The system has a few slight design flaws that kid-testers noticed, but these did not slow them down. The cord tethering the stylus can get in the way of turning pages; younger children may require some help. Also, kids often forget to touch the "Go" button on a new page, so the content will not be synced to the audio and hotspots on the page. The LeapPad Learning System costs $49.99 and each software book runs about $15; this upgradable system weighs in at substantially less than buying a computer system for a child.
The LEAPPAD LEARNING SYSTEM is a "smart toy" for kids ages 4 to 10 that looks like a giant plastic book. Inside is a stylus and molded space in which to insert a book; you insert a software cartridge on the side and the LeapPad starts encouraging the child to interact with the book. The software comes with an introductory book. There are more than 60 titles, sold separately, in four categories: LeapStart, for preschoolers-kindergarteners; Leap 1, for kids in preschool-first grade; Leap 2, for grades one to three; and Leap 3, for grades three to five.
This award-winning education introduces children to the magic of books and reading. interactive books and cartridges incorporate activities that develop vocabulary, spelling and phonetic awareness. Each book is full of interesting activities, games, stories and facts that are learning to read fun. Touch LeapPad books included with the special pen ” magic ” to listen to the words and stories read out loud, learn letter sounds, hear colorful characters come alive and play engaging learning games. The LeapPad learning system comes with a 24-page interactive book. Additional expansion book and cartridge sold separately in September. It requires four AA batteries, not included.