WHAT THE KIDS SAY
This is taking so long to set up - is it ready yet? I like being able to wash and take care of my pet - but it doesn't have so many games. The letter game is too hard - I keep trying it and it's not right - I'm doing the letters right, but it tells me I'm not! There's not so much to do on this game. I don't have any extra games (cartrdiges) and my old Leapster I have lots.
WHAT ADULTS THINK
One of the reasons this leapster has been so disappointing is that the media and commercials surrounding this gaming system has been so positive. It would seem to have the same touch screen capability that is so loved with the Mobigo, but, in fact this would only be available with certain games or downloadable leaplets. In contrast, with the Mobigo, the game cartridge allows the player to use both the arrow keys, keyboard and the touch screen.
This has been one of the most fought over toys are house has seen in some time. Both my kids, ages 4.5, and 3.5 LOVE this toy. It took me more time to set up the Leapster for initial play (downloading necessities from online) than it took my son and daughter to figure out how to play it. My son, set up a player for his sister, entering her name and such without being asked and without help/instruction. The kids are always wanting to play with the Leapster. We have had to limit the amount of time each can use it for, as it is addictive. From a parent perspective, it is great when we are taking one of our kids to an activity and the other has to come and watch. They now have, what could be, an educational activity to enjoy. It would also be really great for long or frequent car rides. I have found the battery consumption to be quite high and there have been many times we have had to take the back off and on, to problem solve when things don't work. I wish we could test more of the games/activities that are associated with us. The biggest hit to date!
This one was returned to the Toy Testing Program.
Introducing Leapster Explorer™, an extraordinary new learning experience that encourages children to discover something new every day with endless ways to play and learn--from games, e-Books, videos, and online play to customizable learning skills and more. • A library of more than 40* games and activities includes cartridge games, downloadable learning apps (games, e-Books, videos, flash cards and more), a camera/video recorder** and more. • Children can learn school skills like reading, math, science and geography, plus creativity and life skills like music, health and problem solving. • Expand the fun and learning in LeapWorld™--a safe, online world of learning games and activities. Children can play unique games that connect their online and on-the-go play and learning. • Parents can connect to the online LeapFrog® Learning Path to see what their child is playing and learning, and explore ways to expand their child's learning journey. *Some games and activities available Fall 2010. **Available Fall 2010. Product Dimensions: 4.00 x 6.60 x 1.76 inches Product Weight: 1.96 lbs
Item No. 39100
Beyond school skills, to creativity and life skills! Build the skills you need for school, them lose yourself in passion topics like art, music, science and geography.!