Review of the Leapfrog Creativity Camera and Mr. Pencil™ Stylus

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with LeapFrog and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I really try to steer my 3-year-old away from using my iPad all day.  If given the choice, he would play level after level of Angry Birds and never put it down.  Leapfrog had come out with a couple of new toys that work in concert with an iPad and iPhone/iPod, however, and I was curious about their true educational value and functionality, so I agreed to try them out!

First, my son took the Creativity Camera and app for a spin.  We used this with an iPod Touch. It took seconds to download the app and put the iPod into the camera.  The camera uses existing functions on the iPod to capture pictures, edit photos, and create photo galleries.  My son didn't really use the advanced feature of the camera, but he did takes lots of pictures of everything.  (I do mean everything.)

I was most impressed with how sturdy the camera is.  It really protects the gadget inside, so much so, that my 15-year-old volunteered to give up her iPod for the review.  Designed for kids ages 3-6, this is compatible with iPhone 4, 4S, 5, and the iPod touch.

He also tried out the Mr. Pencil Stylus and Learn to Write app.  This was really cool because we have lots of "tracing" apps that supposedly teach kids to write, but this includes a stylus that is chunky and looks like a pencil.  To get the free app to activate in paid mode, you need to touch the eraser of the stylus to the app home page.  This lets the app know that you've bought the Leapfrog branded stylus.  Then, you're ready to go!

My son is so addicted to this game!  He has come a long way with learning his letters, too.  Because we homeschool, he sees lots of "learning" activity in our home.  Maybe it's his readiness to learn, or maybe it's the app itself, but we've watched him learn all of his letters since playing with this product.  Designed for kids 3-9, it's been a great way to get him interested in reading!