Product Type: LeapFrog Child Development
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Toy Story 3 Special edition Leapster2
LeapFrog Leapster 2 Learning System
Member Name: lazytowner
LeapFrog Leapster 2 Learning System
Advantages: Educational and Fun
Disadvantages: Price of the games, music on some of the games can be annoying!
A Leapster2 is a hand-held games console aimed at children aged 4 - 8 and is made by Leapfrog.
**What's in the Box?**
Leapster Connect software disc
Usually a Leapster is green or pink but as my son has got the Toy Story one his is mostly white and blue whilst the buttons are yellow, there are three Toy Story stickers on the console plus the Leapfrog logo. On top of the console is a slot for the game cartridges that you can purchase separately, all your child has to do is to push the cartridge into the slot which my son finds very easy to do.
The console is very chunky, some little ones might find it tricky holding onto the console and playing a game at the same time but my son has never had any problems.
The Leapster2 has a 3 inch Lcd touch screen, the console comes with a red stylus pen which is attached to console with a strong red cord, there is a round hole on the console so you can put the stylus away when not in use. You can use your finger instead of the stylus but I find that you have to really press the screen quite firmly and it is not as accurate as the stylus.
The console requires 4 x AA batteries and you place these inside the compartment that is at the back of the console. We decided to purchase a rechargeable unit which I have to say has been well worth the money, we had to remove the battery compartment and the rechargeable unit then screws into place.
Underneath the console are various buttons so that you can adjust the contrast, brightness, volume control and it even comes with a ear socket jack though my son is not allowed to use headphones.
I like that when you press the volume button, an icon appears on the screen so that you can see how loud the volume is.
My son has dropped this console a few times but it has survived with no problems!
**Four Ways To Play**
When you first switch the Leapster on you will see 4 pictures for Cartridge Games, Game Downloads, Connect and Creativity Castle.
**Cartridge Game** - The Leapster does not come with any cartridges and so you have to purchase them separately, you can buy various games like UP, Cars and Toy Story 3. The average price is £14 - £17 per game which is quite expensive but I think they are worth it as they are fun and very educational and I know with the Toy Story 3 game my son is learning to spell and do simple maths.
**Download** - When my son first started using his Leapster he was able to download a mini game onto his console, of course he opted for Toy Story. He was also able to install a full game called Dragons to the Rescue. Whilst your child is playing with the Leapster they are able to unlock rewards such as colouring pages and certificates and they can also earn additional bonus downloadable games though my son has not achieved this yet.
**Dragons To the Rescue**
In this game you first of all choose whether you want to be a green or pink dragon, you then pick a number or alphabet game and then choose a level 1 - 4. Using the cursor pad you have to find letters, spell words, or do simple maths depending on the game and the level you have chosen. You also have to avoid storm clouds,whirlwinds and other obstacles.
The music for this game is very annoying but of course my son loves it!
**Connect** - The first thing you have to do is to install the cd that comes with the console or go to leapfrogs website and look for Connect and you can download it from there.
It takes around 2 minutes to download the program from Leapfrog, once it has installed you need to use the usb lead that comes with the console to connect the console to the computer, the Leapster needs to be on for it to work..
Once I am connected I just click on my sons name and then I go to Learning Path to find out how well he has done on his games. There are various things you can or your child can do via Connect like collect rewards, print certificates and watch game reviews.
**Creativity Castle Art Studio** - My son uses this quite a lot and he can draw, paint, select a background such a cottage or castle, use animated stamps and if he logs onto the Connect program he can even edit his art work.
I was worried that my son would not play with his Leapster as he has got a computer, but since last Christmas he has been playing it regularly especially out in the car, at his grandparents house or if he can sneak it in his bag he will play it in Sunday School with the volume off!
I was very surprised as to how quickly my son picked up on how to use the Leapster and really he has not needed much help from us.
Connect is a must for all parents as it shows you that your child is not just playing a console game, but they are also learning to do things like subtraction, addition, numbers, reading and spelling. I have been completely amazed at what my little boy has learnt over the last 9 months, his confidence with numbers and spelling is growing every week with help from the Toy Story3 and UP games!
This is a special edition Leapster and the only thing different about it is the colours, the Toy Story stickers and the mini game which you can download.
Price - £30 - £40
You Can only buy the Toy Story Leapster from Toys R Us
Summary: Your children will have hours of fun!
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