Win LeapFrog and VTech Educational Toys!

Posted by: , December 25, 2009 in 3:02 pm

LeapFrog Tag JuniorI’m sure you don’t need reminding but it’s that time of year again.  And I don’t mean the time when you drink too much and make promises of personal betterment that vanish as quickly as your New Year’s Eve hangover.  Hey – at least those promises are free.  No one escapes the holiday gift buying frenzy.  And if you are looking for some last minute gems to toss under the tree – look no further because the following Leap Frog and VTech toys guarantee a happy little one for at least the rest of the year.

I am somewhat new to the world of toys but I was greatly impressed with the offerings from Leap Frog.  Billed as a tool for learning how to read these books actually read to you!  How cool?!  The concept is simple – you get a  Tag Junior book – my daughter particularly likes the Dora the Explorer 1,2,3 and the If I Were… books and the Tag Junior scanner reads the book aloud as you run it across the page.  It also describes various items on the page to encourage children to identify various objects and characters. Now I am no computer whiz so I was immediately intimidated when I realized that the Leap Frog Tag Junior required me to download programs from the Leap Frog website and sync it with the Tag Junior scanner in order to use the books.  I need not have feared.  The process was simple and the rewards were generous.  Parents can download audio for up to five books to Tag Junior, then let their child explore a different preschool skill set with each book.  Some other options include A B C Animal Orchestra and Letter Factory.  This is a great educational tool and something your kids will love to play with.

Chat & Count Cell PhoneAnother offering from Leap Frog that my daughter really loves is the Chat & Count Cell Phone.  Since she will pretty much pretend that anything she can get her hands on is a cell phone I wasn’t sure how she’d react to actually having her own.  She loves it!  This phone has more than 15 activities and your kids can sing along to songs about counting and phone routines.  I have to say that having my daughter play with her Leap Frog Cell Phone rather than my iPhone gives me peace of mind.

I love anything that will keep my daughter Eliza active.  At the ripe old age of 20 months and with another baby on the way I welcome anything that will assist her in expending energy so that I don’t have to.  If it is educational as well – even better.  VTech’s Jungle Gym: Ride Vtech Jungle Gym Ride and Learn Giraffe Bike& Learn Giraffe Bike came to my attention as a possible toy that would fit the bill.  It does!  While my daughter is a bit too young for a traditional bike, or even a tricycle, the Ride & Learn Giraffe Bike is a stationary bicycle that encourages her to pedal faster in order to learn more about the letters and numbers she is exploring on the LCD screen.  She also seems to really enjoy some of the songs on the Giraffe Bike – like “Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me” – an old favorite for so many of us.  There are five different learning modes that the Giraffe Bike offers:  Racing Mode, ABC Mode, Counting Mode, Animal Mode and Music Mode.  Each mode has its own activities and learning prompts to keep your child entertained.  It also speaks to you with an encouraging “keep pedaling!” when your kid slows down too much.  The Giraffe Bike is easy to put together and looks like a cute giraffe.  It is a great toy to keep your kid active and entertained – two essential elements of happy playtime.  Ages 18-36 months – $49.99.

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