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:

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

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

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  3. I think my son would really like the Leappad2

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

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

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

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

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  8. 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!

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  9. Never used leapfrog, sounds interesting!

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

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  11. I think my niece would love the leap pad 2!

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  12. 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>

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  13. 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>

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

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  15. 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:)

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  16. My daughter would absolutely LOVE to have a LeapPad2.

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  17. My little girl would love this.

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

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

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  20. 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 :)

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

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

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  23. I would love to win this for my boys!

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  24. 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.

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  25. 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.

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  26. 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

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  27. 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!

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

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  29. 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, :-)

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

    The video is good. She actually ANSWERS your questions!

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

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

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

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  33. 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 :)

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

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  35. 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.

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

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  37. 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.

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

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  39. 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!.

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  40. 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 :)

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  41. 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

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  42. 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!

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

    -Erin @ DIY On the Cheap

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  44. 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

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

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

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

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  48. 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

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

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

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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

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  52. 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!

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  53. We love any dora and diego tag books- livivua chandler

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  54. We love any dora and diego tag books- livivua chandler

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

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

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

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  58. 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

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

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  60. My daughter would love the Crayola Art Adventure game!

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

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

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  63. 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!

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  64. 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

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

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

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

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

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  69. 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

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

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

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

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  73. 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!

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

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  75. I would love this for my boys.

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

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

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  78. 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.

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  79. 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!

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  80. cathy zera-stesneyNovember 8, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    My daughter would LOVE the dora games!

    cmz 713 at yahoo . com

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  81. 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!

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  82. I pretty sure Eli would LOVE the Tag Reading System!

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

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  84. 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

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  85. 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

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  86. This would be great for my girls!

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  87. My daughters would love the leap pad...

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

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

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  90. 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!

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

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

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  93. My daughter would love the Tag Junior Book Pal

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  94. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  101. i think the leap pad 2 would be great!

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

    KellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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