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December 4, 2009

Leapfrog's Zippity Learning System

Leapfrog has teamed up with Disney to create the Zippity Learning System, which is geared for age’s three to five. Using Leapfrog's learning expertise and Disney's winning storytelling the Zippity ($79.99) can help kids learn core preschool skills in music, math and language.

The Zippity comes complete with eight games (each with two levels) featuring many Disney characters like Goofy, Winnie the Pooh, Little Einstein’s and Handy Manny. The rounded pad and giant joystick ("bopper") are easy to use and only took my three-year-old a few tries to figure out and learn. In fact, it really helped her in deciphering her left and right, which she originally had a hard time remembering. Thanks to the Zippity, she is remembering it. I found the whole system easy to install. The mat and bopper, which interact with the wireless console, took mere minutes for her to use. I was impressed.

My daughter loves using the Zippity. She dances, twists, turns and stops her feet with the games and music. Each time she plays she is acquiring memory skills, culture, learning her letters, numbers, shapes and a thing or two about art and music. It is perfect for a rainy day when we need to burn off some energy and she loves all the characters and games that come with the system. I only wish that there were more games available. Besides the eight pre-loaded games there are only two other games available for purchase. I hope that more will be available soon.

Leapfrog also makes it possible for parents to track the skills their children are practicing by visiting the Leapfrog Learning Path, an online resource that is free. The easy use and the fun and educational properties have earned the Zippity a spot in the MPR holiday guide too.

The Zippity Learning System is available online at the Leapfrog website, at Amazon and in a variety of toy stores nationwide. Additional games ($24.99) such as Disney Princess: Magical Movement and Learning or Disney Pixar Cars: Driven to Learn are available too.

MPR Rating: Four Stars.

Disclaimer: MPR was not paid for this posting. Products were received and kept for testing purposes. The opinions in this review are solely my own.