Thursday, November 7, 2013

LeapFrog Creativity Camera Protective Case and Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil Apps and Learning Toys {Review}

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This post is part of a sponsored campaign with LeapFrog and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.

I've come to suspect that if my kids could do everything through an iPad or iPhone, they would. More than just playing games or reading books, if there was a way to eat, sleep and get dressed by tapping, swiping and tilting, they would. Is there an app for that yet?

Fortunately, as companies have realized the high level of interest that children everywhere have with iOS devices, they have found ways to take that love and turn it into an opportunity for education. Instead of assuming that all kids are going to want to do is use a slingshot to send birds flying across the screen, it is time to introduce them to ways that they can stay fully entertained... while learning in fun, educational, age-appropriate ways at the same time.

Thanks to LeapFrog, that dream is a reality in the form of their innovative and fun new releases which can turn an Apple device into an exciting learning tool!

LeapFrog new app toys

LeapFrog is known as a leader in education innovation throughout the world. Their award-winning learning toys, interactive book and map experiences, reading systems, educational gaming handhelds and learning tablets are age-appropriate, trusted by parents, valued by teachers and loved by children.

Which is why I wasn't surprised to hear that LeapFrog has developed the Creativity Camera Protective Case & App and the Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil Stylus & Writing App for creative, learning fun for little ones.

LeapFrog educational toys

Designed for ages 3-6, the Creativity Camera Protective Case & App quickly and easily turns your iPhone (4, 4s or 5) or iPod touch into the ultimate kid-friendly camera and creativity center.

LeapFrog creativity camera

As there are no batteries required, putting this device to use simply requires downloading the FREE creativity learning app, unlocking the full version of the app with the QR code located inside the camera, and placing your iPhone or iPod touch right into the protective case.

LeapFrog creativity camera assembly

As well as protecting your Apple device and the information stored in it (the home button is locked during play so there is no worry of your child accessing things that they shouldn't), the Creativity Camera Protective Case offers your child hours of camera and creative games and activities.

Take photos, edit them, go on photo missions to create special albums, play an exciting augmented reality game... this innovative app toy turns your device into the ultimate creativity camera that kids will love (and, ahem, certain adults such as myself like to play as well)!

The six learning modes include:
  • Camera — take pictures of friends, family, pets and more.
  • Creativity Center — lets children filter, stamp and morph to create one-of-a-kind photos.
  • Gallery — lets little photographers view photos as an album, or scroll through photos one-by-one.
  • Silly Faces — guides children to take portraits and easily dress up images with funny graphics. 
LeapFrog silly faces
  • Photo Missions — complete special photo missions to create themed albums to explore letters, facial expressions and more.
  • Magical Creature Catch — catch and match virtual flying critters by snapping pictures in a fast-action game. 
LeapFrog Magical Creature Catch

Both Little Sister B and Big Sister E (even though she's a little old for it) have had a great time playing with the Creativity Camera Protective Case & App and continue to get a kick out of all of the photos that they take and edit, from traditional to crazy!

LeapFrog creativity camera review

Retailing for $19.99 (currently 25% off from Amazon!) this unique camera would make a great gift for the young photographer in your life to help promote their artistic creativity and self-expression.

At the same time, the Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil Stylus & Writing App toy gives kids a fun, engaging way to interact with the world of Mr. Pencil and the citizens of Doodleberg as they learn writing and drawing skills.

LeapFrog Mr Pencil

After downloading the free app (and unlocking the full version using the Mr. Pencil itself), this adventure-filled educational game contains more than 85 interactive activities to keep kids interested and learning.

Children simply use the kid-friendly stylus (specially designed not to scratch your device's surface) to practice writing letters, numbers and drawing skills. Directions are given by the three cheerful app characters that give easy-to-follow instructions and messages about the straight lines, curved lines and more.

letter writing practice

And kids have to be careful! If they don't listen to the instructions and follow closely enough on the lines of the number, letter or shape that they are creating, they'll have to do it better to have it count!

LeapFrog Learn to Write with Mr Pencil review

I appreciate that this app allows multiple profiles so that different children can play and will always be able to save their progress — as they complete activities, they unlock more and more fun.

So not only do the activities increase in practice and difficulty, but kids are motivated to continue so that they can see what surprises will appear on each screen and so that they can proceed to the next one!

LeapFrog writing game

Retailing for $14.99 (also on sale on Amazon), the Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil Stylus & Writing App is an affordable and innovative way to turn an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into an entertaining, learn-to-write tool that kids will want to return to time and again.

While we have long loved LeapFrog and the way that their unique toys and learning solutions provide entertainment as well as educational advancement, the addition of these two Learning App toys fits right in. Kids are able to express their creativity, laugh endlessly, practice their ABCs, improve their fine motor skills and much more.

We all know that our kids love to play on our iPhones and iPads, so instead of fighting it, why not embrace it in a way that gives them access to fun, educational and age-appropriate options?

Find out more about these and all of LeapFrog's great products by visiting and connecting with them on Facebook and Twitter.


Maria Iemma said...

My granddaughter is at the age when she would love to have this LeapFrog products. I plan to buy them for her for Christmas.

slehan said...

Sniff. I had to learn with a Kodak box camera that didn't do anything except take pictures and a pencil and paper. Looks like fun learning toys.

slehan at juno dot com

Janet W. said...

My grandson would love to have the Mr. Pencil Stylus & Writing App. He's just starting to get interested in writing and this would be so helpful in learning!

J @ IHeart-Motherhood said...

What fun! We love Leapfrog learning toys! I think both of my kids would love these, thanks for sharing!

Faye Mc said...

We are leapfrog fans. Mr Pencil is a great way to learn writing. Thanks for the review.

slehan said...

My nephew loves to play with his Dad's camera - this would be good for him.

slehan at juno dot com