We have had the opportunity to review a number of LeapFrog products in the past, in fact DD still plays with Scout, Scribble and Write, Counting Candles Birthday Cake, Text and Learn and the Chat and Count Cell Phone. These educational “toys” are fun and kids enjoy playing with them and probably don’t even realize that they are learning at the same time.
This time around, we had the opportunity to test out the Leapster2. This is the second generation of the Leapster – a hand held “game” for preschoolers. DD has been playing with this regularly, and actually, you don’t even need to purchase the separate games to play on the Leapster2. There are downloadable games through Leapster Connect.
DD has been playing a chicken matching game. Despite being only 2.5 years old, there are plenty of options for her. She uses the most simple level and can choose between matching colours, shapes, letters and numbers. She can also choose how many different chickens she wants, we usually choose the least amount – 8. Sure, a matching game is challenging enough for a 2 year old, but hey I’m sure they want a bit of a rush too, right?!? Well, each game is timed, and then after the second session it shows what your best time is. I don’t think anyone under 5 really understands the concept of time, but we are very excited with her incredible matching skills and make a big deal with her awesome times (sometimes she gets them all right in under a minute all by herself – impressive).
We also did receive the Princess and the Frog game for the Leapster2, and once again there are options for more simple games. We are practicing these ones and for now her favourite one is being able to colour Tiana’s dress. There are a number of different challenging games that seem to be a bit too difficult for now, but I’m sure in just a few short weeks she will be showing us how to play the games. At this age, they learn so quickly.
The Leapster2, is an easy way to get kids learning and have fun at the same time. I generally sit with her and play the matching games together. I enjoy the quiet and educational time that we spend together. It seems to be much more effective than trying to play matching with an actual game (because she can’t sit on the pieces).
At only 2.5, she will be able to use the Leapster2 for years to come and there are plenty of different educational games that she will be able to learn from. Some of the games are even for children who are 8 years old, so there are plenty of years to come with the Leapster2.
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