The amount of technology that my children own and are exposed to at just 2.5 and 4.5 never ceases to amaze me! The latest item on Ashlyn’s wishlist is the LeapPad Ultra, since she loves to play on our tablet but most of the time she isn’t allowed because we want to use it. Thanks to LeapFrog, she’s going to be one happy girl on Christmas morning! My husband and I have done a lot of debating about 1) whether we even want the girls to have access to a tablet; and 2) whether we should get one geared towards kids or get them a regular tablet. While the apps are certainly more expensive on a tablet marketed towards children (i.e. there are no free apps that I’ve seen so far; the full cartridges tend to run around $30 and there are lots of individual apps that run between $5-$10 each), we aren’t likely to be buying them new apps/cartridges very often anyways and the features of the LeapPad Ultra really sold me on it. Key Features:
- 8G of memory
- Unique 7-inch high resolution screen that works with a stylus and touch
- Front and back cameras and video recorders
- Onboard MP3 player
- USB rechargeable lithium ion battery for up to 9 hours of play
- Compatibility with LeapFrog’s learning library of 800+ games, apps, eBooks, videos, music and more!
- 11 included apps for an added $110 value
One feature that I really appreciate is that you can set up the LeapPad Ultra with multiple child accounts! This means that each girl can play and we won’t have to worry that little sister is messing up something that big sister has been working on.
The parental controls are also a huge selling point for me. The girls can’t buy any apps without inputting the parental password, I can turn the WiFi on and off, and I control whether they can interact with another LeapPad or not. My husband wasn’t very impressed with the quality of the pictures that he took on it but it was at night and in poor lighting, so we’re hoping that during regular daylight hours the camera will work better. While the girls won’t get a chance to try it out themselves until Christmas morning, I have found the LeapPad Ultra very easy to navigate and easy to use with either a stylus or my finger – and that’s a big deal because I have issues with the touch screen on our regular tablet. The LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra is available at retailers across Canada for a suggested retail price of $159.99. One lucky Canadian reader will win a LeapFrog Touch Magic Ocean Music School! “The Ocean Music School board lights up as your child explores with music and instruments. Jam along in 3 learning modes: Compose, Play and Game.” Suggested for ages 3-5.
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