I forgot to update on here until now. We ordered our Leap Pad for our daughter’s birthday just a few days ago. It should be here in the next couple of days and we are really excited to see it arrive.
We just know that our daughter is going to love it because she loves playing with electronics already. She’s also always wanting to pick up our Android phones and play with those. The kids games on the phones are not very good, but she still likes playing them.
I’m going to be back on here in the next couple of days when this thing arrives. And I will make sure to document the unboxing so everyone can see what it looks like and how it works.
Seeing as how we have a lot of parents surfing around this blog, I figured that a lot of you would like to see this. We don’t do day care for our little ones, but I know that a lot of you probably do. So here is a list of ways to save some money:
- Find out when higher childcare rates go into effect. For example, many childcare centers charge high rates after 6 PM or a fee per minute you arrive late after closing. Then arrange your work schedule or driving route so you can get the kids before the higher rate goes into effect.
- Are you going on vacation? Talk to the childcare center about taking vacation from the daycare at that time. Don’t pay childcare rates for weeks that you are not there. And updating your status to “on vacation” allows you to hold that childcare spot if gone for two or three weeks without having to re-enroll.
- Some day-cares request that parents fill out forms for government programs to offset the cost of feeding children. If your family is low income, this can reduce the cost of bringing food to daycare for young children.
- If you use a government program to pay for the cost of childcare while you are looking for work, be sure to swipe your identification card each morning when dropping off the children. Failure to do sign in or swipe the benefit card creates the appearance of not utilizing the services. This can result in being dropped from subsidized childcare program or the center dropping you for violating sign in policies.
- Talk to the daycare manager about field trips. Ask them to arrange cheaper field trips for the children, allowing everyone to spend less while the kids still have a good time. Field trips to the city owned mini-water park can be as fun as a trip to a water park and going to a local arcade can be as fun as a major theme park, but they are more affordable for all involved.
- Parents must often bring pre-made bottles for infants. To avoid extra fees for failure to bring a bottle, leave a set of clean bottles and single serve pouches of baby formula in the child’s diaper bag. You avoid the fee for forgetting to bring bottles, and an extra-hungry child has the formula they are accustomed to available when they finish off their normal bottle count.
- Buy an educational learning tablet instead of video games for young children. Download educational games for the price of an entertaining game while helping your child learn skills they need for school. The educational learning tablet will take up as much space as large picture book while carrying many titles in its memory. Save money by stocking up on batteries or buying an educational learning tablet that uses the same charger as your cell phone or laptop computer.
- There are days you will be late. Avoid the penalties for being late by having a designated friend or family member who lives near the center pick up your child before the center officially closes. Then the delays in traffic result in stopping somewhere else to pick up your child, instead of a dollar a minute late fee.
- Purchase an educational learning tablet that is compatible with your electronic reader. Then download free classic books from book sites or the public library’s e-book collection to provide no-cost reading for your child.
- If possible, buy an educational learning tablet that is compatible with an iPad or school lap top computer. You may be able to use the educational learning tablet you already own for school instead of having to buy a new computer for a young child. The added benefit is that if they child damages the educational learning tablet, there is less money required to repair it and it is easily replaced.
Leap pad books are electronic interactive children’s book for children between the age group of 4 to 8. This looks like a talking book and was one of the best selling toys at the time it was started manufacturing. Leap pad is like a computer with an electrographic sensor in it. It is a fun learning system that includes fun while learning. The features that are available in leap pad are enormous. It includes Phonics, pre reading, vocabulary, story reading, maths, geography, science, music and many other things. The feature “say it” allows the kid to have the entire page read aloud, the “sound it” explores the sounds of letters or group of letters, “spell it” feature and “define it” feature does what it is intended to do. The leap pad also has games included in it.
Different models of leap pad books were available in the market. They includes:
- Leap Pad: This is the original model and was available in blue, green, pink and purple models in the market.
- Leap pad writing plus: This is very similar to the original model but it has a stylus that is attached to it.
- Leap pad plus microphone: This is also similar to original model but built with a microphone in it. The microphone is used to record and plays back the recorded things.
- Leap pad pro: This model has advanced features that is not available with regular leap pad in it and is meant for older users.
- Quantum leap pad: This also has some advanced features within it like Leap pad pro. But the only difference is that it can have memory which saves data’s in it.
- Read and write leap pad: This is a redesigned model of leap pad writing plus. Only minor changes are seen from the previous model like stylus holder, which has been changed to the right as well as the style of leap pad, which was changed.
- Learn N go leap pad: The only difference between this model and read and write leap pad is that then onboard firmware has been redesigned to feature British voices.
The popularity if this leap pad draws many manufacturers to come up with products that can be sued with leap pads. The accessories that spawned the market includes:
- Microphone: This microphone helps to record and play back options to all leap pads other than leap pad plus microphone.
- Stylus: The styluses that are usually provided with leap pads worn put easily over time. These replacement styluses helps individuals to replace their original worn our stylus with new replacement stylus.
- Reading light clip: this is used as a light source that can be used in low light conditions.
- Head phones: Head phones are produced by the same manufacturer of leap pads and are available in the market.
The leap pads are going to be an educative toy for kids. It is very easy to use and understand. Parents supervision can make it more informative for the kids using leap pads.
Every parent wants the best education for their children. Leap Frog products have been helping with this for many years. Their products are innovative in teaching children reading, writing, and math, along with many other skills. They’re always coming out with new products and ideas to give your children the latest and best learning skills possible. That’s why it’s not surprising that they have come out with a new product, known as, the Leap Pad. It’s a learning tablet intended for kids ages 4-9. It’s similiar to products for adults, such as, the ipad, but it’s build with the durability needed when its comes to children.
It’s so easy for your child to learn to use. Just a touch of the screen allows them to play and interact however they want. The pictures and buttons are big enough for children to see and comprehend. It comes with a built-in camera and video recorder. So, your child can experiment with the art of photography without the worry of breaking an expensive camera and have fun with taking some home videos. It contains over 100 games and activities for your child to enjoy and pass the time with. Children want to learn. They have a thirst for it, but if it’s not made fun they lose interest fast. The LeapPad makes learning fun and brings out the creativity in your child.
LeapPad works with all LeapFrog explorer and Leapster explorer cartridges along with downloadable apps. There are many activities featuring your child’s favorite cartoon characters. For example, Lightning McQueen from Cars, any Disney princess, or Dora the Explorer. The options are endless. Your child will love watching their favorite characters be so realistic to them as they’re learning to read. Your child will also love the Animation and Art studio. It allows them to be creative with their pictures and they can make them into a storybook.
Parents love the LeapPad because it increases their child’s reading skills and comprehension. Within 6 months parents were noticing a difference in their child’s learning skills. Also, it can withstand the destruction that children so often do to their toys. You don’t have to worry about sticky little fingers, or it breaking if it gets dropped on the foor. It’s going to endure anything your child can possibly do to break it on accident or on purpose. Although, it’s not real cheap. It retails for about $100.00, but parents love that they can go online and purchase additional games for only $7.00. Many have commented on how it is worth the money. To them it’s an investment to their child’s education.
Every parent needs a break once in awhile, or are busy with other things. Don’t use the television as a babysitter. Although, that can be tempting. You may not always know what they are watching. And the computer can be even worse. Also, it can be difficult for a young child to comprehend and make it work properly. Put the LeapPad tablet in their hands and your worries are gone. It’s fun and educational. So, it’s a win, win for children and their parents.
As we mentioned in our previous post, our daughters 3rd birthday (3rd?? where did the time go?) is coming up quick. We began looking into what we wanted to get her. She already has so many toys that we didn’t want to get her a ton more. And we are big fans of leap frog products and have gotten her one for every birthday so far. She’s got Violet, My own Leaptop, and the Tag Junior.
So when I began looking for a gift for her I turned to Leapfrog first
When I started looking I found out that Leapfrog was about to launch a new product, the Leap pad. I was very interested in this and further looked into this. According to Leap frog the Leap pad is for kids 4-7, but upon looking into this gadget more I felt that it would be a great gift for Abbys 3rd birthday. She is asking what letters are what, wanting to write them, and since she knows her shapes she wants to draw them. The Leap pad does this and so much more, but to be honest I was a little hesitant about purchasing this, it has a higher price point then other leap frog products. So I decided to think about it and talk to some co-workers and friends about it.
I talked to numerous people about this, one being a teacher. The teacher I spoke with said that it would probably help our daughter learn much more quickly and then the teacher started asking more questions about the leap pad than I could answer at the time. She said any exposure we could give Abby, would be great and thought Abby would really enjoy it.
I have to admit I’m pretty excited to get this for her, and cant wait to play with it when she gets it. Some of the games that you can get look pretty neat, more games and apps are sold separately but games for the Leapfrog explorer can be used on this. The games and apps range in price, but the Leap Pad does come with an animation app, story app, and an app for writing skills. Make sure that you look for the post with other information on the specs and features of this gadget.
I can hardly wait for this to come, I kinda feel like a kid in a candy shop. Why didn’t they have cool gadgets like this when I was a kid.
Leap Reviews Dot Com is a place where we are going to share our experience with Leapfrog products. We recently heard about the Leap Pad and were amazed. We have a 2 year old with a birthday coming up and she is all about gadgets and electronics. We were thinking about getting a tablet, but probably wouldn’t let our little girl play with it because of how expensive they are. Which is why the Leap Pad is so cool! – don’t have to worry about our kid breaking a $600 tablet.
We’ve done a lot of research on this children’s tablet and other learning devices in the past couple of months. Make sure that you check back soon because we will be adding lots of great information for other parents who are interested in this product.
Also, leave a comment if you have any specific questions about the Leap Pad that you would like us to answer.