One minute we were an entirely “video game free” home and the next minute we seemed to have a game systems in every room of our home. How did it happen? And I’m not talking about small electronic “busy” activity toys. We had a ton of those activity toys that the kids loved. I’m talking about handheld games and gaming systems.
My youngest child was the last kid in the family to get the video game bug. But when he did he was absolutely hooked on games, games, and more games. While his sisters were about 8 or 9 when they found video games, he was begging for electronic toys at 2. I bought him a toy phone and toy tablet that he carried around with him wherever he went. I always knew where he was from the beeping sound and hearing his sweet little voice as he talked on his phone. But as he approached his 4th birthday, he started noticing that his sister’s played DS games. He desperately wanted to play their games and would perch on the arm of whatever chair they were sitting on to watch them play.
I needed an alternative since he was too young and didn’t quite have the fine motor or the reading ability to play the DS games. Next best electronic game toy is the LeapFrog Leapster Explorer. He got it as a birthday gift and like magic peace was restored to our home. While his sisters played their DS games, he happily played his Leapster games.
- Hi-res graphics.
- stylus to practice writing.
- Powerful processor for action-packed game play.
- Leaplet learning app games.
- Video downloads
- Price: $69.99 (amazon: $45.68 for pink).
- Recommended: 4-8 years
- Faster processor and 4GB.
- Front and back cameras/video recorder.
- Trace with your finger or use the stylus.
- Comes with 5 apps: Pet Pad, Learning Songs, Art Studio, Cartoon Director, and one app of your choice.
- Price: $114.95
- Recommended: 36 months-9 years
LeapFrog LeapsterGS Explorer
- Educational gaming
- Fast-paced action
- Built in camera and video recorder
- Recommended: 4-9 years
Note that some games work with the older Leapster 1 and Leapster 2, while the newer games work with LeapPad and Leapster Explorer but not Leapster 1 and Leapster 2.
- Disney Tangled — $24.99 — 4-7 years — Works with Leapster 1 and Leapster 2 only
- Disney Toy Story 3 — $24.99 — 4-7 years — Works with Leapster 1 and Leapster 2 only
- Disney Jake and the The Never Land Pirates — $24.99 — 3-5 years — Work with LeapPad and Leapster Explorer
- Crayola Art Adventure — $24.99 — 3-5 years — Works with LeapPad and Leapster Explorer
- Disney Pixar Pals — $24.99 — 12 months-5 years — Works with Leapster Explorer and LeapPad
- Disney Toy Story 3 — $24.99 — 4-7 years — Works with LeapPad and Leapster Explorer
- The Magic School Bus Oceans — $24.99 — 5-8 years — Works with LeapPad and Leapster Explorer
- Leap School Math — $24.99 — 4-7 years — Works with LeapPad and Leapster Explorer
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