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LeapPad Explorer 2 - Tablet for Kids

Updated on December 9, 2013

The LeapPad Explorer 2: A learning tablet for kids

The LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer 2 is a new tablet for children, like an iPad for kids. Find out all about the LeapPad and whether it's the right choice for your child.

The LeapPad 2 is new for 2012. It's a small tablet computer for children with a touchscreen and lots of learning games and educational programs. It's packed with great features like a built-in camera and video recorder. The LeapPad 2 follows on from last year's successful LeapPad kids tablet.

The arrival of the new version means that the original LeapPad is now cheaper and more affordable to those on a tight budget. It's still a great kids tablet, just not quite as highly specified.

LeapFrog LeapPad 2

New for 2012

This is the new updated LeapFrog LeapPad 2 tablet for 2012.

LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer, Green

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The LeapPad 2 offers lots of educational games, apps and eBooks like the original LeapPad. It has additional memory so you can store more apps on the device. It also has a faster processor to speed things up.

LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Video Demo

LeapPad 2 Review

I have bought the LeapPad 2 for my two boys aged nearly 6 and just turned 4 at time of writing. You can read my full review here:

LeapPad 2 Review - Hands on with 4 and 6 year olds
A LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Review by a Mom to two boys aged 4 and nearly 6. Read our review to find out how we're getting on with the LeapPad 2. We'll cover what w...

Original LeapPad Explorer vs LeapPad 2

The original LeapPad Explorer is still on sale and you may be able to find it discounted because of the new release. I'm not aware of any LeapPad 2-only games appearing yet so you'll be able to play the current games on the original LeapPad.

The LeapPad 2 has introduced a new rechargeable battery pack which doesn't work on the LeapPad 1.

There's also been a hardware and design upgrade - the new tablet is faster and smarter.

If you're budget is tight then the original LeapPad is still worth considering.

LeapPad Explorer Tablet
LeapPad Explorer Tablet

LeapPad Explorer

New for 2011

The LeapPad Explorerwas released in August 2011 in the US and UK.

The LeapPad Explorer is available in the familiar LeapFrog green and pink colors. The tablet is designed for children aged 4-9. (Though I'm sure my 3 year old will want a go too!)

Key Features:

5" color touchscreen

Built in digital camera and video camera

Tilt sensor to detect shaking and movement

2 GB memory

Built-in microphone

Built in apps including Art Studio and Story Studio


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LeapPad Explorer Pink
LeapPad Explorer Pink

LeapPad Explorer in Pink

Age 4-9

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LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer -- The Future of Learning

Watch this video to see how interaction with the LeapPad works and see some of the games and applications in action.

The LeapPad has a touch screen which can be operated with a finger, or for finer control an included stylus. Children can also flip the pages of a book to turn them.

It also recognized when a child shakes or turns the unit. Kids will be familiar with this idea if they have played with your iPhone or other SmartPhone.

LeapPad Explorer is compatible with existing LeapPad Games

The LeapPad Explorer is compatible with existing LeapPad Games. This is a brilliant feature. It means that a huge range of existing games can be used with the LeapPad. When new learning systems come out they often have a very limited choice of games initially. That's not the case here.

LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Downloadable Apps

As well as the Explorer games, the LeapPad has special LeapPad-only apps that are dowloadable from a LeapPad online store. The apps include Book Apps and Games which have been designed specifically to take advantage of the LeapPad features.

LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer -- Touch it. Turn it. Shake it. Love it!

We love computer games in this house! Both parents love video games and we're happy for the kids to play them too (in moderation of course.) Lots can be learnt from educational games. And they develop hand-eye coordination. And of course the kids need to get practising for whatever games are popular in the future. We consider video gaming to be an important skill ;-)

The LeapPad Explorer has a great range of games on topics that will appeal to kids.

Games that will make my son very very happy (he'll be 5 by Christmas):

LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Learning Game: Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Learning Game: Wolverine and the X-Men

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LeapPad Explorer Camera and Video Recorder
LeapPad Explorer Camera and Video Recorder

LeapPad Digital Camera and Video Recorder

The LeapPad has a built in Digital Camera and Video Recorder. It also has apps that allow photo editing and building picture albums. We've avoided buying a kids camera because they seem so expensive for just one function. But my 4 year old loves to take photos - he takes pictures of his Lego creations, his favorite animals and scenes he has set up with his toys. I'm sure he'd love taking videos too.

A camera is a great add-on feature for a learning tablet like this. The tablet has 2GB of storage and a USB port for connecting to a computer. Definitely a better idea that buying a kids camera that only takes pictures.

LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer -- Imagine, create and share!

My four year old son loves to draw. The included Art Studio and downloadable Disney Animation Studio are ideal for him. And we'll save reams of paper!

LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer -- Experience a brand new way to read!

My preschooler is learning to read at the moment. The LeapPad is a great format for learning to read. Kids can touch a word to have it spoken, and words can be highlighted as the story is read. There are lots of books available on subjects that kids will love.

The downloadable Digital Book Apps include some that my son will love including Diego Underwater Mystery and Disney Cars 2.

LeapPad or iPad for Kids

Or the New Amazon Tablet?

The Leapster LeapPad is a brilliant toy and it's very reasonably priced. Our only dilemma is whether to go for a real iPad instead. An iPad would be shared by the whole family.

Lots of kids games are appearing for the iPad but Leapster really know what they are doing when it comes to kids educational software. Our kids are very careful with gadgets, they already use the camera and play games on our smart phones, but the iPad is an expensive toy, would we feel too nervous to let them play freely with it?

I'm leaning towards the LeapPad for the kids as I'm sure it would get a lot of use and it provides a really targeted experience for kids. If we choose to get an iPad for the adults then the kids can use that sometimes too.

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Then there's the upcoming 7" Amazon Tablet - a small Tablet PC from Amazon. Again, I think for younger kids I prefer the LeapPad Explorer. And my son is getting one for his 5th birthday. But I do see the Amazon Tablet as the logical next tablet for my kids once they outgrow the LeapPad.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I purchased one for my 3 year old and has lots of great perks. However, I was disappointed with the software downloads available. I would like to see Sesame Street alphabet & number videos. I am also not fond of the ebooks and games available, they are based on cartoon characters and not quality literature classics like Dr. Seuss, etc.

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      Buchamar 5 years ago

      I love all of the alternatives! Great content for little ones! I review educational iPad apps in my lens' - Come visit!

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      TopToysForKids 5 years ago

      The LeapPad gets 4 stars from Amazon buyer reviews. That seems like an endorsement to me.

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      jolou 5 years ago

      This looks like a fun and educational tool for young children.