4 Stars By Jess on 2014-07-23
4 - so cute - almost 4 year old loves it - but a little counterintuitve
My almost 4 year old is running around the house like a happy maniac right now... and I am a little jealous that my fitbit fitness tracker isn't as cute or as much fun as this Leapband. The little animal avatars are adorable and the fitness challenges are really engaging for my daughter (with music, sound effects, cheering, etc.). There seems to be a lot of variety to them too -- some examples: skip to something yellow (and then it plays music and cheers your child on), do a silly chicken dance (and then it makes clucking sounds to music), jump like a kangaroo (and then it makes funny "boing"ing noises). Each of the challenges is only around 15 seconds or so. I'm actually surprised by how much my daughter loves them and loves "earning" jewels and hearing the device cheer for her. I think it would be even more fun if she had a friend doing the challenges with her (instead of her mom...but I kind of like doing them with her too!). On some screens, when you click the star button, it tells you the time - but also gives some context ("It's 9:23 pm....(yawn sounds) - you must be sleepy!!) - so she's learning a little about telling time. It is very light on her arm - which I was worried about. One issue: she is so used to touch screens that this (non touch-screen) device is a little counter-intuitive for her and she seemed confused at first - but I see it as a learning opportunity (and by the time I had finished typing this, she had figured it out -- took about 10 minutes). I had a little trouble getting the device to connect to my computer -- which was probably something on my end with my USB port -- but eventually it worked (probably a mistake on my end) - but it looks like you need to connect it to track your child's progress and to adjust the bedtime/school settings (which are preset by the company). It took about 2 minutes to download the Leapfrog system on my computer, and then once I figured my USB issue out, it took about 1 minute for it to find/connect to the Leapband device, and 2 minutes to go through the options (I deleted the bedtime controls because I just take the watch away from her for bedtime - and I opened up all the challenges rather than making her earn them). I don't know how much this will really get kids to move as there are (cute) little video games on it (right now she's sitting still playing them), but the system has a way where you can limit the use of them if you want. The games are pretty simple/basic, so once the novelty of them wears off, I think it will be used as more of a fitness tracker (but with the games to use during car rides/etc.). There isn't a real pedometer - which we are both sad about b/c I have a fitbit and she likes to see the numbers change with every step. Instead, after certain periods of movement or after playing games, she earns jewels. It seems weird to me that you earn the jewels/points for sitting still, playing a video game, when this is supposed to be to encourage movement. My daughter really likes picking her avatar animal and her name/color/etc. and loves the challenges. (There were a bunch of animals to choose from - cats, dogs, unicorns, horses - maybe 8 or 9? -- and then a whole selection of colors and names you can select for your "pet." I really wish I had one of these when I was little! If your child likes this, I bet he/she would like the vtech kidizoom watch too ("smartwatch" for kids that takes photos and videos, and is touchscreen). I'm a leapfrog fan myself though - the voices and sound effects on the leapband are so cute! :) My final verdict: it isn't perfect and I bet later models will be touchscreen and a little less clunky on the arm (although honestly, it's very light and she seems to like that the screen is big and we both love the feel of the band)... but the price is reasonable (forty bucks) and we're both having a ton of fun with it. I'm happy with the purchase and would have been in heaven to have had something like this as a kid. (a few days later... I wouldn't count on this to encourage your child to move. It really is more of a video game than anything else, especially as there is no pedometer. Still, my daughter loved it during a long car ride, has shown more interest in learning to tell the time, and does love the challenges which do have some fun exercise components. We have to limit the time she is allowed to wear it though to a little while each day as she is getting obsessed with earning jewels playing the video part rather than the fun challenges) :(
4 Stars By WritRams on 2014-11-19
Has Kept My Homeschooled 6 Year Old Obsessed with Moving!
We homeschool, so we're always looking for ways to keep moving and opportunities for exercise. My daughter is 6 (will be 7 in February), and I was a little concerned that this product would be young for her. However, she kept seeing the commercial and REALLY wanted one. Now, she (and I) both love it. She's become obsessed with making sure she's moving enough (the leap awards the kid and their virtual pet with powers and levels up, etc). If she hasn't moved for a while, the LeapBand will remind her by giving her fun things to do. (And she does them!)
I would've given this five stars, but there are two things I think Leap may want to consider for the next generation of product:
-The band is pretty rigid and it is also on the smaller side. My daughter (at 6 almost 7) is wearing it on the last hole.
-Most kids today are used to working with touch screens. My daughter kept trying to use the screen to control options.
As a parent who has tried out a wide variety of kid-friendly technology, I think this is definitely worth the price. Happy mom and happy kid!
Jacqueline Wilson, Prime Parents Club
5 Stars By T.R. on 2016-02-01
Must have for winter months
LeapBands are my favorite child activity band to help keep kids active during winter months. Both of my children have one and they are great because I can program the exercises i want each child to do. So my 8yr old and 2 yr old can both enjoy them. There is an app to go with it so you can earn more jewels and outfits for your pet. You can also unlock other pets after completing so many activities. It is definitely good to have to encourage healthy and activeness in young children.
5 Stars By Michelle Philpot on 2016-02-14
My four year old could work it without instructions. She opened it on Christmas morning and she figured it out pretty quick. She loves it! She does not play with it for long periods of time but normally about ten min, three times a week. The only down fall I can find is that the charger cord is pretty short. Wish it was longer so it could be set in a hanger not just hanging from the cord in the wall.
5 Stars By MommyH on 2015-08-21
Gets my girl moving
My daughter is 8 and she loves this thing! She's not tiny for her size and the wrist band is a little small. We were able to easily put another hole in the band and have no problems. She also likes to wear it on a lanyard.
This gets her moving. I'm super impressed with how it's held her attention and she enjoys the "challenges"
I'd give it 10 stars if I could. I got a great deal on it but knowing how much exercise I've seen her do the last month I would have paid twice as much.
Update 1/2/2016 my daughter has had this watch for months and it's still being used! I'm saying this to the parents who have a child who would rather read or do low energy activities .. This watch is worth the money. I'm thrilled to see how often she gets her body going and enjoys it! For us this little gadget is a winner.
5 Stars By frank farias II on 2016-04-20
one cool activity tracker for youths
I purchased this for my grand child because she saw that I was always wearing a fit bit and I did not think they actually made anything like this for kids but when I found this I had to purchase it to see what it was all about and this is one really cool item for the younger kids to enjoy as it does a couple different functions as it is tracking your activity daily she is very happy to have it and she does use it although not daily :( but she does use it so if your looking for something fit bit ish for the younger kids I would say look this item up as you and your child will be glad you did we are totally impressed and happy
5 Stars By Amber Harris on 2015-11-12
Safe fun technology for kids!
My daughter has been wanting one of these since she first saw it on TV. It was just a tad too expensive, so when it went on sale I just had to get it for her. She loves pink, like most little girls, so this was perfect. She's been playing with it for the last couple of days. There are many different "pets" that she can choose from once she has leveled up. She can choose the names of them along with their colors. It has a stop watch, tells time and she gets to earn jewels.
I paid full price for this leapband. I did not receive a discount or get it for free.
3 Stars By Shaunna Prentice on 2016-02-23
Worked okay but has some cons
I bought this for a Christmas present for my son. He liked it at first but it became old really fast. It was really confusing to him on what was supposed to happen. I love the options of turning it off during certain times but there needed to be more into the customizations. If your child isn't in school or daycare it will be more of a good investment.
3 Stars By MOmom22 on 2016-12-19
We purchased this as a gift for our 4 year old son. There were many pros and cons.
1. The games were fun and kept him entertained.
2. He liked the reminders and felt like he was wearing a big boy watch.
3. While basic the graphics made him laugh.
1. UI was not as friendly as I would expect it to be.
2. Battery drained fast and charging was a pain.
3. Very basic games and son grew bored quite quickly.
5 Stars By Pramila Bellala on 2016-01-23
I got one each for my kids and they love it. I was a little disappointed though that ...
I got one each for my kids and they love it. I was a little disappointed though that they found out that if they just sat there, they could get coins, so that's what they did until I told them if they don't do what they ask, I will have to take it away and they worked out the animals and stuff. Really cute animations though but too easy to get gems.