Santa got my daughter the Leapster Explorer for Christmas last year. I thought it would make a great gift for her because she loves playing games online and on her daddy’s itouch. The leapster games are educational, and easy enough, so that she can do most of them on her own. Some of the games feature fun characters such as Dora, Kai-lan, and the Disney Princesses. My daughter has the Dora and Kai-lan games, as well as the Mr. Pencil saves Doodleburg and Globe: Earth Adventures games. We also downloaded a few games and books from the app center.
The Leapster Explorer is a hand-held gaming device for children ages 4-9 years. The games offer a great educational experience for the child, and helps to build skills such as math, sciencs, language, and more! By connecting the Leapster to the Learning Path online, parents can see how well their child is doing in the different skills. As far as the games, Hilina’i plays with the Mr. Pencil game the most. It teaches letter writing, number writing, shapes and art and drawing. She does get a little frustrated though when she can’t draw the line a certain way, because it makes you do it over until you get it right. She plays the Jewel Train Game App a lot and is always so proud when she passes a level! In the jewel train game, you have to move the tracks so that the train can get across! There are some cute e-books and videos you can download too!
I would highly recommend the Leapster Explorer to children 4 to about 6 or 7. The age recommendations are 4 to 9, but a nine year old would probably rather have a Nintendo ds! My daughter plays with her explorer a lot, and it’s great for car rides! You’d probably want to get some rechargeable batteries, or you can get the Leapster charger. I just bought some rechargeable batteries as they are cheaper. If you’re looking for a fun and educational gift for your child this Christmas, the Leapster Explorer is a good choice. They’ve also come out with a new Leap Pad that looks great too!