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When it comes to children learning on a digital device I have always been super clear on my favorite brand which is LeapFrog!
This is why I was so excited to see that LeapFrog selected me to be a part of their LeapFrog Mom Squad! I’ll be reviewing some great products here on the blog and giving you my honest opinion of whether or not these products may be right for you and your family.
The first thing that jumped out to me was the LeapPad Platinum. First: I was excited because I got to preview the LeapPad last year at a media event and Second: I was going to have to figure out a way to split the device amongst the boys because I knew it would be the “hot toy” of the house. You know, the one toy that *everyone* wants to play with all the time?
But who could blame them? The LeapPad is pretty magical. It takes away the worry of giving them the tablet to watch Netflix–yes they watch the shows I put on but my six year old has become increasingly technologically literate and can jump on YouTube in the blink of an eye.
The LeapPad has a Kid-Safe Web so that they can’t access anything bad and that gives me a peace of mind. Since the Leap Pad has WiFi, it’s so important that they browse age appropriate content.
What I really personally love about the LeapPad is that the boys are either taking the time to be really creative or learning through fun. Similar to the LeapTV that we have the program forces them to think and not mindlessly watch as the television shows entertain them. Screen time is super limited at our house so they were excited to see mommy actually purposely give them a tablet. Although they only get the LeapPad for maybe 20 minutes a day (for both–when they are well behaved) I can still trust that the LeapPad is doing good for their brain development.
In addition to the LeapPad Platinum we received great Imagicards that are like little extra cartriges for the device. These are not required for operation but they offer an additional fun experience and the kids can learn phonics, math or even do fun things like take selfies with their favorite characters from Paw Patrol and Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The Word Whammer is a super cute toy that helps develop phonics skills. The kids thrust and push the handles to create kindergarten level words and the learning levels progress as they get better. The kids can spell over 100 words with this thing! The cool think is the word whammer is awesome because it continually progresses as the boys get better at building words.
Do you own any LeapFrog Products? Do you have a screen time limit for your kids?