I am really enjoying working with LeapFrog as one of their Blogger Panel members, which has given us the chance to try out quite of few of their offerings across the range. During November LeapFrog have been asking people to vote for their favourite LeapFrog products during their #BestOfLeapFrog promotion, and as an added incentive, all those who vote are entered into a prize draw to win a £200 bundle of LeapFrog goodies. To inspire you I thought I would share a few of our favourite products that we’ve been sent for review whilst working with LeapFrog, and let you know which ones get our vote.
I think the LeapReader is a really neat little device, simple in operation but oh so powerful in what it can do. At its most basic it can be used in conjunction with LeapReader-compatible books to read the story to your child. As they learn to read for themselves it turns into a little helper, and they can use it to point to individual words that they can’t read. Then there are the little games dotted around the books, and finally the LeapReader can be used without the phyisical book where it allows your child to listen to the audio version of the books they own, and can even have LeapFrog provided songs added to it as well. You can read more about the LeapReader in my review of the Tangled book for LeapReader.
There are a good range of LeapReader books available, so it’s quite easy to find something that will appeal to your child. The geekson has recently discovered Paw Patrol on Netflix, and he loves robots as well, so he was doubly pleased when LeapFrog sent us their Paw Patrol book, The Great Robot Rescue, and has spent hours reading it and discovering the games and activities contained within. He is also learning about dinosaurs at school this term, and has enjoyed reading Leap and the Lost Dinosaur which we were sent a couple of months ago. As an added bonus that one also comes with a simple card-based game to play, in addition to all the content within the book.
This category was the easiest one to pick our winner in. Without a doubt the best LeapReader product we have tested is the amazing World Map – a large, cardboard-mounted, double sided map with loads of information for the children to discover with their LeapReader pen. This is another of those products that both my kids go back to time and again.
I am an advocate for kids having access to tablets, and I must confess it took me a while to learn to love the LeapPad. Initially I thought it didn’t compare to more “grown-up” devices like iPads and Android tablets. But then I realised that isn’t the market the LeapPad is going for. The LeapPad is the device for your child if you are not comfortable with technology and just want something that will work and be child-friendly right out of the box. This tablet is designed from the ground up for kids, and comes with access to a library of games and accessories which are all approved by the LeapFrog educator team, and graded for age and subject. So if you’re looking for a game to develop your pre-school child’s maths skills you can find something to match in the LeapFrog catalogue.
Both my kids are big fans of My Little Pony, and so for us the My Little Pony maths game was an instant hit. The recommended age for this game is 5-8, so I have one child at each end of that range. I was very pleased that it appealed to both the 5 year old geekson and the 8 year old geekdaughter, and contained content appropriate for both.
We reviewed the LeapTV when it launched last year and were very impressed with it as a kids game console. It has stood the test of time, and despite having the distractions of many other electronic toys in the house, the geekson still chooses to play on this more than I would have expected. We haven’t had a chance to try out our latest review offering from LeapFrog, but I have high hopes for it. We enjoy playing games together as a family, and hope that LeapTV Sports will have something for everyone in it. One of the things I like particularly about the LeapTV is how many of the games are designed to get the kids moving around, and I am hoping that will be true of this one.
But I can’t vote for a game I haven’t yet played, so in this category our choice has to be Kart Racing, which the car-loving geekson goes back to again and again, and which stands up very well to other kart racing games on other platforms.
The #BestOfLeapFrog promotion is being run throughout November, so there are still a few days left in which to cast your vote. You can vote over on the LeapFrog Facebook Page – why not let LeapFrog know your favourite games, and enter yourself for a chance to win that great bundle of goodies!
Disclosure: As a member of the LeapFrog Blogger Panel I was sent all the products mentioned about for review purposes. All words and opinions are my own, and I have not been told what to write. All product links contained within this review contain my Amazon affiliate details – if you make a purchase after clicking I will receive a small commission payment at no additional cost to you. I link to Amazon because I use and recommend them.