LeapPad was one of the learning toys released in 1999 and discontinues in the late 2000s.

What Is The LeapPad?Edit

The LeapPad Learning System is an educational device whose product is intended for use in conjunction with books and cartridges designed for it, which include the original LeapFrog characters (which their own titles have been used as the "Alphaville Learning Adventures", and uses the branded characters: Leap, Lily, Tad, Mrs. Frog, Mr. Frog, Grandpa Frog, Casey, Della, Dan, Parker, Tim, Dot, Edison, Professor Quigley, Mr. Websley and more, which they all teach true learning concepts than any other toy brand) and popular TV program and movie characters (ie. The Cat in the Hat, SpongeBob SquarePants, Jay Jay the Jet Plane, Dora the Explorer and numerous Disney/Playhouse Disney characters to name a few examples).


It was developed by a team from Explore Technologies, Inc. acquired by LeapFrog in July 1998. It uses the same patented "NearTouch" technology developed for the Explore Technologies Odyssey Atlasphere. Investigation and development was started in December 1997. Its former title was called "The Book Wizard", but it got changed to the popular name of LeapPad.

Design Edit

It is a reader which looks like a large lap-desk but is attached with a pen.

Technology of the LeapPadEdit

The LeapPad features a device called "The Magical Pen" which allows stories to come to life.

Directions And Use Edit

To use the LeapPad, the player touches the power button and begins play. He or she can touch the green “GO” circle to start the fun, or stop the play with a stop sign. If desired, he or she can also read the story to themselves, and use the pen to point at a word they are unsure of to receive help from the "offscreen narrator", who in fact is called the LeapPad Storyteller (mostly a male starting from 1999; sometimes a female). He or she can touch the ear/speech bubble to hear the pages read out loud.

There may be different icons to play a game; The games are designed to not only enhance the enjoyment of the story, but to sharpen key skills such as letter and number recognition, following directions, logic, memory, and so on. 

When the illustrations are touched with the pen, character dialogues as well as brief sounds and music will make himself/herself known and directed towards the player. 

There is also a music note to sing a song and hear some music.

When the player hears “[* HORN HONKS *] Time to change your batteries! You need 4 new double A batteries.”, the player can change new batteries right away.


It is extremely popular as an educational system, with an average rating on of 4.3/5 and well over 400 reviews.

Age AppropriatenessEdit

It is rated for ages 4-8, but can be enjoyed by people of all ages.


It is available in a number of alternate models, including the LeapPad Pro, LeapPad Plus Writing, LeapPad Plus Microphone, My First LeapPad, LeapPad Plus Writing and Microphone, and Quantum LeapPad.


The LeapPad has since been supplanted by The Tag System, a iPad version of it, and LeapStart - a device that is similar to it, but remains generally available for purchase.


Developers and Manufacturers
Jim Marggraff, Mike Wood and Larry Lynch

Sarina Simon, Robin Loerch and Dr. Robert Calfee

Software and Cartridges
Dave Conroy, Tom Musolf, Sheri Brooks, Brenda Noyes, Bill Winterberg, Peter Milford, Tracy Bialik, Tim Duncan, Richard Marriott

Mark Flowers

User Testing
Lynn Rosener

Music, Underscore, Song Arrangements and All Compositions and Instrumental Tracks Sequenced via the Product's Soundfonts
Jeanne Parson
Jay Cloidt
Brad Fuller
Gary Schwantes
Jon Herbst
Judy Munsen
Richard Marriott
Mitch Brink
Andy Belling
Mary Ekler
Ferris Ellen Gluck

The soundfont for this product [and Leapster] is called The Leap-font, a soundfont with embedded onboard musical instruments that is used for this product and some other toys such as the Odyssey Interactive Globe, Learning Screen Karaoke, See and Learn Driver, and the Leapster.

Sound Effects
Judy Munsen
Jon Herbst

Songs by
Jeanne Parson
Judy Munsen
Brad Fuller
Gunnar Madsen
Sandy Sherman
Fran Avni
Bevin Blectum
Chris Daddio
Matthew M. Huesmann

Music and sounds (c) 1999-2007 Knowledge Kids Enterprises and Rounder Records, inc

Voice Talents
Most voice talents have been voices for 2 years, 3 years or more than that, while some do only one-time voices or substitutes, when one talent may be out for unknown reasons (ie. sick for one day).

1999-2003: Zachary Schuman, Kelsey Lally, Blake Marggraff, Ron Seawright, Christiane Crawford, Michael Mendelsohn, Bob Ayres, Isabella Marriott, Ali Samuel, Janie Escalle, Meagan Smith, Peter Kappen, The Boren Triplets, Danny Lee Walker, Richard Streeter, Charles Martinet

2001-03: Julie Stevens, Desiree Bogas, Fran Avni, Joy Hepburn, Joe Retta, Amy X. Neuberg, Katy Stephan, Britt McKillip, Tosha Schmidt, Vita Romano, Katy Vaughn, Alessandro Juliani, Steve Marvel, Kathleen Barr[*], Hynden Walch[*], Christopher Gaze, Kyle McDonald, Richard White, Ming-Na Wen, Alexis Kalehoff

Marked with [*]: Debut roles for Leap’s Friends from A-Z and Lessons for Life, actually in 1999

Late 2001-03: Pamela Adlon Segall, Lana Whittington, Nicole Rapp, Cristina Milizia, Max Tuma, Jenell Slack, Jim Kuklinski, Ami Hines, Grant Rosenmeyer[*], Patrick Stogner[*], Jasmine Woods, Carmen Oakley[*], Jessica and Josephine Moore, Henry Futterman, Lauren "Laura" Burcham[*], The Alexander Sisters, Loren Manda, Emily Sullivan, Patrick J.P. "Pat" Duffy, Marty Gay[*], Gerald Canonico[*], Richard Sullivan[*], Melissa Caldretti, Grey Griffin, Deanna Mustard[*], Tiffany Anne Evins[*], Jen Taylor[*]

Marked with [*]: Debut roles for Leap’s Friends from A-Z and Lessons for Life, actually in 1999

Late 2002-04: Cindy Robinson, Sandy Fox, Debi Derryberry, Tony Pope, Reed Waxman, Mark Cacciatore, Mary J. Rogers, Rachel Adams, Andy Hartford, Brian Drummond, Antoinette Blanchard, Michael Donovan, Sam Kelly, Irene Trapp, Gina Ribisi (sub), Andrea Libman (sub), Amy Rubinate (sub)

2004 (late)-07: Kate Higgins, Julie Maddalena, Doug Boyd, Zephyr Banks, Sheila Rose

1999-2001: Jim Marggraff
1999: Whoopi Goldberg
2001-03: Christiane Crawford
2002-03: Michael Mendelsohn
2002-05: Robin Smith

Special Thank You
All the folks at LeapFrog who made it possible

Book ListEdit

Main article: List of LeapPad Books

Games Edit

  • LeapPad Games: The Letter Factory Game

LeapPad Models ListEdit

Main article: LeapPad Models

LeapPad Variations ListEdit

Main article: List of LeapPad Variations