“ Brand: Playskool „
The Playskool dance cam is a music player and video camera in one. You set it up in front of the television and connect it with a cable. Then, when you start the music, your children (or you!) can dance along to the tunes and see yourself dancing on the television. Just to be clear, it does not record, it simply projects your image through the television.
The actual set up is simple but getting the camera positioned in the best position to capture your children and have them still facing the television is a bit trickier. The console comes with a cable, snap on base and instruction manual.
Once up and running though this is lots of fun. You can dance along to 20 pre-recorded tunes aimed at preschool age children or you can plug your MP3 in and listen to your own tunes (the characters do not dance along to your own music).
There are three different modes to try
- Dance Along mode. You can dance to the pre-recorded tunes and see the characters dancing on screen too.
- In Cool Moves mode kids can copy the characters to learn the moves to a few of the tunes.
- Freestyle mode lets you play your own music by plugging in your MP3 player.
The main disadvantage is the picture quality. While the instructions do state that this is best used on a smaller screen (27 inches max), most people will inevitably be using this on their usual larger set. It is therefore somewhat grainy. However, a three year old doesn't really mind this.
In addition, it would be useful to run this from the mains rather than having to use batteries.
The pre-recorded tunes are cheesy as are the cartoon pictures which also show up on the screen dancing but this can be overlooked.
We purchased ours second hand and I'm glad that we did as I do not think this is worth the full price (usually around the £40 mark). However, if you can purchase one at a discount, there is definitely fun to be had with it. They are currently unavailable on many websites such as Amazon and Argos, the only place I could find a new when I was buying at Christmas was on Amazon at a very high price. This is why we bought a used one and I would recommend you to do the same if you want to try this toy.
Summary: Lots of fun for any budding stars of the stage but difficult to get hold of at a reasonable price.