Hi, I am a mother to 2 kids, 3 ½ and 6 and write at MommyGoggles.com
I like to think of the new LeapPad Explorer as the iPad for kids. Books, games, video, pictures, apps – and lots more!
The screen quality on the LeapPad Explorer is bright and amazing!
With Tucker being left handed, one of the first things that I looked at, was to see if the attached stylus is made for right handed, left handed, or versatile for both. This was one thing that we loved about the original Leapster verses the new Leapster Explorer.
Unfortunately the LeapPad Explorer is made for right handed kids, with no option to switch it over to the left side like the Leapster Explorer had, however the attached stylus is a nice length so it can be used right handed or left. The only drawback is that if your child is left handed, the string from the stylus will lay directly over the screen.
There are 4 apps included when you buy the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer. From the award winning educational toy company comes LeapPad, the learning tablet just for kids. With a built-in camera, and a library of 100+ games and activities, the durable LeapPad features innovative apps that inspire creativity and turn reading into fun and games. It’s a new way to learn, a new way to play – a new way to unlock your child’s potential!
There are a lot of games within the LeapPad Explorer. One that Tucker has a lot of fun with , as did Kambry, is the LeapPad Camera and Video Recorder. With this, they can take a picture using the camera on the back, and go in to the LeapPad Photo Lab and play around with the images they take.
I am pretty impressed with the quality of the pictures for a kids’ learning toy. Before I handed the LeapPad back to Tucker, I thought I’d play around, then show him what I made. Here’s what had him giggling for a while.
They can take pictures of each other and add fun things to the pictures. Maybe Kambry wants to be a pirate – she can create her own fairy tale.
The LeapPad Explorer has amazing interactive books. This has to be probably my favorite feature of the LeapPad! Within the ‘My Books’ menu, there is a bookshelf where you can pick out what book they want to read, or read along with.
If your little one doesn’t know how to pronounce the word, no worries, there is a glossary that when you tap on the word – it literally sounds it out for them!
All you have to do is tap on a word and it will sound it out for you, as well as use it in a sentence.
Video of glossary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMjnDawXY0c
The LeapPad Explorer has a cartridge slot. One thing that I was curious about was ‘Do you have to buy all new cartridges if you already have Leapster Explorer cartridges?’ The answer is NO! You can use those cartridges that your kids use with their Leapster Explorer, with the LeapPad. LeapPad works with all Leapster Explorer™ and LeapFrog Explorer™ cartridge games and downloadable apps—more than 100 learning adventures await!* Touch the screen with a finger, tap it with the stylus or turn, twist and shake the tablet for exciting motion-based play!
As with the Leapster Explorer, the LeapPad Explorer has games. One of my kids’ favorite games is Jewel Train 2. This is a fun game that involves the kids thought process, as well as their memory. I have found myself playing this when the kids are in bed. Hey, at least I admit it.
Overall: WE LOVE the LeapPad Explorer!
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