Think outside the square with RockIt Twist

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Dec 212019
 

Turn or twist it, press or pull it, flip or flick it… Whether it’s at home on a hot summer day or on the way to your holiday destination, this funky new gadget is guaranteed to keep the kids’ brains and hands busy. Knowing how much our tribe enjoys using their other LeapFrog devices I immediately knew the RockIt Twist would be a winning Sinterklaas gift and it was an instant success:

Heralded as this year’s hottest Christmas gift the RockIt Twist (RRP $89.95, ages 4-10) has already made an appearance on many a wish list (including that of my own children). Is it a miniature game console? Could it be an oversized Tamagotchi-style virtual pet or possibly a fancy fidget toy? We’ve put it to the test and can confirm it’s all of the above and it is FUN!

Featuring a range of coloured buttons, arrows, wheels and switches the RockIt Twist instantly captured the attention of my curious kids. It is definitely no ordinary handheld console, with so many quirky angles it takes quite a bit of brain action to master this cool game system. Different games, different sides, different controls, the RockIt Twist keeps you on your toes and secretly you’ll be learning as you rotate and play…

Your RockIt Twist comes preloaded with 12 games that, just like we have come to expect and love from LeapFrog, cover a range of learning areas including literacy, maths, problem solving, science and creativity. Thanks to the three different difficulty levels our 4-year old, 6-year old and 9-year old are all able to play and enjoy the RockIt Twist at their own level. Especially the younger kids like that the games are bite-size, long enough to learn how things work and succeed at it yet short enough to hold their attention, try several games in a row or have a quick play before bed.

The device is also home to three cute virtual pets that are impatiently waiting to be hatched. Once brought to life you can play, feed and care for your new pet and watch it grow with to your expert TLC. Find your pet’s favourite food or give it a good scrub and a rinse in the tub, brush its teeth with a fruity tooth paste or play together to earn hearts. If you look after your pet properly you can raise it all the way from baby to child to teenager to adult as you fill the ‘birthday’ meter. Our kids thought it was hilarious that their teenager got braces!

The RockIt Twist does not require an internet connection and is rechargeable, so you can play it anywhere and anytime. You can even upload some cool MP3 tunes to the device and listen to your own tracks on the go (with or without headphones), what’s your favourite summer hit? Your RockIt Twist allows for three different player profiles, so siblings can share the same device and still care for their own virtual pet and work on their own game progress.

For even more RockIt Twist fun you can add additional games using the RockIt Twist Game Packs (sold separately). Each Game Pack comes with a download card (to install the game and a new pet to your device) as well as a toy egg so you can ‘hatch’ your own keyring pet. There are currently three different Game Packs to choose from: Party Time with Poppy (Trolls), Penelope Penguin: Pet Detective and Dinosaur Discoveries.

Handy hints and useful tips: To ensure your RockIt Twist game system runs on the latest software simply connect it to your computer and follow the prompts to create/log in to you LeapFrog Connect account. The included USB cable is also your charging cable, so no messing around with expensive batteries. You can connect up to five RockIt Twists to the same parent account and they can all share the same Game Pack, now that’s budget friendly!

To find out more about LeapFrog, to browse the range and to locate stockist near you visit www.leapfrog.com.au.

For your chance to win a LeapFrog RockIt Twist prize pack (RockIt Twist Game System and 3 RockIt Twist Game Packs, RRP $135) hop on over to the LeapFrog Australia Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Dec 202014
 

Battroborg

Christmas Countdown – Day 20

With only four short days to go until Christmas many mums are running around like mad women doing the last minute grocery shopping, preparing the house for all the visitors and trying to source a few missing Christmas gifts. If you are still searching for a present that will get the thumbs up from the boys you may like to know that the toy experts at TOMY are putting their money on Battroborg as the big hit this Christmas:

Battroborg Warrior Knight vs Viking Arena Set

Are you, like me, unfamiliar with the Battroborg phenomenon? (Yes I still have a lot to learn and discover too when it comes to toy trends) Battroborg Warriors are motion control battling robots outfitted with interchangeable weapons and armor.

Battroborg WarriorsUsing handheld motion controllers players can control their Battroborg robots as they battle it out against each other in the Battroborg Warriors Battle Arena (ages 6+). Each warrior has a different story, different armor and weapons, who will conquer when they face each other in the ring? Knock your opponent down with the strike of a sword, the hit of an axe, the sweep of a kama or the swing of a blade and be crowned the winner!

To find out more about Battroborg, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit au.battroborg.com.

For your chance to win a Battroborg Warrior Battle Arena Set (RRP $89.95) enter our giveaway below:

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LeapFrog – My Own Story Time Pad

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Apr 122012
 

Although we still call our youngest daughter a baby she is rapidly turning into a curious and very cheeky little toddler. She loves copying her brother and sister so at night time she watches their bedtime ritual closely and demands the same for her. She lets us brush her teeth and spits like a pro, then she gets comfy in her bed holding our My Own Story Time Pad in her chubby little hands.

She is officially too young for this new LeapFrog toy but after watching her siblings read stories on it she quickly understood that it must be good fun, something she can’t miss out on. The My Own Story Time Pad is designed for children aged 2+ with big and simple buttons that are easy to use for little ones. The chunky handheld pad features LeapFrog characters Scout and Violet who will take your child on a fun and educational journey.

The My Own Story Time Pad introduces little ones to the art of story telling, sparking an early interest in language, reading, the alphabet and more. Kids can listen to several short stories while ‘reading’ the text on the screen and watching pictures that accompany the story. The twins really enjoy being able to pick from the different stories and flicking the virtual pages, they already know some of the stories by heart.

But there is more to the My Own Story Time Pad than the name suggests. The alphabet mode is fantastic and a great way for kids to practise their letters and phonics skills and learn new words. I especially love how the letter buttons show both the uppercase and lowercase letter, this can be a confusing concept for children so to see the two together on one button is very helpful.

Kids can also use this cute tech pad to listen to songs, make their own music, listen to pretends emails and make notes. Parents can personalise the My Own Story Time Pad online by adding your child’s name and favourite things, customising emails, making a playlist and adding more stories. As the pad can hold up to five stories, ten songs and three emails at a time it is sure to keep little ones busy on a car ride or holiday and when you come home you can just swap them for a new dose of fun activities.

LeapFrog toys are available at leading retailers all over Australia, click here to find out where to buy your favourite LeapFrog products.

To find out more about the LeapFrog My Own Story Time Pad ($54.99, available in green and purple) visit www.leapfrog.com.au.