Video Review: LeapFrog Text and Learn

A couple of weeks ago, while visiting our neighbor, I watched our kid from across the coffee table as he stared at our friend’s Blackberry.

He eyed it, then looked up at me.

Eyed it, then looked at hubs.

He knew exactly what he wanted, and nothing was going to stop him.

And then, he lunged for his electronic prey.

With the swiftness of a gazelle, I shooed his tiny paws and averted a would-be Blackberry disaster.

Like most kids, our little guy is absolutely fascinated by electronics.  Cellphones are everyday fixtures and of course, mom and dad are both iPod devotees and laptop junkies.  It’s no wonder he’s always trying to snatch up our expensive electronic gadgets the minute we let our guards down.   All he wants to do is “play” like mom and dad.  But unfortunately, his kind of “play” often ends with a cellphone buried in a bucket at the bottom of the toybox for 4 days.

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But alas, leave it to LeapFrog:  the forward-thinking developer of children’s products recently released a couple of toys that address the would-be electronic gadget disasters.  In fact, they even commissioned some research to delve further into the topic.

LeapFrog recently commissioned a “Save Your PDA” survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, which found that when kids have access to their parents’ PDAs, shenanigans often follow. Kids apparently are dropping their parents’ PDAs into the toilet (7%) and garbage (9%). They are also changing settings (32%), smearing food on the keypad or screen (23%) or placing calls (51%) to folks parents may not be too thrilled to talk to unexpectedly–such as mothers-in-law, bosses or people overseas. For a little extra excitement, 16 per cent of these unwanted calls were to 911. A lucky 12% of parents, though, found out about new features on their PDA, thanks to their children’s “exploration.”

We identify with so many of these, but most notably, we’re part of the 12% that learned about new features.  Not surprisingly, we can’t replicate those new-found functions!

As electronics like Smartphones and PDAs become a mainstay in our lives, LeapFrog designed My Pal Scout and Text and Learn with curious kids in mind.

lfMy Pal Scout is plush puppy that sings and plays games with kids 6 months and up.  Scout can be personalized with kids’ names and favorite items via USB connection.

Text and Learn is a kiddie version of a PDA that even boasts a Qwerty keyboard.  While it might not be able to log on to Gmail or save data like the real thing, the Text and Learn encourages basic computer skills and preschool learning with games like letter matching and shape identification.

Check out my first video review to learn more about Scout and the Text and Learn.

(Sorry for the annoying clicking noise…I’ll work on that!)

Want to win the Text and Learn?  Tell me what features you like about either Scout or the Text and Learn and comment below.

For additional entries:

1. Tweet about this giveaway

2.  Share this post on any social networking site

3. Sign up to receive my updates via email.  (If you already receive it, just let me know!)

4.  Tell me what Scout said when I opened the box.

5. Got an electronic device disaster?  Share it so we can laugh (or cry) with you.  (5 additional entries!)

Please comment for each additional entry and good luck! This contest ends on June 26, 2009.

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88 comments on “Video Review: LeapFrog Text and Learn

  1. one of my son’s first words were “lackberry”, one of his favorite toys. I would love to have an interactive toy that actually looks and has features like a real blackberry but is meant for kids. I also like that my older son can use it to learn

  2. I seem to remember a cell phone that was thrown across the room, by a 2 year old, that landed in a big pot of simmering spaghetti sauce. Oh Happy Day!

  3. From day one, we’ve had our phones in Logan’s face, using them to take pictures of him to share with friends or just keep for ourselves. Our little electronic “brag books” I blame our blatent in-our-face way of living for his love of the electronics. Well, that and the fact that he’s 50% his father, therefore destined to have some computer geek in him. 😉
    I would LOVE one of the text & learns!! We’ve tried to give L old phones before…….ones that are no longer activated, with the batteries out. But I think he’s outsmarted us. He knows they aren’t exactly the same thing.I think we’d be able to convince him it’s the “real” thing while saving our sanity and our phones! I think the shape/size of this bad boy is quite similar to R’s blackberry.
    Now I’m off to post on facebook! :)

  4. oh that looks way more like a cell that might trick my little man than our old ones like tash’s. jack is onto us as well. he’s only called 911 once so far. and maybe zimbabwe a few dozen?! its scary. i’ve tried turning it off and handing it to him but he knows, and he’ll just turn it on. they are smarter than us……….

  5. he said hi jenn and barked a bit. cute doggie. looks wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy less annoying than our old laugh and learn puppy…

  6. I like how Scout personalized things, like singing a song about Jen. And the Text and Learn looks awesome. Both of my kids would love it.

  7. Last year, Owen threw my cell phone away (at least we are pretty sure that is what happened to it). We didn’t have the funds available to replace it at the time so I ended up paying for service for a phone that I couldn’t even use!

  8. Finally got to watch the video…..the puppy did some barking & said “Hi Jen!”

    btw…Logan watched the video with me….he was quite entertained….until he realized the laptop was in front of him and he had full access to the keyboard. Yeah, can you tell where I’m going with this one?……

  9. Finally! Just got around to subscribing to getting emails. Blaming my slacking on my Mommy/PG brain. What great products! We have had 1 phone in the toilet and have called COUNTLESS people over the years accidently when one of the kiddies get their grubby paws on our phones. 😉

  10. That whiring sound in the video freaked out my dog! Haha! If we were to win a My Pal Scout, I think he’d be freaked out by that as well. I like that that one has a less annoying voice than most other interactive toys for kids of young ages (my son’s animal train is akin to nails on a chalkboard!). My daughter would flip for the text and learn. I like that it is a QWERTY keyboard and not straight alphabet, and that they give multiple examples of words that begin with the letters.

  11. I like that Text and Learn has three learning modes give children practice with letter names and sounds.

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  12. I like that they are “toys” but they are really just a sneaky way to get them to learn! And have fun with gadgets too. I also like that they have the My Pal Scout for 6+ month olds. Thanks for the chance!

  13. I love the full keyboard and the portability! Great looking product. Would love to try it out on my niece.

  14. My husband drops all of our electronic equipment and breaks it! He dropped his laptop, his cell phone numberous times in puddles and his PDA.
    Just last month he fell into the pool with his phone!

  15. I love the the Text & Learn! My son is obsessed with my cell phone and this would be a great way to teach him his alphabet.

  16. I love that the Text and Learn is so portable and has a full keyboard. My niece would absolutely love this.

  17. I agree with some of the other mom’s the portability & correct qwerty keyboard are 2 of the coolest aspects of the text & learn. with the down right need for computers today we we should start as young as possible with proper keyboarding skills.

  18. My daughter would love this! I think it’s great that the Text and Learn encourages basic computer skills and preschool learning with games like letter matching and shape identification. Kids wouldn’t even realize it’s educational because they’d just be so happy to have their own PDA! Thanks!

  19. My electronic device disaster was within a few months of getting a brand new cell phone, I tossed it into a pocket of my diaper bag so that I wouldn’t lose it. Well, it didn’t get lost, but the screen on the outside got smashed somehow and instead of doing/showing anything that it was supposed to, it was this weird cracked psychedelic image. Permanently. Oh well! (Entry #1)

  20. My electronic device disaster was within a few months of getting a brand new cell phone, I tossed it into a pocket of my diaper bag so that I wouldn’t lose it. Well, it didn’t get lost, but the screen on the outside got smashed somehow and instead of doing/showing anything that it was supposed to, it was this weird cracked psychedelic image. Permanently. Oh well! (Entry #2)

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