Trying to figure out what to buy my kids for Christmas this year was a struggle. They don’t need anything and I hate to have my house full of wasteful “things”. Typically, if I’m going to buy something I like to look for items that both of my kids can enjoy together because I like to encourage them to play as friends. I try to search out items for them that are educational, fun, artistic or things that get them moving – especially since harsh Michigan winters can really cut down on their body moving play time. When my kids found out about the LeapTV -an educational video game system for kids- and were over the moon excited about play with it, I decided that I better give it a look.
Upon first look of the LeapTV I was impressed. The gaming system had an easy to maneuver control – made just for my kids’ small hands. There weren’t too many button on it which made me think that they would be able to play by themselves without getting frustrated. The system was easy to set up with three simple cords to plug in – which made me think that maybe mom wouldn’t get so frustrated. Once we dove into the gaming system and started playing – four main “wow factors” really stood out to me.
4 LeapTV “Wow Factors”
1. Learning – There is a fine line between things being educational and fun. This gaming system melds them perfectly – my kids don’t really even know they are learning! When the games “quiz” the kids during play they look at it as an obstacle that they can overcome. I have heard my kids say “Yes! I did it!” and “I knew that!” several time while playing. I love how excited we all get when one of the kids passes a learning challenge and I appreciate that the challenges are age appropriate so they aren’t getting discouraged. The LeapTV games list what educational aspect they will focus on – such as the Blaze game which teaches science through number recognition, physical science, simple machines and problem solving.
2. Art – We are an artistic family so when my kids found the game Doodle Craft they were immediately hooked. Doodle craft is a LeapTV game that allows kids to craft, explore and customize they own online world. While navigating their own world they are given opportunities to paint buildings, build and decorate bridges and add stickers, glitter and other customization’s to let their own personalities shine. Like the other games in this system – Doodle Craft also presents learning by teaching creative expression, art and drawing, spatial reasoning, plus sorting and classifying.
3. Fun – What is a toy if it isn’t fun? I can tell you – it’s something that collects dust on my shelves because my kids won’t play with it. Luckily, the LeapTV is fun and uses characters in their games that my kids recognize and enjoy. One of my kids favorite games is FROZEN which features Elsa, Anna and Olaf in learning about mathematics. During the game my kids were prompted to toss snowballs, twist turn and spin to form an ice skating path for Anna and use their hands to make 2D and 3D ice sculptures with Elsa.
4. Movement – My kids have so much energy that they need to play in a way that uses some of it up! When we first started playing with the LeapTV we were all excited to find that it is not just a sit on the couch and play type of system. The LeapTV gets kids up, dancing and moving! In fact, I don’t think my kids sit down at all while playing. They love when the games prompt them to get up and play by putting their own reflection on the screen via the gaming systems camera. Just be sure to play within a well lit room – this feature doesn’t work well without ample light.
I could sit here all day and tell you why I am smitten with the new LeapTV – but instead let me show you.