Get Your Kids Reading with Leapfrog Tag! {Coupon}

As a product review blogger, I often get asked what my most favorite product has been over the years.  I can honestly say that I have recommended Leapfrog’s Tag reading system more than any other product on this blog.

I first purchased the TAG for my now 7 year old daughter when she was just 4 years old upon the recommendation of a friend.  Little did I know that Leapfrog has been helping children learn to read for over 15 years!  They have been bringing words and pictures to life for early readers and making it fun, too.  My daughter was hooked at the first book because it gave her a sense of independence…an “I can do this” moment.  From that first page, she gained confidence with the Tag reader and became less dependent on the reading feature and more involved in the comprehension games.  Now, I am happy to report that my 7 year old reads well above her grade level.  Because I have witnessed the results of this reading system, we have purchased the Tag Junior for my youngest!

This month, Scholastic and Leapfrog are partnering to celebrate Reading Month!  Print a coupon for $3 off any Leapfrog TAG book over $9.99 and get your reader on the road to success.  My daughter already has her eyes set on the Geography book!

This post is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy.  While I was compensated for my time, all opinions remain 100% mine.

WINNERS!

Here we go!  The latest winners at Experimental Mommy are:

Frito Lay:  Carol

Shrek:  Grand Prize (Beth), Runner up (Belinda) and Runner up (Steph)

Disney Family:  A Kruse

XprotectX:  R Hicks

Letters to Juliet: Liz

P&G with Target:  Vickie C.

Colorwheel:  Kim H.

Domino’s:  Nicole G.

Tukaiz:  Jill M.

Leapfrog:  Melissa C.

Aquafresh: Sharon

Congrats to all the winners!  You will all be emailed shortly.  Please respond within 72 hours to claim your prize and check out my winner’s policy.

Discover the Future with Leapfrog: Giveaway!!

leapfrogOver the past year, my girls and I have been fortunate enough to review several Leapfrog products and honestly, I don’t think we could pick a favorite!  From the Zippity to the Tag Reader, my girls have yet to meet a Leapfrog product they don’t like!  And as a Mom, I love that Leapfrog manages to seamlessly mold together education and pure fun.  I have even started my 2 year old on the Tag Jr. and she is really getting the hang of it!

zippityBecause I know I love the Leapfrog brand, I am constantly on the lookout for new games, products or accessories to add to our growing collection.  So you can imagine how excited I am to bring to you the opportunity to own Leapfrog’s newest addition!  This brand new mobile learning device will not be released until June 7th, but we want to hear your best guess as to what Leapfrog has up their sleeve.  Take a look at the teaser video and then come back here to enter to win this secret (but has to be totally cool, right?) mobile learning device!

How to enter:

1. Visit Leapfrog’s “Discover the Future” video and tell me your best guess as to what the new device could be? (winner will be chosen at random)

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and Leapfrog (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook.

5. Place my blog banner on your sidebar.

6. Subscribe to my Feed.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on June 7th.  Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This product review is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy. Other may have a different experience with the product. I was not compensated for this post in any way. All opinions are 100% mine.

Leapfrog Zippity: Review and Giveaway

hypothesis The Leapfrog Zippity will be a great way to get my kids moving (rain or shine!) while the learn important skills such as math and reading with their favorite Disney characters!

materials One Leapfrog Zippity, a mat and bopper (included), 8 preloaded interactive games featuring Disney characters, the Princess and the Frog game, and an enthusiastic 4 year old!   About Leapfrog Zippity:

zippityBring Playhouse Disney to your house with Zippity, the new high-energy learning system that gets preschoolers dancing, jumping, playing and learning with Disney characters they love! The Zippity system introduces preschool curriculum through full-body play and learning. Using the interactive bopper and mat, children can stomp, swing, bop and march, driving the learning with their arms and legs!

The Zippity system comes with eight built-in games featuring the popular Playhouse Disney characters from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Little Einsteins and Handy Manny. All eight built-in learning activities bring the characters to life on your TV through high-quality animations and feature two levels of play for hours of active learning fun.

A built-in Learning Path lets parents see the skills their child is exploring as they play, or parents can create a personal LeapFrog® Learning Path online for more in-depth insights and learning ideas.”

results I will admit that I have always wanted a Wii Fit!  I think it would be an excellent way for me and the kids to get some exercise when the weather does not permit us to go outdoors.  So when Leapfrog asked if I would review the brand new Zippity, I jumped at the chance!  At first glance, this toy looks like a Wii Fit for kids.  Lily was totally engrossed in the game, both mentally and physically.  The setup was very easy (although it does require 8 C batteries), and Lily quickly learned how to control the system.  Unlike handheld games, the Zippity does not require fine motor skills, so Lily was able to master the controls and did not get frustrated.

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The Princess and the Frog game was so incredibly cute and perfect for your preschooler!  On Level 1, Lily had to use letter recognition skills to choose paths for the Frog and make Princess Tiana dance with her Prince.  Watching the movie come to life as she chose the correct answers was a spectacular reward!

As a Mom, I love the fact that I can monitor her progress as well.

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The Leapfrog Zippity was a HUGE hit for my 4 year old!  This toy allowed her to exert her energy by dancing and jumping while learning with her favorite characters!  One of Lily’s stocking stuffers this holiday season will definitely be a new game for her Zippity (there are currently 4 to choose from)!  The Zippity can be purchased online for $79.99 with additional games running around $24.99.  Great gift!

Would your preschooler love this under the tree?  Leapfrog has generously offered one lucky Not-So-Blog reader a Zippity of their very own!

How to enter:

1. Visit Leapfrog and tell me another product your family would love for the holidays!

Additional entries

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and @Leapfrog on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on December 9th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This review is the opinion of The Experimental Mommy. Other may have a different experience with the product. Thank you to LeapFrog for supplying the product for review.

Top Ten Toys of 2009: Mom Approved!

Your kids think Santa just *knows* what they want to find under the tree on Christmas morning, but what happens when Santa doesn’t really *know* what to leave?!?  Cool Baby Kid and The Not-So-Blog have compiled a list of the things our children are asking for this holiday season in hopes of helping parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and even Santa himself select a gift that brings magic, fun and a smile to the face of your child!

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Keep in mind, the kids’ lists were WAY longer than we could post, so we picked the Top Ten Best Toys of 2009 (also known as “Things we would want Santa to leave our kids for Christmas” or “Mom approved gifts for our kids….no grandma, please DON’T buy my child another farting parrot…oh yes, it DID happen” ).

1. Tag and Tag Junior by Leapfrog

2.  Zhu Zhu Pets by Cepia, LLC

3. Lifestyle Grand Walk-In Kitchen by Step 2

4.  DS Lite or DSi by Nintendo

5. Explore & Grow Busy Ball Popper by Playskool

6.  Smart Fit Park by Fisher Price

7.  Netpal by Disney

8.  Ripstick by Razor

9. Little Mommy Walk & Giggle Doll by Mattel

10. Just One Kiss Princess Tiana Doll by Mattel

Do you have another excellent toy suggestion?  What are your kids hoping shows up under the tree?  Leave a link to your child’s “must-have” item this year!  Make sure you leave the gender and age of the child along with the link (ie.  Girl, age 4, Zhu Zhu Pet)!

Leafrog Tag Reader: Review and Giveaway

hypothesisThe Leapfrog Tag Reader will be a great way for my preschooler to gain confidence with her pre-reading skills and to teach reading comprehension while having fun!

materials One Leapfrog Tag Reader, The Cat in the Hat book, Disney Fairies: Tinkerbell book and one eager reader (age 4).  About Leapfrog Tag Reader:

tagreaderlogoEasy to use, amazingly responsive and small enough for a child to take anywhere, the Tag reader takes just one touch to make words talk and pictures sing. A small, sophisticated infrared camera at the tip of the reader “reads” letters, words and symbols printed on the special dot-patterned pages of books in the Tag reader collection. Designed for children four to eight, the Tag Reading System works with a diverse library featuring classics Olivia and Green Eggs and Ham as well as activity storybooks with popular characters SpongeBob SquarePants, Disney Princesses and Diego. Kids can continue to use the Tag system as their knowledge grows, choosing to hear an entire story read aloud, hear it read line-by-line or hear individual words. Using The PC- and Mac-compatible LeapFrog® Connect Application designed for the Tag system, parents can download each book’s audio, then drag and drop content onto the reader—just like managing digital camera or MP3 fi les. And best of all, as with most LeapFrog products, parents can see the skills their children are practicing with the Tag system, by logging on to the LeapFrog Learning Path, a free online resource that gives them personalized insights into what their child is learning while playing with their LeapFrog toys, from infant learning toys to grade-school gaming platforms.”

results My 4 year old has always had a love for books.  We make it a priority to read to her each and every night, but now that she has started Preschool she is wanting a little more independence.  She has learned all of her letters and letter sounds and has become quite good at sounding out words.  It won’t be long before she is a full blown reader!  When I saw the Tag Reader system, I knew this would be a great way for Lily to gain confidence as a pre-reader, work on her skills, and gain some independence.

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I will admit that I was a little worried that the Tag Reader would do all of the work for Lily and she would become less apt to sound out the words on her own.  But, I was pleasantly surprised.  Lily always attempts to read the words first and then uses the Tag to help her with the words she is unsure of.  I also LOVE the games that are included with each book.  The Tag asks the reader questions about the story which really develops reading comprehension.  I was totally impressed with how well Lily did with these games!

Another great feature is that headphones can be used with the Tag Reader enabling Lily to play with her books in the car or restaurants.  My husband, being a teacher, loved the fact that we can plug the Tag Reader into our computer and monitor Lily’s progress.  This allows us to know what she is struggling with and things would should focus on in future reading sessions.

summary Overall, both Lily and I absolutely love the Leapfrog Tag Reader.  She has played with it on many occasions and has enjoyed showing her grandparents how well she can read.  Leapfrog offers 25 book titles so you are sure to find a topic or character that interests your little reader.  The Tag Reader can hold up to 10 stories at a time, so there is always ample material for your child.  The system, which includes the Reader and The Cat in the hat retails for $49.99.  This would make an excellent gift for the holidays!

Is the Tag Reader on your child’s holiday wish list?  You can win one right here!  One Lucky Not-So-Blog reader will win one Tag Reader plus the Cat in the Hat book!

How to enter:

1. Visit the Tag Reader Library and tell me another book your child would love to explore!

Additional entries

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and Leapfrog (@Leapfrog) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook.

5. Favorite me in Technorati!

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on November  25th.  Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This review is the opinion of The Experimental Mommy. Other may have a different experience with the product. Thank you to Leapfrog for supplying the product for review.

Get Cool for School #25: Grade School Prize Pack

Prize #1: Leapfrog Tag Reader

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Leap Frog offers a wide variety of fun and educational toys for kids of any age.  Featuring interactive activities which keep kiddos engaged and happy with learning, Leap Frog encourages kids to learn in a fun way.  Worried that your child will get bored with their Leap Frog system after a little bit?  Not to worry, Leap Frog offers plenty of additional games and learning books and activities to go with all of their systems.

The winner of this prize pack will receive a Leapfrog Tag Reader System!

The Leap Frog Tag Reader is made for children ages 4-8 and is designed to help promote reading, the joy of reading and learning how to read and the sounds that specific words and letter combinations make.  This system encourages young children to independently explore books and develop confidence in their reading skills as well as a joy of reading which will last a life time.  Featuring fun titles such as Tinker Bell’s True Talents, The Cat in the Hat, and Scooby Doo! Shiny Spooky Knights your child is sure to find adventure in fun in learning to read and boosting their reading skills.

Prize #2:  Frecklebox

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Frecklebox is a great place to find those personalized items for school!  They now not only carry personalize journals, books, stickers and puzzles for your little ones to enjoy.  Frecklebox has expanded to a fantastic line of back to school items such as personalized lunch boxes, personalized notebooks and personalized folders.  It is definately a great place to start when looking for those funky, yet fun back to school items!

The winner of this prize pack will receive any item of their choice from Frecklebox!

Prize #3:  The Children’s Place

The Children’s Place is the place to find comfortable, affordable, and stylish clothing for your kiddos.  With clothing for babies to older children, you never have to worry about the quality or style of clothing that you will find.

The winner of this prize pack will receive a $50 gift card to The Children’s Place!

One winner will receive ALL THREE PRIZES!

How to enter:

Please fill in the embedded form in order to enter. DO NOT COMMENT ON THIS POST.

Make sure you visit the other participating blogs and enter there as well! Entries from all 8 blogs will be combined to pull a winner randomly.

Life Starring the Kids and Me
Momstart
Blessings Abound Mommy
Experimental Mommy
As They Grow Up
The Shopping Mama
3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on August 31, 2009.  Open to U.S. Residents only.

Mandatory entry:

Visit Leap Frog and tell me what Tag Reader book or what other Leap Frog system you would be interested in.

Go to Frecklebox and look around, then come back and tell me an item that catches your eye!

Visit TCP and look around, then come back and tell me what you would buy with your winnings.

Extra entries:
1. Subscribe to my blog
2. Follow me on Twitter (@BridgetteLA) and tweet this giveaway
3. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook
4. Favorite me in Technorati

Get Cool for School #24: Middle School Prize Pack

Prize #1:  Kids Coats

KidsCoats.com is your place to find Corky Coats by Corky & Co for boys and for girls online. With a variety of choices you are sure to find something to fit the kiddo in your life!  Check out The Not-So-Blog’s review of Kids Coats!

The winner of this bundle will receive a $200 gift card to KidsCoats.com

Prize #2:  Leapfrog

Leap Frogoffers a wide variety of fun and educational toys for kids of any age. Featuring interactive activities which keep kiddos engaged and happy with learning, Leap Frog encourages kids to learn in a fun way. Worried that your child will get bored with their Leap Frog system after a little bit? Not to worry, Leap Frog offers plenty of additional games and learning books and activities to go with all of their systems.
The winner of this bundle will receive a Leap Frog Didji. Made for ages 6-10, the Leap Frog Didji is the first ever handheld gaming device that connects to your computer to let you fully customize your child’s learning and playing experience. The games can be synced with your child’s skill levels and what they are studying in school and you can even download their spelling words and math problems directly onto the handheld device. Players play for points when using their Didj and when they connect and go online those points can be traded in in order to customize games with characters , music, backgrounds and more!

Prize #3:  Suzi Homemaker

Suzi Homemaker is a “Mom-owned” custom embroidery and sewing business specializing in personalized baby and children’s gifts, as well as linens, school uniforms and logo wear for work, family reunions and more!

The winner of this bundle will receive a $20 gift card to Suzi Homemaker!

One winner will receive ALL THREE prizes! ONE Runner Up will receive only a $150 gift card to KidsCoats.com!

How to enter:

Please fill in the embedded form in order to enter. DO NOT COMMENT ON THIS POST.

Make sure you visit the other participating blogs and enter there as well! Entries from all 8 blogs will be combined to pull a winner randomly.

Life Starring the Kids and Me
Momstart
Blessings Abound Mommy
Experimental Mommy
As They Grow Up
The Shopping Mama
3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on August 31, 2009.  Open to U.S. Residents only.

Mandatory entry:
1. Visit KidsCoats.Com and tell me what you would buy with your winnings. AND
2. Visit Leap Frog and tell me what Didj game or what other Leap Frog system your family would be intersted in. AND
3. Visit Suzi Homemaker and leave a comment with what you would buy with your GC if you win.

Extra entries:
1. Subscribe to my blog
2. Follow me on Twitter (@BridgetteLA) and tweet this giveaway
3. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook
4. Favorite me in Technorati

Leapster 2: Review

hypothesis The Leapster 2 will be a fun way for Lily to brush up on her skills before entering Pre-K in the Fall.  It will be so much fun that she won’t even realize she is learning!

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One Leapster 2 from Leapfrog, the Ratatouille game and my 4 year old daughter. About Leapfrog:

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LeapFrog is a leading designer, developer and marketer of innovative, technology-based educational products and related proprietary content. LeapFrog is 100% focused on developing products that will provide the most engaging, effective learning experience – for all ages, in school or home, around the world. We put learning first – a philosophy that distinguishes us from our competitors and fuels the entire company.

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Lily received the Leapster from Santa last year at Christmas.  She instantly fell in love and quickly learned to manipulate the controls.  The games she played all had various levels and I always gently suggested to Lily that she start with Level 1.  However, it wasn’t long before she was on Level 4 and loving every

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minute of learning.  So, you can imagine how thrilled she was to get the Leapster 2 in the mail for review.   At first glace it looks quite similar to her Leapster and all of the games we had accumulated still work in the Leapster 2.  But the advantage of the Leapster 2 is that it connects to the computer for even more fun and parent involvement.

Each time the Leapster 2 is connected to the computer, a parent can access the Learning Path their child is taking which will show you play data such as play time, skills mastered and questions answered.  Not only can you monitor your child’s progress, but you can reward it, too!

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Leapfrog has been a leader in educational toys for our youth.  Lily loved playing her Leapster 2 and as a Mom, I loved being able to monitor her progress online.  Because I could see how she was doing, this opened the lines of communication to discuss with Lily what she was learning or needed help with.  Leapfrog also has other wonderful products such as the Tag which is on Lily’s Santa list this year!

Check out the “Get Cool for School” giveaway series right here on The Not-So-Blog where you can win a Leapster 2!