Leappad2 Giveaway!

I am so excited that I’ve been chosen as a LeapFrog parent. LeapFrog has a knack for combining what I love about toys (developmentally appropriate, educational, fun) and what my son loves about toys (fun, interactive, has noise, has lights haha!).

They sent me the new LeapPad2 to review, and we’ve been playing with it for about a week. Since I have a newborn who naps 4 times a day, Samuel gets “LeapPad” time when I’m putting her down for a nap. This is a win-win because he gets to play with his favorite toy, and I don’t have a 2 year old running into the nursery saying, “Moooooooommmmyyyy!!!” at the top of his lungs. 🙂

You can read the details below, but here’s my review in a nutshell: This thing is so great, I want one for ME. 😉

Why I love the LeapPad2 (there’s so much I could say here, these are the highlights):

– There is no Internet access. My son loves to play games on an old iPhone we have, or, of course, our own phones, but he knows exactly how to get to YouTube, and there’s just too much Internet access for him to play on these phones independently. Some parents might think it’s a pain to connect online to look for and download apps, but I see that as a plus.

– Developmentally appropriate! My son is only 2 and a half years old, and the device is made for ages 3-9, but he still has no problem finding a ton of fun, and I can see how he will be able to use the LeadPad2 for years. Literally. Here’s a really cool tidbit: The eBooks and games actually adapt to your child. As he answers more questions correctly, for example, he gets harder questions – I LOVE THIS FEATURE. I can say so much more about the kid-ness of the LeapPad2 – how it’s perfect for their size, how friendly voices and images show them how to play each app so they’re not lost – LeapFrog knows kids. That’s all there is to it.

– No boredom. Not only does the LeapPad2 arrive with great content, but there are over 300 apps available, plus any LeapFrog Explorer games can be used in the device. It’s just not possible for this to get old.

– Variety includes creative learning. Developing children’s creativity is absolutely lacking for the current education regime. We are so focused on math, science, reading, and writing that we won’t let our kids color an elephant purple. We’ve played with apps that help a child learn to draw (like really draw not just scribble or doodle or color) and create a film. I was quite impressed with the creative apps.

– At a retail of $99, the value is really high for the price. I know people who have purchased iPads for their kids, which is totally their choice, but for a young child $99 is much easier to stomach for a super nice Christmas or birthday present.

What could be improved:

– My son is left-handed. I was a little disappointed when I saw the stylus on the right side of the device. Thankfully, the screen is responsive to fingers, so he doesn’t need to use the stylus unless he’s working on writing games. For example, the Pet Pad has a writing section where he can trace letters with the stylus. I was pleased to see that there is a left-handed mode for this that flips the screen around, but the child has to 1) know they’re left-handed 2) see this small button and know what it’s for 3) press it every time they enter this zone. The device could be more left-hand friendly by assigning the child’s writing hand to their profile and using that setting in all writing activities.

– The LeapPad2 runs on 4 AA batteries. You can use rechargeable AA batteries, and you can also buy a recharger kit for the device. And you will want to have a way to charge rather than buy batteries. I think we got maybe 7-10 hours of playtime on one set of batteries. It would be a huge parental-approval boost to have the recharger kit come with the LeapPad2, straight off the shelf.

I hope this review is truly helpful to you! It was just released, and I think they are sold out on Amazon and people might be reselling them at a higher price. If I were you, I’d wait until the rush dies down and get one straight from the manufacturer.

OR……..you can try to win a LeapPad2 right here! All you have to do to enter is comment on this post. The giveaway will end on Friday, August 31 at 11:59pm. Good luck!

Disclosure: LeapFrog provided the LeapPad2 for this review, but all opinions are mine all mine!

41 thoughts on “Leappad2 Giveaway!

  1. Amy B

    I love Leap Frog products–my little girl was given “My pal Violet” by her aunt (it’s a dog that you can program to sing songs and play games) and she loves it!

  2. Brandi

    How awesome is that! I too know of a little one that is able to get on all sorts of things from the phone and this would be a PERFECT way for them to be able to push all the buttons they like, but also learn as they push! I am so excited…and at $99, can’t beat that!

  3. Danielle

    Sounds like an awesome Christmas present rather than the iPad my daughter is asking for!!! Thanks for the review:)

  4. Megan

    My daughter would LOVE the Leappad!!!! She watches the cartoons and has learned so much from the characters!!! I can’t imagine what she could learn with this 🙂 She is 2 1/2 and always asking questions…maybe it could help with a break for mommy too 😉

  5. Christie

    This is great give-a-way! My son is 2 1/2 and I would love to introduce one to him. This would be a great Christmas present.

  6. Erin Cutts

    What a fun giveaway. I have been toying with the idea of one for Christmas for the kids but just could t decide if it was worth it!

  7. Lisa

    I love that there is no need for internet! It always scares me when childrens toys require internet access as there is a lot of scary stuff out there! Thanks for the awesome review and the chance to win!

  8. Robyn

    I’m generally hesitant about electronic toys for little guys, but willing to give it a try! Especially since it stays interesting into elementary years. 🙂

  9. Becky Moore

    Would love this for a Christmas gift for my kiddo. I love that it is fun and educational. Thanks for all the input as well!

  10. Whitney

    My 2 year old would love to have one of these!! I would love to incorporate it into our homeschool classroom…it would be ideal for him to play with that whole I work one on one with his big brother. Thanks for the awesome review, we must get one!!

  11. Ruth in NZ

    Sounds like it would be great for our wee guy with Down Syndrome. The internet connection thing is always a worry isn’t? Hope this giveaway is open to international readers but if not, feel free to just redraw if my name comes up. 🙂

  12. Lisa Lange

    I would love to win this for my 4 year old great nephew as he plays alot of video games :/….this would help his learning tremendously!

  13. Anna

    Sounds like a good product. It sounds like something I could use for my kids at home and my special Ed kids at school!

  14. Alaina

    My daughter wants to play with one everytime we are at Babies R Us! Thank you for the great information on this product!!

  15. Angela Heffner

    Thanks so much for the chance to win this! My 4 yo would love it. I too agree that our phones are a gateway to the Internet and my son knows how to use mine better than I do!
    Thanks again,

  16. Kevin E

    I would love to win this for my 5 year old twin boys. Maybe I’ll get my iPad back then! Thanks for the chance!


  17. Carla Garcia

    I would love to win this for my boys! I eyed the leappad last year, but wasn’t able to get it.
    carlaboo11 @ yahoo . com

  18. Michele R

    Wow, the things that are available now! I would have loved something like this when I was growing up!

  19. JenS

    My boys have loved their other LeapFrog products. Our 7 year old will still occasionally play with his lapser even though he has DS now. Would love one of these for our 5 year old! It’s so hard to find educational games that they enjoy for the DS, LeapFrog always does a great job!

  20. Robyn

    Sounds awesome! My daughter likes my iPod and Nook right now. Would love to get her something like this. Definitely a Cyber Monday purchase though; even at super reasonable $99 it out of budget.

  21. Stephanie Post author

    …and the winner is… Holly Dennis – congratulations!!! I will be emailing you soon!

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