Disclosure: We received this product for free in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Is there anything as fun as tag at a playground?
For our 5-year-old little guy, the answer is “no” or at least “not much”. Our house is kind of small for boy-play inside. So anything sword- or gun-shaped is reserved for outdoor play – that includes the Nerf guns. A Nerf war requires running and there just isn’t room for that in our little by-level. But on weekends, we sometimes go to the city part with the great wooden play structure.
We took Benjamin and some friends to the park recently with his Nerf gun and our new Nerf N-Strike video camera.
The GoPro-style camera has a unique mount that allows you to snap it onto the front of most any Nerf N-Strike gun and looks like it would fit on other models of their foam dart guns. The camera package Includes: digital Camcorder, USB cable, easy guide, waterproof casing, bicycle mount, stand accessory, lithium battery, AC charger, and a 1 year warranty. Their water guns don’t seem to have the same slide on top for the mount – a shame since the camera comes with a waterproof casing. The camera also comes with a helmet mount and a handlebar mount. We haven’t tried those yet. The gun mount works well if they are actively trying to record, but if they are busy playing and forget the camera’s there. They stop taking any useful video. Benjamin still felt it was fun to tape his playtime though.
We avoid taking out the guns when the park is full. The boys get pretty amped as they are chasing each other down and they can plow over the smaller kids in their pursuit of a good shot. So when we said we wanted him to go to the park with the guns and camera, during a cold dreary day, we were rewarded with a park devoid of other kids.
We are grateful to live in a town with one or two city parks that are safe, and fun. We try to encourage civic pride in our kids, by encouraging them to point out the graffiti. Kids are going to read the stuff anyway. But we take it as a game, rather than a pessimistic view of our failing society – villains obviously did this to OUR park. We don’t care what Trisha does for fun, or when Dave will be in the restroom. That’s why our kids view vandalism and littering as stupid and obnoxious.
The camera is small, cheap (for a video camera) and comes with an impact and water resistant casing. These are all important features in a video camera you’re going to hand to your 5-year-old son. You can get your own Nerf CAM at Toys-R-Us.
You will need to buy a micro-SD card for the camera. Everything else is included in the box.
Have fun and film on!
Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen