Encouraging children to stay active is proving harder these days with so many gaming devices, smartphones, tablets, etc. enticing them to play games online and using the latest and ‘so-called’ greatest kids apps. LeapFrog have realised this issue and have released the LeapBand which is basically a fit band for kids. It isn’t over the top exercise based but it does encourage physical activity. Featuring 50 different activities and challenges the LeapBand is designed for kids to get them moving and having fun. Like we have all come to expect from LeapFrog the activity tracking LeapBand is educational in numeracy and literacy but it doesn’t end there. It also teaches children how to establish healthy habits and exercise through everyday play.
B1 and B2 have been using their LeapBand for the past 2 weeks and have reported that they love it! By fulfilling the activity prompts they earn jewels (joules energy gems) that can than be used to unlock extra features and new rewards. In addition to the exercise and healthy habits, they can also name, customise and play with their virtual pet while also taking care of it. B1 and B2 have shared a few of their favourite features: collecting a treasure chest of jewels (who would’ve guessed, a boy who loves treasure chests?! haha), feeding the virtual pet, it has a stopwatch and also doubles as an analogue or digital watch. I love that it doesn’t require batteries to be changed regularly and is as simple as plugging the USB into the computer to charge it, the colour screened LeapBand also features a battery meter so the kids know if it is going to need charging soon.
For parents who are concerned it will be a distraction at certain times of the day, don’t fear as the parental settings allow you to set school hours and quiet times. It is also water resistant so a little splash of water or sweat will not affect the use. For more information check out the LeapFrog Australia website. Designed for children aged 4-7 years and RRP $59.99.
Disclosure: I was gifted with 1x LeapFrog LeapBand for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own or that of my children.