What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- following directions
- letter or word recognition
- historical figures
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- solving puzzles
- moving beyond obstacles
Engagement, Approach, Support
The characters talk directly to kids, creating an atmosphere of interactivity and engagement. Each kid gets their own player icon.
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.
Individual player accounts can be created for each student, and a Parent's Pad provides detailed progress.
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?
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.