A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn positive messages about creativity, imagination, and perseverance on Leo's Songs. Kids can also learn a (very little) bit about three historic figures in the science fields of engineering, astronomy, and chemistry; a grown-up can fill in the info about whom the kids in the songs represent and what they contributed to science as adults. While it's good that kids can see the words as characters sing them, there are a few typos -- mostly relating to missing apostrophes. On Leo's Songs, kids will find sweet songs with important messages about emotional development, but not a deep learning experience.
Ease of Play
Easy to play due to the limited song choices. Choose one of four song videos to watch from the main screen, tap it, and it plays.
Products & Purchases
A large icon on the app's main menu page links to Leo's Pad: Preschool Kids Learning Series in the App Store. The app is free.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Leo's Songs is an animated song app that includes four songs based on characters found in the interactive Leo's Pad: Preschool Learning Series app. The young Leonardo da Vinci, Marie Curie, and Galileo sing kid-friendly songs about following dreams, trying again, practicing to get better at skills, and using imagination to invent. Kids who already use the interactive Leo's Pad: Preschool Learning Series app will recognize some of the themes in the songs, as well as some of the items they see in the videos that are interactive on the other app, but not this one.
Is It Any Good?
The songs on Leo's Songs include uplifting, positive messages for kids about not giving up, using your imagination, and the importance of practice. It's encouraging to see a girl kid scientist, Marie Curie, represented here and in the related app series, Leo's Pad Preschool Kids Learning Series. Kids who are familiar with the cute characters from that series will likely enjoy them here, too, but they'll also probably miss the interactivity found there. On Leo's Songs, there's little interactivity and less than 10 minutes of content. Overall, this free app seems more like a singing promotion for the Leo's Pad Preschool Kids Learning Series than it does a true song app experience.
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