For Christmas, both of my children received the Leapfrog Leappad Explorer Learning Tablet. My 4 year old son has the green LeapFrog LeapPad, and my daughter has the purple LeapFrog LeapPad. To make a long story short, my mother and I were both trying to buy my son a Leappad for Christmas. Due to the limited availability and shortage, we each purchased one on the same day without knowing the other person did. So, we gave the purple Leappad to my daughter. It worked out anyways due to jealousy issues.
Let me make something clear. Leapfrog states that the Leappad is “pink”. Well, to ME, it looks purple. I don’t know why Leapfrog calls it pink. So if I refer to the “pink” Leappad has purple, be aware that there are only two colors: green and pink (but I call it purple). Anyways, like I said, we’ve had this Leappad since Christmas. Our family has gone through a few other electonics such as the LeapFrog Clickstart My First Computer and Fisher-Price Smart Cycle. The Leapfrog Leappad Table is hands down the best, most awesome electronic on the market in my opinion for a preschooler.
First, I want to address the negatives of the Leapfrog Leappad because of course everyone is generally interested in the cons.
- Batteries do run out quickly. However, this is a SIMPLE fix. Purchase rechargeable batteries. If your child plans to actually play with the Leappad regularly, then buy the rechargeable batteries. Just do it. You will thank me.
- Removing the battery cover on the back of the Leappad was difficult for me the first few times.
- I noticed some people on Amazon complained about having to set up the Leappad Tablet through the Leapfrog App store. Yeah, on Christmas morning, it may have postponed the playing with this toy. But listen, patience is a virtue. It was worth it for this toy.
I have too many Leapfrog Leappad Explorer pros to list. In my opinion, if you are on the fence to buy one and you asked my opinion, I would say YES just do it. We’ve owned other electronics for my son, and they have definitely not been the quality that I was expecting. However, that is NOT the case at all with the Leappad. My son is the type of kid who can get bored easily and wants to move on to something else rather quickly. However, we’ve had an addiction problem with my son and his Leappad. I can also say that this is the first toy that we’ve cared about buying more games for unlike the other electronics.
I’ve read that some people wonder if they should just buy a Kindle Fire for their kid instead of the Leappad. I do have an opinion about that. I actually own the Kindle Fire also. My son has played Angry Birds on my Kindle and other games I’ve downloaded from the App store. I believe that the Leapfrog Leappad is a better educational value for your child. Leapfrog has created games just for preschoolers and other ages, they know what they are doing when it comes to educational e-books, games, etc. In my opinion, you are not going to find quality apps that are geared to preschoolers on the Kindle Fire.
Leapfrog Leappad Explorer Learning Tablet Features
If you want to see all the “technical features”, feel free to scroll down. I’m going to list out the cool stuff that I’ve found when exploring the Leapfrog Leappad myself.
- When you turn on the Leappad, you will be taken to a screen where your child needs to sign in. All they have to do is use the Stylus Pen to select their name. There is an about me page where the child or parent can enter information. This is where you will select an appropriate age level: pre-k through 6th grade. I selected pre-k for my son.
- The volume on the Leappad Tablet is great. The volume definitely gets loud enough or as low as you want it.
- When you initially set up the tablet, you will receive Pet Pad, Story Studio, Art Studio and one of your choice. Since the initial upload, we have purchased a few games and e-books since then. A camera and video recorder is also on the tablet.
According to Amazon:
- A broad curriculum that goes beyond school skills
- A built-in camera and video recorder
- Skill levels that automatically adjust to each child?s pace
- 100+ games and activities (works with all Leapster Explorer games and apps)
- Appropriate for children ages 4 to 9 years