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Catalog of Writing Toys

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LeapFrog LeapReader Reading and Writing System, Green


List Price:$26.49
Lowest New Price:$25.92
Rank:2997
Description:
The AC Adapter lets you charge your LeapReader™ and LeapPad™ Ultra as you play!

LeapFrog LeapReader Deluxe Writing Workbook: Learn to Write Letters with Mr. Pencil


List Price:$19.99
Lowest New Price:$11.90
Rank:5426
Description:
Open a world of writing with the ultimate introductory handwriting set! LeapFrog’s LeapReader Learn to Write Letters with Mr. Pencil Deluxe Activity Set gives kids ages 4-8 an introductory experience to writing more than 700 letters with interactive writing guidance and audio feedback. More than 40 hands-on activities review the key elements of writing the alphabet—upper- and lowercase letters, proper stroke order, letter sounds and handwriting—in a fun, interactive way. LeapReader Learn to Write Letters is designed to deliver the benefit of an integrated reading and writing experience. Children can use the LeapReader to get word-by-word support while reading the story, then practice writing letters with interactive writing guidance on special mess–free LeapFrog Writing Paper. This product is for use with the LeapReader Reading and Writing System (sold separately). This book is not compatible with the Tag Reader.

Practice writing a flying V with Ziggy Zag and his electric guitar.

Practice writing a flying V with Ziggy Zag and his electric guitar.
Read along the fun story and get word-by-word support along the way!

Read along the fun story and get word-by-word support along the way!
A Letter Perfect Performance
Join Dot and Dash as they form a band, tune up on writing skills and give a letter perfect performance at the Doodleburg Fun Fair! More than 10 Doodleburg characters lead the story and prompt writers to move and groove with LeapReader. Create curved letters¬¬ with Curly Q and Loopy Lou, explore more linear letters with Straight-Up Sue and practice penmanship with Ziggy Zag. Jitterbug with Jimmy Jot, and learn about upper- and lowercase letters with dots! Don’t forget about Curly Q and her singing, skateboarding sheep—guaranteed to get the crowd to flock to the stage.

The Write Stuff!
New writers embark on an immersive learning adventure that teaches letter names, letter sounds and letter strokes with step-by-step interactive guidance that goes from basic lines to more complex strokes. Fun activities and games are incorporated into the experience, designed to keep children engaged as they build writing fluency. Watch their eyes light up as their upper- and lowercase letters magically appear on special, mess-free LeapFrog writing paper. Children can build phonics and handwriting skills by touching LeapReader to letters and words and hearing them pronounced and sounded out.

LeapFrog Learning Difference
Designed by in-house educational experts, LeapFrog LeapReader Reading and Writing system (sold separately) is grounded in the latest research for the richest possible learning experience. As a leader in educational entertainment, LeapFrog is trusted by parents to combine innovation with a breadth of play patterns to delight and expand learning horizons. Learn to Write Letters with Mr. Pencil reviews the key elements of writing the alphabet—upper- and lowercase letters, proper stroke order, letter sounds and handwriting—in a fun, interactive way. As children explore LeapReader books, parents can connect LeapReader to their computer and expand the learning with fun, free activities, plus printables and tips from experts that reinforce their school skill set. The LeapReader Reading and Writing System supports children’s independent reading skills and confidence with print, along with comprehension activities that encourage children to make predictions, analyze characters and answer questions.

What's In The Box?
LeapReader Learn to Write Letters with Mr. Pencil Deluxe Activity workbook, plus 26 extra pieces of special mess-free LeapFrog Writing Paper to reinforce learning through repetition.

The LeapReader library features more than 150 books, writing activities, audio books and songs. (Sold separately.)

The LeapReader library features more than 150 books, writing activities, audio books and songs. (Sold separately.)


Visual Edge Slant Board (Pink), A Sloped Work Surface for Writing, Reading, Art and Speech for Optimal Learning, Portable Desktop Magnetic Dry Erase White Board with Clipboard for Kids


List Price:$49.99
Lowest New Price:$35.97
Rank:2482
Description:
What if reading, learning, writing and ultimately achieving success and creativity could be much simpler?

The relationship between the writer and the reader is a valuable and oftentimes misunderstood concept. Just like a film director portrays a visual message to the viewer, a writer illuminates their message to the reader with key terms, propositions and arguments that can only be properly understood when in the right environment, both mentally and physically. To put it simply, the environment you are in is extremely crucial to comprehension and getting stuff done.

Whether you want better grades in school, success in business, or an ergonomically efficient working environment, there is a solution.

Introducing... The Apple of Visual Learning Tools

The Visual Edge Slant Board functions as a versatile work station for children and adults, making it the definitive tool for accelerated learning.

• LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE AND IMPROVED HEART RATE - Due to your improved posture, less stress is placed on your body resulting in lower blood pressure. An additional benefit of your improved posture is the reduced effort required to get blood to your brain resulting in a lower heart rate.
• REDUCED EYE FATIGUE - This unique 22 degree angle reduces strain on your eyes because the text remains in focus down the entire page.
• IMPROVED COMPREHENSION - Because your brain is working less to interpret text, you have more time to understand what you have just read.
• BETTER PENMANSHIP - When writing at the 22 degree angle, you incorporate the use of the muscles in your forearm, which increases control, and penmanship.

The acquisition of knowledge is one of the greatest gifts one can give themselves. Intelligent people know that amazing things happen when you take the time to learn and understand how to achieve your goals. Scroll up and treat yourself to the portability and flexibility of the Visual Edge Slant Board.

INTEY 8.5 Inch LCD Writing Tablet Drawing Board Message Board Magnetic Handwriting pads for Kids Color Blue


List Price:
Lowest New Price:$23.99
Rank:30580
Description:
INTEY kids writing pad soft magnetic back can be adsorbed in the refrigerator and other metal objects on suitable for business people,children,designers,engineers,teachers and doctors.Ultra-thin and Ultra-light LCD writing toys,Convenient, Built-in stylus dock provides convenient storage for stylus when not in use. One of its greatest features is the ability to effectively protect the user's vision.This is made to be safe for your kids and is specially as a protection for the eyesight.
In general.There is no doubt that this INTEY tablet is your choice.

Parameter
Model:NY-G01
Material: PC+ABS Shell
Item Color: Black+Blue
Size: 220 x 147 x 12mm(8.6 x 5.8 x 0.5 in)
Weight: 120g
Battery Model: CR2016
Input voltage: 3V

Package
1 LCD writing board
1 writing Stylus
1 battery inside
1 packing box

Altruist MultiPurpose LCD e-Writing Board, also Inkless Drawing/Memo Pads or Paperless Noting/Planning Boards (8.5-inch, Rose Red)


List Price:$39.99
Lowest New Price:$17.99
Rank:97464
Description:
Features:
1. Ultrathin and Light with only 4oz weight & 0.16'' thickness
Slim and portable design, easy to carry and use.
2. On the go
In office, at home and multiple sites, have one in hand for on the go, almost anywhere you would keep memo pads or scrap paper.
3. Eco-friendly and Economical
Paperless and inkless writing revolution -- an alternative to traditional paper, to keep chaos off around the office or at home just erasing your sketch with one touch of a button. Thanks to 50,000 times to refresh with one replaceable cell, saying good bye to paper and ink whilst it is environment-friendly and non-toxic.
4. Multiple Purposes for use on many occasions
Definitely it could be a
i) Kid Learning Toy -- writing or scribble, drawing as imagination.
ii) Memo Board upon kitchen fridge -- replacing sticky notes. Perfect for grocery lists, to-do lists and leaving messages for family.
iii) Planning or Memo Pad on office desktop -- noting the important things needed to do.
iv) Bulletin Board in office or at home -- listing what to do and leaving message.
v) Noting Board in office meeting -- brainstorm, noting and presentation.
vi) Sketching Tool for the designer -- drafting the inspired ideas anywhere and anytime, and drawing illustrations.
vii) Game Tool for family -- enjoying game like crossword puzzle, sudoku, noughts or bingo with child.

Specification:
Product Size: 8.66''x 5.71''x 0.16''
Materials: ABS
Power supply: Button cell
Battery capacity: 75 mAh
Item weight: 3.86 oz
Color: Rose Red
Warranty: Two years

Package includes
1*LCD writing pad
1*Plastic stylus

Notes
1. Stylus pen is kind of sharp, thereof it is better to not let kids using it alone without adult's guarding.
2. If to store your notes or drawings, just it is suggested to take photo of it using your phone.

Aweoods Magnetic Kids Drawing Board Doodle Sketch Writing Board Learning Toys for Children's Gift(Blue)


List Price:
Lowest New Price:$14.98
Rank:9634
Description:
★ Description:

The sketch includes shape stamps to add extra variety to your little one's artwork.
The slide knot eraser clear images on the board in one simple slide to save tons of drawing supplies.
The attached stylus keeps your child's clothing clean while preventing illness from dirty crayons and chalk powder.
The magnetic sketch board is lightweightand portable, Ideal for keeping children occupied during long waits in restaurants or doctor offices.
Help your children develop creativity and hand-eye coordination while learning colors, letters, and numbers by drawing on the magnetic sketch.

★ Specifications:

Materials: ABS plastic With Magnetics
Size: 12" x 9" / 32cm x 23 cm

★ Note:

1. Black dots may occur on screen in low temperature.
The black dots can be removed by repeatedly drawing on it and erasing the screen multiple times with the slide knot eraser in warmer temperature.
2. Please remove all packaging before use.
3. Recommended Age: 3 monthes +

★ Package included:

Shape Stamper x 2
Drawing Board x 1
Stylus x 1


LeapFrog LeapReader Writing Workbook: Learn to Write Numbers with Mr. Pencil


List Price:$17.99
Lowest New Price:$19.49
Rank:54518
Description:
Build early math skills with a trip to the Doodleburg Games! LeapFrog’s LeapReader Learn to Write Numbers with Mr. Pencil Activity Set introduces kids ages 4-8 to early mathematics and number writing. More than 40 hands-on activities present elements of mathematics—number writing, addition, subtraction, shapes, patterns and the function of zero—in a fun, interactive way. LeapReader Learn to Write Numbers is designed to deliver the benefits of an integrated reading and writing experience. Children can use the LeapReader to get word-by-word support while reading the story, then practice writing numbers with interactive writing guidance on special mess?free LeapFrog Writing Paper. This product is for use with the LeapReader Reading and Writing System (sold separately). This book is not compatible with the Tag Reader.

Learn to write numbers with interactive audio support!

Learn to write numbers with interactive audio support!
Learn about addition and subtraction through fun activities.

Learn about addition and subtraction through fun activities.
Get in the Game
Play a very important role in the Doodleburg Games by helping reporter Dianne Inkwell keep score. Line up with athletes in lanes 1, 2 and 3, and trace the race! Aim for the bull’s-eye on the archery range, and practice writing the numbers 1-6. Join a game of Snow Ball with Addy and Linus, and keep an eye on numbers 7-9. Count from 1-20 to help Mr. Pencil connect the dots, and draw a fan to cheer on the athletes. Trace shapes to draw a race car, and help Molly measure different heights and lengths. Along the way Diane Inkwell misplaces her pen, but luckily children have a record of the players’ scores that they wrote with their very own LeapReader!

Count on Learning Fun
With LeapReader and Learn to Write Numbers with Mr. Pencil Activity Set, children explore basic addition and subtraction and learn to write numbers with proper stroke order. Voiced Doodleburg characters guide the learning and get writers in the game. Step-by-step audio support provides instant feedback and guidance as children practice their handwriting and number writing on special, mess-free LeapFrog writing paper. As new writers form each number, the instruction goes from basic lines to more complex strokes. Fun activities and games are incorporated into the experience, keeping children engaged as they build writing fluency.

The LeapFrog Difference
Designed by in-house educational experts, LeapFrog LeapReader Reading and Writing system (sold separately) is grounded in the latest research for the richest possible learning experience. As a leader in educational entertainment, LeapFrog is trusted by parents to combine innovation with a breadth of play patterns to delight and expand learning horizons. Learn to Write Numbers with Mr. Pencil reviews key elements of mathematics—number writing, addition, subtraction, function of zero and counting in a fun, interactive way. Children build phonics and number recognition skills by touching LeapReader to numbers and words and hearing them pronounced and sounded out. As children explore LeapReader books, parents can connect LeapReader to their computer and expand the learning with fun, free activities, plus printables and tips from experts that reinforce their school skill set. You’ll have access to their writing progress and get personalized skill insights. LeapReader reading and writing systems support children’s independent reading skills and confidence with print, along with comprehension activities that encourage children to make predictions, analyze characters and answer questions.

What's In The Box?
LeapReader Learn to Write Numbers with Mr. Pencil Activity workbook, plus 25 extra pieces of special mess-free LeapFrog Writing Paper to reinforce learning through repetition.

The LeapReader library features more than 150 books, writing activities, audio books and songs. (Sold separately.)

The LeapReader library features more than 150 books, writing activities, audio books and songs. (Sold separately.)


Magnetic Drawing Board,Kids Magna Doodle Erasable Writing Sketch Board Pad Upgrade Version Green


List Price:
Lowest New Price:$25.99
Rank:8865
Description:
Why choose Meme Magnetic Drawing Board Kids Magna Doodle Sketch Board ?

•Better break resistance,so sturdy that can even hold for normal toddler like stomping and walking on it

•Larger Drawing surface than other magnetic drawing board in the market

•More writing colors optional ,red,yellow,green ,blue which allow allow children more creative drawing

•Lifelike image,smoother drawing lines and vibrant color in result in kids' drawing character very alive

•Easier to wipe clean, just one swipe back and forth can removing the drawings clearly

•Portable and More Convenient, lightweight and hand carry design

Specification:

Material: Eco-friendly high quality plastic
magnet board was made up of 4 color area
Color:red,yellow,green ,blue
User: for kids/toddlers/children
Drawing surface of the magnetic drawing board is: 10 x 7 inches ( 265*180mm )
Total size of the Doodle Board is: 16 x 13inches ( 415*330mm )

Function:
This pre-school learning toy has english letters and numbers demonstrations that allow children to follow along and learn proper stroke order for uppercase and lowercase letters
This Magna Doodle board with color screen, is perfect to play games like (tic tac toe) or to write messages to your friends or just draw you're your imagination.
This magnetic drawing board will keep your house clean cause no dirt or mess on the floor during doodle
An interactive and fun toy for kids and parents

package include:
1*meme drawing board
1*magnet writing pen
3 *clear plastic drawing models

Playskool ABC Learn To Letter Pad


List Price:$5.71
Lowest New Price:$5.67
Rank:9134
Description:
Need to practice your letters? This pad is ideal for just that! Lined pages allow you to practice and perfect your letters. Ideal for pre school and up. Practice your lettering skills on every page.

Scraperfect No-Clog Writing Cap-Medium


List Price:$5.99
Lowest New Price:$4.46
Rank:208554
Description:
Scraperfect-No Clog Writing Cap. For precise application without clogging of adhesives, paints, resins, stains, glazes, lubricants, masking fluids and other liquids. This package contains one no-clog writing cap. Comes in a variety of sizes. Each sold separately. Made in USA.

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