LeapFrog LeapBand Review

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Our rating: 4 stars

The LeapFrog LeapBand is an activity tracker, and what is unique about this product is that kids simply wear it on their wrists. It’s the first of its kind and the idea is to be able to play physical games using this wrist sensor, getting your child off the couch and moving to play these games in a totally interactive way.

So how does it perform in practice? Let’s see what reviewers thought.

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LeapFrog LeapBand Review Video

LeapBand Activity Tracker Features

* Active games and challenges for kids
* Parental controls allow you to set targets and time limits
* Also tells the time like a regular watch
* Tough and durable
* Comes with rechargeable battery
* Age 4-7

LeapFrog LeapBand Review

Think back to when the Wii was first released with a hand held controller which didn’t work unless the person was standing up and prepared to move around. Sitting down to play was not an option. A lot of parents value the way this fun activity keeps kids moving.

The Leap Frog band is the next best thing, and way cheaper; it is innovative and more compact than any other game controllers. Encouraging kids to be active and to exercise to benefit their health is more important now than it ever was. This device tracks a child’s progress, much like the fitness trackers designed for adults.

Of course, an activity tracker designed for adults would be too complicated and delicate for kids to wear, so Leap Frog has developed the Leap Band. Suitable for kids from the age of four to seven years old, it has vibrant colors and is extremely strong and durable. Given how rough kids can be, this is a plus!

LeapBand collageThe LeapBand is also very easy to use and is reasonable priced – music to a parent’s ears. Children can choose from three different colors: green, blue, or pink.

It boasts many different activities that will encourage your child to move around. The simpler commands for younger children might include actions like rolling around on the floor, wrestling a lion, so if you happen to encounter your child doing this, it is likely the device told your child to do it.

The LeapBand also comes with advanced parental controls, but different than many other devices kids like to play with. With this device it is not about controlling what they can access, because the device is not connected to the Internet. Parents can choose games and challenges that will suit their child and they can put limits on time spent playing the game. One piece of good advice is for parents to mute the sound as – like so many toys – it can get annoying at times.

This device does more than allow your child to play games – it can teach them how to tell the time. One of the features that kids enjoy the most is the animal that appears on the screen and assists your child to complete the challenges. Your child is able to choose which animal they have set to their device, and your child has many choices from real to imaginary creatures – penguins, unicorns, dragons and many more.

The LeapFrog LeapBand is compatible with certain LeapFrog tablet devices as well as your own smart devices when you wish to store data and download more challenges. Because the LeapBand does not access the Internet, you will need to use an online device that is compatible and connect to it to transfer data. These extra games come at additional cost, and that can add up fast if you get a lot of them. However, the LeapBand does come with a reasonable number of games already loaded on its storage drive.

To get kids motivated, the system rewards your child with medals when they advance to certain levels or attain a special goal. All of this data is tracked via a motion tracking device, called an “accelerometer”. One of the negatives of this device is that it does not have a pedometer, which would track how far kids have traveled while playing the game. Some parents have commented that the device is a little too chunky for their child, but this will depend on the child and his or her age and size.

This is a good product for getting your child active, for those who don’t want to go with the Leap TV which has a lot more options included. The Leap Band however is much lower in price – and it’s also lower than the LeapBand’s direct competitor, the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch. This device gives parents the desired result of getting their child moving, so for the price and the amount of games and features you can add, it is probably your best choice.

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Our rating: 4 stars

Published December 15th, 2014

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