LeapFrog games, such as the Leapster, LeapPad, Tag and many other kid entertainment and educational toys by are among the bestselling and most popular toys on the market today - liked by children and parents alike. Many of these are technology based educational toys. To put it into perspective, these devices are to kids what the newest Smartphone or tablet could be for their parents.
We look at the most popular Leapfrog games on the market today, their features, their pros and cons as well as what users and reviewers are saying...
This LeapPad is a child friendly sized tablet for kids with a 5 inch screen, rounded edges and a bright color scheme - simply put it is the kiddies version of the iPad. Children are naturally interested in gadgets so when you hand your child one of these, it becomes their own personal device and they will be that much less interested in your handheld device which may be far less appropriate.
Leapfrog games give kids access to the fun technology that adults enjoy. It comes equipped with a reader, digital camera, games and apps, but at an age appropriate level. This way a child can read eBooks, play games and use a host of child friendly educational and entertainment apps. The dual cameras help kids take videos and still photos. The front facing camera means that the child can take their own photos unaided too.
The device has a touch screen for which the child can use the given stylus or their own finger. It is equipped with volume control and a
headphone jack; parents don't have to suffer the game music which can be rather irritating.
However these Leapfrog Games do not have internet access or WiFi. To download new apps and games, you need to connect the device to the computer. This is a relief for most parents since the internet can be inappropriate and even dangerous for little children.
The manufacturers call this the "ultimate learning game system". The Leapster GS is an educational gaming system that more than just an age appropriate video game for kids. Looking rather like the usual portable, handheld play station, this one has a brighter color scheme that kids would find more attractive. Kids can use the built in camera to take pictures and include themselves and their friends in the games that they play on the device.
Kid friendly multi button controls and a touch screen help kids navigate over 300 Leapfrog games. For instance kids can learn to write the alphabet by connecting the dots on the screen using their finger or the given stylus. The device has a 2 GM memory and you can download apps and games on to it. Kids can learn concepts such as alphabets, numbers, basic math, measuring units and more effortlessly through these fun games.
The Leapster comes equipped with school and life skills that change levels according to the age and maturity of the child. Puzzle games, action games and apps that teach kids about their environment some of the other attractive features.
This innovative education system helps kids learn to read using a library of over 40 books and a pen like device that "reads" the text. There is an infrared camera in the tip of the device that, reads text when the child moves across the printed words and says them aloud. Kids can hear their favorite characters talk and sing. Tag Junior is designed for kids aged 1 to 4 and has a differently designed, easier to grasp reader. Its other version caters to kids aged between 4 and 8.
These Leapfrog games are designed to help the child correlate between the written word and its sound and also to improve a child's spoken language skills. Teachers recommend the product as helpful in improving reading skills among students. This also helps a child develop a bond with books rather than other media. This is important for parents who want that their child should develop an affinity and liking for reading books.
Designed for children between 4 to 8 years. This one is all about helping
SpongeBob create the right sauce. In finding the right ingredients kids go
through various levels and in the process develop their mathematical skills,
learn about money and also understand logic building and reasoning. This
Leapfrog game is
also great for developing cognitive skills.
Buzz and Woody go about with
various tasks for each level. So while on one hand there is Buzz navigating the
vending machine on the other there is Woody trying to cross the playground. The
game targets kids in the 4-7 years range and helps them to better their addition
and subtraction skills, map their way through the game and also learn the
letters of the English alphabet and build on their word making power. A
secondary skill is to better hand -eye co-ordination and fine motor skills.
Skip counting is a difficult and
very important stage in mathematics. This Leapfrog game helps kids excel at
exactly this. The aim of the game is to help Batman save Gotham city. Right from
teaching skip counting to addition and subtraction and also odd and even
numbers, this game covers it all. So stop Firefly from stealing the laser by
putting your knowledge of shapes to use or recover stolen diamonds by adding and
subtracting in the right way.
Another gem from Leapfrog for the
4-7 years age group this game is about the basics of mathematics and also
developing early reading skills and learning writing too. However, learning to
follow instructions is, no doubt, the most important lesson of this game. The
adorable puppy is exciting for little kids who are happy to cuddle it and
nurture it all the while earning money to buy the pup doggie goodies.
This one puts a special
smile on the little girl's faces. With a double bonus in the form of both
Cinderella and Ariel, the game offers a wide range of levels. While Cinderella
dances amidst letters of the English alphabet, Ariel jumps on clamps. The game
helps learn the basics of early mathematics while also helping these little kids
to read and develop on their phonic skills.
for kids with love for dinosaur history, this one has six adventures to offer.
The game teaches kids dinosaur facts, fossils facts and also helps them learn
mapping skills and reasoning methods. There are also games that help develop
matching skills and reasoning abilities. Definitely an intriguing game that
works as a good teaching aid.
are over 100 interactive games in this one and each designed to help your kid to
read and write. While some games help the kids to learn phonetics and thereby
develop their cognitive abilities, others are designed to help children to
better their hand eye co-ordination and write better. The step by step drawing
lessons are a delight for young kids and help them show off their artistic
building parks to making money to setting up rides in these parks to even
building food stands here, the game offers it all. This strategy game teaches
kids how to plan and develop their moves in order to achieve their goals and
also helps them build on their problem solving skills and mathematical
deductions. Children are encouraged to open up their imagination and take their
Since most Leapfrog games can connect to the internet for more games and levels, this is a huge advantage of these educational games. Parents have the option of getting progress reports of their kids who have joined the online Leapfrog Learning Path and this does increase the popularity of these games tremendously.