A few months ago I announced that I (Nat) am lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with LeapFrog as an official LeapFrog Mom Ambassador this year. Our kids have always loved LeapFrog toys and products, so it has been a blast to try out some of the newest technology available from LeapFrog! Today I wanted to share 3 great things to give this year – whether it’s your own kids, your grandkids, nieces and nephews or kids’ friends. Here are some great ways to give the gift of learning!
Here are some of the fantastic features of the LeapFrog Epic:
- android-based operating system (meaning you can add access to parent/educator approved apps with no ads or in-app purchases)
- customizable home screen for different ages & stages
- safe web right out of the box (because we have other things to worry about!)
- 7″ screen
- 16GB memory
This kid-safe tablet has been especially appealing to my 1st grader! She LOVES a specific app that is included called “Word of the Day!” She’s even shown little brother how fun it is to learn new words.
Another game that is well loved in our house is Story Spinner. It’s a fill-in-the-blank Mad Libs style game where you can create your very own silly stories. It reviews the parts of speech and sings little songs to help kids remember what a noun, verb, etc is. You actually hit a record button and say the word into the mic (my kids love this part) before it is added into the story!
I LOVE that I can add my own pre-approved websites for my kids to use – meaning my daughter can log on to her class’ reading program where she reads in spanish & english! The LeapFrog Epic retails for $139.99 (but it’s on sale for Christmas!) and can be found HERE.
This fun preschool toy features a toy oven with 16 included ingredients, dishes and cookware. Bake cupcakes, fry an egg and count and serve slices of pizza while learning about sharing, counting and new vocabulary! My favorite features are the 2 volume levels (plus Off switch) and that every piece easily store inside the oven! MSRP 24.99 and available from Amazon.
I can honestly say this is the only toy we own that all 3 of my kids love to play with. I thought my baby might be a little too young and my older kids would be a little too old, but it wasn’t the case! My baby loves hearing the songs play when she pushes different buttons (that are finally easy enough for a baby to push) and that she can open and close the oven door to put things in and out. She may not be grasping the educational concepts yet, but she absolutely loves to play with this toy! My older kids were jumping up and down with excitement when they saw a “play kitchen” that they could use. Since 4-year old Will is really into numbers, he likes to count the pieces of pizza and bread and make sure everything goes in it’s place. And my oldest is into the imaginative play element, taking our orders and delivering the food hot out of the oven.
This interactive toolbox comes apart so it can be built over and over! Use the hammer, screwdriver, wrench, and saw to put together Scout’s toolbox. My favorite features are the color-coded tools that kids use to really tighten screws and drive in nails.
This toy stays in my older kids’ bedroom for when Baby girl has to come down to help me put kids in bed. She needs something to keep her busy if we’re reading or tucking in, and this holds her attention really well! Again, in a year she will be able to understand more of the imaginative play/learning features. For now she loves to push the buttons and repeatedly put the tools in and out of the toolbox! This would be a great first tool set for age 2 and up! MSRP 19.99 and available HERE.
If you’re still looking for fun and educational toys for the kids on your list this year, you really can’t go wrong with LeapFrog. I have long been impressed with the quality and educational value of their toys before becoming a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador!
As a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador, I receive products, promotional items, and educational material to use and share as I see fit. However, any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience. This post includes affiliate links.