The 4 Moms, 41 Kids and a LeapPad Party

Several weeks ago we invited three other families over to try out some products from Leap Frog. We had a total of 4 moms and 41 kids over for some playtime and snacks.

The afternoon was a marvelous success and, for the record, a half acre lot looks very small when you add 4 large vans and 41 children. The kids had a great time running around

and learning how to use some of LeapFrog’s popular products.

We had the opportunity to play with the new LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet (a 2011 award winner) and the  TAG Reading System.

The LeapPad Learning Tablet is an iPad for kids. It has a touch screen, stylus and boasts tilt technology. In addition to multiple apps, it  has 100′s of play and learning options. From the ability to watch movies, a built-in camera and video recorder, handwriting practice and game playing options, the LeapPad offers a little bit of everything.

The kids enjoyed the ability to take and edit photos. They took turns taking pictures of each other

and then editing them to end up with the funniest picture possible.

They also made use of the video recording feature, acting like news anchors and conducting humorous interviews with their friends.

After the party was over, Nicholas (3) and I played with the digital scrapbook feature. This feature allows you to choose a different template for each page of the book and children can add photos, digital drawings and audio recordings. One of Nick’s pages has a picture of each member of his family and an audio recording of 3 year old Nick saying, “I wuv my mommy and daddy, and I  just wuv my family.”

All photos, videos and digital scrapbooks can be loaded to a computer and saved.

Although we’re not big on video games  in our family, the LeapPad provides many educational options that even fit our tastes. Another feature that we’ve put to good use is the handwriting app. Colby (5) uses this often and even Nick (3) can practice some of the easier letters. There are many other educational options that we look forward to trying.

Another big hit at the party was the LeapFrog TAG World Map.  The children gathered around the large map

then worked together as teams taking turns to see who could find the most locations before time ran out. This game even kept our high energy group of  5-9 year old boys entertained.

This is a wonderful way to learn or review geography basics and it’s just one of many games to play with the TAG World Map.

The other side of the map offers more information about cultures, animals and significant geographic features around the world. The LeapFrog Tag USA Map is on our short list for Christmas this year.

In quieter moments (when there are less than 41 children running about) the TAG system is a good way to help beginning readers become independent readers. This does require supervision and discernment (otherwise the children are liable to overuse the system).

Colby (5) is able to read the TAG books and when he comes to a word that is too difficult for him to sound out independently, he is able to let the TAG pen help him by either sounding it out for him or telling him the word. This enables him to spend time reading even when mom is occupied with something (or more frequently someONE)  else.

The LeapFrog Learn, Create and Share Party was a success. The children had a blast playing with each other and with TAG and LeapPad.

Our family has continued to use and enjoy both the LeapPad and TAG Reading System (especially that map) as a supplement for our homeschooling studies and playing a fast-paced geography game with the TAG map remains a favorite break when other academic work gets a little intense.

Our family received LeapFrog products in addition to a LeapFrog party kit in order to host a Learn, Create and Share Party. All opinions expressed are my own.

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10 Responses to The 4 Moms, 41 Kids and a LeapPad Party
  1. Jenny
    November 2, 2011 | 9:50 am

    We just got a Leap Pad for Jacob for his upcoming 4th birthday this month & I’m really excited to hear good reviews! The more kids we have the more careful I have become about choosing toys….my kids know I hate to “buy junk!” I’m hopeful this will be a great addition to our collection and one that will be easily handed down :D

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  2. Rebecca
    November 2, 2011 | 11:45 am

    We have the Tag Reader system for each of our girls! The phonics books are better than many phonics “curriculums” that I’ve found. We have the USA map, world map, and a map of the solar system. Our four year old is also using the Tag reader to “Learn to Write and Draw” that comes with hard back books, workbooks, interactive sticker sheets. It covers uppercase, lowercase, stroke order, retracing, pencil control, and letter recognition. LOVE LEAP FROG!!! You’re right, it is wonderful “as a supplement for our homeschooling studies and playing a fast-paced geography game with the TAG map remains a favorite break when other academic work gets a little intense.” (same in our home too!)

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  3. Natalie
    November 2, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing this…we are trying to figure out ideas to give my parents for our children for Christmas again…and we like to invest in learning/creative activities whenever possible. We are maxed out on legos and playmobile…trying to find things that are SMALLER (take up little space) and more expensive (then they get one gift from Grandpa and Grandma instead of 15, which we think is more appropriate.) This will give us some options as we were feeling stumped this year!!!

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  4. island girl
    November 2, 2011 | 12:19 pm

    Fabulous…I look at these everytime I go to the store…the map is great!! Great post…thank you!

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  5. My Boaz's Ruth
    November 2, 2011 | 1:47 pm

    I am tempted by the Tag Reading System this year specifically because of the map of the solar system. My 4 year old is OBSESSED… but I also have a kid digital camera on the Christmas list so maybe we’ll look at the Leappad instead. I like the idea that it can help with handwriting too because he’s become interested in writing lately.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    My two cents would be to go with the TAG reading system (with the maps and solar system).

    The camera app is tons of fun, but if you just want a camera, I wonder if you could find it for less money. Of course the games and learning activities are also appealing, so there is that. ;)

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  6. Alana of Intentional Womanhood
    November 4, 2011 | 3:43 pm

    I have become frustrated with toys lately. My son watches a movie, sees the corresponding toys at the store, and wants all of them. Being the first and only (for now) grandchild, his Nanny (my mother-in-law) buys him new toys ALL the time! I would love for him to have toys that are not associated with the latest movies, but rather encourage learning and creativity. I may have to recommend some of these products when asked what to buy him for his birthday and Christmas (both are in December).

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Just FYI on this one; many of the apps, games and books that you purchase with these are associated with movies, TV shows, etc. Of course there are many available that don’t have those associations as well.

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  7. Mother Lydia
    November 11, 2011 | 9:15 am

    You’ve had these longer now. Any new problems creep up? Annoyances? I’ve heard that on the TAg maps you have to place the pen slightly “off” the location sometimes to get the actual location. Have you run into this?

    How annoying is it to load the Tag up, etc? We’ve got a Leapster2 and the “check for rewards” part does not work with our Internet for the most part.

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  8. Matt
    November 15, 2011 | 10:10 am

    Thanks for your review. I have a 3.5 year old, a 2 year old, and 4 month old. My oldest can easily navigate both my iPhone and iPad to find educational/fun apps we have for her – alot look similar to some of these apps, but are not a learning-based. We are considering a LeapPad for Christmas, and your review has been very helpful.

    One question that I am having a difficult time finding the answer to on the internet is whether or not any Bible learning/story apps are offered on this platform. I don’t think at this point the answer to this will sway me one way or the other, so it is mostly just out of curiosity. Does anyone who is reading this review know the answer?

    Thanks for the help. Oh, one more question – did you only use one LeapPad for the party of 41? My wife sorta organizes a small moms group where the moms get together for Bible study while the kids play nearby. Another curiosity question. Thanks.

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