First - An Explanation.

This blog will primarily review things that are of interest to fathers. While my interests may not match yours entirely, one thing we share in common is we both have children, so that will be the main focus of the blog. I will have occasional posts about other interests of mine though, such as video games, home improvement, etc.

For reviews - I will rate on a basis of 1 to 10 for learning, enhancing creativity, fun, and for toys, cost. and then give a general review. A 5 will be baseline, IE if a show is less than a 5 for learning, it means it may well be teaching your kids things you DON'T want them to learn, although this rating is likely to be rare. For cost, a higher number means more expensive.

Some people are of the belief that kids do not learn anything from watching TV or playing games. While they are welcome to believe what they wish, I am a first-hand witness to the contrary.

What I review will be both past and present, but will still be accessible, older kids shows for example will be stuff you can still tune into with a Netflix account. If you don't have Netflix - I recommend it, there are TONS of shows for kids on there, and the sheer variety will keep any toddler learning and watching for hours.

Monday, September 26, 2011

LeapFrog My Own Story Time Pad

Fun - 7
Cost - Around $30
Learning - 7
Creativity - 8

At a slightly higher than average cost, and a shorter period a child is likely to retain interest in it, My Own Story Time Pad isn't a great purchase, but, it's not a bad one either.  The age is a little off on this one - it recommends 2+, but I'd say an older child closer to 4+ would get more out of it, as simply figuring out how it works is a bit difficult for a 2 year old.   One upside is that, for a child who is interested in hearing the stories, once they get bored of the current ones you can go download new ones to replace them, this applies to several other things such as the music and songs, which could extend the life of the toy some.  Battery life seems pretty good, have had it about 2 months with 2 kids using it and haven't had it show signs of dying yet.

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