We were sent the LeapFrog LeapTV gaming console as part of a sponsored MommyParties party. We had fun having Leap Into Gaming party with our friends!
If you remember from my post a couple of weeks ago announcing that LeapFrog was coming out with a new gaming console called the LeapTV geared towards younger aged kids so that they could really get in on the gaming craze just like older kids.
LeapTV from LeapFrog gets kids into the action while teaching core skills across a variety of subjects including: reading, mathematics, science and problem solving. Designed for kids ages 3-8, the system uses a motion-sensing camera and controller that fits small hands. Audio instruction makes it simple for even the youngest kids to play solo or with a friend!
Set up of the gaming console is super easy. The main console just has to be plugged in to a power source, as well as in to an HDMI port on your tv. The video camera plugs directly in to the console and just like that you are ready to go. There are a few steps for registering your system and linking the controller. I did like how easy and non complicated it was to get my kids to playing.
We invited a bunch of friends over so that they could have fun testing out the LeapFrog Sports and LeapFrog Dance & Learn games that we were sent. You are able to set up 4 profiles on the system so that each kid can have their own preferences when it comes to the games as well as be able to see their name. If you don’t have 4 kids, then just leave the extra spaces blank for guests.
The kids loved how they could see themselves on the tv screen during most of the games with the use of the video camera. It made the kids feel as though they were really in the games and a part of the action. There are a few of the sports games where it is like a regular video game and where they have to use the controller, but there are plenty of the game that they don’t have to use the controller at all. It helps the kids get up and get moving to block a soccer ball or swim through the ocean.
The best part is that the kids could learn and do math problems throughout the games. In the Dance & Learn there are several parts where they learn to rhyme and learn coordination as well as math. My son(almost 7) had more fun than my daughter (5) since he knew how to read and do math. It would be cool to see what other games that they offer that are more geared towards younger kids.
Overall we had fun playing though the video camera did pick up other people in the background while they kids were playing and messing up the games. It is best to do it in an area where your child can be the only one on the screen without people walking behind them. Since we wanted more people to see it we had our set up in our living room, but will probably move it to the playroom upstairs.
So do you think this will be on your kids Christmas list this year so that you too can Leap Into Gaming? It really is great that it is more affordable than bigger gaming systems and that the games teach as well as get your kids up and moving.
Thanks LeapFrog and MommyParties for allowing us to have a fun night with friends and be able to experience what LeapTV is all about!