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LeapsterGS Explorer
( LeapFrog $69.99 Score: )

Looking for an age-appropriate hand-held game for your younger child that longs to have one like the "big kids"?  Look no further than the LeapsterGS Explorer. While we still urge that "screen time" be monitored and not allowed to take over playtime, this child-centered version is a better choice in terms of content and ease of use. The LeapsterGS leverages the large library of games and eBooks that the company has developed over the years. There are more than 300 learning games to select from (three come loaded on the console). There is a built-in camera so that your child can insert their picture (or yours!) into some of the game play.  As with most LeapFrog educational products, you can load your child's spelling lists into the Leapster-- making studying for Friday's quiz a little less painful.  What's important to know: as with any educational quiz machine, they rarely "teach" new skills but do provide an opportunity to become more comfortable with material that your child has already been introduced to in school.  Practicing your math facts or spelling words gives your child more confidence as they pick up speed through repetition. The trick here is that the academic skill is packaged in fun games.  Let's just say, this is not your old-fashion workbook!  (Remember those?)

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years. Review Published: Click here to purchase the product on

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