We are huge LeapFrog fans in this house. I love the educational qualities, but also love how easy they are for Brady to use. With his autism and other disabilities, video games are usually challenging. He struggles with hand eye coordination and understanding the concept of a lot of the games out there. He also would rather watch a video of himself over playing a game with other characters. Now he can do both.
The LeapTV was released in October and is already a big hit amongst the 3-8 year old kid demographic. It’s also a hit with parents.
Made just for young kids
With its simple interface, a controller engineered for little hands and camera optimized to capture a child’s movements, LeapTV transcends the kid-friendly claims of other game systems. LeapTV games include audio instructions for kids who don’t yet read, so even the youngest preschool kids can play. And parents can have peace of mind: All LeapTV games and videos are designed, reviewed or approved by in-house learning experts, who are always looking for new age-appropriate ways to foster kids’ skills and confidence
There are a few different ways kids can play with the LeapTV. With a motion-sensing camera and transforming controller, kids can play with a classic video game grip, pointer play or body motion. Brady’s favorite is the body motion as his picture is usually on the screen for those, and he is his own biggest fan. 😉
There were many games that were too advanced for him at his stage of development right now, but he loved creating his pet, the dance games and the racing ones. I had to help get them set up and even help with a few answers but after 15 minutes, he was ready to try to tackle some of these games on his own. His favorite by far was the LeapFrog Dance and Learn. Because the Sports game is similar, I’m sure that will be our next goal.
For special needs kids on a variety of developmental levels, these games are great because of the auto-leveling of the games and the variety of skills needed and used for each one. Have a kid that is great with numbers? The Kart Racing game is perfect for that. Want to work on gross motor skills? The Dance & Learn game is perfect for that.
Because the system is $149.99 (MSRP) and the games average $25-$30 each, it’s definitely a big investment. The payoff is that the games grow with your children. As their skills improve, the games will progressively get more challenging, while still rewarding the kids for their achievements.
To purchase the LeapTV, head over to LeapFrog.com.
disclosure: I was gifted a LeapTV system for my honest review. No monetary compensation was made. Opinions are mine and honest.