Friday, 1 February 2013

LeapPad 2 Apps Review

We are very fond of our LeapPad 2, it has been dropped a fair few times and is still going strong.  My friend dropped her brand new tablet she had for Christmas and its screen is now smashed!  Whereas children like nothing more than throwing things on purpose never mind by accident!  So I am definitely happy to recommend the durability of this product.

The LeapPad 2 is great for taking on holiday; usually we pack books, films and board games as fillers for the little bit of down time in the evenings.  My feet end up squished into the car as we only have a little one and we have to use every available space!  But instead we just plan to take the LeapPad 2 from now on; my boys have wildlife programmes and Diego to enjoy, books to read and plenty of fun games to keep them occupied – hopefully it will see a return to me travelling in comfort.

The boys have played apps on hubbie’s phone before, but I do not like how they end up getting access to the internet and before you know they are clicking all over the place.  We thought we had downloaded suitable games for them without adverts etc but they have somehow found themselves at the google play store spending our money more than once!  Fortunately if they are playing on their LeapPad 2 I can rest assured that only appropriate content is available to them.

Here are some apps which have the seal of approval from the Missing Sleep boys.

T-Rex Rush £7.50

A fun colourful educational game that helps with mathematical capability (counting, subtracting and addition) and hand-eye coordination.  Trying to run fast and avoid all the obstacles can be quite tricky along with roaring and charging as required!  We are all impressed with the tilting action to move T-Rex from side to side.

Stretchy Monkey £7.50

Entertaining game playing a cheeky monkey collecting fruit for his family, but still with educational applications, matching patterns as you reach the top of the tree (watch out for tickling spider and flying parrot obstacles!).  Also I am ever hopeful that seeing how keen the monkey is to collect fruit the boys themselves might be more enthusiastic to eat fruit generally! BAM POW they shout when they reach for the fruit bowl at home!

Splurgle £7.50

A handy game to learn the properties of water (steam and ice) as you make your way through the maze, tilting the LeapPad to manoeuvre.  Good for children to start thinking about basic science principles.  Eldest enjoyed this game so much he has already completed it!  He soon got the hang of heating water so he could rise up to go round obstacles or turning himself into an ice block by lowering the temperature.

Busy Builder £5

Solving puzzles and earning badges were the highlights for eldest, moving the vehicles to let the cement mixer reach its destination.  The levels progress in difficulty so it is quite a mental workout; you also have the challenge of completing it in a certain number of moves to get full stars.  My boys love anything to do with vehicles and building, so this was a popular choice for them.

Number Bash £7.50

Action packed game with lots of bashing of blocks to protect the world from aliens!  All the while letting your children improve their maths.  I like seeing them play maths games as we have spent a lot of time reading and writing but little doing sums and solving problems.

You can see the full range of Leapfrog apps on their website.  Keep an eye out for special offers, one ended yesterday; there was a buy three apps get one free deal, which really helps make it more affordable.

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