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October 27, 2008

LeapFrog shows Chicago Mom Bloggers a hoppin' good time

Leapfrog_3 Chicago Moms Bloggers and their families made some noise at a recent party sponsored by LeapFrog. The noise wasn’t all from the company's educational electronic toys, though. Hosted at the South Loop KinderCare, there was plenty for the little ones to do. Only one child, an eight-year-old boy, was glued to his new Didj the entire time. Yes, that was my son.

The mostly under-five crowd kept busy with other LeapFrog products as well as the playscapes, the trains that passed by at eye level, the amazing face painter, and the talented caricaturist.

Meanwhile, the adults (and a few little hangers-on) had a discussion with LeapFrog Educational Advisors, Elliot and Cathie. We discussed the role of electronic toys, how to select ones that are right for our children, and how LeapFrog’s new Learning Path can help us track their child’s progress. 
Some moms, especially those with children age four and under, expressed concern about their children playing with too many electronic toys, preferring to stick with wooden toys that are well-suited for imaginative play.  Elizabeth did think it will be good to have such a highly regarded educational option to consider when her kids get to that stage. Marketing Mommy admitted that she was reluctant for her kids to go high tech, too, until she tried the LeapFrog Tag a few months ago. Now she sees how the technology can be fun, useful and instructive, and no, just because some books “talk,” with the Tag, her preschool-aged daughter doesn't find traditional books less appealing.

Other moms said their gamer husbands filled the house with Xboxes similar items for their own use, so the kids just naturally gravitated toward them, despite their adult content.

Multicultural Mama said her kids see her on the computer so often, that they want to mimic her behavior.  Many moms echoed this sentiment (of course, we’re all bloggers!). Cathie and Elliot assured us that Leapfrog believes there’s a time and place for all toys, electronic or not.

Most of us agreed: it’s all about balance.

After the lecture and a bit of pizza, it was time for the product sampling. Not sampling, but, as Amy put it, the LeapFrog products flowed like water. Our hosts were incredibly generous. It was like Christmas and Chanukah in October. They definitely gave us a jump start on our holiday shopping and shared a coupon code for when we're ready for more. Because really, isn't education the greatest gift of all?

Check out the pictures of our fabulous offspring on LeapFrog’s community site! Speaking of community, Leighann from Soy is the New Black traveled all the way Champaign, Illinois to celebrate with our fabulous group of bloggers; give that girl a click.

Thank you Leapfrog for a fun and informative party! 


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