I’ve been super reluctant to allow a video game system into our home – but the kids often inquire about the video games and character-stories gleaned from friends. Over the summer, I met with LeapFrog and had a hands on go with their new Leap TV. I had fun playing with the transforming controller in hand, and was pleased with the educational fun packed into every game.
The LeapFrog Leap TV, ($149.99) designed for kiddos ages 3 to 8, is an active video gaming system saturated with the sort of educational content that parents expect from LeapFrog. And like all LeapFrog learning devices, school grades can be set to remain educationally appropriate for the selected profile while intuitively leveling up or down as needed.
To say my kids love their LeapTV is an understatement. And there is absolutely no couch-potatoing with mouthes mindlessly hung open – as LeapTV play always looks like this:
The three play mode options keep things interesting, especially the motion sensing camera that allows kids to morph onto the big screen. In this play mode, the children’s bodies become the controller allowing them to become fully immersed in the game as they see themselves jumping and dancing. The controller is perfect for little hands to navigate and operates in two modes that function like a classic control or pointer, for endless educational and play options. The kids love swinging the controller like a bat in the sports game while we appreciate the educational content woven through each game.
I’ve seen my four-year-old correctly identify double digits in LeapFrog Kart Racing and work on reading in Sofia The First. The Spider Man game helps to teach reading and letter identification – while Jake and the Never Land Pirates is packed with Math. The Dance and Learn game is among my favorites to watch as the kids jam out while working on basic math. The kids love playing the sports game with familiar LeapFrog characters and nine active games.
The kiddos jump, dance, karate-chop and so much more, in exciting gaming-play rich in LeapFrog’s comprehensive curriculum. We recommend swinging for that second controller, ($30) so kids can play many games like LeapFrog Kart racing together. If you’re still looking for that big present to wow this Holiday – the Leap TV is it!
Find all of our detailed LeapFrog reviews here. Thank you LeapFrog for partnering with us again this Holiday season. Opinions as always are my own.