Once again, I am thrilled to see that my preschooler will have something to do when the weather gets nasty this winter. On the heels of Leapfrog’s new interactive TV game system, Zippity (See New Toddler Game System Combines Action, Fun and Learning), Fisher-Price has added another fabulous line of toys that allow kids to interact with the TV instead of just staring at it. The Active Play toys build on the company’s success with its interactive Smart Cycle, and include three different products.
Smart Fit Park (Ages 3-6)
Somewhat like the Leapfrog Zippity, the Smart Fit Park includes a mat that interacts with the TV and let’s kids play along with four learning games and three timed challenges. Kids get started with a warm-up before moving on to the games, which teach letters, numbers, math, spelling, shapes, music and motor skills. But unlike the Zippity, which connects to the TV wirelessly, Smart Fit Park is tethered. $44 at Amazon.com
Smart Cycle Extreme (Ages 3-6)
An upgrade to the Smart Cycle, the Smart Cycle Extreme stationary bike now includes rumble feedback, which lets the rider feel the movement that corresponds with the game. (Only the new titles support the rumble action, though the older titles will still play on the Extreme Cycle). The bike sports a new look, but still connects to the TV with a wire. $100 at Amazon.com
3-in-1 Smart Sports (Ages 3-6)
This wireless three-pack lets your child play baseball, tennis or golf. But don't worry, the controller takes bat, club and racket attachments made from foam, so it's going to be OK if your little one accidentally blindsides a sibling or pet. For each sport there are three games that teach letters, numbers, colors and shapes. $60 at Amazon.com