Thanks to LeapFrog for supplying the LeapTV gaming system for our review.
My son is five. FIVE. Oh. My. Gah.
Last weekend, we held a party in our backyard. We ate pizza like Ninja Turtles. We blew out candles. We piñata’ed.
But best of all? We got our game on with the new LeapTV gaming system!
I shared a few photos and videos that day, and everyone has been asking what we were playing, so here’s the scoop. It’s the new LeapTV from LeapFrog, and it’s definitely on the short list of the hottest holiday gifts for kids this year. I’m not a big fan of game systems in general because they lead to so much sedentary time (and kids can get so obsessed) but when I saw was LeapTV was all about, I couldn’t pass it up.
The LeapTV system is educational, active video gaming to get minds and bodies moving. Hours on the couch just won’t happen with 100+ games (sold separately) that allow your child to star in the action. We have the Dance & Learn and Sports games, with activities that range from cool dance moves, bowling and karate to car racing, snowboarding and even rope climbing. The system is designed for kids 3–8, so it’s simple and intuitive, and there are audio instructions to help those little kiddos who can’t quite read yet.
The games adapt to each child’s level, starting with age, and then automatically adjusting the learning for just the right challenge. It’s easy for kids to play solo or with friends, and that’s a good thing because everyone at our party wanted to give it a shot.
…and the birthday boy did actually share (although I’m not sure he wanted to at first.) This photo below makes the screen look a little dark, but it’s really not. I think it’s just that way in this game so the kids can see the ropes to climb (which, by the way, was everyone’s fast favorite activity.)
Big kids and little all got in on the action. Oh, I’ll admit it – I did, too! Fun is fun, even for us moms.
I’ve talked a lot about the Sports game, and Dance and Learn is even more fun, if you ask me…but with a whole library of over 100 educator-approved game cartridges, downloads and videos available, the options are many! Learning reading, mathematics, science and problem solving has never been so much fun (or so active!)
If you’ve got a little one to buy holiday gifts for and you’re hesitating to invest in a game system, I understand. I felt the same way. But winter is coming, and I really believe that the LeapTV system could be the ticket to heading off cabin fever and getting their little selves the exercise that’s so important. I remember all too well what last winter was like, so if we can get a little swimming and skateboarding in (and less bickering, maybe?) I’m all for it!
Visit LeapTV online to learn more about the system (msrp $149.99) and the games available, including licensed favorites like Marvel Ultimate Spiderman, Disney Sofia the First and Disney Jake and the Neverland Pirates!