Following on from my review on the LeapPad I thought I would mention a little about the games and apps available to complement it.
We were sent three games to play, a Spongebob Kart Racing, Cars 2 and Toy Story 3. These all contained characters my boys really love, so they were a hit from the onset. But there are plenty more games to choose from, what is really helpful is how the games adjust to your child’s capability level, so a game should never be too difficult and therefore off putting for them. You can even have three sign in profiles so siblings can have their own customized settings, in addition to a guest setting.
They do range in price, some work out quite cheap (around £10), but even the most expensive are nowhere close to how much you pay for current console games. They are also tailored to be fun yet still very educational, with emphasis on sounds, teaching letters and mathematics. I do not mind my boys playing these games (like anything as long as its in moderation alongside other activities), because they do not realise how much they are learning, as they are so preoccupied winning rewards and seeing what happens next.
When you get your LeapPad, a CD is provided to install Leapfrog connect onto your computer. It is a very simple process to get the software installed, and then you can manage what files and games are on your LeapPad Explorer. When you first access the program you are prompted to make a parents account with Leapfrog, this is essential if you want to purchase apps. Given we were also kindly provided with £15 credit we were eager to see what was available from the App Centre.
The App Centre was crammed with over 100 apps varying in price from £3.50 to £20.00, with lots of choice if you are after an eBook, game or learning video. I particularly like the ease of having new content available for my boys, without having to place an order on a website and then wait ages for a new game to arrive in the post. It is very convenient to my lifestyle, if I am feeling slightly frazzled and need a little bit of R&R I love that I can for the sake of a few pounds download something thrilling and put my feet up for a little (every mum deserves a rest!).
My eldest absorbs everything at the moment; he is especially interested in wildlife. So he had to have a “Discovery Corwin’s Quest: The Blue Whale’s Tail Video”. I might have myself a little David Attenborough in the making. The video was pitched perfectly to his level and the film is very well done, with plenty to intrigue and excite a young mind. We also downloaded Busy Builder, where he had to solve a puzzle by moving trucks, and a Go Diego Go eBook.
Here is a little video showing the three apps in action.