LeapStart 3D Review (LeapFrog)

LeapStart 3D
What It Is

In order to offer kids more interactivity and engagement as they play and learn, LeapFrog added an update to its LeapStart learning system. Much like the original LeapStart before it, the new LeapStart 3D aims to help kids build key skills for school and life through activities, games, puzzles, music, and more. The difference is that the new version features an interactive 3D-like display where kids can watch animations. This still features the touch-and-talk technology where kids touch the attached LeapStart stylus to the pictures and words on the pages of the activity books to hear different audio, from games and music to stories read aloud.

The LeapStart 3D comes with one 12-page sampler book designed for children from preschool to first grade. Additional books are sold separately and feature some of kids' favorite characters from Trolls, Paw Patrol, and more. The books are divided into age and grade categories covering topics such as math, problem-solving, creative expression, and learning to read. The original LeapStart books will still work with the LeapStart 3D, minus animation, but some of the activity book titles (Around Town with Paw Patrol, Scout & Friends Math, and Solve It All with Poppy & Branch) have been upgraded to include 3D-like activities.

Each book contains more than 30 activities that are designed to be played again and again. Most of the activities have two levels so that kids can start with an easy challenge and then move up to a harder one when they're ready.

You can store one book inside the LeapStart 3D, and there is a carry handle to make it easy to take this on the go.

Is It Fun?

The LeapStart is a really nice learning system because it combines reading skills with a lot of other core skills and presents them in a fun and kid-appropriate way. Adding the animations provides another engaging element, but because the animations don't constantly play throughout each activity, kids aren't solely focused on the screen. It's kind of like a special treat and a fun surprise to see what game or picture on the page triggers an animation and what that animation is going to be.

Who It’s For

The LeapStart 3D is for ages 2 to 7.

What To Be Aware Of

This requires two AA batteries, which are not included.

A headphone jack is located on the side, and the toy has volume control.

This works with all LeapStart and LeapStart 3D books, sold separately. The original LeapStart books will not activate any animations. Parents will need to download the audio for each book onto the device.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy

    2 AA batteries required