Zippity up: Leapfrog does kiddie version of Wii Fit

In a partnership with Disney, Leapfrog has announced a new high-energy learning system for preschoolers that combines full body movement, music, education, and yes, fun.

The Zippity will hit stores this summer. Leapfrog

Leapfrog in New York is showing off a few new products, one of which is the Zippity--pretty much a takeoff on the Wii Fit, but for the under-5 crowd. The Zippity was actually co-developed by Leapfrog and Disney and builds on the two companies' existing relationship.

Leapfrog describes the Zippity as a "high-energy learning system" and calls it "the first interactive TV-based gaming system for preschoolers that combines full body movement, music, education, and fun." Leapfrog's trying to move beyond the handheld educational gaming/reading market and Disney is trying to expand its presence in preschool segment with tie-ins to its Playhouse Disney programming. As you might expect, youngsters will take their cues from characters like Mickey, Tigger, and Pooh, and the Little Einsteins.

The system comes with a foldable mat, and that giant joystick-like thing in the picture is called a "bopper." The $79.99 system comes with eight learning activities preloaded and the foldable mat and bopper interact wirelessly with the Zippity console that attaches to your TV. Additional games will run you $25.

Unfortunately, parents eager to wear their kids out with a workout on this little learning/fitness system will have to wait till summer to pick one up.

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