LeapPad Explorer Goes Disney

by James

With studies showing that one of the main things kids want for Christmas is a tablet, LeapFrog has jumped into the deep end with their LeapPad2 series of learning tablets. And Disney has quickly jumped on that bandwagon by licensing a series of LeapPads themed after the Disney Princesses.

With a library of over 325 educational book, videos, games and apps, the 4GB LeapPad 2 is not only a fun toy for kids in single digits, but also a bonafide educational tool with activities covering everything from math, reading and science. And there’s also front and back cameras to take videos. And what’s cool is that the LeapPad has voice instructions that teach kids to shoot and edit their own videos and share them with friends and family. Kids can also take pictures of themselves and insert them into storybooks that they find at LeapFrog’s online app store.

And the Leap Pad also has a cartridge reader that will allow kids to play with their old LeapFrog games, making this backwards compatible. That’s VERY useful since parents won’t have to rebuy everything they got with some old Leap technology. The Disney LeapPad 2 comes with seven exclusive Disney Princess home screen wallpapers to customize it for their favorite characters, and includes stylus, carrying case, sticker sheets, Learning Songs app with five included songs, Pet Pad writing app, USB cable, and quick-start guide. Runs on AA batteries.

Cost is about $130 and it’s excellent for kids under 10. And if you’re not wanting to pay the “Disney Tax,” you can also get green or pink themed versions for $99. But with kids over that, I’d probably recommend the Kindle Fire for $159, for more matured interests like music and movies.

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