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Leapfrog Leapster – the Good, the Unhealthy and the Ugly

Leapfrog Leapster – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Leapfrog Leapster Learning Game system takes children’s love for movies and video games and turns them into an educational experience. The, now famous, Leapfrog company has a found a way to draw kids into their video game format, and teach them at the same time. It has a stylus and a keypad, to teach hand-eye coordination and is very interactive to reinforce valuable reading, language, and math skills. There are a few drawbacks to the Leapfrog Leapster though, like constantly having to buy the kids new games.

Learning how to use the Leapster is quite easy. Parents have even been known to get addicted to playing and enjoying the learning system. There is one pre-loaded game that most children love. It is called Rabbit River, and its based on the well known Frogger game, but its educational. There are two modes, letters and numbers. In letters the bunny must hop to floating logs to spell out a requested letter, and in numbers mode, they must hop to floating logs to form a correct equation. There is also Color Corral, which is an interactive coloring book, much like a kids Photoshop. Each game has different skill levels so kids can challenge themselves with more advanced learning problems as they understand the concept. There is an included manual that helps teach how to relate the math and art concepts to the real world. Edison the Firefly is also always around to give you helpful hints if the kids get stuck or answer a question wrong.

The Leapfrog Leapster is small and very transportable. It can easily fit in a purse, tote, or backpack. They are extremely useful on flights or long car rides to keep children occupied and learning. It is ideal for entertainment on the go.

The Leapfrog Leapster is great, however there are some cons to this game system. The first drawback is that it runs on batteries. It uses 4 AA batteries, so be sure to bring extras on a long trip. There is a rechargeable battery pack that I would recommend if your kids play a lot (which most will), and it’s sold separately. Your kids will also be begging for more games. They will be able to choose from all the hottest names in children’s entertainment: Dora the Exporer, Sponge Bob Squarepants, Nemo, Cinderella, Batman and even The Little Mermaid. These games can range from $20 to $50.

The Leapfrog Leapster is an excellent Christmas gift, and is sure to be a hit. They are one of the hottest selling items this holiday season, so be sure to pick one up before they are sold out!

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Leapfrog Leapster – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly


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