LeapFrog kick-starts ClickStart

LeapFrog has launched its big hope, the ClickStart My First Computer in the US.
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ClickStart is an interactive system designed for children ages 3-6 that turns any family TV into a kid-friendly computer and introduces important core preschool skills and basic computer functionality.

The product launches in the UK in August at around £49.99 for the hardware which comes with four desktop games. Additional software titles will retail for £14.99

The system features a cartridge console that plugs into the TV and a child-sized wireless keyboard and convertible mouse able to accommodate both right and left-handed children.

It has been designed to teach keyboard navigation, mousing, shapes and colours, counting, ABCs, phonics and simple maths skills.

"Children today are surrounded by technology, and see family members constantly using a variety of electronics. It's natural that they want to mimic this behaviour," said Nancy MacIntyre, executive vice president, product innovation and marketing at LeapFrog.

"Parents told us that they wanted a safe, child-friendly tool that exposes their pre-schoolers to the computing experience. ClickStart delivers on the LeapFrog promise of innovative learning opportunities for children of all ages."

Shipping with ClickStart is a software library featuring kids' favourite characters such as Dora the Explorer: Friends! Amigos!; Finding Nemo: Sea of Keys; Thomas & Friends: Learning
Destinations; and Toy Story: To 100 & Beyond.



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