The National Parenting Center


Holiday 2017

LeapFrog Epic™ Academy Edition

Remember when a family had just one smart device and it was exclusively for the grown-ups? We don’t either. These days, babies in strollers are tapping away on all kinds of electronic devices, often more deftly than their parents. There’s no returning to a world where we all aren’t “plugged in.” How to make the best of it? LeapFrog is on your side. Epic is a teaching and entertainment tool, with a touchscreen and a built-in stylus pen, gives parents the ability to manage the both the content and the time kids spend with it. Since it’s from LeapFrog parents felt good about the quality and quantity of the titles that seamlessly blend entertainment and education. The super-filtered internet browser lets parents feel secure about the appropriateness of the content. Plus there is the added benefit of being able to set time limits that when reached turns the device off. Setup is a snap and it’s remarkably easy to set up profiles for each of your children based on their age and academic level. This lets you personalize the games, apps, and videos the see. The tablet is an ideal size for smaller hands and its lightweight. Parents appreciated the rubberized casing that gives them peace of mind when it comes to inevitable drops. The battery life of over seven hours is really impressive.

Recommended Age: 3 to 9
Price: $ 119.99

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