Leapster Explorer by LeapFrog – Review and Giveaway

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, comment number 145.

This month Resourceful Mommy is celebrating not only the big move from Blogger to WordPress, but also its two year Bloggiversary!  To celebrate we will be hosting fun giveaways all month long while introducing readers to great new products.

To start the July giveaways off with a bang, one lucky reader will receive the new Leapster Explorer from LeapFrog.  This product was sent to us several weeks ago to try before becoming available in stores.  When we took the Leapster from the packaging, I expected to have to read the instructions and help my four year old learn how to use the device. Instead, it was so intuitive that my little guy took it from me, turned it on, and began playing with no help whatsoever!  My children are certainly more technologically savvy than I was at their ages, but this impressed me.

My four year old son and six year old daughter have been enjoying the impressive graphics and the variety of uses. They were both happy to find their friends Ozzie and Mack from their LeapFrog Tag library in the form of an e-Book. They also like the whimsical pet creator, which reminds me of past electronic pet crazes.  My four year old has figured out that the best way to harass his sister is to log in as her and change her pet from a cat to a bunny.  Great product or not – brothers are brothers.

In typical LeapFrog style there is learning wrapped into the fun at every turn.  This is why I have come to love and trust LeapFrog products in the hands of my children.  I have been especially impressed with the Toy Story 3 cartridge game. Both of my children are on the brink of becoming fluent readers, and the Toy Story 3 game takes a close look at spelling, letter sounds, counting syllables and more.  The kids engage with the game, speaking aloud along with the game when prompted.

Because the Leapster Explorer is geared to a wide age range (ages 4 to 9), there are moments in some games where one or both children have hit points of frustration, but this is much better to me than having them spend time with a learning tool that is too easy.  In fact, I’ve already begun to see their progress and look forward to trying new games for the Leapster Explorer in the future.

I look forward to watching their progress as the Leapster reacts and adapts to their progress. We’re hooked and we absolutely would recommend this product to friends and family.

Now it’s your turn to enter to win!  One reader will receive the Leapster Explorer (ARV – $70).  To enter please take one or all of the following steps:

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4. Tweet the link to this giveaway and cc: @ResourcefulMom (limit five tweet entries per person, please)
You must comment to this post with each entry in order to be entered to win.

This contest is open to all U.S. residents age 18 or older and ends July 21st at 11:59 p.m. ET.  Winner will be chosen randomly from the comments and notified via email.  Winner will have one week to respond with their shipping address or a new winner will be chosen.  Good luck!
Written by: Amy

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