LeapPad2 Learning Tablet

The LeapPad2 library includes more than 325 apps to make learning fun and engaging.

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LeapFrog is known for its kid-friendly approach to educational and interactive toys, and this year's LeapPad2 learning tablet doesn't disappoint. In addition to app-filled fun (there's a library of more than 325 apps, games, e-books, music and foreign language lessons that can be downloaded), the LeapPad2 also borrows some features from grown-up tablets, including front-and-back cameras.

There are two other LeapFrog tablets to consider this year. The LeapsterGS is LeapFrog's newest gaming system (educational gaming of course), and don't forget the Leapster Explorer, which was on the 2011 list of must-have toys.

All are compatible with earlier generations of LeapFrog cartridges and apps.

If you're looking for a tablet more like your own Android, iOS or Windows-based version, those are available as well for the pint-sized posse. Look for the Tabeo (from Toys "R" Us), the Kurio 7 (from Techno Source) or the MEEP! (from Oregon Scientific), and finally take back your iPad.