Tad Goes Shopping is a LeapPad game available in Leap Start including the interactive book and cartridge. It is also in A Collection from the LeapPad Library. It is also available in the Plus Writing and Microphone. It teaches early math (pre-math) with numbers, colors, shapes, and sorting, and tells the tale about the frogs going shopping at the store Hop and Shop.
The mice sing each page of the tune called "This Old Man."
- Mr. Frog (a.k.a. Dad)
- Mrs. Frog (a.k.a. Mom)
- Grandpa Frog (a.k.a. Gramps)
- Other Various Animals
Frogs at Hop and Shop
The name of the store is Hop and Shop. The frogs go shopping here at the store.
- Shopping Carts
- Balloons with Colors and Numbers (numbered 5)
- 1 red
- 2 blue
- 3 orange
- 4 green
- 5 purple
- Animals in the Shapes
- snake in the triangle
- duck in the circle
- cow in the square
- monkey in the rectangle
- Arts and Crafts
- pencils (two have frog-shaped erasers; one has a plain eraser)
- pink paper (one is big; two are small)
- scissors (one is big; two are small)
- paint brushes (one is big; two are small)
- crayons (one box has many colors; two boxes have just one color)
- glue bottles (numbered 6)
- 1 red
- 2 orange
- 3 yellow
- 4 green
- 5 blue
- 6 purple
- staples (two bags)
- Safety First
- rubber rings (one is red; two are blue)
- vests (one is big; two are small)
- Fishing Gear
- fishing poles [in UK, fishing rods] (one is big; two are small)
- fish baits (one is small; two are big)
- loaves of bread (three are big; three more are small)
- cheese shapes (circle, square, triangle)
- pickle jars (numbered 3)
- Candy Machines
- Candy Hearts
- Red Hots
- Gingerbread Men
- Candy Necklaces
- Candy Canes
- Teddy Bears (numbered 14; 7 are brown, 7 more have spots)
Leaving Hop and Shop
The frog family is done shopping at Hop and Shop, getting into the car with their items. Dad is the driver while the other family members are sitting.
Aisles in Hop and Shop
There are seven aisles in the store Hop and Shop.
- Arts and Crafts (Pens, Pink Paper, and White Glue)
- Fishing Gear (Fishing Poles [in UK, Fishing Rods])
- Sandwiches (Sandwiches with Cheese)
- Shoes and Socks
- Candy Aisle (Lollipops, Chewing Gum, and Candy Pieces)
- Teddy Bears
What Do the Frogs Desire to Have?
- Leap wanted different sandwiches
- Lily wanted pink paper to make a sign for her room (The sign is named "Lil's Room")
- Tad wanted a teddy bear (well, hopefully that’s what he wanted excitedly - AND badly at first)
- Dad wanted a fishing pole [in UK, fishing rod]
- Mom wanted flowers
- Grandpa wanted various candy
The Complete Song
SONG: “The Hop And Shop Song”
The mice are singing this tune set to the melody of “This Old Man” on all the pages throughout the book.
Hop and Shop
Hop and Shop is the name of the store where the frogs go shopping with other various animals.
Items and Food
The frogs are going shopping to what they each want to have. They go home when they're done shopping.
The frogs go shopping and buy everything in the store called "Hop and Shop."
A shopping cart icon is at the bottom of the page to play a game. There are also characters to play games and find something in the store.
- In the UK version, the word “fishing pole” was changed to “fishing rod,” as Dad said.
- Lily says "You really are clever!" in the UK, which replaces the original USA "You sure are smart!" at the end of the Differences Game in pages 4-5.
- The games using characters have the members of the Frog Family to all break the fourth wall.
- Like The Birthday Hunt, this book contains verses (however, they are both in story and sung).
- Only pages 2-3 appear in A Collection from the LeapPad Library.
- On the 2001 cover with the LeapFrog logo on the purple triangle, the flags say "Frog Mart."
- The first line from the last and 18th page that showed the frogs getting in the car and heading home with their items was what Matthew C. Fieck used as a first round quotation puzzle in some of his episodes of Actors and actresses episodes of Wheel of Fortune.
- Matthew uses last page as a PowerPoint Presentation of characters from TV Cartoons, Movies and Video Games, also cast members of TV shows and sitcoms requesting the Leapfrog Family to listen to CD's which drown out the mice.