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- The PlayPad holds 5 stories at a time with 4 fun characters to read them to little learners
- You can personalize the PlayPad with your child's name, age, favorite colors and animals for more fun in games and activities
- Parents can connect to the online LeapFrog Learning Path for customized learning insights and ideas to expand the learning
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LeapFrog My Own Story Time Pad provides personalized play for preschoolers ages two and up. Kids can watch fun animations and listen to stories, emails, and music as they explore the world of Scout and Friends. Parents can personalize the Story Time Pad with their child's name, favorite stories, special "emails" from friends and family, and a unique music playlist. This device comes with batteries intended for in-store demonstration only. It requires three AA batteries for continued operation.
Stories, Music, Messages, and More
The Story Time Pad is a great way to jumpstart an early interest in reading. It's a compact media device that appeals to a generation of kids surrounded by portable devices and electronic readers, yet is educational and builds early learning skills. Kids will love pressing buttons and listening to stories, music, and messages you've customized just for them.
Personalize Content to Suit Your Child
What's special about this device compared to other e-readers designed for kids is that parents can gear this toy to appeal to their child's personal tastes. It comes pre-loaded with one story, one email, and three songs, and holds up to five stories, ten songs, and three emails at a time. Via a standard Internet connection, you can customize some of the over ten existing stories and print coloring and activity pages featuring Scout and friends.
Another fun feature lets you choose and customize pretend emails to your child from family and friends. Write them a special "I love you" or "Happy Birthday" message, tell a joke, or simply encourage them to have fun and learn. The device then plays these emails out loud for your child to hear.
Easy Setup with Step-by-Step Instructions
The instruction booklet guides you through the comprehensive setup process, which takes under five minutes. You'll need to download the LeapFrog Connect application for the Story Time Pad, connect the device to your computer via the included USB cable, and follow the clear online directions on how to personalize content by entering your child's name, favorite stories and music, and email messages. Once you save all that data, your child is ready to play.
The Story Time Pad is easy for kids to operate on their own. A switch on the back slides to turn the device on and off. (In the case of an auto shutoff, the device will restart with the touch of any button.) The clearly labeled buttons on the lower part of the interface let kids select story, music, and message mode. Our testers liked that in music mode kids could hit the paw button and press the letters to make silly animal and other sounds. That way, they're not simply listening, but are actually interacting with the device.
There's also an ABC button that starts a mode where letters say their names when pressed. When kids press on one of the four character buttons on the top portion of the interface, they'll hear Scout, Eli, Violet, or Penny say a few words.
What's in the Box
Story Time Pad, USB cord, and instruction booklet.
Top Customer Reviews
PACKAGING: Easy to get out of the box. Nothing excessive. Comes with a USB cord.
SETUP: You have to sign up for a parent account and go through about 10-15 minutes of downloads and choosing which options you want on the device. It's a simple process and lets you pick which stories, songs, and melodies you want, plus it lets you add your child's name and a couple of personal touches-- their favorite color and food (chosen from a list). You can also choose from pre-selected sentiments to "email" your child from you or anyone you choose. You'll get to have 3 e-mails preloaded on the device with simple sayings like "You make me so happy" and "I can't wait to see you."
One down-side is that you can choose only one name, so if you have more than one kid who'd use it, you're out of luck. Of course, you can go back and change it later, but just one name at a time.
BATTERIES: You can't use rechargeables. Requires 3 AAs, and it comes with only "demo" batteries. There's an auto-shutoff feature if you leave the device on accidentally.
APPEARANCE: It's about the size and weight of an e-reader like the Kindle or Nook. The actual viewing screen, however, is much smaller. The screen is just 2.5 inches wide by 1.5 inches high, and I wish it were bigger than that. We could have done without the three characters on top, who don't really have a purpose (they just say things like, "Let's listen to a story!" or "Let's listen to music!" when you press them.
SOUND: The speaker is in the back of the device. There are two volume settings. I found the quiet one too quiet, but the louder one is fine.
WHAT IT DOES: There are four functions:
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I found it to also be very durable. We have already dropped it a few times and it has come away fine. However, the screen is really hard to read especially in certain lighting. For a tablet that is supposed to encourage reading it won't encourage anything if my daughter can't read it. She loves the games and the functionality is perfect but the screen is the main reason that I gave it 3 stars. I really wish they had gone with a better quality screen.
This light, durable toy goes from box to playing within 15 minutes. The pad requires three AA batteries, which are included. There are no books or cartridges to buy.
There is a USB cable included to connect the pad to your computer, and the Leapfrog Connect application. Once you download and install the Connect application, you will connect the pad to your computer using the USB cable. If you already have Leapfrog devices like a Tag, Tag Junior, or Leapster Explorer, the USB cable is exactly the same. You will not need different cables to connect all your toys, they are the same. I had no errors or compatibility issues having multiple devices connected to one computer.
Once the pad is connected, you will be prompted to personalize the device by choosing your child's name, favorite food, favorite color, and favorite animal. You will be asked to select little "e-mail messages" from Mommy, Daddy, or customize. You can choose up to four games, out of ten possible games. You can choose music to sing with and melodies to play, including classical pieces by famous composers.
The only feature of this pad that I did not like was the view screen. It looked like an old pocket game, with a black, grainy interface. I would have preferred a nicer, color screen instead of this one, even if it pushed the price point up somewhat. With no additional books or cartridges to buy, I would have been fine with paying more for a better screen. With all the customization available, I was disappointed that it was only being used in this little screen.
Overall, this is a great product for your two to four year old. It is a good in-between toy if your child is not ready for the Tag Junior reader just yet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Horrible. Batteries corroded. Ordered a second one. It was the same. Neither one worked. Do not buy!Published 22 hours ago by Amazon Customer
This is a really nice toy. You can download lots of stories onto it. Little grandson loves it.Published 26 days ago by J. West
my daughter doesn't play with it as much as i'd hope. we love all the leapfrog products but this one wasn't quite as awesome, graphics are a little crummy.Published 12 months ago by Melissa A. Mett
This item does not function at all. We only hear a blipping noise. It must be returned. It was bought as a Christmas gift for our grandson. Does not work at all.Published 13 months ago by shawn murray
Stopped working a few days later, was unable to send back because it was a gift for out of state, nevertheless, it should not have stopped working so soon,Published on December 29, 2013 by Jackie
We got this for my son's birthday. It's cute and he really likes it. He still plays with it a year later. He likes to hear the emails from mommy and daddy.Published on October 31, 2013 by adorri
My granddaughter played with this toy at a friends house during a play date and loved it. It helps teach the alphabet, sounds, tells stories, and plays music. Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by Karin Termini
i bought this for my son since he was a baby and he is not three and he just loves it. it has really helped him learn the letters and other different things all by himself. Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by sheldon