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LeapFrog Original LeapPad Learning System from 2004

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  • Stories suddenly come to life with the light tap of the Magic Pen
  • The award-winning LeapPad Learning System teaches fundamental reading skills in a way that keeps your child coming back again and again
  • The LeapPad Learning System uses a larger platform
  • The library is organized by grade to teach reading, phonics, vocabulary, math, science, music and much more
  • Thinner pen designed for preschoolers and kindergartners to introduce them to the magic of books and reading
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00003GPTI
  • Item model number: 30004
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 4 - 8 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,311 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (444 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

Product Description

Your kids can learn by leaps and bounds! The LeapPad teaches beginning readers how to pronounce words by sounding them out. This great learning tool reads full-color animation storybooks to your kids, helping them to identify letters and words. They can play guided games and fun activities. Plus, kids can read and interact at their own pace. Features automatic shutoff. Portable, for learning on the go. Uses 4 AA batteries (not included). Ages 4 and up. Imported.

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This talking book comes with an interactive "magic pen" that works like a hand-held computer mouse pointer. Children can opt to turn the paper pages and listen to the story read with different voices for each character. Or they can interrupt the read-aloud session to play with the magic pen (permanently attached with a wire). They can point the pen tip to any word on a page and hear it pronounced, or touch a picture and hear a sound effect (such as "Strike one!" for the baseball bat). Very similar to the popular Living Books computer games, this 10-by-11-inch book is more portable than a home computer. Stories in this set include Lil's Loose Tooth, Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever, and Winnie the Pooh in A Sweet Good Morning. The set also includes a paper piano keyboard and map and human anatomy games. --Gail Hudson

Customer Reviews

This is a very fun and educational toy.
M. Swanson
Also, she is exceptionally bright and intellectually very far advanced for her age, so many age appropriate books and movies tend to quickly bore her.
Doulos
My only complaints with this product are that it is a paper paged book.
Octavia

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

735 of 744 people found the following review helpful By Octavia on October 7, 2000
Format: Toy
Nevermind what age the manufacturer suggests for this product, a child as young as 12 months old can enjoy the pictures, music and stories.
I bought this for my two year old twins who ADORE it!
One problem with twins is the "share factor". Both, however, may enjoy the Leap Pad Learning Center at the same time. Although they must take turns with the stylus, they enjoy the stories and games together.
My only complaints with this product are that it is a paper paged book. As often as my children play with it, the book won't be able to withstand the wear and tear. Also, despite touching the attached stylus (pen) onto the green "go" button, sometimes the reader does not correctly respond to which page you are on. Having to touch the stylus to the green "go" button at every page is a bit annoying, however, with as much use as we've had, it becomes habit. Too, if you do not, the Pad verbally reminds you to do so.
The book sits on the Pad, which must lay flat on a flat surface to work properly. There is much to do on every page. You can turn the unit on or off with a touch from the stylus and raise and lower volume. You can command the Pad to read the page to you or to read to you words that you touch, or alternatively, to sound out the words. Each page also can be commanded to play songs or to play games. You may even touch objects for sound effects.
Another benefit the Pad offers, is that it may "grow" with your child. There is much to do on every page and at different skill or age levels. For example, after the toddler has mastered the states, he/she may progress to distances and populations within those states.
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274 of 275 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1999
Format: Toy
We have Leap Pad for our kindergartener. I was very concerned that Texas kindergarteners are not pushed to read so I purchased the Leap Pad, the Reader Rabbit complete reading system and the Scholastic phonics book system. However, the Leap Pad is my daughter's favorite. She loves to take Leap Pad with her in the car, to babysitters, etc. She can't do this with her computer programs. Leap Pad keeps her attention. And, she can do it all by herself, not like the computer programs where I need to help her. Leap Pad comes with one book. There are other books that can be purchased. There is a series by Richard Scarry and another series by Whoopi Goldberg. There is also a Pooh book. You and your child will not be disappointed with the Leap Pad. It is an exceptional educational toy. I highly recommend this toy for children in Pre-K to about 3rd grade.
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259 of 261 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 1999
Format: Toy
This LeapPad is really cool! I got one as a group gift for my boss' newly adopted child. I almost didn't get to wrap it, though, because all my co-workers wanted to see it & play with it! The only problem that I have with it is the requirement that you tap the "green go" icon every time you switch pages. It's pretty hard for an adult to remember to do that, much less a small child.
The price here at Amazon seems a little steep. I've seen it for less.
The demo book that comes with it will not be enough. It contains materials aimed at all different levels (I guess to show you everything it can do), so most of the stuff will probably not be appropriate for your child right away. Get an add-on book to go with it.
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201 of 203 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1999
Format: Toy
They are a wonderful tool to teach reading, reinforcing the relationship between the word on the page and the sound of the word. They will be used by both my grandsons (one of which is slightly behind in his speech development). I do advise getting some of the other books though.
We bought several of the books, the best ones for language development seem (so far) to be the Richard Scarry, Leap Frog & Pooh books. The Learning Life series doesn't have the phonetic or spelling options (on the 1 book in that series we bought).
Design considerations are good too, as it seems I can replace the "pen" with no more than a phillips screwdriver if it gets damaged by an overzealous child. Overall seems nice & well designed. Wasn't too fond of the "Press the green button" bit, but at least it reminded you every time you change the page if you didn't do it right off. Love the headphone jack - I'd advise getting the Radio Shack earphones that are designed to not go too loud & hurt the kids hearing. Great in the car while driving, or on a long plane ride.
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229 of 237 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1999
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My son is in the first grade and has had a problem with his reading. Since getting the Leap Frog system, he has taken on a whole new outlook towards learning. His attention span has ioncreased tremendously and he looks forward to playing "Leap Frog" every day after school. He has even taken it to school for "show and tell" and his teacher was very impressed. She is going to ask the school board to purchase 5 programs for use in her classroom.
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120 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Samuels-buckle on March 2, 2004
Format: Toy Verified Purchase
I crashed into the leappad system while surfing Amazon for an electronic tool to aid education. I knew nothing about it. Now that I've bought it it is an excellent magnetic touch + scholastic system- BUT I wish the product review had better information.
Had I known I would have invested in a LeapPad Plus `pad' instead - as the Leappad is the beginner system for toddlers. Leappad Plus is an improvement on Leappad which has a writing feature. Nevertheless - the task at hand - Leappad is a wonderful interactive product which conceals `schooling' or learning by way of exciting games - my 4 year old LOVES it - I only have to say lets play a game. I keep it in the car for him to play with commuting to & from school, supermarket and long trips as well as at home. It is miraculous - kids love songs and music and that is incorporated in the whole learning process. I love it. My 11 year old niece was even intrigued by the little games - so we're getting her the Quantum pad.
A pop up window summary would be good - that you need a Pad (which is the hardware) + Books - and that's for any of the Leap Frog systems. A list would be good of the various book levels, red is for beginners, mustard yellow is for the next stage etc -and that the system has activity books which are separate (and not for each book) and that Leappad books can be used on Leappad Plus and on the higher level pad - Quantum. But not the reverse. (makes you wonder if you ought to just buy the quantum from the start?) Did you know that Leapfrog has learning systems from infant all the way up to high school ? [LeapStart, LeapPad, LeapPad Plus, Quantum, and iQuest]. The dramatic change in hardware is at iQuest which is more sophisticated for the teen - (looks and functions more like a palm pilot).
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