The LeapPad 3 Review


We received the LeapPad 3 tablet just before going on holiday, which was perfect timing since I’d been looking for something to distract 5-year-old Joe during the flight (leaving me to drink wine and read a book in peace).

It took me a little while to set up on the LeapPad on the website (although this wouldn’t be a problem if you already have an account) but once it was done, it was easy to download apps – you can do it via the website or direct from the tablet (with a wifi connection). The apps aren’t cheap, but the LeapPad comes with a few already installed, you get to choose another to download for free, plus there’s an introductory discount of 30% if you want any more.

Because I knew Joe would be using the LeapPad on the plane, I went for a selection of different games and entertainment, including songs and videos. (His favourite game was Stretchy Monkey: Swinging Through Time with Splurgle a close second.) (I thought Stretchy Monkey in particular was really great – it led to quite a few conversations about history.)

I was surprised to find that my 10-year-old, Harry, who is usually to be found glued to his DS, wanted in on the LeapPad too. You can set up more than one profile, so I set one up for Harry as well and downloaded a few more apps. (His favourites were the Disney Imagineers videos.)

One of the things we all loved about the LeapPad was that it has two cameras (with video) – this was just brilliant on holiday and the boys had loads of fun with it.

The battery life is great, there’s a volume button and a headphone jack (both of which came in handy on the plane and on holiday), the stylus is attached with a string (I can’t tell you how many DS styluses we’ve lost) and the tablet itself is sturdy, but lightweight.

Perfect for holidays and a great introduction to tablets and/or hand-held gaming.



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Author: Laura

A 70's child, I’ve been married for a Very Long Time, and appear to have made four children, and collected one large and useless dog along the way. I work, I have four children, I have a dog… ergo, I do not do dusting or ironing. I began LittleStuff back in (gulp) 2004. I like huge mugs of tea. And Coffee. And Cake. And a steaming cone of crispy fresh fluffy chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. #healthyeater When I grow up I am going to be quietly graceful, organised and wear lipstick every day. In the meantime I *may* have a slight butterfly-brain issue.

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