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You’ll Know Plenty ‘Bout Geography: LeapFrog Tag Map USA (12 Days of Giveaways)

LeapFrog TAG Map USAThe LeapFrog Tag Map USA offers a fun new way to learn geography through play.

Our kids love maps.  On a recent family vacation, we visited The Map Spot a Mystic Seaport and my two loved all the interactive map exhibits.  We’ve been looking for innovative ways to extend the learning and we’re loving the LeapFrog Map. As a former history teacher, I can tell you that map reading  is an important life skill that also builds spatial thinking and is an essential building block to success in geography and history.

The LeapFrog TAG technology brings the map to life. You will need the TAG Reader pen to use the features of the map.

Start with basic map skills and then go exploring to discover famous places, native animals, and more U.S. geography. Kid characters from around the country play host and share what they eat, how they play, and what music they enjoy.

As with all LeapFrog educational products, parents can follow their child’s play and learning progress on the LeapFrog Learning Path. My kids are still a little young for online time so we haven’t tried this out–but parents of older kids should check into LeapWorld, a “safe, online learning world with more games and rewards to expand the fun.”

I was impressed with how large and sturdy the map is–which is hard to see on the screen.  The scale really entices kids to move around and explore.  And the laminated cardboard stands up well to lots of use from young children.

I would have liked to have seen them add a few more of the most populous cities to the map but there is plenty to keep the kids busy.

The map has so many levels of play, from simply touching the map to identify landmarks to playing more complex games.  The games will continue to be challenging for my four year old for several years while my two year old enjoys just hearing the names of the different places on the map.

We’ve been enjoying playing with the LeapFrog TAG Map USA so much, I’m getting them the World Map, too.  The kids are so fascinated by finding their place in the world, locating other spots they hear about, and learning more about this fascinating planet of ours.

WANT IT: You can buy the LeapFrog Tag Map USA ($20, on sale for $15) individually, with the World Map as a Map Pack ($40, on sale for $28) or with a TAG Reader pen ($50, on sale for $30) in a TAG Globe Trotters Pack that includes both maps, a TAG Reader, and the Let’s Play TAG Activity Book ($80, on sale for $56).

WIN IT: LeapFrog has generously offered one lucky reader a Tag Map USA PLUS a TAG Reader pen ($70 ARV) as part of our 12 Days of Giveaways! To enter:

  • Mandatory Entry: Comment on this post, letting us know which Leapfrog product you would most want for your children (besides the TAG Maps).
  • Two Optional Extra Entries: Link to the Hottest Holiday Toys for 2010 in a post on your blog or on any publicly visible web page where you are allowed to do so and/or share the guide on your favorite social media site. REMEMBER, your profile must be publicly visible for us to verify your extra entries! You may do this up to twice per giveaway. You must leave a separate comment with the URL where you shared the guide for each extra entry for your entry to count.

This giveaway ends December 7, 2010, 11:59 PM EST. Winner chosen at random from valid entries. U.S. Shipping Only. Please see the Hottest Holiday Toys for 2010 for a full list of giveaways.

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Candace is the co-editor and co-founder of Mamanista. She is an educational consultant and writer.

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92 Responses to "You’ll Know Plenty ‘Bout Geography: LeapFrog Tag Map USA (12 Days of Giveaways)"

  1. Jennifer I. says:

    Didj™ Game: Nancy Drew – The Mystery in the Hollywood Hills

  2. Reeva says:

    the leapster explorer.

  3. mell says:

    The Leapster Explorer

  4. Marisa H. says:

    Besides the maps, I would get a Tag system and books. Happy Holidays!

  5. Linda says:

    My grandson has the Didj on his wish list!

  6. Erin E says:

    I would love the Twinkle Twinkle Little Scout for my family. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.
    sewmuchstuff at ymail dot com

  7. Cristi says:

    I’d like to get the Tag Learn to Read Book Pack for my daughter.

  8. crystal allen says:

    i would love to have the Leapster Explorer
    thanks clallen a t ntin dot net

  9. April says:

    The Enchanted Reading Reader would be perfect for Emma who just loves princesses and whatnot. Though I’d really like to get her the map.

  10. shemp says:

    Leapster Explorer™ World Adventurer Gift Pack

  11. Rebecca Buffington says:

    the Leapster Tangled gift Pack is awesome !

  12. Rebecca Buffington says:

    I shared the Hottest Holiday Toys for 2010 on twitter –!/peachis31/status/12129910348849152

  13. Amy Delong says:

    My son wants the mobi 2 go

  14. cindy says:

    i want the leapfrog tag learn to read book set
    for my daughter.

    we were thinking of getting her the tag for christmas.

  15. Connie Mealhouse says:

    Looking for Tag for a grandson. Great product.

  16. Andrea says:

    My daughter would also LOVE the Leapfrog Explorer game system!
    sunshine131 at gmail dot com

  17. Andrea says:

    Tweeted about the Hottest Holiday Toy Guide:!/angelicasmommy/status/12230722194505728
    sunshine131 at gmail dot com

  18. Andrea says:

    Also posted a link to the hottest toy guide on my blog’s Facebook page:!/pages/Angelicas-Awesome-Adventures/128527017162143

    sunshine131 at gmail dot com

  19. Erica C. says:

    The Leapster Explorer would be nice too.

  20. Kristie says:

    I like the Disney Zippity for my kiddos!

  21. Diane Baum says:

    Leapster tag reader for 1st grade

  22. ria says:

    An explorer
    rmartinclarke at

  23. Kerrie Mayans says:

    I want the leapfrog my pal violet for my daughter.

  24. tina reynolds says:

    i think the leapster 2 would be a blast for my kids

  25. susan smoaks says:

    i would love the leapster 2 for our daughter

  26. rebecca says:

    I would like the Leapster , My Own Leaptop, for my granddaughter.

  27. danielle says:

    My daughter would love the Leapster Explorer.

  28. meme says:

    I what like to get her the leapster explorer

  29. Rachel says:

    I like the Leapster!

  30. I would most like to buy the Leapster: Disney-Pixar Gift Pack for my son!


  31. Kellie Conklin says:

    Wow, this is an awesome product! I also really like the Leapster Tangled Gift Pack. Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Sand says:

    I would love the Leapster Explorer.

  33. R Hicks says:

    I think the kids would like their Disney Zippity System
    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

  34. R Hicks says:

    shared hottest holiday toys link on facebook!/permalink.php?story_fbid=172694132751689&id=536212900

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

  35. Lisa L says:

    My son would love the fun Disney Zippity System!

  36. trixx says:

    I’d love My Pal Violet for my daughter!

  37. janet says:

    leapster explorer

  38. Benu says:

    (Toy) We bought this game for my dteghaur’s sixth birthday. She is an early reader and is very eager to read and play reading games. After ten minutes of playing the game, she told me that she had not played any reading games yet. After she went to bed, I played the entire game (as my newborn slept in my arms). This is what I found:A. There are many characters that get introduced and there is a predetermined sequence to the quests (which are short games). Each character has his/her own game. As you complete these short games more characters and year book photos become unlocked.B. There are five main themes to the games1. Games where you need to aim at a target with a moving obstacle in the way. Example, mini golf type games where the windmill is the obstacle. The object in the way is very slow and there is not much of a challenge to these games.2. wack a mole type games where you need to touch the animals as quick as possible. One of the many characters is a magician and you need to tap the hat when it wiggles to find the frog (only place where there is magic). There is a degree of challenge because you need to be pretty quick towards the end.3. Slicing games: wood, paper, or eggs move across the screen and you need to slice the objects in half.4. Get the object to land between 2 points; you need to bring the stylus back the correct amount to send it flying with the goal to land between 2 points. I found these games frustrating because the unit did not always register my activity.5. Reading games These games are very few but are good games when you do encounter them. Also, when you finish a reading game it does ask the question, Do you want to play again? I played the game straight through and kept accepting the next quest. I found out later, as you complete quests you unlock photos in the year book section. When you click on the photos, they all look blank. The photos are like a scratch card with a picture underneath. There are three characters in each picture with their names on the bottom of the page. You need to match the name tag to the correct character.In a nutshell: I completed the quest games in maybe an hour. Of that hour, only about 10 minutes involved games with reading or letter recognition. I did not find a way to select just reading games. After completing the games, it took about 8 minutes (being generous) to match the name tags to the characters. Players can go to the photo section anytime and scratch the pictures they have unlocked.Our goal was to purchase a game with a focus on reading which is why I gave it a 2. I do feel that we will find use for the game in other ways:1. In the car, my dteghaur was frustrated with moving Tinker Bell through some gears and felt she was no good. Her confidence was immediately restored with this Leap School Reading game because the games are short and after each game they give you very positive feedback. Within moments she responded, I am good at this. 2. Leap School Reading may be a good learning tool for my almost three year old. Not with the focus of reading but rather how to use the stylus in different ways.

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