New LeapFrog LeapPad2 Custom Edition Lets Kids Personalize Their Tablets

LeapPad2CustomAlong with providing access to nearly 1,000 learning games and creativity apps courtesy of LeapFrog’s educational library, the new LeapPad2 Custom Edition from LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. lets kids create unique looks for their tablets.

Similar to the original LeapPad2, the LeapPad2 Custom Edition includes a tech-forward design with access to leveled reading experiences. It also has 10 sticker skins and 11 digital wallpaper designs for more than 100 different ways to personalize the tablet, as well as front and back cameras and video recorders and 4GB of memory. It also comes with nine free apps.

Suitable for kids ages 3 to 9, the LeapPad2 Custom Edition is available online and at major retail locations in the U.S.

LeapFrog Sponsors PBS Kids Writers Contest

LeapReaderLeapFrog Enterprises Inc. is the national prizing sponsor for the PBS Kids Writers Contest. The contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on and active learning.

PBS stations throughout the U.S. will collaborate with schools, public libraries, and other community-based organizations to present the PBS Kids Writers Contest in local communities, with each station selecting local winners. The contest is open to children in kindergarten through third grade.

Local winners will be entered into the national contest, where a panel of judges will rank the top 12 entries. National winners will be announced this summer and LeapFrog will award a prize package that includes its LeapReader Reading and Writing System.

LeapFrog Unveils New LeapFrog Learning Path App

LeapfrogLearningPathLeapFrog Enterprises Inc. has launched its new LeapFrog Learning Path. LeapFrog’s Learning Path is designed specifically to help support and guide their child’s learning with personalized ideas and feedback, fun activities, and expert advice. Developed in collaboration with LeapFrog’s in-house team of learning experts, the new Learning Path is available as a downloadable app for iPhoneiPad and iPod touch, a weekly newsletter, and a web resource.

The LeapFrog Learning Path provides a unique set of features that parents will use to help their child reach his or her potential:

  • Personalized learning ideas to help a child grow:Learning Pathgives parents access to hundreds of activities, learning tips, videos, printables, and more.
  • Share and discuss hot topics with other parents: Parents can join conversations with other parents, ask and answer questions, and get direct advice from teachers and LeapFrog’s team of learning experts. They can also share photos and achievements to celebrate their child’s progress.
  • Track progress and follow a child’s developing skills: As their child plays with a LeapFrog-connected product including LeapFrog’s learning library, parents will receive weekly updates on their child’s progress. This allows parents to share in their child’s success and identify and get additional support in areas where a child may need extra practice.

 

LeapFrog Releases New Children’s Learning Tablet

LEAPFROG ENTERPRISES LOGOLeapFrog Enterprises Inc. has announced that LeapPad Ultra, the learning tablet for kids, is available for sale online and at major retail locations across the U.S. The new LeapPad Ultra is kid-tough and works with LeapFrog’s library of more than 800 educational games, creativity apps, eBooks, videos, music, and more.

LeapPad Ultra features a kid-safe web browser LeapSearch, created in partnership with Zui, a leading children’s browser developer. The 7-inch high-resolution screen is designed to help children learn to write using a stylus while supporting interactive touch experiences. Additionally, LeapPad Ultra features a new look, a rechargeable battery, and front and back cameras and video recorders, plus 8 GB of storage for photos, apps, videos, and more.

Leappad-ultra-tablet-childrenLeapFrog’s robust learning library is a combination of LeapFrog’s educational entertainment and engaging content and is built against a proprietary curriculum of 2,600 skills across math, reading, science, creativity, and more. Children can join Super Grover 2.0 on three super missions to help Elmo and Abby in Sesame Street: Solve It with Elmo, Abby & Super Grover 2.0!, a game designed to introduce preschoolers to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and encourage investigation, observation and experimentation. For budding mathematicians, Sanrio’s Hello Kitty Sweet Little Shops brings foundational skills with equally important but less familiar skills such as estimation and reading tables, charts, and graphs to life as children meet new friends and use math to serve customers, fill orders, sort groceries, pack up goodies, and more.

LeapFrog Introduces the New LeapReader

LearnToReadLeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. has unveiled their latest product, LeapReader: the complete learn to read and write solution for kids. LeapReader, from the creator of the Tag Reading System, is the next generation of learning that helps children build literacy skills and reading confidence. With LeapReader’s three essential experiences–learn to read, learn to write, and learn through listening–kids can sound out words, read sentences, write letters with interactive guidance, and develop comprehension skills through audio books and music, all available in the LeapReader library of more than 150 learning experiences.

The LeapReader Library

  • Learn to Read: Kids learn to read by sounding out words, reading sentences, and building comprehension through LeapReader books, maps, and flash cards. The LeapReader books help kids with feedback by not only recognizing letters, but also helping them through the irregularities of letter sounds. Some Learn to Read titles also include pages with 3-D elements. 
  • Learn to Write: Interactive LeapReader workbooks feature audio coaching and support to help kids learn the sequence of strokes and build writing fluency. These new workbooks feature revolutionary LeapFrog Learning Paper, which contains ink embedded within the page for a mess-free writing solution. These workbooks provide feedback on stroke order, and teach letters by similar curves or lines instead of in alphabetical order.
  • Learn through listening: LeapReader audio books, learning songs, and trivia challenges foster children’s comprehension skills, vocabulary, and imagination. By making the learning process interactive, it makes reading and writing more engaging and motivates kids to not only learn to read, but also to want to read.

LearnToWriteLeapFrog worked closely with world-class publishing partners, including Random House, Scholastic Inc., and Kidz Bop, to select the audio content for the LeapReader library. The library will feature children’s characters and audio books such as The Magic Tree House and Little Golden Books from Listening Library, a division of Random House Inc.; Clifford and The Velveteen Rabbit from Scholastic Inc.; and today’s hits from the audio series Kidz Bop.

LeapReader is available in pink and green for kids ages 4 to 8. The LeapReader will be available for pre-order on June 12, and it will be available at major retail locations and at LeapFrog.com in early July. All audio books and music albums will be available for download using LeapFrog Connect Application for LeapReader. LeapReader holds audio for up to 40 books or 175 songs at a time, works with most Tag books, and has a USB-rechargeable battery that lasts up to five hours.

National CASA Association, Toy Industry Foundation Launch National Partnership with Volunteer Event

National CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association and the Toy Industry Foundation have partnered at the national level to provide toys and increase the number of trained CASA volunteers to benefit children in the foster care system. The Toy Industry Foundation will donate more than 25,000 toys to CASA this year. The launch of this partnership will take place at the Toy Industry Foundation’s Play Your Part volunteer event on April 5 in Los Angeles.

National CASA, a network of 946 community based programs that recruit, train, and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities, will be working with CASA programs across the country to identify and distribute the donated toys to children in the foster care system.

Former foster youth, CASA volunteers, and special guests will share their personal stories at Play Your Part, joining more than 100 Toy Industry Foundation volunteers from Southern California toy companies to package and sort more than 16,000 toys for local foster youth. Walmart is donating the use of two tractor-trailers to ship toys to destinations throughout Southern California, and World Vision has donated the space for the event. Mattel, Leapfrog Enterprises, Funrise Toy Corporation, and Women in Toys are additional event sponsors.

LeapFrog’s Children’s Learning Tablets, Educational Software Dominate Top 10 Toys of 2012

According to The NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service report, LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., a leader in educational entertainment for children, topped the 10 best-selling toys list last year with its award-winning learning solutions. The LeapPad Explorer, LeapPad2, LeapPad2 bundles, and the Leapster Explorer educational software were among the top 10 toys sold in the U.S. Moreover, LeapFrog had three of the top five sellers in the toy industry last year. [Read more...]

LeapFrog, Cartoon Network Partner To Bring Animated Shows To Learning Platforms

LeapFrog Enterprises and Cartoon Network Enterprises have partnered to bring two of Cartoon Network’s shows to LeapFrog’s educational entertainment platforms. The Amazing World of Gumball television series is now available for purchase in the Just For Fun section of the LeapFrog App Center for LeapPad1 and LeapPad2. It is also available on Leapster GS and Leapster Explorer video games systems. Episodes of the Powerpuff Girls series will be available next year for purchase through the LeapFrog App Center.

LeapFrog and Lionsgate Partner For New “Letter Factory” Movies

LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., and Lionsgate have announced a new partnership to develop, produce, and distribute four all-new animated Letter Factory movies to be released in DVD and digital beginning in early 2014. Building on the success of the LeapFrog library of animated DVDs, the new adventures will feature beloved characters Leap, Lily, and Tad as they take children on new learning journeys.

The new deal will include the creation and production of all-new content by LeapFrog featuring updated characters, new adventures, and learning curricula in new subject areas, and extends Lionsgate’s distribution rights on the popular LeapFrog catalog. It will provide Lionsgate with worldwide distribution rights to both physical and digital content from the new productions. In addition, LeapFrog has retained the rights to distribute the new content across its own proprietary digital platforms.

LeapFrog Partners With Mattel, Walt Disney Records to Provide New Content

LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. has partnered with Walt Disney Records and Mattel, Inc., to bring a variety of new content to its educational entertainment platforms, accessible through the LeapFrog App Center.

Beginning in November, Barbie videos will be available for purchase in the “Just for Fun” section of the LeapFrog App Center. Even more Barbie brand releases on the LeapFrog platform will be available in December and early next year.

Videos including Barbie in A Mermaid TaleBarbie The Princess and the PauperBarbie in The NutcrackerBarbie in A Christmas Carol, and Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses will be available. These videos empower girls through popular and classic children’s storylines.

Beginning in early December, select titles from Walt Disney Records, including Disney Princess: Fairy Tale SongsJake and the Never Land PiratesMickey Mouse ClubhouseBaby Einstein Lullaby Classics, and They Might Be Giants’ Here Come the ABCs, will be available for purchase through the LeapFrog App Center.

The albums will join the library of hundreds of educational games, eBooks, videos, music, and more. The LeapFrog App Center can be accessed through the LeapFrog Connect Application for LeapPad1, LeapPad2, and LeapsterGS. For more information on LeapPad1, LeapPad2, Leapster Explorer, LeapsterGS , and other LeapFrog products, visit www.leapfrog.com.