Leapfrog Clickstart My First Computer – Deal of the day!

Just received an email from Amazon to let me know that the pink version of the Leapfrog Clickstart My First Computer is today’s deal of the day, with 60% off the original price.

The Pink version is £15.66 but I’ve checked and the Green version is also discounted, just not by as much it’s £19.57 . The Green version is not a deal of the day, so the Pink may change price to £19.57 tomorrow as well. Which is still a great bargain!

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The Clickstart turns your TV into a PC, by using the wireless keyboard with attached mouse it allows you to play games on your Television. The games come on cartridges and use popular characters to teach your child basic pre-school skills and also keyboard and mouse skills. A good feature is that the mousemat can be configured for either Left or Right handers.

Recommended for ages 3 – 6.

Go and bag yourself a bargain.

Zippity aims to mix Fun, Exercise and Learning

As Ive mentioned before in previous ramblings my sons both love electronic gadgets and computers and both love Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. So I was interested to hear about Leapfrog’s new children’s entertainment system the Zippity.

It’s made in partnership with Disney and comes complete with 8 in built games featuring 2 games of each of Playhouse Disney’s most favourite characters, Handy Manny, Little Einsteins, My Friends Tigger and Pooh and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Obviously this instantly appeals to me as their all my son’s favoraites as we watch Playhouse Disney most of the day apart from Cartoon network  Ben 10 for Thomas and Nick Jr 2 Wiggle and Learn for Jacob.

The Zippity is a dance mat with 4 coloured circles and a large joystick or Bopper as they call it, which looks more like a microphone to me. The point is too get kids to move around rather than just slob out and play computer games. Games require jumping and dancing on circles rather than tapping buttons.

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The games seem to be a pretty good mix with the old favourites Mickey and Winnie the Pooh. Newcomers Handy Manny and Little Einsteins will be the more educational portions I would have thought. With Handy Manny adding some Spanish into the play and the Little Einsteins teaching about Music and Art.

One point I have a bit of reservations about is that each game only has 2 levels, so even with 8 games it could get a bit repetitive. Additional games will be available for purchase separately though, but that’s just more expense.

This sounds like a good idea and I’m sure kids will love it, but I’m not sure if it’s just another educational gadget that’s going to end up cluttering the house rather than being used just like the VTech Cyber Pocket and V.Smile.


The Zippity can also be used in conjunction with Leapfrogs online Learning path, which lets you see what your child will be learning at different stages of the games and how that develops as they grow older.

Leapfrog has a mini site for Zippity with lots of info and movies, good if your interested in more information.

Suitable for 3 – 5 year old’s the Zippity will be available in the summer and is expected to cost around £80.00.


Leapfrog Text and Learn = Baby phone home

As soon as I found out about this toy I just knew i’d be getting one as soon as they came out (2 probably after they’ve both seen it).

All baby’s and kids love playing with phones, and by the looks of it this one is going to be a dozy. The Leapfrog Text and Learn is a basically a blackberry for babies, with it’s qwerty keyboard and large secreen it’s the spitting image of the real thing.

Children will be able to play games with Scout a virtual puppy which is set  to be a new Leapfrog star just like Tad the frog who appears on most things at the moment, as there will be a range of new products all featuring Scout the puppy.

Designed to be a first step into using computers, kids will learn to get to grips with letters on the qwerty keyboard and navigating around with the arrow keys.

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Theres even a game where Scout sends you a text message, your child can get that first buzz of recieving a text and can also reply back by just pressing any letters on the keypad. Also theres an organiser where Scout sings a jolly song about days of the week, and elaborates on certain things like on Monday I have to go to the doctors.

I think this really looks like a fun toy and hopefully it will stop the little one stealing my phone and remote.

The Leapfrog Text and Learn is due for release in August and is expected to retail at £19.99, and I’ll write a full review just as soon as I can get my hands on one.

For more information about the Text and Learn, check out this link.