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LeapTV puts kids inside the video game for active, educational fun

Susie Ochs | July 16, 2014
Kids want to do whatever the big people are doing, but they're just too little to drive the car, use the power saw, or hold a giant game console controller for a few rounds of Call of Duty. LeapFrog makes educational toys and tablets that are built with kids in mind, and for this upcoming holiday season it even made a game console just for children ages 3 to 8. It's called LeapTV.

At launch, LeapTV will have nine cartridges that fit its cartridge slot, retailing for about $30. Parents can also download apps and videos from the LeapFrog website for $5 to $15 each via their computer or smartphone; downloads will then sync to the LeapTV. Between all those apps, videos, and cartridge games, there will be 100 things to do on LeapTV, LeapFrog says.

The LeapFrog Sports game, aimed at kids 4 to 7, combines all three ways to play, with nine minigames and a tournament mode. Kids can use the controller, the pointer, and the games simulate sports like baseball, soccer, snowboarding, weight-lifting, and more. But even though the games are active, they're still enforcing educational concepts — one minigame has your kids karate-chop different shapes, for example. A Sofia the First game teaches kids phonics, word sounds, rhyming, the alphabet, and vocabulary, while a Jake and the Neverland Pirates game teaches counting, numbers, shapes, sorting, and classifying

Parents get reports on each child's progress through LeapFrog's Learning Path app for iOS, which also has ideas for age-appropriate activities, printable coloring pages, and tips. The LeapTV console will cost $150 when it hits stores for the holiday season, including one controller and the camera. Additional controllers will cost $30 each, downloads start at $5, and cartridges are $30. We know lots of kids who will jump at the chance to try this.

 

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