New From LeapFrog: LeapPad Platinum

My kids have grown up with LeapFrog products.  The educational content produced by their solid team of learning experts is unlike anything we’ve found elsewhere.  Their award-winning LeapPad recently had an upgrade; here’s what we love about the new LeapPad Platinum.


  • Large Screen: The LeapPad Platinum boasts a 7-inch, high resolution, multi-touch capacity screen.  Kids that have had adult tablets in their hands will love the similar feel (with an unbreakable, lightweight body).


  • LeapFrog Imagicard: The new interactive Imagicard experience utilizes special cards to magically bring characters to life by snapping pictures with the device.  Kids can partake in Imagicard play on older LeapPads tablets as Imagicard is backwards compatible (with the exception of the LeapPad 1).  Kids can still engage with the games if the collectible cards are lost and play other games with them off-line as well.


  • Included Apps + Vast Library of Games, Apps, eBooks and Videos: Like other LeapFrog products the new tablet comes with ten included apps, giving kids a great starter pack of games right out of the box.  My kids love playing Photo Fun Ultra and Pet Pad Party.  In addition, the new LeapPad Platinum provides access to over 1,000 educator-approved games, apps, eBooks and videos in age-appropriate ways.


  • Kid-Safe Web: LeapSearch, the proprietary kid-safe web browser gives parents peace of mind allowing kids to safely explore content that interests them.  Parameters are set by LeapFrog’s team of learning experts and can be easily expanded in the parental settings.

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Product provided.  Opinions, as always, are my own.  View all our LeapFrog reviews here.  


LeapFrog MEGA Giveaway

The cold mid-winter has brought us bouts of cabin fever, and we can’t think of a better time to team up with our friends at LeapFrog to offer an amazing LeapFrog Mega Giveaway!  LeapFrog is a valued long term brand partner – we’ve been working with them since 2012 because their products are fantastic, and we can stand behind their educational curriculum and kid-tested fun.

We are excited to have so many LeapFrog goodies to giveaway, with a total value of over $500!  We’ve tested these products, and they are among our favorites. Check out our previous reviews of the LeapTV and LeapBands.

LeapFrog Giveaway

One Lucky winner will receive:

  • One LeapFrog LeapTV
  • Three LeapFrog LeapTV games
  • One LeapFrog LeapPad3
  • Five LeapFrog LeapPad Games
  • Two LeapFrog LeapBands

Enter to win via the below widget.  This giveaway is open to US only, and entry methods will be verified.  Good luck friends!
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LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures – The Letter Machine Rescue Team

We had a  long weekend at Granny and Poppy’s house.  Two full days of time well spent with family always serve as a reminder of what is truly important.  With plenty of little ones frolicking around, we certainly kept the Grandparents on their toes.  Kiddie-spazz-attack hour never ceases to emerge during our big family gatherings. I often find myself worrying that little co-conspirators will ride a double-stuffed coaster car into a wall propelling something lovely or fragile into ultimate destruction.

Our LeapFrog viewing party arrived at a perfect hour, and little ones were thrilled to stay up late. Whoo Hoo! I think we all appreciated a bit of evening calm as the kids enjoyed watching  LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures, The Letter Machine Rescue Team DVD.


Through adorable animated characters and catchy songs, the Letter Machine Rescue Team takes viewers on a problem-solving quest to make the Letter Factory ready for its grand opening.

The fun characters:  Leap, Tad, Lilly and friends, utilize science, math, creativity and problem solving to fix problems that they face along the ways.  As they become “junior engineers” they explore, design, build, test and improve several Letter Factory issues in captivating ways.  The kids enjoyed the  fun demonstration of adjectives and consonant blends as animated letters work together as a team to make up words.  The entire kiddie-clan was hooked for the 35 minute running time – and the educational rich content helps me do away with the “mommy guilt” I seem to associate with TV.  Although this DVD is recommended for ages 4-7 – I found it helpful for the younger set as well – as it reinforces colors, letter recognition and comparisons.

The Letter Machine Rescue Team is now available at and

LeapFrog provided products.  Opinions, as always, are my own. 


LeapFrog LeapPad2 Power Prize Pack {Giveaway}

As some of you may already know, we are huge LeapFrog Fans.  As a LeapFrog Parent, I’ve had the chance to work closely with the brand for about a year and a half now and experience their innovative products in my children’s hands.  LeapFrog has effectively supported Lucia and Adrian’s learning and development in fun and engaging ways.  One of the reasons why I enjoy partnering with LeapFrog is because they are always eager to spread the learning love!  LeapFrog is generously following up on yesterday’s interview post with an exciting giveaway!  One lucky winner will win a LeapPad2 Power (winner picks color), 2 game cartridges (may be different than the ones pictured below) and a $20 App Center Download Code ($170.00 Value).

LeapFrog LeapPad2 Power Giveaway


Win It!

To Enter: Simply leave a comment below.

Extra Entries will be given to Marino Bambinos followers on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest (Please leave a separate comment for each entry/follow).

An Extra Entry can be earned by sharing this giveaway on Facebook (tag @MarinoBambinos and @LeapFrog, and please include the post link).

An Extra Entry can be earned by sharing this giveaway on Twitter:  Enter to #win a @LeapFrog LeapPad2 Power Prize Pack #giveaway from @MarinoBambinos:   Or create your own tweet including handles MarinoBambinos, LeapFrog, and post link.

Six entries total and please leave a separate comment for each.  This giveaway is open to US only, and a winner will be selected via on October 20th.  Best of luck and thanks for your readership!

UPDATE: Congratulations to winner Liz A!  An email has been sent.

LeapFrog provided me with products, however, all opinions in this post are my own.  View my previous LeapFrog reviews under the label LeapFrog.


Navigating Educational Apps – An Interview With LeapFrog’s Dr. LeVos

Our kids are growing up in an ever-changing digital age.  Children are utilizing technology from earlier ages as a variety of technologies surround our everyday lives.  When used wisely, the right products can be effective tools to support learning and development.  But with a rapidly-expanding selection of apps and educational games – it can be challenging for parents to determine what to purchase.

For the second time, I  had the chance to interview child development and learning expert Dr. Jody Sherman LeVos, the math and science development expert at LeapFrog’s learning team.  I asked her questions about identifying the best educational games and apps, limiting screen time, and the buzz surrounding the new LeapPad UltraShe gives some helpful tips about making informed choices that maximize fun learning opportunities for children.

LeapFrogLeapFrog products were provided to facilitate this interview.  All opinions and nasally, loud voice (I had a cold) are my own. 


LeapFrog Monsters University & LeapPad2/App {Giveaway}

School is officially out for summer and LeapFrog audio books and apps are being incorporated into Lucia’s summer learning. My children have been lucky enough to test out LeapFrog learning products for a year now, and although screen time is limited in my home, I’m happy with the educational entertainment that LeapFrog brings to my children’s learning journey.

Disney Pixar Monsters University is a huge box office hit, and Lucia has enjoyed testing out LeapFrog’s  Monsters University interactive book, in conjunction with LeapFrog’s TagReader (also works with the new LeapReader) and the Monsters University game cartridge/app (on her LeapPad2).

LeapFrog’s Monsters University interactive book (for ages 5-8 years), is unique in that it is LeapFrog’s first 3D book.  My daughter enjoys the book alone, but the addition of the 3D glasses makes the book even more captivating as the characters and effects literally jump off of the pages.  The games help to build logic, word recognition, position words, and reasoning skills.  Lucia has had so much fun with this book while building her reading comprehension and vocabulary skills.   The 3D element is definitely Lucia’s favorite component, and she likes being able to choose a personalized monster name.  I think that this is a great product for my five-year-old reader because she is able to touch challenging words with the TagReader and have them pronounced for her.  My 3 year-old-son also uses the  book, as the TagReader can be set to read the story for him.  I appreciate the advanced vocabulary that Lucia  has picked up from this book, including ophidiophobia (fear of snakes) and ligyrophobia (fear of loud noises).  We’ve been attaching the included 3D glasses to the back of the book with a paper clip, and haven’t managed to loose/break them yet.  I’m hoping that my kids will be able to take good care of the glasses as they do create an enriched experience.

LeapFrog Monsters University

Lucia also tested out LeapFrog Explorer Disney Pixar Monster University Learning Game on her LeapPad2 (also compatible with the Leapster Explorer).  I initially thought that she would be a bit bored with the repetition of the Scare Maze game; however I was wrong!   Lucia enjoys collecting pennants and coins to complete each level.  She also shows excitement when she finds souvenirs and earns scare cards.   The card matching portion was a breeze for her, but luckily the game has 24 levels and intuitively levels up in difficulty to  strengthen her problem-solving skills in a customized way.

Monsters University Scary Hairy Headphones c/o iHome Disney

Monsters University Scary Hairy Headphones c/o iHome Disney

My entire family is a bit obsessed with the Create Your Own Monster feature.  I uploaded this game to both of my kids LeapPads, and they have each created a Daddy Monster, complete with bizarre photos of my husbands face and his roaring voice.  Daddy  is able to scare us all day long via the touch of the LeapPad, even when he is away from us at work.  It’s hysterical, really.

I would never suggest using LeapFrog products as a substitute for one-on-one learning time with a parent.  I think that they are a phenomenal supplement. I’m happy that Mike and Sully’s Monster world is helping to keep learning incredibly fun in my home.  And I’m thrilled that the LeapFrog team is generous as always with another fantastic giveaway!

LeapFrog LeapPad2 Monsters University Giveaway

Win It: LeapFrog is giving away a LeapPad2 and a Monster’s University Learning Game (Downloadable App)  to one lucky reader.  Enter to win in the below rafflecopter.  This giveaway is open to US only, and all entry methods are verified. Best of luck to all!


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As a LeapFrog parent, LeapFrog provided me with learning products for review purposes.  iHome Disney provided me with Monsters University Scary Hairy Headphones.  As in all my reviews, all opinions in this post are my own.  To read my previous LeapFrog Reviews click on the label LeapFrog.