By JO ABI
My kids have been given the wonderful chance to trial the LeapPad Ultra. This is part 1 of the things they love the most thus far:
This is a Reality Road Test for LeapPad Ultra
It’s very disconcerting to watch your 18-month-old pick up your smart device, swipe their finger across it, choose an app game and then sit down and start playing.
What kind of freaky robot child is this?
It was my daughter who did this at a very young age (she must have watched her brothers do it). Seriously, I half-expected her to turn to me and speak with an old woman’s voice.
We’ve always been a tech-friendly household. My children have game players, computers and portable devices.
One of my closest friends has a tech-free household and we debate it constantly. I always explain that I want to raise my children with technology so they can be ready to take on the jobs of the future, which will all require technology. She counters with the fact they will learn to use all these devices at school so at home they should have a break from all of that.
I must confess that having lots of technology in our home does help to entertain the kids while I work and cook and clean. But they normally just play games, and although I know there are benefits to certain games they play, I was concerned they weren’t choosing ones that were educational enough.
I heard that LeapFrog was introducing a new device and was interested to find out more about it. We were asked to try out the LeapFrog’s LeapPad Ultra and were pretty excited. Except I am completely tech-challenged. My children are way more proficient at devices like these than I am. How on earth was I going to figure out how to work them?
I was going to wait until my husband came home so he could set them up but Giovanni, 5, and Caterina, 4, opened them seconds after we had walked through the door, after promising to wait until their dad came home. Cheeky kids. Lucky they’re cute!
They were so excited (Christmas in September?) so I decided to give it a go. If it was too hard I could always ask Philip, 9, to help me.