November 02, 2007,
S.S. asks from South Saint Paul, MN on November 01, 2007
Have a quick question for everyone...my kids have a "My First Leappad". My oldest (now 6) got it when he was 3 or so. He doesn't use it anymore but my younger son (now 3) really likes it. We have a LOT of books for it (Cars, Thomas, Bob, etc), but after 3 years and 2 kids, the system itself is in rough shape. Even with new batteries it shuts off periodically, and I can't figure out why.
I'm trying to decide if I should get a new First Leappad (since I have so many books/cartridges that still work fine), if I should get a regular Leappad (but will obviously need the books) or if should move onto something "older" like Vsmile or Leapster. I'd ideally like them to be able to share it, so I only want to get one thing. Does anyone have any advice??
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THANKS everyone for all your advice!! I'll have to figure out what I'm going to do, but all this helps!!!
K.P. answers from Minneapolis on November 02, 2007
I have two kids (daughter 8 & son 6) we have had two of the Leapsters for 2+ years. They are WONDERFUL!! We purchased them before taking a driving trip to Alaska and they were a lifesaver! We have many of the cartridges and other than using alot of batteries we have had no issues with them.
K.G. answers from Minneapolis on November 02, 2007
I would go to the regular one. The reason I say this is because my oldest got his own Leapster and found that littler kids like his better than their own. Also, the books don't hold up as well and the cartridges with the regular Leapster are small and easy to store. I am considering getting another Leapster for Christmas this year because it has been such a hit with the kids ages 2, 4, and 5. And, my oldest is gifted and he can be challenged by some of the games. My 4 year old likes all the Pre-K games and my 2 year old likes to do some of the coloring games on it. It is really versatile. Good luck. Oh, the kdis got a V-Smile last year for Christmas and like it OK, but like the Leapster better to play individually. The V-Smile is good for the kids to play together with 2 players. I am not as crazy about the games they have though.
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L.A. answers from Minneapolis on November 02, 2007
I have a 4 yr old and a 2 yr old that loves the v-smile game. We have the main one that hooks up to tv and they love it. You get the 2 player games and they can play for hours (but of course I have to stop them to take a break from staring at tv. My 4 yr old also got the handheld one and that keeps her very busy in car so we're getting one for my 2 yr old son. I have amy first leap pad that my daughter got for her 2nd b-day and she maybe used it 3 times and its been sitting in closet since. I'm gonna sell it I think with 3-4 games that we have to pay for the vsmile I'm getting my son
S.W. answers from Minneapolis on November 01, 2007
My daughter has a leapster which she loves but, I have found that they are not very durable. We have had this one for a little over a year and the screen doesn't work all the time and does shut off also with good batteries. She is always very careful with it. We bought the vsmile and she loves that as well and I think it works much better than the Leapster. I did check with leapster company and they said there was nothing they could do for me about the screen and they just wear out sometimes from use.
L.M. answers from Minneapolis on November 02, 2007
We were given a myfirst leep pad a from someone who had two; so it was used. It also didn't work well and I found on line a problem solving number to call; which told how to clean it with rubbing alcohol and that did the trick. Take a Qtip, dip it in the alcohol and rub it on the metal part of the cartrige and then while still wet put it into the machine and in and out two to three times. This helpee with the machine recognizing the cartriges so they worked.
A.L. answers from Minneapolis on November 02, 2007
We have the "my first leappad" and the Leap Pad Writing one which both still work fine, but I just got the Leapster TV for my 3-year-old and plan on getting the hand held Leapster for my 6-year-old for xmas because they can share the games then.