Disclosure: I received the below product as part of the LeapFrog Ambassador Team. All opinions are my own.
As a LeapFrog Ambassador I have the exciting opportunity to try out a variety of different LeapFrog products with my family. I am a HUGE HUGE fan of LeapFrog products and have been since my boys were babies – in fact they have played a key part in my children’s early learning. I thought the LeapTV looked cool when it came out a while back but my boys were getting older so we never bought it. My 6 year old, however, was exceptionally excited when it came in the mail last month! What REALLY caught my eye this year was the new price for the LeapTV is ONLY $59! That’s totally affordable – not only is it educational but the games get your kids up and moving.
Thankfully it was a really simple set up and only takes a little bit of room next to all of our other electronics. And everything stores nicely in the box when not in use. It includes everything you’ll need to get the system running but I highly recommend purchasing several games to go with it. Remember these games are meant for younger kids so chances are they will want to play several different games back to back instead of one really long game. I am looking forward to having more games available for LeapTV soon.
LeapFrog sent us a variety of games to play with and my son just soaked every single one up. As with all LeapFrog games you come across each is labeled with age levels and subject categories it covers like math or shapes which makes it easy for my to decide what to buy for my kids.
The LeapTV games were lots of fun for him! I could see this being perfect for ages 4-6ish. The controller was easy to grasp, the games had great interface and were “big kid” type games with plenty of moving around encouraged. Even my 8 year old became interested after seeing his brother play and needed to have his own turn. You’ll need to make sure the player is in front of the sensory to work but my son didn’t have any issues with that.
Characters are customizable and some of the games even capture your kids on the camera and screen to play. I’ve read complaints in reviews of cameras not working well in darker rooms but we had NO issues playing at night with only a small side lamp on in the room. Our living room has no “ceiling” lighting so we just have a regular floor lamp which was enough to put my kids on the screen as you’ll see in the video below.
Overall – you definitely can’t beat the price on this console geared for younger kids. Yes, they’ll outgrow it after a few years as with any LeapFrog learning toy but considering the specific educational content you can purchase for it you’ll get your money’s worth out of it. Especially if you have more than 1 child. You can find a lot of sales on Amazon on games and extra parts which are helpful.
Check out this short video clip of my (crazy!) boys popping “bubbles” on the LeapTv – it certainly gets them moving!