LeapFrog Leap TV Video Game System Review
Do your kids beg you to play video games? It can be hard to choose the right video games for kids, especially when your kids are between the ages of 3-8. You’d probably want something non-violent and perhaps even educational. Games that kept kids active would even be a bonus!
The new LeapFrog LeapTV Educational Active Video Game System, in my opinion, is all that! I have been a big fan of all LeapFrog products for my kiddos, and this does not disappoint.
Thanks to LeapFrog and MomSelect, I was sent the LeapFrog LeapTV to review and host a Mommy Party! I also received two games: LeapTV Dance & Learn and LeapTV Sports.
The LeapTV Video Game System is designed to keep kids active as they learn essential skills, like reading, spelling, math, science, and more. It’s not just a video game where kids sit still and just move their fingers; in fact, most of the activities have kids up and moving as they learn!
It comes with a few parts, including:
- Console with stand, HDMI cable and AC cable
- Motion-sensing camera and mount
- Remote that transforms
- Built-in wifi
- 16 GB of memory
The set-up of the system was really easy. The directions lead you step by step, plus there are prompts on the TV as you are setting it up. The only thing I had to stop for was to register the system online so that we could get the free download of Pet Play World, but that took only a few minutes.
Things to note:
- Your TV needs to have an HDMI port on it. That is how the system connects to the TV.
- The WiFi connection is optional, but I recommend it. It was how we downloaded the free Pet Play World, and when their are game downloads available in December 2014, we can download straight to the system rather than buying the cartridges.
One of the first things to do once the system is set up is to create your profiles. You can set up to six profiles, with names and grade levels. The grade levels help the system recognize how difficult the tasks should be for each child. For instance, my daughter is in the pre-K level while my son is in the First Grade level. He would do more complex addition and subtraction while she would just have to recognize numbers. I like that when the kids play the games together, the system does all the work to make sure they are at level and that the games are fair.
The first time I opened up the system, my daughter and I tried it out. It was really easy for me to use the remote, but it took her a few tries to get the hang of the joystick. It does take a bit of training for the kids to realize that when the controller is used as a wand that it needs to be aimed at the camera, not at the TV.
What’s really cool is that the kids basically get to be the stars on TV. It’s not a cartoon character they see; it’s actually their image in the games that use the motion sensing camera!
The games are really fun and perfectly made for young kids. And boy, do they keep you moving! I was winded after playing the Dance & Learn Game!
Our LeapTV Party
As part of this review, MomSelect asked me to have a LeapTV party. We invited some of our favorite younger cousins and my youngest brother (he’s 20 years younger than I am!) to join us in the fun!
We had some yummy snacks for our party, including little pizzas on whole wheat English muffins, froggy green-apple jello, Cousin Toad’s Pink Lemonade, and so much more! The kids gobbled it all up in no time!
The kids were in teams playing the games in the Dance & Learn and Sports: boys against girls. They had a blast trying to beat each other’s high scores!
See some of the action below, including an interview with my son who played the LeapTV that day from 1pm to 7pm!
What We Love About LeapTV
- So much continuous fun. The kids never get bored.
- So much continuous learning (but shh, don’t tell the kids!)
What Could Be Improved
- I wish the camera didn’t need so much light to function. I feel like we had every light on in the living room when we played the games at night.
- The camera could be a tad more sensitive to the movement of the wand, especially for the sake of younger kids.
I’m really looking forward to trying all of the other games from LeapFrog, like Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Princess Sofia, Pixar Pals and more. They’re definitely on the kids’ Christmas list this year!
I HIGHLY recommend the LeapFrog LeapTV video gaming system for your kids this holiday season. You will not be disappointed!!
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I received free products in order to host the LeapFrog sponsored MommyParty. The opinions expressed here are my own.