Leaping Into The 21st CenturyMonica Bielanko
Call me ignorant, but I am just now learning the joys of all that is LeapFrog. Cut me some slack, though. My first kid is only three so all the high-techery being marketed toward the toddler crowd had pretty much escaped me until this year. Also, the few LeapFrog items I had previously come across seemed geared toward older children. Silly me. The LeapFrog people have stuff for all ages. Awesome stuff. Stuff of the learning variety. Stuff that will enable Violet to grow up and write stuff with wordier words than “stuff.”
Take, for example, the Poppin’ Play Piano she was so hot for last time we went to Target. That’s actually geared toward kids more in the age range of her nearly 2-year-old brother. But, see, that’s super cool because she loves it, it’s totally affordable, and when she gets sick of it we can hand it right on over to her brother.
Two birds, one stone. Or two kids, one toy. Same difference.
This year I decided to shell out a bit more than I would normally deem appropriate on a single gift and take a chance on the LeapPad 2 Disney Princess Bundle. It’s for ages 3 to 9 and with Violet creeping up on 4-years-old I’m hopeful that she’ll love it for years to come. She better like it for years to come, so help me.
In case you aren’t familiar, the LeapPad is kind of like a kids iPad. It comes with front-and-back cameras, video recorders, hundreds of educational games, music, videos, eBooks and more. Kids can record themselves with a built-in microphone, trace, create and play by using a finger or the stylus on a touch screen. There is even an app center for songs.
For crying out loud! When I was a 4-year-old I played with rocks and I liked it. (Seriously. I remember playing with rocks in the front yard with my brother.)
Although I’m a bit skeered of shelling out more than a hundred bucks on this bad boy, with Casey Mullins over on Shutterlovely raving about the LeapPad being one of the best long-term purchases she’s ever made for her kids I’m hopeful that this is the gift Violet doesn’t put down on Christmas day. Not only that but our trek to her pre-school class is almost an hour, round-trip so I’ve got my fingers crossed that the LeapPad will keep her engaged for the duration.
Mama has some Howard Stern she’d like to listen to while Violet gets her Disney on…
Do you know a deserving family, school, or charity this holiday season? We’re giving away one grand set of 20 toys from Target, including those mentioned in this post! To nominate, simply comment and tell us why you’ve selected them!