The LeapBand from LeapFrog is the first wearable physical activity tracker designed just for children that encourages active play and healthy habits while nurturing their very own personalised virtual pet – and here is our review.
The LeapBand activity tracker gets kids moving and having fun with 50 different activities and challenges, tracking a child’s physical movements so the more active a child is, the more points they earn with their virtual pet. As the child earns points through active play, they can unlock additional games, challenges, levels of play and virtual rewards for their on-screen pet.
LeapBand has an aspirational fit-band style designed with kids in mind. High-tech features include a built-in accelerometer, high-resolution colour screen, rechargeable battery and water-resistant design, making it the ultimate activity wearable for kids. The device also doubles up as both a digital and analogue watch.
What’s in the box?
The box contains the LeapBand, a USB cable and instructions.
A Closer Look at the LeapBand
The LeapBand comes with eight different customisable pets from LeapFrog’s popular Pet Pals franchise – a cat, dog, dragon, monkey, panda, penguin, robot and unicorn – which can be customised by colour and name. With your pet you can play any of the 10 preloaded games and challenges, with an additional 40 challenges available for free, so out of the box you will have enough to keep you, or rather your child, happy.
They can unlock each of the pets and earn virtual toys for them when they play some of the mini-games, including Pet Chef, Pet Salon and Pet Boogie. They have to feed their pet, which includes learning about healthy snacks and nutrition, plus they have to bathe and groom them too.
There is also a downloadable companion app, which is free, called Petathlon which can be downloaded on a LeapPad Ultra, or any iOS or Android device. Using Petathlon, they can compete their pet in a series of mini-games to win things for their pet.
The LeapBand itself is very hard wearing, it can take a knock so don’t worry about it getting damaged by accident, and it’s also water resistant just in case it ends up in the bath!
The strap fits snuggly, but comfortably around a child’s wrist and the strap is adjustable too. The buttons are each to use and the screen is nice and clear, and there are also audio instructions too.
And you don’t need to worry about your child playing with the LeapBand all the time as you can set School Time and Quiet Time modes so that you can control when they are not allowed to play with it.
The battery life is very good and the LeapBand can be charged using the USB cable provided in the box.
And apart from all the games and fun they can have, it can also display the time, so it can be used to teach them how to tell time too!
The LeapBand is available now for £29.99 and is available in green, pink, blue and orange, and is a great learning and activity tool for children aged 4 – 7 years.
You can learn more from the LeapFrog website.