Supplementing learning with the LeapPad 3

Back to School with Mommy Snippets

If school hasn’t started already, it will in a few days time. I’m sure your kids are excited to start a whole new year of learning. Whether you home-school or send your child to a regular school, it’s always important to supplement what they learn in fun ways. And in today’s word of technology gadgets and “toys”, the LeapPad 3 definitely stands out to be a strong contender in the running when picking the right electronic supplement for your child.

LeapPad 3

This 7.5″ x 2″ x 1″, wi-fi enabled tablet from LeapFrog is affordably priced at $99.99,  when you think of the hours of learning through fun your kids will have. This particular tablet comes pre-loaded with 10 apps.

I love that while your child has the freedom to play, experiment, create and explore , you, at the same time, can monitor what he/she is doing via the 4 digit security coded, parental controls panel.

And what’s great is the easy-for-any-child-to-understand tutorials make self-learning on the tablet possible.

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If your child has used the LeapPad, then this will be very similar except it’s way better!

The LeapPad 3 runs on a built in lithium battery that requires charging only after 6+ hours. So, yes, this is a great carry-along for long road-trips, flight stopovers and even those otherwise difficult doctor’s office waits!

If your kids are like mine and love the Pet app, they will be excited with the new Pet Chat app. With the app, they can communicate with siblings or friends, with the same app, on LeapPad devices closeby.

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The built in video recorder has a 480 P video recording and the camera, a 2 MP front and back. My 8 year old loves recording herself pretending to be a news journalist and my 4 year old prefers sneaking up on us, taking photographs and then editing the same with some crazy graphics!

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I’m particularly fond of the way LeapFrog creatively brings hard to retain concepts, facts and information to life through games. While the tablet comes with set games, you can easily access the 1000+ app database to get more apps and/or games. While you will need to buy additional apps/games, you will be relieved to know your kids can’t purchase this unless you approve via the Parents Panel.

(Smart Suggestion: Create an App Wishlist for your child’s birthday or Christmas and ask friends and family to buy apps instead of gifts. A win-win situation, right?!)

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While you can create upto 3 dedicated profiles for each child, you have the option of a 4th or 5th player playing as a “Guest” on the same. The advantage of creating a profile though, is to allow your child’s experience on the tablet being 100% customized to his/her learning level, thereby making skill development and learning more effective.

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The inclusion of wi-fi enabled viewing gives the young user access to videos and games on the web that are screened by educators, age appropriate and parent approved.

(The LeapSearch feature on the tablet is powered by kid-safe entertainment services provider, Zui)

Taking into consideration all the features and the fun my kids have using the tablet, I have to agree that this is a worthwhile investment.

The LeapPad 3 definitely encourages fine motor skills, creativity and analytic thinking. Listening and memory retention skills are also sharpened.

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Here again I need to stress that this in no way is to replace the learning your child receives at school or when you home-school but is a great aid to supplement all that he/she is learning.


What one feature in the LeapPad 3 stands out, making this a tablet you would get your kids?


About Marina

Marina is the grateful, Texas-based, Mommy of a book-loving, 9 year old daughter, a 5 year old son who loves all things that fly and a serene 1 year old daughter. Her husband (and best friend) is her biggest support as she shares snippets from the awesome life God has blessed them with on Mommy Snippets.

What tides her through each day?...A hot cup of cardamom chai and Philippians 4:13!


  1. 1

    I can’t believe all the features is has. SO much in one tablet. Almost more than my smartphone!

  2. 2

    We have an older version that my 7 year old has outgrown and we just passed on to his young cousin!

  3. 3

    This looks like a great learning tool. I’ll have to consider getting this for my niece for Christmas.

  4. 4

    My boys love theirs! I like that they can only get to approved videos.

  5. 5

    Of course I will say I love the long battery life! Very nice! I feel like I am ALWAYS charging our Kindle and other tablets ALL the dang time! This might be something the kids get for Christmas this year!~

  6. 6

    I love the wifi capability and that it’s screened for appropriate content! This is exactly something I have been wanting for my son!

  7. 7

    My five-year old loves his LeapPad Explorer. Is there a big difference between that device and this one? Do you know?

  8. 8

    LeapFrog makes the best products. I have no doubt this one is fabulous too!

  9. 9

    The LeapPad 3 looks like a great one! I know my daughter loves her LeapPad Ultra, so I’m sure this one is just as great!

  10. 10

    We recently got the LeapPad3 too. I love that kids can browse the web without us having to worry about what they might stumble upon.

  11. 11

    My daughter has already started asking for this. We have always loved Leap Frog because their toys last forever.

  12. 12

    The Leap Pad is great. My daughter has one, and she loves it.

  13. 13

    Little kids have such short attention spans. This is a great way to encourage learning with a device that will keep the kiddies entertained.

  14. 14

    My son’s Leap Pad never leaves his side. I love all the features of this one.

  15. 15

    That looks like a great learning tool. Maybe a great Christmas present.

  16. 16

    Oh great review!! My girls want another one of these so I think it’s time they get one.

  17. 17

    These leap pads are seriously the coolest thing. I hope they’re around when I have children.

  18. 18

    So delectable! That appears to be irresistible.

  19. 19

    These are so cool, what kid wouldn’t want one of these? I love that they can use Wifi too

  20. 20

    I remember when my girls got the original Leap Pad! They sure have come a long way since then!

  21. 21

    What a great learning vehicle, my grandchild is going to be spoiled with these cool tech toys. My kids did not have these in their days.

  22. 22

    I’m definitely looking at this for my boy for Christmas! What great updates!

  23. 23

    My kiddo is almost old enough for this! I can’t wait to try it.

  24. 24

    This is so perfect for the kiddos! A lot less fragile and risky than a regular tablet.

  25. 25

    My kids have never tried Leap Frog. I am sure that they would love them!

  26. 26

    My kids used Leap Frog products and I liked them. They made learning fun.

  27. 27

    Leap Frog is great. I love how it makes learning more fun for the kids.

  28. 28

    This is great. I am looking to get one for my grandkid.

  29. 29

    Lots of cool new features on the 3. We update our kid’s pads almost every time Leap Frog comes out with a new one because they are so affordable

  30. 30

    My girls would love a LeapPad. I like that it has a long battery life for road trips!

  31. 31

    all 3 of my kids love the leappad learning products. I’m so happy to see the new stuff!

  32. 32

    This Leap Pad 3 is great. It’s a clever way to trick our children into learning (and with some of them, that’s exactly how you have to do it). LOL.

  33. 33

    LeapPad has so many wonderful products. I really need to check this out for Davis.

  34. 34

    I’ve always been a big Leap Frog fan, but man they have come a long way from the original hand helds my son used to have!