#GIVEAWAY: Hottest Toy of the Year! The @LeapFrog LeapPad of course!

Oh I am obsessed over my iPad and so are my kids.  A while back I was given the opportunity to review the LeapFrog LeapPad and we jumped at it!   A personalized learning tablet with a 5″ touch screen designed for kids ages four and up, it’s their very own version of an iPad!  We were hooked!  So much so it deserved it’s very own holiday post.  As the trusted leader in educational entertainment, LeapFrog has combined the latest technology, enhanced educational curriculum, and most entertaining characters to fuel a child’s learning in a durable form factor that mirrors popular adult tablets. LeapPad is revolutionizing the way children learn by offering the next generation in learning, digital reading and personal creativity.

Expanding on their already large library, they will now offer more than 100 learning game cartridges, books, apps and videos.  Frugal parents will love this! Expanding the fun across platforms, the existing library of Leapster Explorer game cartridges and apps is cross compatible with LeapPad.  If you’re like this family, we have tons of games already!

Unique to LeapFrog products, games auto-adjust so kids can learn at just the right pace – added value, each LeapPad book app is actually three books in one – offering each story at three different levels.  LeapPad even remembers a child’s progress from game to game and book to book to keep the content challenging and engaging and of course syncs with the LeapFrog Learning Path.  Kids can build a strong learning foundation with phonics skills, mathematics and spelling, and then take learning beyond the basics to geography, world languages, music, creativity, science and life skills such as brushing their teeth.  As they embark on new learning adventures, kids can also practice their writing skills with step-by-step guidance and a child-sized stylus.

Built with 2 GB of memory, LeapPad encourages learning on the go and inspires curious minds to imagine more with a complete suite of innovative creativity tools featuring a built-in camera and video recorder, microphone, as well as art, story, and photo studios. Adding even more fun, kids can stretch, stamp or draw on their pictures to create personalized snapshots. LeapPad’s Animation Studio teaches children how to animate beloved Disney characters. My daughter is obsessed with the Princesses & Mermaids Story Studio app!

With Story Studio, kids create their own stories all about them using the built-in camera, personalized artwork, and even their own voice. This new app offers kids the opportunity to create more than 27,000 story combinations, including imagining what they want to be when they grow up, building their own family tree and more.

We love the LeapPad so much we purchased several more as gifts for my nieces and nephews.  We love it that much!  Since the first day we recieved it, it’s hardly gotten a break.  In the first 2 weeks and we went through 4 battery changes.  Each set lasts about 2 days of non-stop play.  Can you say addicted!  My 4 year old has memorized the songs from the Letter Factory video and her penmanship has improved leaps and bounds after a few rounds on her PetPad.  She ends her days with an ebook that reads her to sleep.
When she’s not learning, she’s taking pictures and videos with the built in camera.  I love downloading all her art and seeing what pictures she’s taken when she thinks we’re not looking.  Best of all, LeapPad allows parents to easily and instantly share their children’s masterpieces with family and friends via email or Facebook.  I think that’s very media mom of me!

While some might think $99 is a lot for a kid’s toy, but it is so much more than a toy.  This is durable — been dropped a few times already, once even on concrete and survived — I wouldn’t be able to say that if it was my iPad that she dropped.  Downloadable apps are priced at MSRP $5.00 and up and game cartridges at MSRP $24.99. LeapPad is now available in green and pink, sold nationwide at major retailers. For details visit leapfrog.com/LeapPad.

GIVEAWAYS: Enter NOW!  From now until December 23rd 2011 you MUST visit this FORM.  ONE (1) lucky winners will win an award winning Tag Reader Gift Set including the Tag Reader and 2 Books!  For an additional (3) entries – 1st Option – If you follow me on twitter @momconfessional and re-tweet this giveaway (I just entered @momconfessional’s @LeapFrog #Giveaway and you should too! http://wp.me/pLvfH-1bE) – 2nd Option – If you “like” us on Facebook and share the giveaway with your friends. 3rd optionsubscribe to Mom Confessionals.  DON’T FORGET to visit this FORM and leave a separate entry for each action. Giveaway only open to those with U.S. addresses and must be 18 years or older. Giveaway ends on December 23rd 2011 at 11:59 EST. A winner will be selected randomly by Random.org and notified by e-mail.