What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
- historical figures
- moving beyond obstacles
Engagement, Approach, Support
Cute kid versions of famous historic scientists create engaging, friendly characters. The well-designed animations in the videos are nice to watch and the songs are fine, but there are only four songs, and little interactivity.
Though the app doesn't go into much depth, kids learn by watching the four videos and absorbing the positive messages of perseverance, practice, imagination, and dreaming big.
What's it about?
Kids simply tap one of the four song icons on the main screen of LEO'S SONGS, then watch and listen. In "Follow Your Dreams," Leo sings to Gally about the dream of going into space, while in "Try Again," he sings about not giving up. Marie Curie encourages kids to practice in "Practice Makes Perfect," and Marie and Leo both sing on the song "You're an Inventor." Cute songs for kids to listen to, sing along with, and soak in the message.
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.
Families can talk about...
Discuss with your kid what some of his or her big dreams are and how practicing, imagination, and perseverance can help them make those dreams a reality.
Talk about who Marie Curie, Galileo, and Leonardo da Vinci were and what they did in real life.