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Leap pads

(12 Posts)
sharmck Mon 30-May-05 12:46:02

Hi Can I canvass any views of leap pads? Thinking of buying one for my 4 yr old adn don't know anyone that has one. Do kids actually use them, what do you think of them, what are the best/worst books, do they have accurate phonic sounds in them???

misdee Mon 30-May-05 12:47:28

i personally hate them. wont buy one at all. i prefer to read to my kids than let a machine do it.

Toothache Mon 30-May-05 12:49:54

I don't like them, but it's more the cost than anything else. Ds does have electronic toy computers and stuff which he LOVES. But with the leappad you've got to pay for all the books too, some of which are £15 each!

nutcracker Mon 30-May-05 12:53:31

We have one, i think we brought it for dd2. She hardely ever uses it though.

Ds on the other hand loves it, but only the bear in big blue house book.

Aimsmum Mon 30-May-05 12:53:47

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hayleylou Mon 30-May-05 12:59:11

My ds has got one but never uses it, he prefers real books

GeorginaA Mon 30-May-05 16:12:09

I thought I'd hate them, but someone told me not to treat them as books as such, but more "my first playstation" . Ds1 (4) really enjoys his and he goes through phases of playing with it or ignoring it. Not kidding myself that he's learning anything from it though!

jessicasmummy Mon 30-May-05 16:25:27

we got the baby one at xmas and tbh, its crap. Wish i had never asked dad to get it..... maybe things will change as dd gets older, she is only 10 months but wont sit still long enough

moonunit Mon 30-May-05 17:19:25

Got ds, my first leappad for xmas, looked at it maybe twice, does'nt play with it at all.

loulabelle222 Mon 30-May-05 19:36:02

the first leap pad is crap. why make it out of paper? the first thing my ds tried to do was pull it.. how can u expect a baby to play with that it would be ruined! such a waste of money.

Louise1980 Mon 30-May-05 19:38:58

We have one and my 2 love it. I dont look at it as a case of me not reading it but them learning more that I always have time to teach them. DS1 uses it to sound out the words and he tries to recognise the letters. He also has a few books with games in.

Hayls Mon 30-May-05 19:55:48

My dd is 16mo and loves hers. It's part of her bedtime routine but isn't a replacement for reading a story, which we do as well. It's good for recognising animals and other objects and repeating sounds, which she likes because she can control it. She did the aeroplane noise over and over again tonight so that we could wave every time. The activity cards are very good IMO. They are expensice but there are often special offers on and you can also get them on Ebay
(Sorry to be the odd one out but I liek it!)

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