As a member of the LeapFrog Mom Squad, I get to try out all of the newest LeapFrog products. Today I’m reviewing some educational LeapFrog toys we have been playing with for a few weeks now!
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LeapFrog Epic Review
We were sent the LeapFrog Epic to review soon after reviewing the LeapPad Platinum. This is a significantly more powerful tablet, although it is not compatible with LeapFrog cartridges. Like all LeapFrog products, it is very solidly built. The screen is pretty responsive, and it is very different from other LeapFrog tablets in that adults have the option of sideloading the Amazon App Store. Anna likes the drawing app (see above), and the camera is okay for a child’s tablet. The kid-safe LeapSearch is a nice feature of this tablet – it gives kids the chance to explore surfing the internet in a guaranteed-kid-safe environment.
LeapFrog Number Lovin’ Oven Review
The Number-Lovin Oven was the biggest hit with three-year-old Anna, who loves all things kitchen and cooking and baking. She loves that the bread and pizza pop apart and then snap back together. She often plays with it with the sound off (thank you, LeapFrog, for including that option!), but also likes to listen to the music and dance to it.
The talking portion of the toy focuses on counting, sharing, and fraction skills.
LeapFrog Scout’s Build and Discover Tool Set Review
We were also sent LeapFrog Scout’s Build and Discover Tool Set. Anna is more into the kitchen, but my three-year-old nephew plays with this toy every time he comes over! I like the fact that the little toolbox “house” actually comes apart, so kids can use their tools to build it again and then store the tools inside the house when it is done. Like the oven, this toy has a talking component that you can turn off for old-fashioned pretend play.
LeapTV Educational Gaming System Review
Lastly, we were sent the LeapTV Educational Gaming System to review, along with four games: Arendelle’s Winter Festival, Letter Factory Adventures, Blaze and the Monster Machines, and the largely open-ended art-focused DoodleCraft – which was the most popular with all four kids. Johnny thought Blaze and the Monster Machines was fun, in spite of it being quite easy for him (its target age range is 3-5 years old). This type of gaming is very much a novelty to my kids (we don’t even have a TV; luckily Mike could figure out how to make this work on our computer).
Three-year-old Anna LOVES Arendelle’s Winter Festival, although it is pretty advanced for her (target age range is 4-7 years old) and so she needs help from six-year-old Lily. She also enjoys Letter Factory Adventures, which is a great tool for teaching early literacy.
The camera for this system requires a LOT of light. Even with it set up in (by far) the brightest part of our house in the middle of the day, you can see that there wasn’t quite enough light.
You can add a second controller for most (maybe all?) of these games, which makes for some fun cooperative learning opportunities.
Which of these products would you see your family using the most? Why?