Our family loves LeapFrog. We have pretty much all of their educational toys . . . LeapPad, Leapster Explorer, My Own Storytime Pad, Tag Reading System, and now the LeapPad2.
If you’re not familiar with the original LeapPad it looks like a kid-friendly version of the iPad where you can purchase and/or download tons of games, books, videos, and apps. The brand new LeapPad2 has taken the amazing takes all this and adds in twice as much memory (4 GB), front & back cameras, faster processing, and the ability to charge on-the-go.
Looking at both devices side-by-side, they look pretty much the same. All the buttons are located in the same place which I thought was great since my kids are already familiar with the layout. The only real noticeable difference is the front facing camera.
I also like that they still have the stylus attached by a lanyard to prevent loss.
To use the LeapPad2, you’ll first need to install the LeapFrog Connect Application using the included CD. Follow the easy step-by-step instructions to create a parent account as well as accounts for each of your children. This account will keep track of all the various LeapFrog toys you have registered and makes it super easy to add on more. It also keeps track of your child’s progress as they move through the various game levels.
Once you have your LeapFrog Connect Application and your LeapPad2 synced up, just create a user profile for your child on the LeapPad by entering their name, grade, background, and profile picture. The profile picture can be a pre-installed generic image, one that you’ve downloaded, or you can take a picture using the LeapPad2’s camera. Now you’re all set to go!
Our LeapPad2 came pre-loaded with lots of books, games, utilities, music, and videos to keep the kids entertained for a very long time. You can also download more applications from the LeapFrog library that consists of over 325 educational and fun activities. And if you already have game cartridges from a LeapFrog Explorer, you can use them on your LeapPad2 as well. There’s a game slot located on the top of the device.
The LeapPad2 is geared towards kids ages 3-9 years old which is perfect for all my girls but especially for Kaila (2.5). She can be a little rough on her toys and I’m always afraid to let her use my iPad since I know it will go flying across the room eventually. We have found the LeapPad to be very durable and can definitely take a beating.
Some of our favorite applications have been the Disney storybooks where you can choose among 3 options – have the entire book read to your child, have to book read page-by-page, have your child read the book.
There are also games and activities to keep your child engaged. However, what my girls like the best is that you can record your own voice reading the story and play it back whenever you want. This is a great feature for our family since I travel a lot.
Another application that we really enjoyed is the Disney Animation Magic. Here you can learn how to draw various Disney characters step-by-step by tracing what’s on the screen.
There’s a beginners and advanced mode which determines how many details are included in the picture. What I really liked about this app is that once you’re finished, the program will transform your drawing into the finished product making everyone look and feel like an accomplished artist.
So if you’re looking for a device that’s not only fun but educational, check out the LeapPad2 from LeapFrog. They make great gifts for any child and have also been a big help with my kids learning experience. Thank you LeapFrog!
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This post was written for LeapFrog who provided the complimentary item in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.
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