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Friday, 28 August 2015

Leappad Epic - Leapfrog's First Android Tablet for Kids

I can remember the first year that I discovered the Leapfrog Leappad learning tablet, and its Vtech competitor, the Innotab.  I clearly remember the dismay, as a software developer, that neither kids tablet was running on a standard operating system.  Last week I received the wonderful news that this year Leapfrog are launching the Leappad Epic, their first kids learning tablet to run on the Android operating system.  Woo hoo.

As a software developer, some of the reasons why a kids tablet built on the Android platform is so appealing are :-

* More sophisticated user interface elements which, these days, come naturally to children and will be more like other tools they see and use
* Access to a wider range of kids favourite android apps (limited to those you approve, as a parent)
* Ability to draw upon industry expertise for app development; this should mean that the Leapfrog content is more diverse and cheaper to develop in the future.

Leappad Epic

The Leapfrog Epic promises to "grow with your child" and I'm looking forward to trying out its promise of content that really adapts to your child's age and ability. Little things such as the ability to remove the chunky bumper around the outside of the device mean that the Leappad epic is the first Leappad that will really hold appeal for children from age 3 upto around 10 years old. With every release of the Leappad, the Leapsearch browser evolves and I shall be interested to see how it sits on the Android platform, and how flexible I find it for Lara who has an insatiable thirst for knowledge (far beyond the content currently available on her existing Leappad Ultra).

As with all Leapfrog products, the Leappad epic is designed to encourage learning through play and the Leappad epic looks to be their most configurable, tailorable kids learning tablet to date. It has a quad core processor and a 7 inch touch screen. We CAN'T WAIT!!!

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Massive Monster Activity Pack

I am often surprised by the scale of the range of children's books that Parragon publish and the Massive Monster Activity Pack has been another great surprise this summer.

The Massive Monster Activity Pack is perfect for taking as entertainment when you're travelling or on holiday, or is an ideal book pack for a rainy day during the school holidays.  The folder features 4 different activity books all with a monster theme; it also contains several sheets of monster stickers (around 500 stickers in total).

Lara's favourite book from the Massive Monster Activity Pack is the Monster Muddles book which includes simple puzzles - something Lara is very much into right now.  Spot the difference, mazes and dot-to-dot puzzles offer plenty to while away an evening.

Lara has also enjoyed using her imagination to fill in the Monster Doodles book.  This paperback book includes 20 monster-themed scenes for you to fill in with stickers and drawings of your own to complete the picture.

Holly most enjoys playing with the stickers and where better to place them all than in the Icky Sticky Sticker book which is a smaller book with 8 scenes as a blank canvas for you to place all the crazy monster stickers.

Holly also enjoys simple colouring right now and the Monster Colouring book is the final book in the Massive Monster activity pack.  Coupled with a pack of coloured pencils, this pack makes a perfect set for the girls to take on holiday.

The Massive Monster Activity Pack costs around £9.99 and comes in its own carry-along presentation box.

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Peppa Pig Summer Holiday Fun

We're getting ready for the long bank holiday weekend and trying to make the most of the last week of our school summer holidays with a sneaky trip abroad.  Holly, who is a big Peppa Pig fan is fully kitted out with Peppa Pig holiday gear to help her enjoy the sunshine.

Check out these fun Peppa and George passport covers and luggage tags to help bring a little bit of magic to the stresses of travelling abroad. Holly and Lara don't yet know we're going away on holiday so we're saving these as a surprise for our journey.

Holly loves her new sunglasses with Peppa on either side and they are perfectly finished off with this hard glasses case which has handles so that Holly can carry it around with her, a bit like a handbag or purse.

If your little one is a water baby then you'll find lots of new toys and accessories in the Peppa Pig range.  At Argos you can find the new Peppa "tweet" design on beach towels and this VERY CUTE hooded poncho towel - Peppa and George can be with you by the poolside.  Holly is very proud of her new goggles and can't wait to play with Peppa and George water squirters, water soakers, both from Zoggs; I think these toys are just as much fun in the bath, or a water tray as they are in the pool.

If you are looking for some frugal holiday activities to fill the bank holiday weekend, you can find lots of printables and craft ideas on the Peppa Pig website at
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