What It Is
Today's kids are very tech-savvy. Even the youngest kids know how to use the same gadgets that mom or dad use, and they want to. However, some parents may be wary of letting their 4-year-old play with an expensive iPad. LeapFrog introduces its LeapPad Explorer, which is designed to look and work like an iPad or other tablet device and offers kids an age-appropriate and educational tablet experience.
The LeapPad Explorer features a built-in camera/video recorder, a built-in microphone, and a library of more than 100 learning game cartridges, books, apps, and videos. Just like mom and dad's tablet, kids can touch the LeapPad's five-inch screen with their finger or tap it with the stylus. Kids can also turn, twist, and shake the tablet for motion-based play. LeapPad also works with all Leapster Explorer and LeapFrog Explorer cartridge games and downloadable apps. Games auto adjust so kids can learn at the right pace. Each LeapPad book app is actually three books in one, offering each story at three different reading levels. LeapPad remembers a child's progress from game to game and book to book to keep the content challenging and engaging. Content includes everything from phonics skills, mathematics, and spelling to geography, world languages, music, creativity, science, and life skills. Kids can also practice their writing skills with step-by-step guidance and a child-sized stylus.
With the reading apps, kids can touch the words to hear them sounded out and open a visual dictionary. With the microphone, kids can record their own narration. These apps feature animation and motion-based activities with popular characters, such as Lightning McQueen and Cinderella.
The LeapPad has 2GB of memory for storing pictures and videos. It also includes a complete suite of creativity tools. LeapPad's Animation Studio shows kids how to animate Disney characters. With Story Studio, kids create their own stories using the built-in camera, personalized artwork, and even their own voice. Parents can easily and instantly share their children's masterpieces with family and friends via email or Facebook.
Why It’s Fun
The LeapPad is a new and revolutionary item in the educational toy market. LeapFrog has combined the latest technology, educational curriculum, and entertaining characters in a form that mirrors popular adult tablets. Kids will love having their own tablet device just like mom and dad. The LeapPad offers kids the ability to create their own personalized experiences and have fun while learning at their own pace with content that automatically adjusts to their skill level.
Who It’s For
The LeapPad Explorer is for ages 4—9.
What to Be Aware of
Four AA batteries are required, but not included.
Additional game cartridges and accessories (including an AC adapter) are sold separately. Game cartridges will be priced at about $24.99 each, and downloadable apps will be priced at about $5 each.