pre-school, and so spent her time in Africa picking up all sorts of useful information and facts.
The map enables you to find distances and travel times between major cities and learn about children around the world, including how they say 'hello' and what they have for breakfast. It also talks you through major landmarks, seas, rivers, mountains and desserts.
The games on this map include:
Map racer - this timed quiz tests your knowledge of the world's countries with three different levels
Treasure hunt- follow the clues to locate the "mystery country"
Continents and countries - this timed quiz tests your continents and countries knowledge
Let's explore - go on exciting expeditions with your hosts Reggie Rover and Sara Sahara
Travel time - touch any two children on the map to find out how far apart they are and how long it takes to travel between them
Kids like me - learn about where children live, what they eat for breakfast and how to say "hello" in their language!
Children can earn online rewards and parents can connect the Tag Reader to the online LeapFrog Learning Path to see what their child is learning.
This product retails at £14.99, which I think is fantastic value for money - as it provides hours of educational fun - we love it!