I feel like I know my kids pretty well but they always surprise me. Like when our new LeapFrog Epic ™ Academy Edition arrived I totally expected my son to be the one to hog it and not want to share. He was really excited to open it and take it for a spin, but my daughter is the one who goes to grab it instead of her iPad.
Why? There’s a lot of really cool stuff on it and we’re still figuring it out. But she did sit down to point out a handful of her favorite features on it.
1. ENDLESS EDUCATIONAL COMPONENTS
Easily my favorite part of this tablet is the fact that almost everything on it has an educational component. Not only is LeapFrog Academy ™ pre-loaded onto the device, (so my kids can continue their learning adventure there without having to use the iPads with other tempting apps). But even the most basic games that seem purely fun for my daughter have some learning involved. Such as that Stretch Monkey game she loves. She’s also practicing her spelling. Another cool feature is how LeapFrog®, Just for MeTM learning technology personalizes select games to adjust to her learning level.
2. NO MORE INTERCHANGEABLE CARTRIDGES
We’ve been big fans of LeapFrog for a long time, so I was really excited to see that the Epic ™ doesn’t need interchangeable game cartridges to work. It is pre-loaded with dozens of activities and it has Wi-Fi so you can just go to the LeapFrog® Learning Library, and get access to hundreds of games, apps, videos, and music – without having to keep track of all of those game cartridges.
3. KID-SAFE (AND KID-PROOF)
Ok how many phones/tablets have fallen victim to broken screens thanks to a child handler? In our house there have been plenty. The LeapFrog Epic has a shatter-safe LCD screen and protective bumper for everyday bumps.
Ok now back to the things my daughter loves, in case you didn’t already get enough of her adorable review.
1. STRETCH MONKEY 2
Stretch Monkey 2 is a fun game where you pull the monkey back then watch it fling across the screen, and catch different fruits while climbing up buildings. That’s her favorite part. The feature I love is the fact that between each level it gives her a handful of spelling words to practice. This seems to be one of her favorite games so far.
2. Customizable home screen
Immediately my daughter realized she could change around her home screen, move the apps around where she likes and customize her profile. She’s been pretty proud of that and likes to tweak it every now and then re-arranging some of her favorite apps at the top.
3. Story Spinner
Kind of like a verbal version of mad gab where you answer questions asking for different nouns, verbs, sounds etc. Then it plugs all of your responses into a silly story. My daughter and I played this together and we got plenty of laughs.
4. Word of the Day
Just as it sounds, this app reveals a new word every day, and gives you the word in a sentence to give her a little context. There’s also a reward system set up so that each time you get a new word it adds on to a story rewarding you for checking back frequently. I like challenging her to use the word she learns again in a sentence during the day.
There are a few more apps she’s really enjoying right now and if you watch her video you can see what they are!
So there’s that for now. I’m sure over the next couple of months we’re going to discover so much more we love about this tablet. So stay tuned for more updates and some more trial runs with my son as well.
New customers also save 25% and get an extended free trial of LeapFrog AcademyTM with their EpicTMAcademy Edition tablet. They can try LeapFrog Academy TM free for 3 months and continue the learning fun for just $5.99 a month. Purchase a LeapFrog Epic Academy Edition tablet and signup for a 3-month free trial of LeapFrog Academy, $5.99 per month after the trial period ends.
I’m passionate about getting my children excited about learning. That’s why I’ve partnered with LeapFrog for 2017, to share our journey to making learning fun and inspiring my kids to be the best they can be. LeapFrog Academy takes kids on Learning Adventures that guide children around the islands in My World to explore eBooks, games, puzzles, videos, music, and art activities. Adventures focus on specific subjects and have titles like Get Ready for Preschool; Letters, Sounds, and Rhymes; Math and Science; and Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. You can learn more about the program and sign up for a free trial here.