Both of my children own the LeapFrog LeapPad. I have to say, this is the only “game system” for kids besides our Wii that my kids really enjoy and is 100% worth the money. We own the Fisher-Price SMART CYCLE Software and the LeapFrog Clickstart My First Computer. The Leapfrog Leappad is hands down the better toy in our family’s personal opinion.
I personally highly recommend this toy because it can help your child to read, learn colors, learn phonics and sight words, play games, take pictures, play music and more! My son is 5 and still plays with it since he got it last Christmas. Unlike the Kindle Fire, Wii, iPhone, and any other “adult” device, the Leapfrog Leappad has apps and games that are specifically designed for kids learning. I have downloaded several apps for our Kindle Fire and iPhone, and they can not compare in the quality of developmental and educational skills the Leapfrog games and apps have. Sure, Angry Birds is fun, but the educational quality is completely different.
Last Christmas, my children received the Leappfrog Leappad as gifts. This Christmas, they will be getting the Leapfrog Leappad 2. Unfortunately, my daughter’s Leappad broke. First we had an issue with the sylus breaking, which left horrific scratch marks on the screen because I did not catch in time that my daughter was scratching the screen with the stylus. We did get a replacement from Leappfrog. Unfortunately, my daughter dropped the Leapfrog Leappad a couple of times after that and it seemed that it shorted out. My husband tried to fix it, which he did once. But the next time it fell that seemed to do it, and the Leappad would not work anymore. My son has never had a problem with his, and yes, he is much older than her.
There are a few differences between the Leapfrog Leappad 1 and Leappad 2. The first Leappad is still on the market for purchase if you want to save a few bucks. The new Leappad has a faster processor, 4GB of memory, and the battery compartment is suppose to be a huge improvement. The cameras also have higher resolution than the previous model. Many reviewers are pointing out that there are Leappad rechargable batteries. (Hate to break it to some that didn’t know this, but any rechargeable battery would have worked in the first Leappad. We only purchased rechargeable batteries with the Leapfrog Leappad 1!). I am excited about the battery compartment improvement because that is how the stylus broke on my daughter’s first Leappad. Unfortunately, only one stylus comes with the new Leappad.
If you purchase the Leapfrog Leappad 2, this toy comes with:
- LeapPad2 Explorer Learning Tablet (4GB Memory)
- 2 Built-in Cameras & Video Recorders
- LeapFrog Learning Songs App (5 Songs Included)
- Pet Pad Writing App
- Cartoon Creativity App
- Art Studio App
- Free App Download
- USB Cable
According to Leapfrog:
- Capture your world in 2 ways with front & back cameras/video recorders! Trace, create and play with your finger or the stylus on the 5? touch screen.
- Draws from more than 2500 skills in subjects like reading, art, music, language and culture, science, geography, mathematics, health and more.