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LeapPad2 Explorer

publication date: Dec 15, 2012
author/source: Anne Coates
LeapPad2 ExplorerI have been amazed at how quickly very young children learn to use a touch screen but it's not quite so endearing when you have one of your favourite photos or an important file deleted!

So step forward the LeapPad2 Explorer – mark two of the learning tablet both of which featured in the last two years' Dream Dozen toys.

This is a "toy" which will keep a child amused for hours! Using the stylus to touch and open games and ebooks, the LeapPad2 Explorer encourages creative play in the art studio and cooperative play with some of the games.

The LeapPad2 Explorer can be set up for as many as three children. You just enter the name, date of birth and gender for each one plus you can add a "guest".

A word of warning here you will need four AA batteries which you insert into the tablet before using the USB cable to connect to a computer. Plus it is worth setting the tablet up before Christmas morning as it takes about 20 minutes and the wait might prove too much for small techies!

The LeapPad2 Explorer feels nice and solid to hold for small hands but has "cool" appeal for older children. It's simple to buy new apps which range from £5 to £20 and include ebooks, games and videos in French, Italian and Spanish to add to the five which are included plus it has front and back cameras so the owner can snap herself or the Christmas party – sigh of relief from all camera-owning adults!

This tablet will grow in usefulness as your child progresses in skills and learning and is one of the best investments for a Christmas or birthday present.

The LeapPad2 Explorer is an ideal gifteducational and great fun!

PWT rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

For fuller details of key features see our LeapPad 2 Explorer competition
LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer Tablet (Green)LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer Tablet (Pink)ar both available from Amazon at £68.