5 Y. XMAS IDEAS/Leapster Users?

Celeste - posted on 12/05/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I am stumped. I want to find my daughter a learning toy, that is handheld. I keep hearing about the DSI but I Dont think she is ready for that and also, do five year olds really play with them? I wandt something where she can learn about technology and also learn. Any suggestions? Also, had anyones kids ever used those leapsters, I see them advertised.

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Angelia - posted on 12/16/2009

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well I would go with the leapster I have a 5 and 6 year old and he loves hand held games and that is what he is getting this year. I watched him play it in the store and he loved it. he also has a ds but there are not very many educational games for that. Anything leapfrog is great. He has lots of those things. Even the learning leap frog tab. its the one with the pen and he reads with the book. well he would sit for hours with that book and listen to it read and try to read with it. I would suggest the learning things they have plenty of time for play go with educational now.. good luck to you..

Kerry - posted on 12/16/2009

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both my boys have leapsters and my Kindergartener does the one with the 4th grade math like it was no problem. Very educational and they have lots of fun with them. Plus a pretty good variety of games to choose from.

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I think it depends on the child. We brought our son one last year (he was 3) and he did play with it but always wanted to play on his older sisters ds.He now has a ds of his own and loves it! He plays with his ds all the time now and hardly touches his leapster.

Stephanie - posted on 12/15/2009

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I daughter actually had a leapster and a vsmile and over 3 years and she is now 8 and she gave her games to our friend little girl for christmas. Vsmile and Leapster are 2 great educational toys before we got them my daughter use to not no the colors and I ask her what is that color and she responed that color and then within a few weeks of having those games and actually she knew each color. The games omly goes up to age 8. So get it while their young and they will know more then we will know.

Jennifer - posted on 12/10/2009

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my son damien is 7 we got him a leapster when he was 5 he loves it. it has all kinds of games you can buy for it. and the best part he has droped that thing so many times and it still works. i even find myself playing it. it is the best toy.

Wendy - posted on 12/09/2009

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I was also curious what to get my girls for Christmas 2 years ago..They are now 6 and 7. They absolutely LOVE the Leapsters. We are getting them the leapster 2 this year! I was amazed at how quickly they picked up on how to play ( I guess I didn't give them enough credit), there are alot of fun games and I like the fact that they learn so much with them. The Leapster 2 is even better because you can plug it in your computer and track their learning, ect...what the are the best at and really like or what subject they might be having problems with. We are going to get the cases and battery charger this year. It is definately worth the money and they can use it over and over.

Paula - posted on 12/09/2009

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both my sons have a ds my oldest is 4 and has had a ds since he was 2 and my other boy is 2 and had one for a while. they are absoluley fantastic my kids love them they have allsorts of games for them if you buy a ts card you can download the games for free off the nintendo website. they have brought my kids on no end even my one year old little girl trys to play on it lol. it will be the best thing you ever buy i highly rate them

Leticia - posted on 12/08/2009

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My daughter loves her Leapster.(she is 6) The games are great too. she has had hers for about 2 yrs now. She also has the DS. She likes that too and I get her the games that I know she can play. Between them both I like the Leapster better because the games are more into teaching rather than just playing. So, I would go with the Leapster!

Beth - posted on 12/08/2009

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My Daughter loves her Leapster - we got it for her around that age and she received the Leappad the year before. [or was she 4 & 3?] Anyways it was the best gift - do yourself a favour though and either get rechargeable batteries or get the battery pack for it. My DD still used hers and we continue to get her a new game or two for christmas - she is also asking for a DSI and we don't believe she is ready for one @ 7.5yrs old either.

Molly - posted on 12/08/2009

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I just got my son a leapster (he is 4) without a purchased game it seems a little hard. I bought him finding nemo and at first I worked with him to show him what to do and when he needs to listen to the game. Now he will turn it on and play it by himself.... he tells me to go away! At first I was a little worried that I had wasted the money, but with the game, I think it is great.

Misti - posted on 12/07/2009

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Both my 4 and 6 yr old daughters have a leapster and they both play with them. My 6 yr old has had hers for over a yr and she still plays with it. The games are educational and fun. They love to have them in the car when we travel which is really great for us. I think they were both great investments. Hope this helps.

Tina - posted on 12/07/2009

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My son since he was 3 or 4 has had a leapster and we find that thay are awesome! They have survived every possible thing and he has learned so much. Good Luck!

Annick - posted on 12/05/2009

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Quoting Kekua:

my kids have a leapster. I think they're pretty good. They have a big variety of games so both my son and daughter have games that they think are cool. And they all involve learning. I give them a thumbs up. In fact when my ex/their dad asked me what to give them for christmas I asked him to get them the new leapster that came out this year so they can each have their own. If you get it from Sam's Club or Costco you can get it kind of cheaper and it comes bundled with a game.
But as for the dsi yes a 5 year old will play with it. My mom has one and when they're with her they're all over that thing. There are some educational games but not as awesome as leapster in my opinion.



I DEFINATELY AGREE WITH KEKUA...MY 5 YEAR OLD ABSOLUTELY  LOVES HIS LEAPSTER AND THERE ARE SO MANY WONDERFUL (AND VERY EDUCATIONAL) GAMES OUT THERE TO CHOOSE FROM. PROBABLY THE BEST GIFT MY HUBBIE AND I EVER INVESTED IN. GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! :)





 

Kekua - posted on 12/05/2009

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my kids have a leapster. I think they're pretty good. They have a big variety of games so both my son and daughter have games that they think are cool. And they all involve learning. I give them a thumbs up. In fact when my ex/their dad asked me what to give them for christmas I asked him to get them the new leapster that came out this year so they can each have their own. If you get it from Sam's Club or Costco you can get it kind of cheaper and it comes bundled with a game.

But as for the dsi yes a 5 year old will play with it. My mom has one and when they're with her they're all over that thing. There are some educational games but not as awesome as leapster in my opinion.

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