Holiday Gift Giving Made Easy: LeapFrog LeapPad 2 {#Giveaway}

City Mom's Holiday Gift Giving Made Easy

Mastermind Toys Holiday Hits List featuring 23 of their favourite items for the coming holiday season has recently been released and it’s full of cool stuff! From Skoot Case Luggage to Snow Stompers to Cool Circuits, all your kid’s favourite wish list items are included.

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Today City Mom is featuring another one of the hit list items, the LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer.

You may remember last Christmas the LeapPad Explorer couldn’t stay on shelves so you know that the LeaPad 2 is going to be another hot item this season. So keep reading and you’ll learn all about it and get an opportunity to enter to win one of your own.

THE LEAPPAD 2

LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer

The LeapPad 2 features twice the memory (4GB) as the LeapPad Explorer and comes with a 2-megapixel (improved from 0.3 with the LeapPad Explorer) front and back camera and video recorder. This is perhaps the feature we love most, as Little S is always using my iPhone for pictures and video. Now she finally has her own and with the front and back camera she can take pictures of herself! You can just imagine how many she already has stored.

The LeapPad 2 also has a faster processor which helps for better game play as well as 325 apps and learning cartridges available for purchase and download.

Another feature I really love is the ability to choose a specified language but mainly the choice between Canadian and American English. This is really important for young kids as they’re just starting to learn their letters, spelling etc. and the difference in spelling and pronunciation is important.

Size

I love the size of the LeapPad 2 as it’s perfect for Little S’ small hands. With a 5 inch screen, the graphics are easy to see, bright and vivid. It has a really sleek look which I think makes her feel like she’s using a ‘grown up’ device much like mommy does.

Usability

Little S has recently turned five and I find that she’s at the perfect age for this tablet. She finds the buttons easy to use and understand and she loves the ability to use her finger or the attached stylus that comes with it for control and app interactions. Note that the stylus is attached magnetically which I love so I don’t have to run around looking for her LeapPad pen all the time!

The LeapPad 2 uses four AA batteries or can be used with an adapter (sold separately). You can buy the LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer Recharger Pack which includes the adapter for immediate plug and play and rechargeable batteries. I do wish that it would automatically come with a charger much like the iPhone as it adds to the price of the unit.

Durability

Out of box, the LeapPad 2 looks and feels very durable which makes sense as it’s intended for sometimes clumsy hands. We still bought Little S a LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Gel Skin to provide more protection.

The size of the screen is that of an iPhone or other type of smart phone, yet the unit measures approximately 12” x 10” so there’s ample protection and room for handling.

Sound

And when it comes to sound we were very impressed. Whether you’re using headphones or listening through the speaker, the sound is crisp and of high quality.

The LeapPad 2 comes loaded with four apps and a free app download:

  • Pet Pad Writing App (create & care for a pet)
  • LeapFrog Music Player App (with 5 Songs)
  • Cartoon Director Creativity App (create animated cartoons)
  • Art Studio App (edit pictures)

The LeapPad Explorer cartridges are also compatible with the LeapPad 2 Explorer.

Before trying out the LeapFrog LeapPad 2 I was an iPhone/iPad fan but I’ve changed my mind when it comes to learning tools for children aged 3 to 7. The LeapPad 2 seems much more child-friendly, educational and durable.  The only thing I miss from Little S’ iPod is the ability to download your own music and video from iTunes, but if you’re looking for an educational electronic device then the LeapPad 2 from Mastermind Toys is definitely your best bet!

ENTER TO WIN A LEAPFROG LEAPPAD 2 EXPLORER

One City Mom reader will win one LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer in their colour choice of green or pink.

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Happy Shopping!

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