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LeapFrog LeapPad

Kim! Get in here! I think we're all curious about this thing, tell us more.

How does it work? What can they do? Do you think it's okay for 3 year olds?

Are the Apps easy to download on computers? (If it takes up a lot of room on my computer, I'm screwed, I need my computer to run fast Smile )

Would you recommend the carrying case?

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I just got the LeapPad for Ryken about a week ago. It was supposed to be saved for his birthday...oops. Anyway, he loves it! He can do the paint app by himself, but he needs help with the train game and the pet app. It comes with a couple apps- paint, jewel train game, some pet app that involves letters. I haven't looked at it that closely though. I'm going to get the Cars app for him today from Target and I'll let you know how that goes. I'm hoping the book part is easy for him to do on his own. I'm also going to look at the case or the gel skin. It seems pretty durable, but I'd hate for it to break.

I have to say though, I think if we had an ipad I wouldn't have gotten it for him. He loves my ipod, but I don't love him using it Biggrin There are so many more apps for ipad or ipod. I'm not totally impressed with the selection of apps for the LeapPad so far. I'm hoping they come out with more. I was hoping there would be flash card apps for letters and numbers.

But, in the end he loves it, so I love it Biggrin

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I've been wondering too! Thanks for the review, Katie! When Noah gets to visit with his cousins (like 3 times a year) he becomes OBSESSED with their Nintendo DS and won't put it down. So I've been wondering if a LeapPad or something would be a good purchase for him being so young yet.

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Kim! Get in here! I think we're all curious about this thing, tell us more.

LOL okay I'm here Smile

How does it work? What can they do? Do you think it's okay for 3 year olds?

I bought it for Claires 5th BD my honest opinion, I really think they need to be older to get a lot out of it. I think 3 is a little young, that doesn't mean they can't still have fun with it but I think they need to be at least 4 to start getting more out of it, that being said Addi LOVES to play with Claires and I think we still might get her one since they can share apps and I have no idea what else to get her. That and I think she will grow with it. And kids pick things up so fast with computers these days I think if I sit with her and show her she'll pick it up.

What can they do?

they do video and photos, it comes with some Apps (you have to download them) so I recommend opening it, syncing it and downloading it before you give it to them so they don't have to wait. It comes with a art app (painting ect) a story app where they have pre-set pages and they can insert pics add video and sound recordings too. Claire made a book and on one page recorded "mommy I love you and I love my leappad, I'm hungry can I have a snack please" ROFL It also comes with a pet that they can feed, wash, play with ect. And on that you can choose from a list, we chose a book. You can have it read to you, or select words you don't know to read.

You can buy games (the leapster explorer games are the only ones that work on it) but they can get pricey. if you don't want to buy the cartridges (in case they loose them) you can just download the game but its still the same price. ($25 ish) but then it takes up more room on the leappad.

I like how everything has a learning element. Like to move onto other levels you have to continue a pattern or spell a word. It changes as they grow. You set it up according to age (pre k up to gr 6 I think) so as they play the games skills are based on age. A kindergarten would be asked which letter makes the specific sound and give them three options, a 6th grader would be asked to spell words.

You can download "movies" about animals, it also has all the leapfrog videos like letter factory (which is great for 3 year olds teaches them all the letters and the sounds they make) and mission to the moon which is good for older ones its a math video

you can download books there are more basic books that are exactly like the TAG books or there are more that are more interactive but of course more expensive.

Are the Apps easy to download on computers? (If it takes up a lot of room on my computer, I'm screwed, I need my computer to run fast Smile )

you download the apps directly to the pad so they don't say on your computer. Sometimes it can be a pain with firewall issues but usually I just disable the firewall for the 5 min it takes to download. You just need to download the software to sync it, its not that big (the same one as the rest of their software)

And you can share apps that you buy on two leappads under your account (another reason we might get a second one)

Would you recommend the carrying case?

YES lol Claire has one and it holds her games and system. They make ones for it.

Over all I love it, Claire plays with it daily. I think 3 year olds would have fun with it but need to be a little older to get everything out of it that it can do.

Negatives.
- EATS BATTERIES I was replacing every 3 days now we have rechargables Wink

- Apps are 7.00- 10 for most apps and the more involved ones are more. Cartaridge Games are $25-30 so a little pricey

We go the Mr Pencil game I like it it teaches colours, drawing and letters.

Here is a review on the system and you can check out the APS HERE (most have previews)

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Thank you Kim!! That is exactly everything I was wondering!

Confused, I thought you downloaded Apps/games from the computer? You said the case holds her games too?

I'm totally debating now. I might just put it on his wishlist, and if a grandparent wants to buy it, it's certainly better than some noisy toy they would normally pick out Smile But not sure if he's not old enough for it, if I want to spend $100 just so he won't play on the ipad.

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You can download APPS but you can also put the game cartridge in. The game cartridges are much longer more involved games, some have expansion packs you can download. But they have now also made it so you can just download the whole game to your leappad. You need to get the explorer games. I found a few on craigslist cheap Wink

these are some of the game cartridges

We actually just decided to get one for Addi's bd. I was on the fence but she would be so happy to have one thats HERS and since I can share the APPS I figured we'd get her her own. If Claire didn't have one I'd probably wait since she is still a bit young, the second ones grow up faster Wink lol. But If I had an Ipad even though the APPS are cool I think I'd rather her use the leappad lol. Between her and Claire I'd never get my Ipad back.

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I bought Lyla's leap Pad 2 weeks ago, and opened it to load things. I haven't had a chance to do it yet. I'm going to wait to give it to her on her birthday, since she will have plenty of presents to open at her party.

Thanks for the advice! I will have to look again for the case. I didn't see one at our store.