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The holidays will be here before you know it. There are so many great toys to choose from for the little ones and it may be hard to choose which ones are perfect for the little guy or girl on your list. Let me introduce you to three fantastic LeapFrog toys that are sure to be a hit. LeapFrog have always been favorites in our house and Scout’s Build & Discover Tool Set, Number Lovin’ Oven, and LeapFrog Epic tablet are no exception.
Scout’s Build & Discover Tool Set
For ages 2-5
Scout’s Build & Discover Tool Set teaches toddlers and preschoolers how to count, measure, and build. It also helps teach them colors. Scout helps your child find the right tool for the job by naming and matching the colors needed for the task. Example: the red wrench fits the red bolt.
Dub will be five next week so he is at the high end of the age range for this toy. Even so, he has fun taking the house apart and putting it back together. He loves to tinker and play with tools so even though I would recommend this toy more for children in the 2-3 range, a lot of kids who are a little older will still have fun tinkering with this toy, especially if your child enjoys building and tools.
Number Lovin’ Oven
For ages 2-5
The Number Lovin’ Oven helps young children and preschoolers to learn to count and cook. It also helps them with serving and sharing to get your little ones ready for preschool and beyond.
The Number Lovin’ Oven makes cooking sounds, teaches children number skills by telling them how long to cook each item and your child moves the slider to the correct number to match the cooking time. The bread and pizza can also be cut into multiple pieces which is a lot of fun and also helps teach counting and math skills.
This toy was a huge hit! Again, Dub is at the high end of the age range for this toy, but it was the first thing he pulled out of the box to play with and he played with it for almost an entire day without touching much else. I have also heard in the LeapFrog Mom group that kids even older than Dub also loved the Number Lovin’ Oven.
LeapFrog Epic™ Android Based Kids Tablet
For ages 3-9
The LeapFrog Epic kids’ tablet is an Android tablet that is built to grow with your kids as they get older. The Epic gives your child access to the games and apps available in the Leap Store as well as popular Android apps, but with parental controls, you don’t have to worry about them having access to apps and websites that you don’t want them to.
Pro tip: Amazon sells $20 LeapFrog gift cards for $14.98 to use for purchasing games and apps.
Unlike the LeapPad devices, the LeapFrog Epic doesn’t have a port for cartridges that you may already have in your collection, but with 20 included apps and access to may more in the store, your child will not be without games to play and things to learn.
One of my favorite features of the Epic is that it comes with a gel protector so you don’t have to buy one separately.
With this tablet Dub has learned how to spell some simple words, recognize letter sounds for early spelling and reading skills, and is also learning early math skills. These are things that will help him greatly when he starts Kindergarten next year.
He asks to play with this tablet every day and with the parental controls, I am able to set time limits so that he can play and learn, but no one gets distracted so he ends up playing for longer than he should. He especially loves to draw and play a game similar to Mad Libs, which is also teaching him what nouns, adjectives, and verbs are.
If you are looking for a tablet for your child that is kid-safe, fun, and helps them learn then look no further than the LeapFrog Epic. It truly is epic.