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.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

LeapFrog® Scribble & Write

Fun - 9
Cost - around $20
Learning - 9
Creativity - 8

For the price, you can't beat this toy.  I got it a little over a month ago and neither my 2 nor 3 year old has grown tired of it.   My 3 year old is rapidly learning how to draw letters with it, a vital skill for development.  It has 4 different modes to it, so approaches letter-writing from multiple angles, making it ideal for any type of learner.  It's also quite durable as it's been dropped many times and still showing no signs of loss of function, and it is still being powered by the original batteries it came with, despite heavy use.

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