We have a lot of portable devices in this house (which is kind of funny, because we only just got our first iPad last Christmas). Both kids love “playing technology” (as they like to call screen time), but Jack is particularly interested and excited about technology. So when we got the new LeapFrog Epic tablet, I gave it to him as his new primary tablet.
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From the moment he opened the box, he was in awe of his new tablet and what it could do.
“MOM! It tells the weather. I can get on the Internet!! I have my own calendar. This galaxy game is SO COOL.”
What I Love:
- The LeapPad Epic is really durable. It comes with a sturdy case built around it, making it less easy to break.
- The tablet has online access – but I control what he’s able to access. Right out of the box, the LeapPad Epic lets kid browse pre-selected, kid-safe content (I found Claire watching videos about crafts for kids…they say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!). But I can login and choose additional websites that he can view as well as unlock an open browser if I choose (which we did temporarily when we were traveling so the kids could watch their favorite videos in the air…technology is craaaaazy).
- From the parental controls, I can also manage how much time the kids get on the tablet.
- As always, the games and content that are already on the tablet are all by LeapFrog, which means they’re fantastic – age-appropriate, educational, and fun…and I don’t need to worry about what the kids are doing.
- The Epic is designed for kids ages 3-9. I definitely feel like this is more suitable for my “big” kid (almost seven-years-old now!) than previous tablets, which he thought were too “babyish” for him (even though he’d spend hours playing on them if he could…). The content and features on this tablet are definitely suitable for littler kids…but at the same time, engaging and grown-up enough for the bigger crowd.
- The weather app. He loves checking the weather.
- His town. Kids can set up their own towns, watching it change from day to night, changing the weather, and adding their own animated characters and features. It also has a fun new surprise each day.
- His calendar. The calendar allows him to place stickers and write notes on different days. He’s plugged in his birthday and other holidays, as well as making a note of our vacation.
- The big screen and easy-to-navigate home page.
- The games (of course). He’s currently obsessed with a galaxy game. One night at dinner he started spouting off random facts about the planets. I asked if he’d learned that at school and he told me no, he learned it on the Epic. This prompted lots of questions on his part and we ended up doing some research together about the solar system, which I thought was so cool.
You can find the LeapPad Epic on Amazon. If you’re looking for a Christmas or birthday gift for a kid who falls in this age range, I cannot recommend this enough…it’s SUCH a great product.
We also love the LeapPad Platinum tablet, which Claire has kind of taken over. You can read about that tablet here (it’s a slightly less-expensive option also suitable for kids around this age).
Stay tuned for more info on new LeapFrog products!