Do you know what it feels like to be wrong? I mean really wrong. Well my wife decided to grab Little Man a Leapster. All I thought they were were glorified gameboys that play only educational games.
Well I was wrong. The newest Leapesters are so much more. On surface the Leapster explorer looks like a larger, bigger screened gameboy advance, difference is it long looks that way on the outside. Once it is actually turned on its a different story. The Explorer has a high resolution screen and very nice graphics. The features of this little guy are astounding, its an e-reader, can download games and apps from online, has an interactive globe, and the ability to attach a still and video camera. Just to name a few. Take a a look at the full list.
A few stand out features for me are the ability to track your progress online and the ability of the Explorer to adjust its difficulty automatically. So not only can you tell how your little ones are doing and what they are doing well at, but it also will adjust so what they are playing/working on isn’t difficult to the point of putting the Explorer down and walking away in aggravation.
This unit gives your kids all the fun and educational usage of a gameboy/tablet/laptop with the safety of a Leap Pad. There is nothing your child shouldn’t see or do on the Explorer.
The games available for the Explorer are all officially licensed characters and teach your child about a specific set of topics for a specific age range. This may sound like a difficult set up, but in actuality it is quite easy to pick out Explorer games as gifts for any reason really. You know the general age range of the gift receiver and a few of their favorite cartoons/movies/etc. We have given a few games a try. First was Pet Pals 2 for ages 4-7. This game is about adopting a pup and using math and numbers getting him/her to the dog show.
The game includes lessons on emotions, responsibility, numbers, counting, addition and subtraction.
The next one we tried was Pixar Pals. This one is a bit more surprising in its content. It includes lessons astronomy, aquatic life, logic and reasoning, and physics. That’s right- physics! Might as well start young and begin that love of math and science as early as possible. With the way technology is progressing, math is and always will be the future.
DISCLOSURE: A product sample was provided for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.