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This is a review for LeapFrog
If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know my husband and I very carefully consider our children’s screen time. While we’ve chosen not to completely eradicate it from our household, we keep it limited. We have a strong belief that technology is a valuable aid to education BUT It’s not the complete answer to learning and it’s important to remember that. It is an incredibly valuable tool, and one we should use moderately, in conjunction with many other things to provide the most ‘whole’ type of teaching and learning we can.
Last year, we gave Tom the LeapPad Ultra and it’s been a household favourite. LeapFrog asked us to trial their new, android-based Epic tablet and it sounded like a big step up from the Ultra. It coincided with Tom’s birthday so we thought we would give it a go!
It sounded like it would be more tablet like, so I was worried it would be thinner and not as sturdy. However when it arrived I could see it was much thicker than the ultra and with a super strong screen and skin. I knew this was built with toddlers and older children in mind. The screen is a good 7″ too.
The Ultra is great but the Epic has an obvious increase in speed. That’s because its based on an Android Operating system. Its loading time is shorter, and swiping is smooth and not as clunky as other children’s tablets.
The dashboard is very cool! It’s a far cry from the regular screen of icons. There’s their own little world they can create and customise by adding characters and vehicles. Push the upward arrow and it will bring up all the apps in grid format.
You get a great deal of games (20+ apps) and the usual apps included like camera and drawing function. All the games are educator approved so you know what you’re getting is jam-packed with learning. The graphics on the games are awesome and the speech is nice and clear. The videos are great too! The Counting on Lemonade video provided is a great, animated episode about selling lemonade to fund new library books. The episode has so many catchy maths songs I find myself singing them at random times myself!
The price is SO worth it. At $199 and found exclusively at JB-Hi Fi stores, it’s really good value for money. You can purchase extra games as you go along but I honestly think it’s going to be a good 6 months of Tom using it as it is before we need to put anything else on there! LeapFrog runs sales from time to time so you can snag games for cheap if you keep an eye out.
It’s aimed at ages 3-9 and I think it fits in well within that age range. I certainly wouldn’t recommend it for any younger.
The LeapFrog Epic is excellent and a great price. I can see Tom having this for years to come. It even has a Kidsafe internet browser that you can add to as your child matures. The entire thing can be adapted and built upon as he /she develops. It really is one of a kind. You can check out all the information here.
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