Product Type: LeapFrog Child Development
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Fantastic tablet for children.
Leapfrog LeapPad Explorer Tablet
Member Name: whitelilly2007
Leapfrog LeapPad Explorer Tablet
Advantages: Easy to use, fun and educational
Disadvantages: Eats batteries
I bought the LeapPad Explorer from Boots for my son's 4th birthday. It cost £79.99 and is suitable for children aged 4-9 years old. We got the green coloured one but it's also available in pink. I was drawn to this straight away because we've had a lot of LeapFrog products before and they've always been very good. It's also compatable with other Explorer games which was a huge bonus for us as it saves buying the same games again. It uses 4 AA batteries, which I thought was fine, but later discovered it eats them like mad so we decided to buy some decent rechargeable batteries. The LeapPad has a 5 inch touch screen and stylus, 2gb storage and a built in camera and video recorder. It comes with apps (see below), a USB cable, installation CD, instructions and a spare stylus. We decided to buy a screen protector, gel skin and carry case for it seperately.
Before you start playing with this it needs to be connected to a computer and set up (the installation CD and instructions are included and I found them very easy to understand and follow). It can take a good half an hour to set up so if it's a present it might be a good idea to do it the night before. You can create up to 3 user profiles, which is great if you have more than 1 child. These individual profiles allow you to follow the progress of each child. Once you've completed the registration you can download games, eBooks or videos. Our LeapPad came with 4 apps included (Pet writing app, Story Studio app, Art Studio app and a free downloadable app).
There are hundreds of games, eBooks and apps available from £3.50 up to £19.99. Most of them are educational and my children (even my 7 year old) loves playing them and enjoys learning. Most of the eBooks and games can be adjusted to suit your childs ability. For example, on an eBook starting at level one each page only has short sentences with words that can be sounded out using phonics. As the child's reading ability grows then you can change the reading level so that the sentences are longer and the words are trickier and more descriptive. I really do like being able to follow their progress and see where they're improving and where they might need extra help. I think the best thing my children love about the LeapPad is the camera and video recorder. They take photos and edit them, adding funny stamps and pictures.
As a family, we all love this and the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because it does eat batteries and there is no way to charge it up like you would a DS.
Summary: Provides endless fun and learning. Grows with your children.
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