Tuesday, October 25, 2011

On Green Puppies and Motherly Weeping

My son is almost five, and apparently this is the age where commercials are finally able to penetrate his innocent brain and fill it with things like CAN I HAVE THAT REMOTE CONTROL FLIP CAR?! AND A POWERWHEELS?! AND SOME OXI-CLEAN?!

He's not the most discerning when it comes to his wish list.

But he's in the very beginning stages of learning to read, and I've been tapping into his enthusiasm for toys in order to bolster this process. So when I had the chance to review the new Leap Frog My Own Story Time Pad, I was kind of excited. There's a lot of toys out there that focus on reading, and this would help me get an idea of what he might benefit from the most. Since IT'S ALMOST CHRISTMAS MOM and everything.

When I first got the Story Time Pad in the mail, I must admit that I was initially disappointed. Upon first glance, it appeared that the toy was kind of drawing from iPad inspiration. The problem I foresaw is that my dad and his wife had JUST been in town to visit and they had a real-live iPad with them, which my boys got to play with for the first time. Surely Plus One would be nonplussed by this impostor! But I hooked it up to my computer anyway and downloaded the software. I programmed the Story Time Pad up with his name, emails from his Grammy, Gramma, and Poppy, and filled it with some of his favorite songs (Twinkle, Twinkle and the like). When he woke up from his nap, I handed it to him.


So does his 3 y/o little brother, who steals it away at any opportunity.

The excitement of hearing that his favorite grandparents had sent him an email? Just beyond. And he's totally into Scout, at this point, even requesting that the little green puppy come to his birthday party. (Um...) Watching him navigate the buttons, read along to stories, spell his name, and write his own tale? It's kinda cool, I gotta say, even if it means I end up laying in his bed, curled up in the fetal position, clutching a lock of his hair and huffing his baby clothes.

Score number eleventeen for Leap Frog.

Thank you to LeapFrog for sponsoring this review. While LeapFrog provided the product to me for this review, the opinions I've expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest point of view.