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02/01/2014 at 15:27
Oh how little I knew. I saw many people discuss the above but had NO IDEA what it was or quite how desperately my daughter wanted one She didn't know what it was called until she saw it at her cousins house and explained that was what she had wanted. So what was the cheapest anyone managed to get one? Or should I just go down the second hand lap top route? (Eventually!)
02/01/2014 at 15:53
I've just purchased the leap pad 2 power from Amazon for £57.99 with A's Xmas money. She didn't reveal she wanted one until just before Christmas and I'd already bought her presents. Plus she had been using her older sister's original Leap Pad but it has been going wrong for ages and has finally just about given up the ghost. So I've been looking for one since Christmas and the one I've got is the cheapest I've seen anywhere (been checking everywhere every day!) The Leap pad 2 is £49.99 (or was when I looked) but I went for the 'Power' version because of the reviews, it comes with a charger pack which is handy as the Leap pad eat batteries. Don't forget though that you'll need to buy games for it as well (I will be able to use the games we already had for the old one.) Amazon are best for the games cartridges, you can also download apps from the Leapfrog website. It takes some time to charge up and then set up as you need to connect it to the website and set up a few things so that's probably worth doing before you give it to U to save frustration!
02/01/2014 at 16:06
My two have second hand LeapPads from ebay, Joshua got his last Christmas and Jacob got his this Christmas. I can download games to my account and then put them on both LeapPads which works really well for us. I think ours were about £30 second hand with cases and some games.
02/01/2014 at 16:08
Do you need to buy games though?
02/01/2014 at 16:19
Yes you either need to buy game cartridges or download them from the Leapfrog website. You can buy cheap ones or more expensive branded ones (Disney etc) There are some things already on the Leap pad but I would imagine without games U would lose interest after a while.
02/01/2014 at 17:49
L has an innotab which I think is the same thing but different brand. It's the innotab 1 which is got for a score & so far has been great. Keeps him happily entertained with typing drawing and playing his games cartridges. I wouldn't have spent anymore on one I can't justify the cost for kids toys personally when whilst he happily plays with it it's for no more than say 30mins once or twice a day
02/01/2014 at 18:43
Would I just be better off getting a secondhand laptop then? Thinking longer lifepsan etc
02/01/2014 at 19:00
I'd have thought something specifically designed for children would be better for U's age QI as she'll be able to manage it all by herself and you know that there's nothing that she can get on there that is unsuitable. Plus all the games/activities are educational.
02/01/2014 at 19:07
Ahh I do know that she can use a laptop because she unpacks mine and helps herself to Cbeebies quite a bit without permission. Plus Ex ahs said he password protected his and she still managed to login. She can't read yet but she can memorise key strokes apparently. I suggested a slightly more complicated password then? She is always using the nursery computer and can use both touchpad and a normal mouse. I was thinking that route orginally as it would last for longer but then the incident at her cousins and I realised what she was going on about. I guess it like Belle said it is the cost for soemthing like that for a child. I have looked at secondhand ones on ebay and they still seem to be going for a lot of money.
02/01/2014 at 19:12
Aren't you worried though what she can access on the internet if you're not supervising?
02/01/2014 at 19:49
Well I would only allow her to use it when I'm in the room and if I don't want her to use I'll turn the internet off I had already planned that out for future reference, thought it would be B first though. I was going to get a desktop in the lounge so they had to use it in my prescence only!
02/01/2014 at 21:45
Rather than a laptop, you may want to consider a cheap tablet, as that it effectively what the leap pad is. We have the innotab and my niece has the leap pad. My niece is 1 yr older than C (nearly 5) and uses hers a lot. C only really uses her in the car on longer journeys, but then she isn't really interested in ICT as she prefers role play. If U is into that type of thing I should imagine she'd get a lot of use out of it. As it's all child proof, I don't take much notice of what C does on it, but when I connected it a while ago to download some new apps and looked on the learning log thing, it turned out that she'd completed a lot of the maths games designed for 6yr olds, so I guess they have some benefits. I'd never give her such free reign with the I-pad or laptop though and that is the benefit of these child friendly things; they're kept occupied for short periods, learning at the same time and you don't have to worry about what they're seeing or doing.
02/01/2014 at 21:50
U is REALLY into her ICT. B isn't. U could use my mobile phone from 18 months and it jsut seems to be intuitive to her.
I know nothing about tablets so wouldn't know where to start. What is the difference between innotab and the leappad?
02/01/2014 at 22:21
We have a tablet (samsung one) and have only installed child friendly apps (and netflix). Its all password protected to download new things and child locks added where possible. My two (6 and 3) love it. I wouldn't get a leap pad/innotab now, having had the tablet first, but if they'd not used the tablet I would have been tempted.
02/01/2014 at 23:29
They're just different makes. They both seem to do pretty much the same thing. As others have said, get an adapter plug as they don't usually come with one and a few games to get her started. They also sell apps via their app store and videos and music etc and have a camera and video function (not that the quality is that great).
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