I love to buy toys to my children who are 5 and 3. Educational more than other kinds, however, either kind it is always the same, play with it for a day or two and then, once in a blue moon. HOWEVER, with the leapster it was a whole different story, since the moment she got it x-mas morning she would not put it down, now 2 years later her favorite game is pet-pals, she can play it every day if I let her. She just started kindergarten and is learning to read insted of her letters, and whatever she knows about letters and their sounds is from leapster games, since English is my second language I felt she would need extra help with reading and writting, that is why I got the leapster and it worked. thanks leapfrog!