LeapFrog® Unveils LeapFrog Imagicard™, a ground-breaking Digital and Physical Learning Experience for Kids, on the All-New LeapPad™ Platinum

LeapFrog Imagicard offers a whole new way to play through a magical collectible card experience that brings characters and learning to life on the next generation of LeapPad learning tablets – LeapPad Platinum

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LONDON, UKJune 16, 2015 – LeapFrog, the leader in innovative developmental solutions for children, today unveiled the new LeapFrog Imagicard, a first of its kind digital and physical learning experience for kids that magically brings characters and learning to life with the snap of a picture from one of 30+ interactive collectible cards included. Full length LeapFrog digital learning games are enhanced by physical interactive cards – featuring top licensed characters mixed with educational content that extend the play beyond traditional tablet gaming. The best way to experience LeapFrog Imagicard games are on LeapFrog’s most advanced LeapPad tablet yet, the all-new LeapPad Platinum with its seven-inch high-resolution, multi-touch capacitive screen and fast processor.  The LeapPad Platinum tablet is the most durable LeapPad tablet and offers kid-safe content to explore and grow.

“We were looking to create a physical and digital experience with LeapFrog Imagicard games that provided a more social and traditional learning environment, while still offering an incredibly engaging play experience for children,” said Dr. Jody LeVos, director of learning at LeapFrog. “Through parent and child testing, we found that parents loved the idea of a collectible card experience that helped their children develop and grow as they played.  And, children loved that they could bring their favourite characters to life in an interactive tablet experience, as well as collect and share cards with their friends.  We know that children learn best when they’re having fun, and our new LeapFrog Imagicard experience delivers on this in a big way.”

 

Characters and Curriculum Come to Life with LeapFrog Imagicard

With LeapFrog Imagicard games, children are presented with new ways to solve problems with 30+ interactive collectible cards that come to life on their LeapFrog tablet. Children use the camera to simply “capture” the card on the screen, bringing one of their favourite characters magically into the game and unlocking more ways to play. LeapFrog Imagicard launches with three interactive games that feature favourite characters including LeapFrog’s Letter Factory, PAW Patrol, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Each game features LeapFrog’s proprietary Just For Me™ Learning Technology, which personalises the experience for each child by adapting automatically during play, offering tutorials and more to keep kids challenged. LeapFrog Imagicard is also backwards compatible with all LeapFrog LeapPad™ tablets with the exception of LeapPad™1.  In addition to the multi-levelled downloadable digital game and interactive cards, LeapFrog Imagicard comes with a tin for easy storage, and a play mat for card sorting and offline games. All 30+ cards are also digitally included in the game, so children can still play the full games while on-the-go.

Initial launch titles for LeapFrog Imagicard feature amazing LeapFrog characters and some of the top children’s properties:

 

  • LeapFrog Letter Factory (for ages four to seven). LeapFrog Imagicard Letter Factory allows kids to step right up to the magical Letter Factory Carnival with LeapFrog’s popular family of inquisitive frogs. Literacy skills are the ticket to unlocking new attractions where children can play fairground games to earn tickets at the prize wheel, use those tickets to let the letter cards into the carnival, and go on quests to find lost items that begin with each letter. For example, find and return the letter A’s apple for a bonus coin. More than 50 Letter Factory trivia questions add to the fun. Take selfies with Tad and Lily, and decorate the images with stickers earned during play.

 

  • Paw Patrol (for ages three to five). Join Ryder and the PAW Patrol as they lend a paw for Adventure Bay Appreciation Week, and unleash mathematics and problem-solving skills to earn Good Citizen badges. Patrol the bay for citizens who need help, and then find the pup with the right tools and skills for each mission. Challenge your PAW Patrol knowledge by answering 50+ trivia questions, plus, have a PAWsome time taking selfies with favourite pups, and decorate the images with stickers earned for completing missions.

 

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (for ages five to eight). Team up with the Turtles and deploy shell-tastic mathematics skills to recover mutagen canisters that are scattered around the city. Play as Mikey, Leo, Donnie and Raph and complete fact finding missions by solving equations and feeding the team pizza using fraction skills. Scan in multiple cards to see how they interact in the animation fun zone, play trivia, and take selfies with them in ninjutsu poses.

LeapPad Platinum, The Latest Addition to LeapFrog’s Award-Winning Family of LeapPad Tablets

Our most advanced LeapPad tablet, LeapPad Platinum provides access to a kid-perfect web experience and a library of 800+ age-appropriate, LeapFrog educator-approved games, apps, eBooks, videos and more with all the kid-safe, kid-tough and kid-smart features you expect from a LeapPad.

  • High-resolution and High-speed: With a seven-inch high-resolution, multi-touch capacitive screen and fast high-performance processor, LeapPad Platinum offers the biggest learning experiences.
  • Kid-Safe Web: LeapPad Platinum features LeapSearch™, the proprietary kid-safe web browser that lets kids explore content they love.  LeapSearch allows kids to browse age-appropriate content, handpicked by LeapFrog’s team of learning experts, and now features expanded parental settings for easy fine-tuning.
  • Built to Last: LeapPad Platinum is LeapFrog’s most durable tablet ever with a shatter-safe screen and a wrap-around bumper. LeapPad Platinum has been thoroughly drop-tested, impact-tested and compression-tested in LeapFrog’s Quality Lab for durability and child safety. LeapPad Platinum includes 8GB memory to hold up to 40,000 photos or 100+ game apps*, two cameras and video recorders and 10 apps (Music Player  with 10 songs included, Pet Pad Party, Pet Chat, Photo Fun Ultra, five utility apps and a choice of one app download). App download requires wireless internet connection and parent account.

Award Winning LeapFrog Learning Library Featuring Just for Me™ Learning Technology

The LeapFrog library of 1,000+ games, videos, apps and more draws from a proprietary scope and sequence of more than 2,600 skills informed by the latest research Games and apps go beyond maths drills to spark creativity and logic, foster a love of reading and social understanding and inspire scientific thinking and more. LeapFrog’s exclusive Just for Me™ Learning system personalises select games up to 10 ways from remembering curricular progress across games to receiving immediate feedback on answers, automatically adjusting learning levels and providing hint button tutorials.  These unique collections of teaching tools work together to create a personalised learning experience that keeps children challenged, engaged and confident.

 

Availability

LeapFrog Imagicard (RRP £19.99 per game, for children three to eight years old) will be available online and at major retail locations in August 2015. The LeapPad Platinum tablet (RRP £99.99, for children three to nine years old) will be available in green and pink online and at major retail locations in July 2015.

 

LEAPFROG Princess Party

We love leapfrog, the kids are always excited to try their new toys, books and much more, and admittedly I am too. We were lucky enough to be able to have a Princess party with Leapfrog to spread the fun to our friends and family. We had an afternoon, mainly playing on the LeapTV, which all the girls LOVED.

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We received some amazing things from Leapfrog, including a LeapTV With Princess Sophia game, A Leappad 3 with princess maths (big favourite) Four stunning dresses and some accessories for the girls.  A Leapfrog reader with several books and some party bits to make them feel extra special. We had someone pull out last minute, however towards the end of our party we had some friends come round, who were adults, who had as much fun playing the games as the kids!

I took great pleasure in laying everything out all nice.

I think it was the Princess in me!

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Eve and I got ready for the party when daddy went to get the other Princesses from a long day at school!

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Soon everyone was here and after having a quick play with the LeapPad 3 each, they were all so excited to play with the LeapTV together.

Now I think Princess Sophia was aimed at slightly older children than Eve, but Liv and her friend got the hang of it pretty fast. They were soon wandering around the village and on their flying horses. They soon discovered the LeapTV comes with son pre-loaded games. One is a Tamagotchi style game where you can look after and play with a pet.

Eve LOVED this game, as did our slightly older guests, we were all soon joining in with the washing and jumping.

After a long day at school getting the girls to sit down and read was impossible, however later on in the evening was sat down with the leapreader and read some princess stories. I sent a leapreader and book home with a guest so she could join in too.

Overall we had an amazing time, even grown adults enjoyed the games and kids tech. Its no surprise LeapFrog as a brand is a huge favourite.

Take a look at the pink madness……

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Thank you LeapFrog, We Love You!!!!

Palace Pets Magic Screen Tablet

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In a house full of girls all things Disney always go down well, and we love animals especially cats! in so doll or charter has a pet and of course accessories it is always a winner in our house.

Each Palace pet was found and became an  adopted pet of the Disney princesses which become their masters, from Snow White and Ariel to Rapunzel and Belle. Each Disney princess has its own pet some even more than one. They are different sorts of animals so everyone favorite is catered for from cats and dogs to ponies there is even a racoon and panda. Each Palace pet has a name and a little story behind them. So your children can now not only have their favourite Disney princess but also their pets.

Of course in this day and age everyone child likes a tablet, this is designed as a learning tablet for children 2 years plus.  Our littlest loved it as she could be like her big sister and use a tablet and complete the tasks set for them because who doesn’t like to get things right, fun for them with you safe in the knowledge that they are learning along the way.

This tablet has 50 different contacts for your child to choose from thanks to its sliding screen that is done with ease. There are pictures of their favorite princess, their pets and also some on the princess accessories slippers and crowns. With four games modes discovery, Finding what is asked, Match and quiz using colours and names. It will help your little one to learn their princess and which are their pets, along with some great enchanting Disney music.

It comes with batteries that are still going strong now and is available from £15.87

 

Mario Party 10 Wii U Review

 

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Mario Party has made it’s debut on Wii U. What we want to know is, is it any good.

The interactive board game filled with more mini games than sardines you can squeeze into a small tin.

Featuring 13 playable characters including Mushroom Kingdoms bad boy himself Bowser, as a playable character for the first time in the series.

You may have seen from the Nintendo advertisements of Mario Party 10 that, by adding a 5th player to the equation and using the Wii U pad, you can take control of Bowser to cause mayhem and disruption to the other players.

Four characters have been swapped out since Mario party 9 making way for four characters to join the shenanigans. We say goodbye to Birdo, Kooper Trooper, Shy Guy and MagiKoopa… and, hello to Donkey Kong, Rosalina, Spike and Toadette.

*A Wii U Remote Plus is required for this game. However if you still have Wii controllers, they are compatible as long as you have a motion plus adaptor or Wii Remote Plus Controller.

At the games menu you will see these options;

amiibo. Bowser Party. Mario Party.

amiibo Bonus. Bonus Games. Toad’s Room

mario_party_10_cast Utilizing Nintendo’s very own version of Skylanders-esque Figures,        Amiibo, offers a new experience of Content and unlocks. These figures  also not only make great collectables, but are also compatible with other  Wii U titles. Making the most out of Wii U’s newest darlings there is  Amiibo mode board game which is a simpler stripped back board. You  will need an amiibo to unlock this mode, and you will need to use your  amiibo to unlock this feature every time you play Mario Party 10,  however, it will remain unlocked throughout your play time until you exit the game back to the system menu or turn the console off. Certain Amiibo will have their own colour scheme and as there is four sections to the Amiibo board, you can have a mishmash of colour scheme between four different compatible Amiibo.

There is a daily bonus available when you use your Amiibo character, this is in the Amiibo bonus area. You will be rewarded Bonus Mario Party points and receive a scratch card.

 imagesThe game boards in Mario Party 10 are based on Theme parks. When you arrive at one of the rides there is a chance for bonus’s to give you the upper hand, or catch up if your falling behind.

MP10_999 In Bowser Party mode, Bowser stands behind the players looking fierce  and is left behind as players take their turns to roll dice. Bowser is not left  behind for long though as he has his own turn with multiple dice and  starts to make haste as he storms the spaces, tears up the scenery, and is  hot on your trail. The heat is on as it clearly becomes a game of cat and  mouse with some obstacles thrown into the mix. Should Bowser catch up  to the get away car, all players will enter mini game battle mode. Amongst  all the chaos you are still in competition for pole position.

There are 3 board types to choose from and a free play mode.

Mario Party mode is the more traditional style of the Mario Party series, but probably not as harsh to the players as the previous installments. Take it in turns to roll dice, collect coins, lose coins, compete in mini game battles to attempt to secure enough coins and get to the end of the board first to win the game.

There are 4 boards to choose from, free to play, and Coin Challenge, where you compete in mini games to win the most amount of coins to win the game.

images (1)Hidden in the Bonus Games option, is Bowser challenge. By far my favourite part of the game. You take control of Bowser against the computer players. It’s a chance to play and experience the 5 player mode where a player takes control of Bowser when there isn’t 5 players to play with.

Also packed into Bonus Games is 3 different games to play, and a mini game tournament mode.

All the extra content available in the game makes it a very worth while investment, as the main premise of the game itself being focused on the board game can become a little stale.

Multiplayer is key for the most immersive experience and to keep the game feeling fresh and exciting. So get involved with the kids, you won’t regret it and it is a great bonding exercise.

Mario Party 10 is a firm favourite in this household. We love playing the game together and shouting at the Computer players and enemies. It has probably seen the most play time out of all the games we have. We as a family, love this game!

Just A Little Gift Guide For New Mums or Mums To Be

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ISI Mini Buddy Kussen – Animal Pregnancy & Nursing Pillow

This is a great multi use pillow in the shape of an elephant the cover is 100% cotton and is removable and machine washable and for quick drying it can go in the tumble dryer, which can be used from the early stages of pregnancy to feeding your baby. When your little one is learning to sit up this can be used support as if you put the baby between its legs and will stop them from falling. It can also help with strengthening their neck muscles as you can your little one on the pillow whilst they are playing. If your child becomes attached it can be used as a comforter or just as a pillow!! From £29.99

Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover

IMG_1835This is a  multifunctional  item for a nursing mum, helping you feel comfortable and able to nurse in public without feeling put off. Made from 100% cotton so is easily washable. With different designs  and with an adjustable neck strap this makes it one size fits all and will also being a secure fit. The neckline helps you to see the baby while feeding. There are 2 handy internal terry cloth pockets for breast pad and dummies and anything else you need to keep in there. It has other uses to like a sunshade for the pushchair or even a front carrier and comes with its own small storage pocket From £28.70

 

Naif Baby care products

This is a line of personal care products for babies and toddlers made from pure ingredients such as cotton seed oil, IMG_1837sweet almond oil and chamomile to name but a few, all products are dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic and PH skin neutral so suited to babies and adults too. They make everything you will need from Nappy cream at £10, shampoo at £9.95 to milky bath oil at £14.95. They do gift sets for the expectant mum which is a nice idea, to travel kits with all holiday needs ready in one go and travel size to fit easily in the suitcase. Something for need.

 

Kirkton House Aldi baby products

IMG_1833Yes Aldi do some great baby items whether they are for a gift or just for your baby, with fun designs. A hooded baby towel with a lovely little design for for boy or girl or neutral colours made from 100% cotton and only £3.49 or a fleece blanket for the cot or pushchair with helpful guide to keeping you baby at the correct temperature while sleeping from £2.79.  You always need a muslin cloth and 3 for only £3.29 and 100% cotton these are a great buy. They come in great designs too, and for course the cellular blanket in a range of colours from £2.49

 

Graham and Brown Wall ArtIMG_1838

Graham and Brown do a large range of products to brighten up any home and all at affordable prices, from wallpaper and canvas prints to paint and cushion in all colours and designs and charters. You will find great ideas, gifts and accessories. They do a great range for themed room products to suit all tastes, if you don’t know whether you’re having a girl or boy there is the Eleflump theme and have everything you need with wallpaper, canvases and even a lampshade and 3d stickers starting from £7.20 you will have a nursery that will look lovely.

IMG_1839Cuddledry bath towel

Looking for something special to give someone who is having a baby or just want a special just for your baby. The Cuddledry bath towel is great for stress-free bathtimes. It’s made from unbleached cotton and natural bamboo fibre this gives a silky, soft feeling but still being highly absorbent and quick drying. This apron style towel goes over your head and is attached to you so that your hands are free for bath time, as we never have enough hands when it comes to children!! The double layer system with the hood draws the water away from the baby and hair. It covers and cocoons your baby dry. Can be used from newborn. From £29.49 in a range of colours.

Ke8el 8

This is a little something for mum. The Ke8el 8 is a pelvic floor toner and also a tens machine all in one. Kegel8 has aIMG_1846 unique combination that are clinically proven programs to help you to get your pelvic floor strong and healthy prior to conception to give you effective TENS pain relief during labour and to help you strengthen back up after giving birth.  It uses Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation which is used by sports people and athletes. It takes a 9v battery which is included. Is from around £79.99 It is easy to use and the instructions are easy to follow and explain everything you need to know fully.  You should always check with your Dr before using the Ke8el 8 and read the instructions.

IMG_1845The EasyLock

A revolutionary new invention, The EasyLock, is a gift that everyone of all ages and anywhere in the world would love to receive. This lock, the lightest of its kind in the world, will completely secure the majority of inward opening doors*, anywhere on the globe. The lock provides a brilliant security solution for all travellers, providing extra security in their accommodation whether it’s a hotel, B&B, serviced apartment or beach hut! Priced at just £24.95 it’s a perfect gift for a travel lover.