LeapFrog LeapTV: Disney Frozen Arendelle's Winter Festival

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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More story, integrated math would keep this off thin ice.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn early math skills such as counting, comparisons, shapes, number sequence, and even addition and subtraction. There's significantly more play than math going on, though, so this is more of a fun title than some of the other LeapFrog games. Kids also will use their bodies as a controller, which can help with coordination and motor skills. There's a bit of creativity tucked in, as kids design jewelry and decorate a hallway with collectible items. LeapFrog LeapTV: Disney Frozen Arendelle's Winter Festival is a bit more edutainment than education, but there's still learning to be had.

Positive Messages

Emphasis on working together to create something special, being supportive.

Positive Role Models & Representations

All characters are supportive, kind toward one another.

Ease of Play

Clear instructions, tutorials. Poor lighting may negatively affect some motion-activated games.

Violence & Scariness
Consumerism

Based on a popular movie, product franchise.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that LeapFrog LeapTV: Disney Frozen Arrendelle's Winter Festival is collection of winter-themed mini-games with math skills woven in. The activities make use of the motion-sensing capabilities of the LeapTV as well as the controller. The learning content will reflect the age, grade, and skills of the kid whose profile is selected. A local multiplayer option also is available. Kids may be disappointed to learn that photos taken within the game aren't saved. Poor lighting could negatively affect some games, and this title is based on a popular movie and product franchise, so kids could be interested in more Frozen property after playing.

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What's it about?

LEAPFROG LEAPTV: DISNEY FROZEN ARRENDELLE'S WINTER FESTIVAL invites players into Arrendelle as Anna, Elsa, and Olaf work to plan the Winter Festival. Kids can choose from five primary activities. In Ice Skating, kids help Elsa teach Anna to skate by choosing the correct answers to math questions, before collecting as many ice crystals as possible before time runs out. In Ice Sculptures, kids use shapes to help Elsa create a beautiful ice sculpture to decorate Arrendelle. Mountain Sliding asks kids to help Elsa plan a sliding path down the mountain before guiding Olaf down the mountain to catch ice crystals. The Snowball Throw lets kids gather snow using their math skills to make snowballs before joining a snowball fight. Finally, kids can become jewelry designers, solve math problems to create colorful snowflakes, or buy virtual souvenirs.

Is it any good?

Though Frozen fans will love the chance to play with Anna, Elsa, and Olaf, a weak story framework for the mini-games and layered-on learning keep it from achieving "Wow!" status. There's a lot to like about this mini-game collection, though. Interacting with Frozen favorites on a large screen is delightful, and there are a lot of cute items kids can purchase as they earn their ice crystals. But once you've played through the activities a couple of times, there just isn't all that much to do. The math tie-in feels forced and never quite makes any sense in the story, even as kids level up in skill. Perhaps the worst part is that, though kids can take cute pictures with Anna and Elsa or with the jewelry they've designed, the images don't appear to save anywhere, even in the collectible gallery. It's a yes for the Frozen-obsessed, but there are better titles for other kids to enjoy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about shapes. What are common shapes you see around the house? Name them as you go about your day.

  • Talk about numbers. How can you compare numbers with items such as toys, snacks, and clothes around you?

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