Tuesday, November 6, 2012

LeapFrog Prize Pack Giveaway! (Holiday Shopping Tips for Kids' Gifts)

Not only do I have a great interview with shopping tips to share with you, I'm also partnering with LeapFrog for an amazingly generous Giveaway today! I rarely post about Christmas before Thanksgiving, but sometimes there are tips, tutorials, or ideas that need attention before the actual holiday rolls around. I know a lot of parents and loved ones who struggle with Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids, and hopefully today's post can help out! Keep reading for tips and to enter the Giveaway...

I recently had an opportunity to send in an interview to Dr. Jody Sherman LeVos, a child development expert who works with LeapFrog. Her mission this year is to share with parents the key things to keep in mind when shopping for children of all ages this holiday season.

Shopping for Christmas presents is something I spend a lot of time planning for before the Christmas season arrives. I browse the internet, circulars, and store aisles; making lists and choosing things that I think my girls and their cousins will love. Sometimes it is hard to come up with that "perfect" gift that blends fun with learning...and affordability. 

I was so pleased with Dr. LeVos' thoughtful response to my questions. You'll have to click over to the blog for the video if you're reading this post in a reader or email:

 

I love how Dr. LeVos stressed the importance of finding a balance between imaginative play and learning through educational and/or electronic toys.

When I reviewed the LeapPad2 earlier this year, I noted that it's very important to me that my kids enjoy their electronic toys, but that it doesn't become a habit. It's a fun treat for my girls and they learn at the same time. The LeapPad2 tracks their progress and knows when to "bump" them up a level for more of a challenge. So far, they love the Disney's Brave cartridge with Princess Merida, the Olivia (the pig) app, and the cool art capabilities. I love that there are tons of cartridge options and apps to choose from!

Guess what? LeapFrog has a fabulously generous Prize Pack to offer one lucky reader!

One reader will win the following Prize Pack:
Leap Frog Giveaway at Serenity Now

  • LeapPad2
  • Leapster GS
  • Phineas and Ferb cartridge
  • LeapSchool Math cartridge
  • Tag Reader with Get Ready for Kindergarten and the Human Body Discovery Pack

Pretty awesome, huh? Takes care of some holiday shopping in one swoop!

--UPDATE: Giveaway now closed--

*Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win, and note that I do verify entries:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Giveaway is open until 12 am on Monday, November 12th, 2012. Please see the widget for sweepstakes rules.

Good luck, and happy shopping!

Disclaimer: I will receive a LeapFrog prize pack in exchange for this post. Opinions are, as always, my own.

103 comments:

Stacy @ She's {kinda} Crafty said...

My daughter saw the commercial for the Tag reading pen/system and she REALLY wants it!

Hi, Im Kelly! said...

what a wonderful giveaway! we are fans of leapfrog, I would say the leappad2!

Carissa said...

I think my son would really like the Leappad2

Expat Baby - Clogger Blogger said...

I have been desperately wanting to get my son the LeapPad2 so I can have my iPad back :)

Crystal (theweekendhomemaker.com) said...

What an awesome giveaway and just in time for Christmas! Thanks, Amanda!

Heather SettingforFour said...

These are just such terrific products for kiddos! What a great brand name! This prize package is fantastic!

Cheryl Enlow said...

What a fun giveaway! We love Leapfrog in our home.

AWD said...

I would love to get Rowan the Dora Fairytale app for my iPhone but also a LeapPad 2! She's really good with my iPad but it's not the greatest learning tool for her since she associates it with movies:-) She could do a lot with a LeapPad!

Anonymous said...

Never used leapfrog, sounds interesting!

nest of posies said...

Lightening McQueen and any Princess game would go over in a BIG way.

Amy S. said...

I think my niece would love the leap pad 2!

Ferly Tangonan said...

I think my son would have fun with the tag reading system! What an awesome giveaway!

~ Ferly
<a href="http://GiftsWeUse.blogspot.com>Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}</a>

Ferly Tangonan said...

I think my son would have fun with the tag reading system! What an awesome giveaway!

~ Ferly
<a href="http://GiftsWeUse.blogspot.com>Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}</a>

Connie L said...

Thanks for the great contest! My son would like the tag reading system!!

kathyanddave said...

Sitting at the computer with my 4 year old and of course she went crazy when she saw the LeapPad2™ Disney Super Bundle (in pink!), this would be an awesome Christmas gift to give! Thanks so much for the chance to win:)

Deanna said...

My daughter would absolutely LOVE to have a LeapPad2.

Brenda said...

My little girl would love this.

Jennifer said...

My nephew is learning to read and the tag system would be perfect for him.

Yvonne said...

LOVE LeapFrog products. My 4 year old would love to have one of her own. She's been sharing with the older sister :)

Ashley said...

Thanks for sharing this great giveaway! As a new mom we are just starting our leapfrog collection and I would love to have the LeapPad2. Olivia loves my iPad2 and I'd like to have it back :)

JennyNiemann said...

Leap Pad 2! my boys have been wanting one for a while!

Cira said...

My twin nephews would love the Leap Pad 2! :)

Shannon Macklam said...

I would love to win this for my boys!

Kristen said...

What a wonderful giveaway! I've got two boys. The oldest is a preschooler and would love a leap pad 2! He has a leapster and likes it very much. Any of the apps/cartridges for the pad would be great, but particularly the puzzle break or Jake and the Neverland Pirates, as he is 3. The second boy is a toddler but loves the drawing app on his brother's leapster (where you can draw on the pictures...) and would love one for himself.

Keenan Grigg said...

While we already have the Tag Pen and the map, I think my daughter would LOVE the LeapPad2!! Thanks for the honest parent review - it is super helpful.

Jessica said...

Hi Amanda!
Thanks for this post; I love the tips for picking the best toys for my little one! I know Jax will love any of the LeapFrog handheld electronic items as he LOVES to push buttons on laptops/smartphones etc.
Thanks again!
Jessica

Carol Rudd said...

Wow, what a great giveaway! I'm interested for my 3 year old grand-daughter. I think she'd love the LeapPad2. The video was helpful, too!

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

My little boy would have SO much fun with a LeapPad! What a great giveaway!

Carolina said...

my son is constantl usng my tablet, so he would like the leap pad 2, but I would love to start him off with the Tag reading system, :-)

Richella Parham said...

I would LOVE to win this for my nephew! Thank you for the opportunity.

The video is good. She actually ANSWERS your questions!

Smith Family said...

Claire would LOVE a leappad2! Landon has a green leapster explorer right now but its on its last legs...:)

James Gibson said...

My little boy would love the cars2 games he is cars mad :-)

http://charliesandharrysdaddy.blogspot.co.uk/

Catharine Porter said...

Thanks for the opportunity. This would be an awesome gift for anyone this Christmas season. I have 4 boys, and I am sure they would love it! Good luck everyone :)

Gaby said...

Our entire X-mas list for our daughter consists of LeapFrog items. This would be a fab prize to win!

Heather said...

My kids love the leapfrog products. My daughter was a preemie and their products have really helped with her learning. Now our 3 year old son loves them as well. He is hoping for a leappad 2 for Christmas.

Des said...

My daughter loves her Tag and has been drooling over a LeapPad!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Okay, so clearly Henry is too little for this. But his little cousins have one with the Cars game and love it do I think I'd go with that.

KSK said...

great giveaway!! I was thinking about buying the LeapPad for Christmas! I hope I can win it instead!!! :)

Stacey Hill said...

We LOVE Leap Frog products in our home!! My girls have the original Leap Pad and Tag Readers. I love them so much that if I won these I would give them to my nieces and nephew for Christmas gifts so they can enjoy them as well. What an awesome give away!.

G.I. said...

What a great giveaway! I have two little grandsons, (both pre-kindergarten) that I know the LeapPad 2 would be perfect for — might have to keep it at grandma's house though :)

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

I would love to win this for my son: http://shop.leapfrog.com/leapfrog/jump/LeapPad2-Explorer%22-Learning-Tablet/productDetail/LeapPad2-Learning-Tablet-and-Bundles/LEAPPADEXPLORER32610/cat1020008?selectedColor=&selectedSize=&navAction=jump&navCount=0&categoryNav=false

Lori said...

I'd love to get my daughter a LeapPad! She has a leapster, but seems to be growing past most of the games. Thanks so much!

Erin Spain said...

My boys have been asking for a Leap Pad2 for Christmas! This would be perfect. Great giveaway!

-Erin @ DIY On the Cheap

Anonymous said...

Hey Amanda,
My son has the Tag and likes to read his Cars 2 book. I'd like to get him some of the phonics books. He starts Kindergarten next year and we want him to be ready.
Patti in NoVA

Jill said...

What an incredible giveaway! My son would SO love the leappad!

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

I want to give my oldest the Tag Reading System for Christmas so this giveaway would be perfect for us! :)

Niki said...

Awesome giveaway!! Leappad is amazing...so many great products. Would love to win this one.

Laura R said...

I planned on getting my daughter the LeapPad2 for Christmas so this would be wonderful to win! Just wonderful!
mommy.2kidsnc(at)yahoo(dot)com

Angel Beers said...

The Tag Pen.....but we love all Leap products!

Katrina said...

My daughter would also love that Violet Puppy but if you meant games teh Disney Princess game looks neat!

ykatrina at hotmail dot com

Jennifer S. said...

My daughter would love the Tag reader system. She's already starting to read some but that would be a great help for her.

Sara @ Mom Endeavors said...

We would LOVE a LeapPad2!!

Becky said...

I would love the LeapPad2™ Disney Super Bundle for my little girl. She is on my kindle and my phone all the time, so it would be nice for her to have something of her own, and for me to have my toys back!

Vivacious Ramsey said...

We love any dora and diego tag books- livivua chandler

Vivacious Ramsey said...

We love any dora and diego tag books- livivua chandler

Georgette Gunter said...

This is an amazing giveaway and kiddos would love to see under the tree :)

Katie {Sweet Rose Studio} said...

My son would love the LeapPad 2 and the Jake and the Neverland Pirates game!

Emily said...

I would love to get the LeapPad2 for my little guy this year! :)

Mami2jcn said...

My son has been asking for the Leapster GS. He's seen the commercials and he's very interested in it. His birthday is close to Christmas so he's busy making wish lists right now!

Name on rafflecopter: Mary Happymommy

Kevin E said...

My daughter would love the Tag Reader and Tag map Bundle.

Kristina @ A Home Made by Kiki said...

My daughter would love the Crayola Art Adventure game!

Xtina said...

Awesome giveaway, the wee man would love it and it would be great for his birthday!

Xtina said...

Awesome giveaway, the wee man would love it and it would be great for his birthday!

Crystal said...

My soon to be 4 year old would really love the Leap Pad. She always wants to use our computer but the mouse is too difficult for her to use... This would be awesome!

Yanira said...

My 7 y/o daughter would luurrvve the leappad2! She has been asking for a Kindle..which I can't afford. So this would be awesome to win for her.

Thank you, for such a fun giveaway.

Yanira
yaniradelvalle at aol dot com

Elizabeth S said...

I think we have some cousins who would love the Leap Pad! ...and maybe return it to us next year for my son!

The Kemps said...

Definitely the Leap Pad 2! Would love this for my little guy! :o)

Audra Weathers said...

My daughter would like the LeapPad2 with the SpongeBob Square Pants Clam Prix game.

Anonymous said...

We would love the LeapPad2!!!! Such a great learning tool :)
Nikki C from SC

PBJstories said...

We have the Tag system and my son never really got into it but I think he'd love the LeapPad2
Learning Tablet. I WOULD LOVE to win it! <3

Cylence said...

I think my baby girl would LOVE to have the My Pal Violet! She loves puppies and Violet looks right up her alley!

Red Brick Shanty said...

We would love the leapPad2! My son would have fun with the apps and hopefully give me my iPhone back!

Leslie G said...

I think my boys would love the Crayola Art Adventure games.

agatewood1 said...

My son would love this: http://shop.leapfrog.com/leapfrog/jump/Tag-Junior/category/Tag-Junior?q_facetTrail=9004%3AlfPreschoolToys&q_docSort=&addFacet=9004%3ATag-Junior

thank you!

Brittany said...

I work at a preschool and the kiddos would LOVE a leap pad 2!

Anonymous said...

I would love this for my boys.

betty baez said...

I think my son would enjoy playing the Explorer™ Game Cartridge: Digging for Dinosaurs he loves dinosaurs! angelgenius(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lee said...

I have an older child who would love to try the LeapPad. I know he'd love it!

Sonya said...

Both my kids would love a leappad2, they are always playing with my phone so that would be great for them to have a tablet of their own.

Amanda Jenson said...

My son would love a Leap Pad, and so would mommy so she could get her Ipad back :) He knows how to get to his apps and pretty much takes it over!

cathy zera-stesney said...

My daughter would LOVE the dora games!

cmz 713 at yahoo . com

*Monica* said...

We are HUGE Leapfrog fans, I know my daughter would love the new leappad 2 we do own a leapster and it's been a godsend!

Kelli W said...

I pretty sure Eli would LOVE the Tag Reading System!

Two Sets of Twins said...

Beings as I have six kids, homeschool and on a budget, my kids would love any leapfrog toy. Best luck to whoever wins.

Jen R said...

I was lucky to find the Leappad at the last minute last Christmas, and my daughter still loves it. I know she would love some new games like Dora, Pet Pals, of I SPY

Nora Nuno said...

The Disney Ultimate bundler for School age kids! My ss is 6 yrs old and having a hard time reading so Cars and Phineas and Ferb would probably help lol

Julie R. said...

This would be great for my girls!

Julie R. said...

My daughters would love the leap pad...

A Geek In Glasses said...

My daughter is really interested in the Tag Reading system. Every time we go to the store she checks it out.

Stephanie Nericcio said...

I just posted it used my blog name. My Daughter really wants the Tag reading System

Laura Jacobson said...

Oh Carter would love the Explorer™ Game Cartridge: Letter Factory! He is so fascinated by letters right now! Everytime he sees letters he wants us to say what each one is! This game would be so great for him!

Catie @ Catie's Corner said...

What a great giveaway! I'm sure my little girl would love this prize pack. =)

Connie said...

I think my little monkeys love the LEAPSTERGS EXPLORER LEARNING GAME SYSTEM the best.Thanks for the chance to win!

Tabathia said...

My daughter would love the Tag Junior Book Pal

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Angelica said...

My children are learning to read this year. The Tag Junior Book Pal would really help them when they don't want anyone's help with pronoucing words!

Cassandra Eastman said...

My 3 1/2 year old son would LOVE the LeapPad 2 with the Jake & the Neverland Pirates game! How awesome!!!

Whitney L said...

My 4 yr. old would love to have LeapPad1/LeapPad2™ Video Display Case if we won!

Anna Powell said...

What a GREAT package!! My children would be so happy to get these!!

Shannon said...

My daughter loves Dora so she'd love any of the Dora apps, games, and ebooks!

Judy said...

We would love to have the leappad2. They loved the tag reading system

Judy said...

We would love to have the leappad2. They loved the tag reading system

jenni said...

i think the leap pad 2 would be great!

kellyr78 said...

My kids would love the Explorer™ Game Cartridge: Disney Phineas and Ferb

KellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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