LeapFrog Enterprises debuted its newest product, LeapReader, at retail stores and online nationwide. The LeapReader is the complete learn to read and write solution for children. The LeapReader library includes more than books, audio books, flash cards, maps, learn-to-write sets, music albums and trivia challenges and lets parents easily personalize their child’s learning journey by choosing titles based on their reading level, favorite characters or learning style. This system builds early literacy skills through three learning programs: Learn to Read, Learn to Write, and Learn Through Listening. LeapReader will be available in select countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Korea, Thailand and other Asian countries later this summer. All audio books and music albums will be available for download using LeapFrog Connect Application for LeapReader. To read more about LeapReader, click here.
LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. announced the launch of the LeapPad Ultra, a new kids’ learning tablet. The LeapPad Ultra is kid-tough and works with LeapFrog’s unique library of more than 800 content experiences designed or approved by LeapFrog’s learning experts. LeapPad Ultra is kid-ready right out of the box with LeapSearch by Zui, a proprietary kid-safe web browser that parents can trust. Unique to LeapPad Ultra, the 7-inch Duo Tech high-resolution screen is designed to help children learn to write using a stylus while supporting interactive touch experiences. Additionally, LeapPad Ultra features a sleek new look, a rechargeable battery, and front and back cameras and video recorders, plus 8 GB of storage for photos, apps, videos, and more.
With new intuitive parental tools including a four-digit security code, parents are in control of what their child is able to access, while the Wi-Fi allows them to directly sync content to their child’s LeapPad Ultra. Parents can easily browse, purchase, and download apps from LeapFrog’s library of learning games, apps, eBooks, videos, music, and more.
With LeapPad Ultra, LeapFrog is launching LeapSearch powered by Zui, a secure browser that lets children access and explore content in a closed environment that is easy to navigate. Children can use LeapSearch on their LeapPad Ultra to browse videos, images, and sites from the web that have been reviewed and approved by LeapFrog’s team of learning experts as kid-appropriate. [Read more...]
It seems that I have passed the stage in life that requires bridesmaid dresses galore and into the phase where diapers and pacifiers are abundant. There was a two-year period when it seemed I received that special “We’re engaged” phone call every weekend; now it’s the weekday “We’re having a baby!” I cry after every single announcement—I tell you, there is just something about a baby that brings forth the waterworks in me. Three particularly close friends just welcomed their first children into the world, and my cousin did as well. In the last three months, three very close friends called with the exciting news that they are expecting. Being across the country is difficult when there are new babies to hold in Alabama! I’m missing baby showers, delivery rooms, and those sweet babies.
The distance brought on the decision that I’m going to make sure to be the cool “aunt” that sends toys, books, games, etc. all the way from New York City. And after meeting these precious babies for the first time, I only want to send more. I did, however, want to give gifts that will set me apart from all of the other adoring friends and family members, and luckily, my job in the toy industry gives me the inside scoop on the neatest and newest play things for babies. [Read more...]
Sanrio Inc. has inked multiple partnership deals to expand the Hello Kitty brand across toys, sporting goods, and infant accessories
Blip Toys will produce dolls, plush, novelty, and play sets, while Just Play and International Playthings will create plush and soft toys. Fashion Angels and Ohio Art focus on creativity with sketch portfolios, hair chox, tapefitti, Etch A Sketch, doodle sketch, and nano blocks. MMA International and Street Flyer are responsible for sporting goods such as tennis, volleyball, basketball, and soccer equipment, as well as active skates, skateboards, and pogosticks. Baby Trend will create infant gear such as car seats, strollers, play yards, and high chairs, while Aden and Anais provide blankets, bibs, hooded towels, and washcloth sets. Ginsey will create bath accessories.
The UK’s Top 10 best-selling Toys year to date (April 2013)
- Vivid Imaginations‘ Moshi Monsters Moshling Figures
- Lego‘s Lego Minifigures
- Leapfrog‘s Leappad Explorer Tablet
- Hasbro‘s Furby Hot and Cool
- Vivid Imaginations‘ Moshi Monsters Blind Bag
- Mattel‘s Monster High Doll
- Leapfrog‘s Leapfrog Explorer Game
- VTech‘s Innotab Learning Tablet
- Mattel‘s Cars 2 Character Clipstrip
- Flair‘s TMNT Basic Figures
Source: The NPD Group
LeapFrog 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.
LeapFrog 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.
LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. will webcast its first quarter results conference call on May 2, at 5:30 a.m. PDT, following the release of its financial results.
The live webcast will be available at LeapFrog’s investor relations website at www.leapfroginvestor.com. An archive of the webcast will be available on the web site approximately three hours following completion of the call. To participate in the call, dial (706) 634-0183 and request Conference ID 36439156. A telephonic replay of the call will be available for one month. To access the replay, dial (404) 537-3406 and use Conference ID 36439156.
LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. will webcast a presentation to investors and analysts on February 12 at 8:30 a.m. EST. The webcast will include presentations given by members of the company’s management team, including Chief Executive Officer John Barbour, Chief Financial Officer Ray Arthur, and Chief Marketing Officer Greg Ahearn. [Read more...]
Scholastic Media, a division of Scholastic Inc., the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, has announced the publication of Super Animal Genius, the latest addition to the collection of Scholastic games available for LeapFrog’s LeapPad1, LeapPad2, Leapster Explorer, and LeapsterGS. The cartridge game will be available at retail this month; a digital version also will be available for download in the LeapFrog App Center. [Read more...]
LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., has announced a new program to allow external developers to create interactive games and apps for its learning platforms. This new program will start with the release of exclusive interactive games from Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education, and media company. Clifford’s Rhyme Race and The Magic School Bus Dino Shuffle were developed and produced by Scholastic solely for LeapFrog and are now available for purchase in the “Games” section of the LeapFrog App Center for the kids’ learning tablets, LeapPad1 andLeapPad2, and learning video game systems, Leapster Explorer and LeapsterGS. [Read more...]