This is not a sponsored review.

A couple months ago I shared our thoughts on the Leapster Explorer, an educational gaming system recommended for kids ages 4-9.  If you didn’t read it, take a little detour and check it out, then come back here to find out our thoughts on the Leapster Explorer Camera and Video Recorder!

We have been sorely in need of new Leapster Explorer games – we’ve had the opportunity to try the Mr. Pencil Saves Doodleburg game (which you would think is all about drawing but it’s so controlling of what you draw that it leaves no room for actual free creativity and bores my daughter to pieces) and a couple of the simple, inexpensive ($7+) downloadable games available for the Leapster Explorer but none of them have really impressed us as awesome yet.  I determined that for her birthday I would make sure to get her something new.

I decided on the Leapster Explorer Camera and Video Recorder because Emma is always asking to use my phone to take pictures.  I knew she would love to have her own camera (and I would love to give her something I didn’t have to worry about her breaking).  So that’s what Emma received from us for her birthday, and she couldn’t wait to try it out!

When you open the package, you find that there is no game cartridge – it’s actually an accessory that plugs into the base of the Leapster Explorer.  I like this because it can stay in the Leapster Explorer permanently, even while it’s charging in the charging station.

After downloading the software , you’re ready to use the camera!  I was delighted to discover that it’s not just a camera and video recorder – there are also a myriad of fun activities like:

♥  Edit your photos, add stamps, draw on them, or add special effects.
♥  Create themed cards – like putting your child’s face in a rock star scene.
♥  Write silly stories and add your photos to them.
♥  Play a space game with your child’s photo in the space ship, zapping specific letters or numbers.
♥  Make puzzles from your photos.
♥  Add music to your videos.
♥  Download photos to your hard drive, share them via Facebook, email them, or print them!
♥  And much more!

One of my favorite games for Emma to play is the one that sends her on “missions”.  It gives her a describing word (and says it out loud) like “hairy”, “green”, or “tasty” and she is to find something matching that description and take a photo of it.  There are different categories for each mission, too – shapes, alphabet, and emotions being some examples.  It’s so much fun!

Here are some photo examples:

There is really SO much to do, and there are so many ways to be creative, I can’t name them all in this review.  I can tell you that this is WELL worth buying for your Leapster Explorer, and even worth buying the Leapster Explorer or LeapPad Explorer for this game!

I really can’t think of anything I don’t like about this accessory.  The fun factor makes it a great purchase for young children!  As far as photo quality goes, you won’t get the best photos with this, but as a camera for little kids I find it more than adequate!  I know that my 4-year-old is more than thrilled with her photos and doesn’t mind that they’re not perfectly clear.  That said, she still has taken quite a few nice pictures.  Here are some examples:

Notice that it takes better pictures in bright light.  :)

Official Trailer for Camera and Video Recorder:

Want It?

Right now there is an AWESOME deal on this camera accessory, which is already affordable at $24.99 regularly – get it for $15.45 with free shipping!  It’s from an Amazon store called UKforLess, and it says it takes up to a month to get to you, but mine arrived in a week (they sent it air mail).  I’m really happy with my purchase and the great deal!

Do you have a Leapster Explorer?  If so, I would love to know what your favorite games are!  I need suggestions on which ones to buy next.  :)

My Amazon affiliate links are included in this post.  This review is not sponsored in any way – I purchased the product and wanted to share our thoughts on it with you!


11 Responses to Leapster Explorer Camera and Video Recorder – We Bought It! Now Find Out What We Think of It.

  • That is really cool. My daughter has the LeapPad Explorer so I might need to check this out for her. All kids gaming systems should come with a camera and video recorder because like you mentioned most kids want to use their parents phones. I know mine do. LOL. Thanks for sharing.

  • When I was little, I remember my parents gave me a camera made just for kids and I loved it. This was in the ’80s, so this was a film camera with a flash cube that attached to the top of it. How times change! :)

    • So true – I remember when digital cameras were first in stores when I was a teen and I wanted one SO BAD. Now little kids are growing up with these things thinking it’s the norm! :)

  • What an awesome product! I know my kids already love their Leapster 2, maybe it’s time we upgraded!!!

  • That really is just amazing! I think it’s so cool that kids have have access to this sort of tech these days.

  • wow, the camera is a nice addition! we have the older model, i love all things LeapFrog!

  • We have 2 explorers and the camera. I love the games. We actually love Mr. pencil and most of the games. My boys enjoy them, especially star wars. But there are lots of good ones.

    • I think the Mr. Pencil game would have been more enjoyed if my daughter had been a bit older. Her attention span is pretty short. :)

  • I had NO idea this even existed! We have the LeapPad and Bryson’s favorite feature is being able to take photos and videos. He would LOVE this- especially the little challenges. Thanks for posting about it!

  • wow that really does a lot. My kids would get a kick out of all the fun with photos that is great

  • I love leapfrog products and love that this one does pictures AND video. That’s a great selling point for me as a parent as my kids love to take pictures and video with my camera and phone. Thanks for the great review!

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