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We were given a Leappad system and loads of books and cartridges by a friend of ours, the console was generally used by her son so the console is the green and blue one and a lot of the books are more boy orientated however the case that came with it is the pink one.
The bag is made of really strong material which is a good thing as the console plus books and cartridges can actually get pretty heavy.
The bag is a record style bag with a flap over however it isn't over the shoulder bag but has two straps on the back so it can be carried like a backpack. The back of the bag is lilac in colour and the straps which are adjustable with a plastic clip which moves up and down the strap are pale pink. There is a lilac handle on the top of the bag so that you can carry it by that although it is not very comfortable to carry like that due to the weight of it when full but it is useful when just putting the bag in the car. The flap of the bag is pale pink and has the Leapfrog logo on it in the usual green and white colours.
The bag has a far amount of storage, inside there is a main pocket which is a couple of inches wide so takes the console easily and you can manage to squeeze a couple of books in there with it too. On the front there is a large pocket which doesn't have any depth to it so only holds a couple of books and then on the front of this pocket there is a netted section in lilac which is sewn into sections for you to put the cartridges into, you can easily fit 8-12 cartridges inside.
The bag is really great, although we got ours free I have looked it up on Amazon and you can buy them used for about £4 which is a great price. The bag is really strong and holds plenty in it, the straps on the back are a little too far apart for a smaller child like my daughter so they don't sit on her shoulders properly but then she would never be expected to carry it anyway due to it being heavy when full although when empty it is really lightweight.
I would recommend this bag and think if you are going to have quite a few books and cartridges to go with the console then it's great for keeping them all together even if you don't actually take it out anywhere.
LeapFrog Pink LeapPad Backpack
We bought our little one a leap pad a while ago and were lucky enough to get this backpack free alongside it, though prices for the backpack alone are very reasonable with Amazon second hand backpacks going for £1.50 (not including postage and packaging).
The backpack is quite a bit larger than the leap pad itself, making it easier for little ones to get their leap pad in and out on their own. It is a slight rectangular shape and comes in the lovely pale pink and lilac colours (I believe you can also buy the same backpack in blue and green colours too). On the front of the backpack you have the Leap Pad words and logo with a wavy dotted line creating a more child friendly design. The front opens up fully to reveal the inside (see below) and is secured down with two strips of Velcro which are quite long-lasting. On the top is a small material carry handle which is quite sturdy, though my little one prefers carrying it with the thicker and softer straps at the back which are designed like those on a typical backpack used for school and such like. These straps are adjustable and seem comfortable enough though the problem comes when younger children try to actually put it on their back with the leap pad inside. The shape, weight and hardness of the leap pad make it difficult, and very uncomfortable, for a young child to carry which is a shame. It would have perhaps been a little better if the backpack had been more padded out, though even then I can still see it being easier to carry by hand. Talking of the material, overall, the material on the backpack is a good design with the easy to clean surface and waterproof to a degree. It is also quite durable with no rips or tears at the moment.
As already mentioned, the inside of the backpack is a little larger than the leap pad itself and so it is easy to slot it in and out without having to move it around for hours. This main compartment is at the back of the backpack and takes up most of the inside. There are two other compartments in front of it. The first is nearly as wide though a lot thinner and is designed to hold the leap pad books. We can get four books inside comfortably and I would imagine you would easily fit at least double that inside. On the front of this compartment is a small net compartment, spaced into four parts. Each part is about the size of a playing card and are used to hold the cartridges easily. They are designed to hold one cartridge each, though if you turn the cartridges horizontally then you are able to fit two in per pocket.
Although not overly necessary to have with a leap pad, this backpack comes in very handy when my little one wants to take it out with her, and keeps all the books and cartridges together. It is pretty well designed apart from the aspect of it being a backpack, though this is not too much of an issue with our youngster, and at a tiny price of £1.50 you can not really complain!