Recently we were asked if we would like to take a look at LeapFrogs LeapTV gaming system and I was really excited.
Joshua is 5 and about to turn 6 next month but I have struggled to really find a child friend gaming system that we were happy for him to use.
Many gaming systems offer minimal online restrictions and the capabilities and understanding of my 5-year-old leaves me feeling anxious when he is using a more adult system.
So why was I excited for Joshua being able to play the LeapTV gaming system?
Well lets start with what it offers, firstly it has age appropriate play with kid friendly themes and play objectives, it has inbuilt motion play included to help get children moving and the fact the games and videos have age ranges on means it can grow with your child and is aimed at children aged 3-8 years.
Once we unpacked the system we plugged it into the HDMI port and power cable and then it took a few minutes to set it up to our wireless internet connection. It is worth noting that instructions indicated that to set up the internet had to be done via an ethernet cable but in fact the system on turning on automatically looks for wi-fi connections so don’t panic if you are setting up miles away from the router.
I then logged into my account on the LeapFrog site from my laptop (we already had an account, but you can set one up at the time you set up/register you LeapTV. Even for the ungeeky this was really easy to do and its instructions for set up were easy to follow and understand.
There are several modes of controller and the set up that was sent to us came with the movement camera and the original controller, which were both super easy to use. There is a pointer controller you can buy separately so we can’t comment on this. Also the LeapTV comes with one original controller so if you are intending to use with 2 children you will need to buy another controller which after looking online you can buy for around the £12 mark.
The LeapFrog LeapTV has been fantastic and I love how each game has different learning objectives and seeing his face having fun all the while learning new things is super in my book.
Disclaimer: We were sent this LeapFrog LeapTV for the purposes of this review. All thoughts and opinions were independently formed by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse.