Friday, August 12, 2011

Leapster Explorer - Camera and Video Recorder: A Review

Once again, I have joined up with Harbinger Ideas to tell you about another fantastic Leapfrog product! This time I would love to introduce you to the Leapster Explorer Camera and Video Recorder.

About Leapfrog:

LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. is a leading developer of innovative, technology-based educational products and content dedicated to making learning effective and engaging.

The LeapFrog Promise:
Is to create fresh, engaging, effective learning experiences that inspire and delight kids—over and over again. At LeapFrog our teams understand how to emotionally and intellectually captivate the minds and imaginations of children. At LeapFrog, everyone puts learning first—every teacher and technician, every engineer and artist. At LeapFrog, our teams know how to put those crucial, creative elements together to make learning feel like magic.

The LeapFrog way is a simple equation:

•Rigorous, proven learning methodologies
Compelling, multi-layered content
Intuitive, invisible technology
= Learn Something New Every Day™
Putting Learning First:The Essence of Learning - LeapFrog's Scope and Sequence. All LeapFrog content and curriculum is based on a proprietary scope and sequence methodology, created by our educational experts, that identifies not only WHAT children learn, but WHEN and HOW they learn it—at each age and stage of development. What's more, our grade-based curriculum is aligned with educational standards, often mirroring what is learned in the classroom.

How it Works:See it. Hear it. Say it. Touch it. Learn it.
At LeapFrog, we surround the child with multiple ways of learning by tapping into their senses. Interactive learning experiences are further reinforced with immediate, and positive, corrective feedback. This multi-sensory approach has been consistently proven effective by third-party efficacy studies and research.

Technical Wonders:Who pushes realms of reality? We do, every day!

Our Technology Team: The Architects of Tomorrow.LeapFrog products are powered by technology that dazzles, to keep kids discovering. But we don't simply accept the technology that exists today—this team is dedicated to the constant search for new innovations and technological advancements, to create the most engaging and effective learning experience possible. And most importantly, we are producing it ALL in-house. To create our patented, proprietary software, we brought together over 70 technology experts who are led by a core team that has worked together since 1985.

About The Camera and Video Recorder:

Turn the Leapster Explorer™ handheld into a digital camera and video recorder! 
Kids can take pictures and personalize them and shoot movies for music videos. Eight activities encourage creative expression, explore emotions and help build skills with letters, numbers and shapes.
• Take, store and edit up to 1,000 photos.
• Stretch, stamp and draw on pictures to personalize them.
• Create puzzles or use photos to tell a story.
• Turn photos into characters to zap letters or numbers in fun activities.
• Appropriate for children ages 4 to 9 years. 
Only for use with the Leapster Explorer™ handheld (sold separately).

My Review:

We received the Leapster Explorer Camera and Video Recorder in July and already my 4.5 year old is an aspiring photographer! She loves taking pictures and then telling us about what she has taken. She quickly caught onto how to operate the camera, and we have gone on the Leapfrog Connect site and started making her own story books (with my assistance, that part she has not totally figured out on her own yet). I love that there are so many ways to use the camera, as that means it will be used for a long time to come! 

Being a "kids camera" the pictures are okay quality (I found them pretty fuzzy) but it doesn't bother my girls, they love taking pictures, and that is all that matters. They have even started making their very own photo album with some of the pictures I have had printed. They are learning some knew skills and having fun. And the good folks at Leapfrog definitely know how to help kids learn and have fun at the same time! 

It was very easy to attach to the Explorer, and was able to be used within minutes, and though we haven't used the video option yet, if its anything like the camera, it will be awesome.

I highly recommend this product and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase the Leapster Explorer Camera and Video Recorder at your favorite Leapfrog retailer such as Target, Walmart, Zellers and Toys R Us

***I received the above product on a complimentary basis, courtesy of Leapfrog Canada and Harbinger Ideas, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner.

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