LeapFrog’s LeapPad Explorer has been hot news ever since it debuted earlier this spring and for a good reason— it lives up to the hype as being the hot new electronic learning toy!
The LeapPad is an innovative kid-friendly tablet that can be personalized for ages 4-9. It combines great technology with LeapFrog’s legendary educational content in order to make learning fun. The new LeapPad is an easy-to navigate device featuring a durable design, content that is cross compatible with Leapster Explorer, and uses sophisticated technology that elevates educational game play for children.
|Magnetic stylus hides on the right side|
It also features a camera whose lens is sunken into the back of the device. I love the little smiley face that helps children know where to look when having their photo taken!
One of the biggest concerns about the new LeapPad is about existing learning games, eBooks, and apps that have been purchased for use on the Leapster Explorer. New and existing content, as well as cross-compatibility with the Leapster Explorer cartridges, provides endless game play that reinforces phonics, math, spelling, geography, world languages, music, science, and life skills! I love that each learning experience offers multiple levels for play to keep engaged while helping them build their skills in a positive way. Games auto-adjust to scaffold learning so children progress at a pace that’s just right for them. It even remembers progress from game to game and book to book for each child under their profile so there’s no frustration in having to ever start over.
Our LeapPad review unit came with pre-loaded content that allowed our family to take a look at the many different types of learning games. Here were some of our favorites:
|Cars 2 Ultra eBook|
Disney-Pixar Cars 2 Ultra eBook — Having just seen Cars 2 this summer, both kids loved joining Lightning and Mater for a reading adventure in the Disney-Pixar Cars 2 Ultra eBook. Since each book is really three books in one, Little Miss Techie (age 7, grade 2) and Captain Computer (kindergarten) could select different story levels and modes that would best fit their skills. As a parent and teacher, I appreciate that one game contains different levels that can support a very fluent 2nd grade reader and a beginning reader in kindergarten.
|Roly Poly Picnic|
Roly Poly Picnic downloadable game— Roly Poly Picnic uses LeapPad’s internal motion sensor to roll, spin, tilt, and steer the Roly Poly through 36 levels of mazes (12 levels each with 3 skill levels) and spelling challenges. Game play with Roly Poly Picnic reminds me of grown up apps such as Alpine Racer that use the iPod/iPhone’s accelerometer to guide a snowboarder down an alpine course by tilting and steering. Roly Poly Picnic requires sophisticated technology that elevates educational game play for children.
Pet Pad app— If there’s anything that we love, it’s our goofy 3 year old Lab so anything pet related is a huge hit in our house! PetPad allows kids to create a customized pet (cat, dog, pig, rabbit, sheep, dragon, monkey, or lemur) and reinforces letter writing skills. Captain Computer selects a letter and practices by connecting the dots that form the letter three times. Upon writing his letter three time, the pet will do a trick that starts with that letter. For example, writing D makes his brown dog dance. The game also teaches pet care and relies on the built in microphone to blow dry your pet. Captain Computer enjoys seeing his customized pet during game play on the LeapPad.
|Story Studio: All About Me|
Story Studio: All About Me and Art Studio apps— These fun and creative apps allow children to create artwork, photos, writing, and recordings that become the content of a self-created book. Young illustrators can also create masterpieces in Art Studio to add them to their All About Me book. Both apps reinforce writing skills and a child’s creative side while also empowering them as authors and illustrators.
LeapFrog’s LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet is currently available in pink and green for $99.99 and includes the stylus, apps (Pet Pad, Story Studio, Art Studio, and an app of your choice, extra stylus with tether, USB cable, installation CD, quick start guide, and instructions.
For more information, visit the LeapFrog site and watch their demo. For those wanting to compare the Leapster Explorer to the new LeapPad, LeapFrog has a comparison chart.
- Big bright touch screen measuring 5” with 480×272 resolution
- Linux based operating system
- Runs Flash Lite, video, and has 3D graphics acceleration
- 2 GB memory with 1.5 MB download capacity
- Motion based play with an accelerometer
- Built in camera, video recorder, and microphone
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