Leo’s Pad is a new series of educational apps from Kidaptive. Kidaptive is collaboration between storytellers, animators and education experts from Stanford University. Leo’s Pad is presented as a series of animated, interactive “appisodes.” Appisode 1- “Gally’s Birthday” is the first to be released and is reviewed here. It is a free app, with no adverts, in-app purchases or social media links.
Leo’s Pad stars an 8-year-old Leonardo da Vinci and his friends, this appisode also features his pet dragon Cinders and his friend Gally (a young Galileo). The app is designed for pre-school age children, but young elementary school aged children will enjoy it too.
In this story Leo receives an invite to Gally’s birthday party and decides to fly off to visit his friend. The story is told as a very high quality animated video, with a series of interactive mini games built-in. Although the story is fiction it incorporates real elements from the famous scientists. You see Leo actually using his famous flying suit and getting launched from his catapult, and Gally is fascinated by the stars.
The interactive games are woven seamlessly into the story – when Leo is getting ready to fly he is being launched via his catapult and the child needs to add the correct number of rocks to the basket then press the button to launch him. Gally’s birthday present is a telescope, and the child puts together puzzle parts to create parts of the telescope and then sees that part in a blueprint of the telescope. The child also gets to create a birthday card for Gally using paints and stickers, play hide and seek with Cinders (working on color and shape recognition) and fly through different numbers of smoke puffs (counting). When Gally receives his present and looks at the stars, the child is invited to look too. They then need to pick out letters hidden in the stars, and can create 3 letter words from them. The mini-games adapt to how your child is doing, getting harder if they complete tasks and easier if they struggle with a task.
Kidaptive says a parent dashboard is coming soon to the app where you will be able to have multiple student profiles, see which appisodes they have watched, which skills they have mastered and what they need to work more on. The parent section currently shows screenshots of what to expect with this feature, but it isn’t yet live. There is one improvement I would like to see in a future update in the mini-games, I’d like an option to repeat the instruction if the child misses it, or needs reminding what the task is.
Overall, this is a really well made, engaging, interactive app. The animation is first class – it has the look and fell of something produced in a top animation studio. I really like how the learning games are built in to the story and that they adapt to the child’s skill level. I am looking forward to seeing how the dashboard works and seeing more appisodes (the next one is due to launch in January). It is designed for pre-school children but my kindergarteners loved it, and even my 3rd grader enjoyed it too. This is a very well made app and well worth a paid download, and the first appisode is FREE so I highly recommend downloading it today.
Leo's Pad: Preschool Kids Learning Seriesby Kidaptive Inc.
Category: Education, Games, Kids, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPadThirdGen, iPad 2 WiFI, iPad 2 3G, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen, iPadMini, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini4G, iPad WiFi, iPad 3G
Size: 484.03 MB
Screenshots for iPad(Click to enlarge)
NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.
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