Leo's Pad Enrichment Program for Preschoolers

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Charming stories, interactivity get preschoolers thinking.
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age 4+
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Educational Value

Kids can get practice in basic preschool academic skills, including colors, letters, measurement, and more. The app also finds ways to incorporate other lessons in areas such as vocabulary, emotional expression and awareness, and inner motivation. In Appisode 1, for example, as kids match shapes and build a telescope, Leo also names the parts as kids are building, incorporating science vocabulary. And in Appisode 3, kids practice taking turns using a paintbrush as they draw with Leo and Cinder. The games also grow with the kids: Each time they play they get a slightly different challenge based on their past performance. As a whole package, Leo's Pad Enrichment Program for Preschoolers and companion parents' app is an excellent multifaceted learning experience.

Ease of Play

Very easy to play. Clear, encouraging verbal directions; no reading required.

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Consumerism

At the time of this review, one appisode is available for free, and the five others plus finale are heavily marketed. There's an ad on the home page encouraging users to share the app to receive a free toy.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Leo's Pad Enrichment Program for Preschoolers is an animated story app developed by education experts at Stanford University that uses a series of interactive "appisodes" for preschoolers to help them learn concepts such as creativity and love of learning, alongside skills and concepts such as measurement and magnitude. Currently, there are six appisodes plus a finale and interactive games (one- and two-player games) that include notable historic figures as young children, such as Marie Curie, Leonardo DaVinci, and Galileo. There are also topic-specific songs and a companion parent's app called Learner Mosaic, which tracks the progress of each kid's play, explains the skills and ideas they are developing during play, and gives suggestions for on- and offscreen enrichment activities. Be aware that the initial download size is reasonable, but as parents start downloading all the appisodes, the app starts to take up a lot of storage. After the free story, parents can register with an email address and the child's username, birth month and year, and gender. To find out more about the types of information collected and shared, read the app's privacy policy.

User Reviews

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Parent of an infant and 3 year old Written bySynergie17 April 24, 2013

Great Adaptive Game for Preschoolers

My 3 y.o loves this app. We do it together almost every evening. The story is pretty good with a young DaVinci (Leo) and a young Galileo (Gali). In this story,... Continue reading
Adult Written bylovemyfam22 March 3, 2015

Great learning app, wish you could select main character

Received this app for free from BzzAgent to try. I was very excited to let my 5 year old Preschooler try this app. She loves playing games when she is given tim... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Follow the LEO'S PAD ENRICHMENT PROGRAM FOR PRESCHOOLERS appisodes in order. As the story line progresses, kids can join in to help the characters through various learning activities, which are disguised as challenges or activities for the characters and often include co-play options for parents. Verbal instructions and feedback guide kids, and parents can check out the reports on the companion app, Learner Mosaic, to track their kid's progress and see what they're learning. As kids visit the appisodes again and again, the games adjust based on past performance.

Is it any good?

Families will love these stories starring kid geniuses who want to help real kids find their own genius -- or at least learn their colors, letters, and more. It includes interactive elements that help kids learn everything from playing well with others to measurement. There's lots of support, but some of the activities' instructions and feedback can get overwhelming when they're too long or not entirely relevant to the how-to of playing the game. One nitpicky element that only adults will notice is that all the characters are non-English speakers, but only Marie and Teresa have an accent. By and large, though, this is a high-quality, excellent educational app for preschoolers with a wonderful customizable companion app for parents that could be a real asset in nurturing development of the whole kid.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about who the main characters grew up to be and how their dreams and aspirations as kids may have helped them achieve great things.

  • Download Learner Mosaic and link it up to your kids' account(s). Track your kid's individual progress and see what they're learning. Answer the detailed questions and explore the suggested activities.

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