The Next “Epic” Kids Tablet #LeapFrog

LeapFrog Epic

Dictionary.com defines the word Epic as “spectacular; very impressive; awesome” which perfectly describes why the new LeapFrog tablet is called the LeapFrog Epic.

So here’s how it all went down! I brought the LeapFrog Epic tablet home, I showed it to my oldest son to get him all excited about it and then realized I had to set it up (which didn’t take long) and charge it. So then this happened before bed …

LeapFrog Epic

After it charged, I spent the night navigating the LeapFrog Epic for myself and I have to say, I had a lot of fun with it. I found this great app that was pre-loaded onto it where you take a selfie with the tablet and then insert your face where the animals face is supposed to be (by the way, my little guy stumbled upon this picture the next day when he was playing with it and the laugh that came out of him was truly “epic”) making for one funny pic.

LeapFrog Epic

Even though the tablet is recommended for ages 3-9, for some reason I really didn’t think my oldest would be so into it … well was I wrong! The next morning after a full night of charging, the fighting over the tablet was CRAZY!!!! Both boys wanted to play with it so what was the best solution for them so I could stop playing referee? Play together boys or mama makes the tablet magically disappear and poof just like that, this happened …

LeapFrog Epic

Each of my little men have had solo turns playing with the LeapFrog Epic and with my younger one, he might be slightly too young for it (he’s 2), but he chooses the app he wants to play with from the main page and he just touches images and he is either navigated by a verbal prompt to do something else or he gets a response from what he has touched and then tries to touch more things (not bad for a 2 year old). My older son on the other hand navigated through it like had been using it for years.

LeapFrog Epic

What I love about the LeapFrog Epic:
There is a removable bumper (so far we have dropped the tablet about half a dozen times and it is still in 1 piece) though I am told that the tablet is very durable without it
-You can scale it up or down for difficulty or ease
-You have up to 3 accounts per tablet (I have set up an account for each of my kids) so it makes the kids feel like it’s their own
-20 apps are pre-installed
-It grows with the child
-No in app advertisements and no in app purchases (one of my favourite features)
-It doesn’t only test children it teaches children
– Can download over 1000 apps
– Parental Controls
– With parental controls, we can control the time they are playing (you can put on a timer)
– Can take pictures
– Expandable memory
– Under the parental controls you can search the internet
– Great apps to buy like Umizoomi, Paw Patrol, Doc McStuffins, Finding Nemo and other great names
– Real time weather
– Daily game with surprises
– 7″ tablet (has a great big screen)
– A virtual world that kids can create by adding characters, watch the night fall
– Android powered tablet (which means it has the latest technology)

I’m so overwhelmed by the amount of amazing features the LeapFrog Epic Tablet has and I would HIGHLY recommend this product for your kids, you (and the kids) won’t be disappointed. Add it to your holiday shopping list.

Where to Buy: Toys R Us
Price: $169.99
Happy Holidays
T.
xo

Educational Games for Kids – Enter to WIN #eeBoo

eeBoo always good gamesI noticed that my big guy kept asking me to buy puzzle apps on the iPad and he was actually pretty good at them, so in true Terri fashion, I went to the toy store and walked out with a stack of puzzles. Of course there was a ton of puzzles to choose from, so here’s how I chose:

1. My son’s interests: he loves animals and faces so I looked for puzzles that I knew he would get excited about
2. Size of the puzzle pieces: the bigger the puzzle piece, the easier the puzzle but is a great way to get your little one started. I noticed that most puzzles will show you the size of the puzzle pieces on the box
3. If the puzzle or brand has won any awards: these awards are always proudly displayed on the front of the boxes
4. If there are different kinds of puzzles: just to mix it up a bit, if there are matching games or other fun puzzle like games I will try them

When I was going away with my son a little while back, so I went to the toy store to look for some puzzles and found an Alphabet puzzle by eeboo (which met all my above requirements) and I can’t begin to explain how much he loved it! This puzzle was exactly what he was learning in school, so it was perfect for us! It’s not your traditional puzzle, you match the letter with the picture (A would have the matching piece of an Apple) and including numbers as well.

eeboo alphabet puzzle

Putting together the Alphabet Puzzle

It was like the stars aligned because months later I was contacted to test out some of their puzzles (a complete fluke), and I happily took them up on it and got two “non-traditional” puzzles.

eeboo Dominoes and The Lotto Game

First let me say, eeBoo makes so many great games and puzzles it was hard to choose, but I am very happy with my selection as they were perfect for his age. The Dominoes game is a take on the old time classic, but instead of just the regular ol’ dots, you match up the animals. The Lotto Game, is a fun game playing on BINGO and the matching games where each player gets a board, players pick up a tile to see if it matches what is on their board, if it does not match you put it back with the other tiles and hopefully those around you don’t remember where the tile was. Players continue until all 6 spaces on his/her board is full and scream LOTTO when completed

eeboo dominoes game

Playing Dominoes

Why I love eeBoo games:
– a lot of their products have won awards which they proudly display on their boxes (Oppenheim Best Toy Awards and other honours)
– the pictures they use are done by  well-known and well-loved children’s book illustrators
– eeBoo’s games encourage literacy, story telling, drawing, imaginative play and basic math
– they proudly display their safety information on their site (not a lot of companies do)
– family run business (I always love to support family run businesses)
– their website is extremely easy to use and you can even shop by age and even by holiday
– the prices are very reasonable
– the instructions on how to play the game are printed on the lid of the box (instead of just a piece of paper which we always lose) and are very easy to follow

eeboo game instructions

Thank you to our friends at eeBoo, they are giving away one of these two games to ONE lucky Babylish Advice reader. Sorry Canadian friends, this contest is only open to US residents (though the games are available in Canada). Here’s how to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Where to Buy: Mastermind Toys, Chapters Indigo, eeBoo online

Happy playing and good luck
T.
xo