We were sent the most exciting package ever for my two boys. We have done some pretty fabulous reviews since starting in November last year but the LeapPad Explorer might just trump them all. Just look how thrilled they are!
We were also sent a selection of games and credit to see how easy it was to download the online apps. I will talk about these in more detail in a separate post.
The camera was very popular, the boys enjoyed taking pictures and then adding stamps and borders, but the stretching feature so they had very long fingers and an extremely pointed chin got the most giggles. They thought it was hilarious and I was so happy to see them sitting nicely and interacting together.
The Leapfrog explorer is a good size, not too big for children to handle but with a decent sized screen. They had no problems getting to grips with the functions. It is pitched for 4-9 year olds, but my 3-year-old got lots of pleasure from it too. So do not let the recommended age put you off if your thinking of making a purchase. They can just keep growing into it and enjoying it for even longer.
In terms of price I think the system is excellent value for money. Currently at only £59.99 from Amazon if you do not have one now would be the perfect time to buy. We already owned the Innotab by Vtech, which we purchased ourselves, and it is hard not to make direct comparisons with the two systems being priced similarly. However I think the inbuilt camera and video recorder would swing it every time, the LeapPad does offer more.
The LeapPad comes with a few games to get you started (Pet Pad, an art studio, storybook studio and an app from a selection, eldest picked a dinosaur story), so if you’re on a budget your children can have plenty of fun from the onset without spending more than the purchase price. Then you can add extra games or affordable apps for special occasions or linked into good behaviour, like a new belt grading in karate, a glowing school report or as a treat for a star filled reward chart!
Pet Pad was great fun, as the boys liked looking after a pet shampooing it and feeding it. Nice to bring out their nurturing side, am hoping it might calm their feral natures if they have some more responsibilities. I like that you have to blow into the microphone to dry your pet after his bath. You can contact to your computer to download more treats or if you do not have access to one not to worry as more appear the next day.
The ebooks are perfect for children starting to read as they can have the story read aloud to them or they can click on a word they are struggling with and it will say what it is. As much as I love sitting down and reading with my boys, due to time constraints it is usually restricted to bedtime. I can now be happy as my boys are still learning whilst I unfortunately get on with the thankless task of keeping on top of the chores!
The art studio and story studio fulfils your child’s creative urges and no mess to clear up afterwards, they can paint, stamp and draw to their hearts content and your walls and furniture stay clean and scribble free…
My only tip is to stock up on rechargeable batteries. But that is not a criticism as such as all these types of systems drain batteries at an alarming rate. You just need to keep a reserve of batteries in preparation.
To find out more about what Leapfrog have on offer head to the website and open up a whole new world of exploration for your child.