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LeapFrog LittleTouch LeapPad Learning System

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Brand: LeapFrog / Age: 4 Years+ / Type: Reading / Writing / Electronic Learning

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      24.02.2011 20:14
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      expensive gimmick

      Whilst shopping I managed to drop on what I thought was a bargain, it was a twin pack of the books that go with the leap frog learning system. I searched high and low and managed to buy a system from ebay, I did not pay too much for it.

      My son is now 19 months old and still shows very little interest in the learning system, he prefers ordinary books that he can touch and feel. The idea is great, children are able to touch different areas of the pages and the system makes noises etc for babies going on to words as the child develops, you have to press a button on the page every time you turn a page, then touch the pictures etc.. this is quite complicated for a baby. The replacement books are made from a kind of plastic paper so cannot be ripped which is a great idea, also the system has a cushion underneath so it is comfortable for little ones to hold, it just does not seem to draw my babies attention.

      Im glad I did not pay much for this system as it does not really venture out from the toybox very often.

      A great idea just a bit boring for babies.

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        26.07.2009 23:25
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        good idea in theory

        We bought our son one of these for his first christmas when he was only weeks old as its something we thought he would grow into. At 21 months old it still never gets used. It looks good and seems good in principal, however it seems way to advanced for a baby/toddler and once a page has been turnt you need to press another button, so it really needs adult interact all the time. I sit with him occasionally and we read through it, but he gets a bit bored of it easily as i need to keep telling him we need to press the 'go' button first. I think this system would be better with children who are able to understand how it works, and by that stage i think the books offered may a little 'babyish' for the average 3-4 year old. The books and cartridges fit in well and overall the unit looks fab, good design etc, but for me it doesnt live up to expectations.

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        28.01.2009 23:38
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        A well thought-out toy but was not of interest until about 18 months.

        I bought this toy for my son when he was about 7 months old (now nearly 3) because he loved to press buttons to make noises etc.

        This is made of plastic and has a handle at the top which is useful, and a removable pillow at the back which is kind to little legs. The battery compartment is also at the back. The Leappad takes books and cartridges which you can buy separately, although depending on where you purchase the Leappad, it also comes with a book (doesn't require cartridge) and a mini musical book, which I thought was nice. The Leappad is available in pink or blue, and is aimed at 6 to 36 months-old.

        This is a nicely thought-out system, with many interactive features, each page has a green "go" circle that you press to let the book know that you are on that particular page, then you can press anywhere on characters, words etc, for three different levels of interaction. Level 1 (6 months+) has noises and music, level 2 has sounding out of words and then level 3 has a description of that character/item. There is also a "light bulb" on each page which has fun games and other interactive bits.

        My son did not really like to even touch the book at first, so instead I pressed the various places on the book and read the words to him as well. He only really began to get interested in trying to interact with it when he was about 18 months, and he began to enjoy it.

        The pages of the books are quite robust, but saying that, I haven't tried to tear them, so I don't know if they actually do rip or not! You can wipe clean the whole product with antibacterial wipes, for example, so fairly easy to keep clean. After my experience I would recommend this for a child of 1+.

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          28.10.2008 13:33
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          A bit disappointing really

          My daughter was bought one of these for her first Christmas when she was nine months old.

          The little touch leap pad is basically a desk with a touch sensitive top. It requires batteries and has an on-off switch and volume control. You buy packs containing a book and a cartridge and some are based on well known characters. You place the cartridge into the leap pad and then place the book onto the top and by pressing different pictures or symbols you can hear the story or different sound effects and words. This type of leap pad is supposed to be suitable from 6 months old obviously with supervision.

          The leap pad itself costs around £25 to £30 and sometimes comes with one book and cartridge. The books and cartridges can be bought seperately and cost about £12 per set. The last time I looked there were only about 10 different titles but those included 'Guess how much I love you', 'Whinnie the pooh' and 'A cow can moo can you'.

          I was very excited that my daughter had received the leap pad as I had heard some very good reports about them and my nephew had a normal leap pad and loved his.

          My husband and father set about putting the thing together and somehow managed to click the handle in the wrong way. Typical men probably didn't read the instructions! Anyway the handle wouldn't simply click back out again and the whole thing had to be unscrewed and taken apart so we could get the handle back out.

          We had a book and cartridge with it and had a go straight away. My daughter seemed a little under whelmed by it but it was christmas and there was a lot going on and a lot of people about so I put it aside for another day.

          When we went back to the leap pad my daughters only interest in the thing was to bash the hell out of it which is completely normal behaviour for a nine month old child. If she wasn't bashing it she was screwing up the book and trying to eat it. The pages are coated in something to protect them from tearing and dribble but that is hardly the point of the leap pad.

          I shopped around and manged to get some more books and cartridge sets for about £8 but none of them seemed to get her attention. She was so busy touching the books that I had to keep resetting it to the page we were on or so that it would read the story to us.

          In my opinion this is defiantely aimed at a much older child.

          My daughter is now four and I have a son who is three and they have both played with the leap pad and my daughter can now work it well enough to teach her brother what to do. They don't play with it very often and some of the books are aimed at babies rather than pre-school age children.

          After only a few plays some of the cartridges have become damaged and the leap pad does not register that they are inserted. Bearing in mind this system is aimed at such a young age group it is not nearly robust enough to cope with the treatment a young child will give it.

          Sadly neglected and left at the bottom of the toy box definately not a favourite and definitely not worth the money!

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            18.10.2008 10:30
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            quite expensive

            The little touch leappad learning system is made to encourage young children to read and it is designed to give young children the early learning skills which they need and can make the stories come to life.

            The little touch leappad comes in a baby blue colour or pink, so it it suitable for both boys and girls. It comes made of sturdy plastic and the console itself has a cushion attached to the underside so it can be placed on the lap. It has an on - off switch on the top and a volume control. The console itself comes with one book and one story cartridge. The books are clipped on the top of the console and the cartridge is inserted underneath. You then switch it on, it can be put on different levels. You are then ready to read the story.

            We brought this for our son when he was 6 months old as it states it can be used from that age.We paid around £29.99 for it from early learning centre. My son didnt seem interested at all, I think he was too young too start with. We put it away until he was a year old and now he has had loads of use out of it. You can buy a number of different books for it they cost around £15. The books come at different levels so as the child grows you can get different books.

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            14.10.2008 12:17

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            does not grab child's attention at a young age

            I bought the little touch leap pad when my little boy was 3 months old as it says it can be used from birth onwards. I think all in all I paid about £50 for the leap pad and four books, which wouldn't have been a bad price if he had actually used it. He is 16 months now and every time I sit down with him to look at it, he is interested for about a minute and then tries to take it off me to throw it away. I'm hoping that maybe as he gets a bit older he may get some use out of it but i am not so sure only time will tell.
            The leap pad is actually quite heavy to hold as it has the beads underneath meaning it can be used comfortably on your child's lap. It has a carry handle to carry it around, it has an on and off button and also an up and down volume button. The books are quite good as they are tear proof but believe me they are not bend proof as my little boy has wrecked one of his books by constantly bending the pages. The books come with individual cartridges which slot in the top.

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            13.03.2008 22:58
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            a brilliant idea but just doesnt work in reality

            My eldest daughter had this when she was young, it is a electronic story book learning aid designed for babies from birth upwards.

            You have an on off button and a volume control button that you can higher or lower.

            You have to buy book sets to go on this computer which are not cheep, my computer cost me £70 and each book set cost £20 from toysrus.

            In each book set you get a book which is made of paper but is magic, it doesnt rip, it creases but wont rip no matter how much my daughter tugged at it or dribbled on it which i thought was realy good and you get a plastic cartridge aswell, the plastic cartridge has to go in the top of the computer and the book slots onto the front. The computer is made of plastic and has a cushion on the back of it to stop it hurting there legs wholst playing with it.

            Each book is a different theme, all educational though, one of the books we had was called if i were which taught colours and animals.

            You have a choice of 3 settings on the 2nd page of each book which allows you to pick the difficulty level.

            This book will read the story to you if you press the green go sighn and will allow you to press the pictures in the book and will tell you different things.

            This toy was all a good idea at the time but realy never took off in our house, we still have the thing now and my daughters at 3 and nearly 5 years old still havent grasped that they need to press the green go sign on every page so im not convinced this little touch leap pad is all it is cracked up to be, it needs an adult constantly helping.

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            20.02.2008 14:03
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            best wait and get the older one when they're bigger.

            This was bought for my eldest daughter for her first x-mas, when she was 10 months old. It was great as a bit of a novelty, all the adults visiting loved it and kept trying to play it with her, but she seemed to lose interest after a couple of minutes.

            it is designed a bit like a lap tray, with the padded underneath for comfort, and you plug in cartridges into the top and place the corresponding book into the middle.

            I found that the idea was great-and i am a lover of nearly all leapfrogs toys so i wanted to love it, but i have to say that i was a little disappointed with it. the pages are tear proof, but my daughter just wanted to keep trying to rip the pages out instead of pressing buttons. the one thing she did use was the insert that turns it into a little keyboard, but again, was quickly discarded.

            the features on this toy are the plastic carry handle at the top, although the whole thing is pretty heavy for a young child to carry round easily. it has two buttons at the top to turn the volume up or down-and it can be turned up far too loud, as my daughter found out when she sat there pressing the button!

            this may suit children that are happy to sit for long periods of time, but was never enough to satisfy my curious toddler.

            Now she is three and i purchased the leapfrog leapbook for older children, which she adores now that she is older, as her attention can be held for longer now, so she gets alot more out of it.

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            30.01.2007 09:42
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            A good toy to help your child's early learning!

            The Little Touch LeapPad is made by the LeapFrog company who seem to specialise in computerised learning systems for little children to help them with their reading and numbers. The Little Touch LeapPad is recommended for children between the ages of six and thirtysix months before they move onto the next systems.

            When you get your system it comes as quite a sturdy plastic board with a cushion effect underneath which makes it more comfortable for children to sit with it on their knees. The pad also comes in either pink or blue, but it doesn't matter what colour you get as they both do the same thing. What it seems to be, speaking as a non-expert, is a plastic base which has sensors which are activated by putting a cartridge in the system.

            So how does the leapPad work? It arrives with a book and a cartridge. You have to place the book so that it fits into the central spine and place the cartridge in the designated space at the top. Once this cartridge is in place, the system is ready to read the related book. The book which came with our system is called 'One Bear in the Bedroom', but there are lots of other books you can buy to use with the system as well.

            There is an on/ off switch and when you turn on you hear a voice welcoming you to the system. If you haven't got your cartridge and book in place the voice will tell you to do it. Once everything is in place, the voice will recognise this and tell you what to do. On each page there is a little green circle with the word 'go' in it. On every page this is in a slightly different position, and you have to press this first on every new page so that the system can register where you are. This now means that on each page your child can press the words or pictures and hear a response.

            The story is very simple but you can operate the interactive part at three settings. The first setting basically just gives you music and sounds which is meant to stimulate early brain development. Once you have set it going the music will play which is a good distraction for young babies although obviously they will not be able to do too much interacting themselves.

            Setting 2 is called word play and introduces short descriptive phrases which will help to develop early language. On this setting children can touch various pictures to hear them described and the associated sounds with them. For example, on the first page there is an aeroplane which when you touch it you hear the words 'zooming aeroplane' and hear the noise it makes in the sky. You can also press on the words to hear the story being told.This is fun for little children to play with, but in my opinion, it is when you get to setting three that it gets very interesting.

            Setting three is called 'Laugh and Learn' and this really is a lot of fun! Here you have lots of fun filled rhymes and early learning interactions which help to prepare your child for school. There are so many things to do on every page - they have to find objects and shapes, count them, find the biggest or smallest and so on. They still get to hear the story by pressing on the words, but there is so much more. There are lots of rhymes associated with the different pictures and lots of fun sound effects to go with them.

            The story itself is quite stimulating as progressively on each page there are more and more animals doing naughty things like 2 cows in the kitchen making a mess or 5 toads in the bath splashing water everywhere!

            My opinion of the Little Touch LeapPad is that it is both entertaining and educational for young children. I'm not really sure about the age guidance (6-36 months) as my daughter is now three and a half and is only now really able to operate it on her own, and she still loves the story and everything that she can make the different pages do. I suppose that they say 36 months as the highest age because they want parents to buy their children the next system! The system can be a bit annoying at times. You sometimes forget to press the green circle when you turn the page which means that what you hear when you press is totally unrelated to what you see on the page! This is frustrating for my little girl when she is reading on her own, because she doesn't realise her mistake. Another slightly annoying thing, is that if your child goes off and leaves it before turning it off, you get the original voice repetitively asking you to press something. I suppose this is a good thing in one way as it makes you go and turn it off and save the batteries!

            As I said, we had one book that came with the system and was included in the price which is anything from about £25 and it does seem to be quite widely available at most shops which sell toys. You can buy additional books and cartridges but as these cost about £12 each i think they are quite expensive. As a consequence, we have only bought one other - a non fiction book called 'Animal World' which works in just the same way on the three settings.

            So overall, I would recommend this product. My eldest daughter, and more recently my younger one, now nearly two have got a lot of enjoyment out of them. Particularly, now that my older daughter is at pre-school it helps to reinforce a lot of the things she is doing there, and I envisage her using it for quite some time to come, so I won't be rushing out to buy the next one!

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              11.10.2006 14:13
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              A great toy - highly recommended

              This is a brilliant learning toy for babies up to the age of about 3 years. I bought two of these last Christmas, a blue one and a pink one, my twins were approaching two at the time. I wish now, I had purchased them when they were younger as they are now coming up to three after this Christmas and have nearly grown out of them.

              But in the one year they have had them , they have used them constantly and absolutely loved pressing the pictures on the pages and listening to all the sounds and music. We have 4 different books - winnie the pooh, babys first words, bear in the house and animals. When you purchase the console itself, you get bear in the house and 2 activity cards with it. You are looking at spending about £30 for the leappad and approx £12-15 for the books and cartridges which I dont think is too bad for what you get.

              There are 3 different settings according to age so it grows with your child. There are also activities on each page, enabling your child to learn new words and feelings. It also has a beanie bag underneath like a lap tray so it can sit on your childs lap which is a brilliant idea as it doesnt keep slipping off.

              The only down side I would say is that the child can easily access the on/off via a button and you have to start all over again. I think the 2006 version has changed now to prevent this.

              Overall, this is fantastic product. Best to buy when your baby is young so they get the maximum use out of it. Would highly recommend.

              Nicky x

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            From your first reading experience together to the independent toddler years, LittleTouch LeapPad learning system is designed to build early learning skills, with stories that come to life with the simple touch of a finger. Includes a LittleTouch LeapPad starter book and activity cards with over 100 early learning activities that introduce ABCs, letter sounds, numbers, colors, shapes, reading readiness and more! The LittleTouch LeapPad library of books allows the learning and discovery to continue!