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.

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