The Princess and the Frog (Leapster)

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Girls play learning games and plan Princess Tiana's wedding.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game encourages little girls to play educational learning games so that they can help Princess Tiana decorate for her wedding.

Positive role models

In this version of The Princess and the Frog, girls see less of the strong entrepreneurial Tiana and more of the girly, I-am-going-to-have-a-lavish-wedding Princess Tiana. But, to help Princess Tiana decorate for her wedding, girls must play educational games.

Ease of play

All of the directions are spoken outloud so you don't have to be able to read. Some of the controls seem a little sluggish, but kids can adjust. The directions for the cooking game can be confusing because you chop vegetables by tapping them -- not sliding over them as you do in most other cooking games.

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Consumerism

This game is based on the Disney film of the same name.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Leapster game is based on Disney's The Princess and the Frog movie. It combines dress-up and dance games with learning games that reinforce early numbers, reading , and logic. Of the three The Princess and the Frog video games available, this one is best for young children between the ages of 4 and 7. The other The Princess and the Frog games for the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Wii are totally different games and skew older.

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Kids say

What's it about?

In the Leapster version of THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, kids will see the story of Prince Naveen finding and falling in love with Tiana, a New Orleans girl who has a dream of owning a restaurant. Along with hearing the story, kids will play educational and creative games with the characters from the movie. From the main menu, the game offers five activities. In one, played with Tiana, kids help her to cook by identifying foods, counting specific numbers of ingredients into a pot, and chopping others into the correct number of pieces. In another activity, kids guide Prince Naveen (who has been turned into a frog by an evil spell) across numbered lily pads to rescue a trapped Princess Tiana. This lily pad game has three levels of difficulty to let kids practice identifying numbers from 1 to 10, as well as adding them.

Is it any good?

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This Leapster game has a nice combination of creative and learning games. Little girls will enjoy dressing up Princess Tiana for a ball and earning dream hearts to help her decorate for her wedding. However, the game also has learning games that drill counting, logic, letter recognition, spelling, and music skills. The game is very supportive and offers help when a child is having trouble; plus the learning games can be played on the level appropriate with your child's learning. The levels correspond to ages 4-5, 5-6, and 6-7.

The controls are a little sluggish, but it is something kids easily adjust to. The cooking game is quite good, but it may take a few tries for kids to figure out the cutting a vegetable is done not by sliding the stylus across the screen, but rather, by tapping on the item to be cut.

Online interaction: If played on Leapster 2, this game can offer more content online. If played on Leapster, kids will earn codes that can unlocked printables by going online. The game is careful to remind children not to go online without an adult.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about which of the five games did you like playing best? Why?

  • Which character is your favorite?

Game details

Platforms:Leapster
Price:$24.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:LeapFrog
Release date:November 17, 2009
Genre:Edutainment
Topics:Princesses and fairies
ESRB rating:NR for (Leapster)

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