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Review: LeapFrog Leapster Explorer

25 Aug

image1240777229.jpgMy daughter wanted a hand-held device, like an iPod touch or Nintendo DS for her birthday, she’s 6 years old. I find there is too much in those devices for a child her age so we have been looking around for an alternative, less expensive device in place.

We were recently contacted by LeapFrog and asked if we would like to review their latest learning toy – LeapFrog Leapster Explorer.

The LeapFrog Leapster Explorer is a hand-held learning device geared toward children ages 4-9. Games, e-books and
videos, applications called leaplets can be downloaded through leapster online. You can also purchase cartridge games like Toy Story 3, Disney Princesses, Iron Man and more. It runs on 4 AA batteries (not included) and leaplet dowload cards & game cartridges can be purchased at Walmart & Toys R Us.

The device itself is chunky which I find prevents small hands dropping it more than a lighter, thinner device. It’s got a touch screen and stylus pen. I like that it’s hand-held and doesn’t require a TV to operate. You do however need a computer and Internet to access Leapfrogs online features. We easily plugged it in via provided USB cord and installed the included software to download a leaplet, a code card comes included with the explorer along with an extra game already installed.

Of course, being LeapFrog, the games are educational and geared by age. The graphics are impressive – my daughter gave it two thumbs way up!

The Leapfrog Leapster Explorer is a fun way your kids can brush up on skills like spelling, reading or math after a long summer!

As a parent I enjoy knowing my kids will get educational value from fun games with familiar characters. Being able to track my childrens progress through leapfrogs learning path software is proof even though they are having fun they are learning.

If you are looking for an aged appropriate hand-held device that won’t break the bank either, Leapfrog Leapster Explorer is for you!

Check it out as well as leapfrog’s other great learning toys at www.leapfrog.ca

*A Leapfrog Leapster Explorer, game cartridge and batteries were supplied on behalf of Leapfrog for review purposes. All opinions in reviews on A Motherhood Experience Blog are honest and my own*

@AMotherhoodBlog

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2 Comments

Posted by on August 25, 2010 in A Motherhood Experience

 

2 responses to “Review: LeapFrog Leapster Explorer

  1. Carrie

    August 26, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Both my girls love my iPod touch. I wonder if they would like the leapster

     
    • amotherhoodexperience

      August 26, 2010 at 2:41 am

      My daughter used to play my iPhone but at the price of an iPod touch or iPhone I prefer her using this and she loves it because it’s hers! The graphics aren’t 2-bit like typical kids devices similar to this one. I am impressed! Can’t wait to buy her more games!

       

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