Leo's Pad: Preschool Kids Learning Series

Common Sense Media says

Charming stories, interactivity get preschoolers thinking.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to play. Clear, encouraging verbal directions. A toolbar at the top of the screen appears to allow kids to jump to different parts of the story, move on from activities that they are done with at that moment (even if they didn't complete it), and return to those or other favorite activities. No reading required.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

At the time of this review, all four appisodes are free. There's a kid-restricted portion of the app for adults to access the Parent's Pad. There is a message to parents requesting that they send an email to a friend to promote this app in order to keep it free, indicating that they need to reach 1 million children to do so.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No personal information is required for kids to play. If parents want to use the Parent's Pad, they need to provide an email address. The developer's Privacy Policy can be read on its website.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Leo's Pad: Preschool Kids Learning Series is an animated story app that uses a series of interactive "appisodes" for preschoolers to help them learn concepts such as creativity and love of learning, alongside skills like measurement and magnitude. Currently up to four appisodes, Leo's Pad includes the main stories, as well as interactive games (one- and two-player games) interwoven with the stories. There are also topic-specific songs and a Parent's Pad. The Parent's Pad tracks progress of each kid's play and explains all of the skills and ideas they are developing during play. Leo's Pad was designed by education experts at Stanford University to maximize learning and eliminate distractions for preschoolers. Each of the four appisodes in the series features notable historic figures as young children, such as Marie Curie, Leonardo DaVinci, and Galileo. An excellent app series for preschoolers anchored by a useful progress tool for parents.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary
  • following directions
  • letter or word recognition

Math

  • patterns
  • shapes
  • counting

Science

  • measurement
  • motion
  • physics
  • engineering
  • astronomy

Social Studies

  • historical figures

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • imagination

Emotional Development

  • moving beyond obstacles
  • persevering

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The characters talk directly to kids, creating an atmosphere of interactivity and engagement. Each kid gets their own player icon.

Learning Approach

Numerous cognitive, academic, and social skills are interwoven through the stories and games. Co-play games are designed for kids and an adult to play together.

Support

Individual player accounts can be created for each student, and a Parent's Pad provides detailed progress.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary
  • following directions
  • letter or word recognition

Math

  • patterns
  • shapes
  • counting

Science

  • measurement
  • motion
  • physics
  • engineering
  • astronomy

Social Studies

  • historical figures

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • imagination

Emotional Development

  • moving beyond obstacles
  • persevering

Kids can get practice in basic preschool academic skills, including colors, letters, measurement, and more. Leo's Pad: Preschool Kids Learning Series also finds ways to incorporate other lessons in areas such as vocabulary, taking turns, and inner-motivation. In Appisode 4, for example, while helping build bridge, kids must identify and then place certain sized planks together. In Appisode 1, Leo also names the telescope parts kids are building, incorporating science vocabulary. Leo's Pad is a multifaceted learning experience.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

Choose one of the appisodes on LEO'S PAD: PRESCHOOL KIDS LEARNING SERIES. As the storyline progresses, kids can join in to help the characters through various learning activities (disguised as challenges or activities for the characters), some of which include co-play options for parents. Listen for verbal instructions and feedback. Parents can check out the Parent's Pad to track their kid's progress and see what they're learning.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

What's not to love in stories starring kid geniuses who want help real kids find their own genius, or at least learn their colors, letters, and other basic learning skills? Leo's Pad: Preschool Kids Learning Series includes interactive elements that help kids learn everything from playing well with others to measurement. Kids engage in a set of story-related activities such as drawing a birthday card or assembling a bridge as they watch the animated stories and listen to related songs. There are also co-play games designed for a kid to play alongside a parent using this app.

On the downside, some of the songs may be a little overblown and long for some preschoolers. Also, some of the activities' feedback may be overwhelming for some kids, repeatedly prompting them to keep going when they need more time to think or if they're slowly making a decision what to do next. Otherwise, there's very little that needs improvement on this excellent appisode series.

At the time of this review, the series is up to four free appisodes, with more to come, although it seems questionable whether they will remain free. Each appisode builds upon the same theme but has a distinct storyline and unique activities. Leo's Pad is a high-quality, educational app for preschoolers.

Families can talk about...

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

  • Create a Parent's Pad account to track your kid's individual progress and see what they're learning.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:July 23, 2013
Category:Education
Size:637.00 MB
Publisher:Kidaptive Inc.
Version:1.4.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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Educator and Parent Written byGrandma Belinda April 2, 2013
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4
QUALITY
 

Educationally impressive

As an early childhood educator I was pleased to find a program that has the educational skills embedded and not just drilled or flashing past. My 3 yr old grandson isn't ready for all the sections but sat and enjoyed working through the colors and shapes without being penalized for the ones he wasn't ready to do.
What other families should know
Great role models
Parent of an infant and 3 year old Written bySynergie17 April 24, 2013
AGE
3
QUALITY
 

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, you are helping Leo get ready for Gali's Birthday. The interactive portions deals with counting, shapes, colors, art, letter recognition and even spelling. Some of the activities adapt to your child's skills, so as you play, the activities change and aren't the same each time (i.e. may need a different number of something to complete a task from previous play). In Appisode 2, they introduce a young Marie Curie. Granted the history is off since these figures didn't live at the same time, but it does introduce youngsters to prominent figures in scientific history.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Educator and Parent Written byKristinM 1 January 27, 2015
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Leo's pad

I received this game free through Buzzagent. My sons are four and five. They both love this app. We homeschool and I plan to make it a part of our lessons. The app is fun but also educational. It teaches math skills, logic, science, about emotions and feelings, and artistic expression. The app will adjust to your child's learning level and has a place for parents to track progress. It is great for preschool kids. Use the code TRYLEO for 20% off!
What other families should know
Easy to play/use

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