We have been using LeapFrog products since nine-year-old Emma was a baby, so I was thrilled to join the LeapFrog Mom Squad this fall. They sent each #LeapFrogMom three of their newest products to try out: the new LeapPad Platinum, Imagicards for the LeapPad, and the new Word Whammer. Today I’m taking a minute to share our impressions of each product.
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LeapPad Platinum Review
This is the third LeapPad our family has owned, and its size is the biggest change since the previous edition. The LeapPad Platinum has a much larger screen than previous editions, and a better camera (or, I should say, cameras – there are both front and back cameras), although there is definitely still room for improvement where the camera is concerned. There is still no way to create four profiles for four siblings – you are limited to three, so Anna and Emma share a profile since they aren’t likely to overlap game preferences much. This LeapPad plugs into the wall to recharge and has both front and back cameras. The LeapPad has two advantages over traditional tablets: it is extremely sturdy and you are guaranteed that your child will not stumble across any inappropriate content. I also really liked that it was easy to put the games we had from our LeapPad3 onto the new LeapPad Platinum over Wi-Fi.
LeapPad Imagicards Review
Three-year-old Anna LOVES the LeapPad Letter Factory Imagicards! It is pretty cool to scan a card and see the character (which is sometimes a letter) pop out! She also liked the PAW Patrol cards, although in both games all four of my kids who have little screen time experience found the fact that they had to wander around to activities rather than simply selecting them from a menu a bit annoying. My kids are pretty happy simply playing an educational game that has them practicing skills without wanting a lot of side entertainment. We were also sent the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Imagicards, but my non-TMNT fan kids didn’t like it. I’m sure a TMNT fan would enjoy it.
LeapFrog Word Whammer Review
Both three-year-old Anna and six-year-old Anna find the Word Whammer intriguing. It is very easy and intuitive to operate, and Anna has surprised me with her letter skills after playing with it a few times. I do wish that it had a no-volume option. There is a loud and a soft option. I would prefer to have kids choose between soft and no volume.
Do you own any LeapFrog products, or did you when your kids were younger? Our world map has been loved to pieces, so I was thrilled to discover this World Puzzle and this United States Puzzle that also work with the tag reader!
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