There is a new educational iPad app from Kidaptive for your preschool age kids called Leo’s Pad. This free app, was developed by the education experts at Stanford University, Leo’s Pad, designed for preschoolers, is a new app for your iPad. Along with a team of award-winning story tellers and animators, this educational app has received the five-star rating from the esteemed panel for the Common Sense Medal. The colorfully designed animated learning app takes your preschooler through a series of “appisodes”, which were written by an Emmy award winning creative director. The story and ensuing activities are led by 8 year old Leonardo “Leo” da Vinci, who is a very relatable character. You child is invited along on Leo’s adventures in this interactive story and along with a cast of friendly characters, your child is actively learning while playing. The interactive games include learning shapes and colors, numbers and recognizing letters. With easy to learn and fun songs, your child is learning through a wide variety of avenues. When a child is actively involved in a lesson, they tend to have a higher retention and the development of their cognitive, academic, social and emotional as well as physical and sensory skills.
Kidaptive is a media and technology company whose innovative concepts and cutting edge technology are taking learning to a new level. The company’s focus is on storytelling for the iPad which will teach children a variety of concepts and building blocks for your kid’s educational path. The technology used by Kidaptive embeds assessment tools which will customize learning and supports your child’s cognitive development, while giving parents information to help them guide their kid’s progress and interests. Although the new app Leo’s Pad is geared towards preschoolers, the Kidaptive platform will include apps for ages 3-11. The mission of the minds at Kidaptive is to create a series of apps that will make learning fun and entertaining that will build a foundation for the path of knowledge that will set up child for education success.
The Leo’s Pad app is very easy to download and navigate. The colors are bright and inviting and the characters are such that my kids instantly liked them. Jakobi and I played the first “appisode”, a very cute storyline, which is about the birthday of Galileo Galilei “Gally”, who is an aspiring astronomer. Jakobi and I helped find Cinder, another very relatable character, and then we made Gally a gift and a card. The instructions for these were easy to follow and the lesson was focused on using shapes and colors. Next, Jakobi and I built a telescope by dragging different shapes into place. When Jakobi chose the wrong shape, he was given a gentle prompt to find the correct answer. By this point, Mason’s curiosity got the best of him and he joined in. The three of us manipulated the iPad to fly to the correct number of puffs, which was fun for both boys. The third part was about learning three letter words, which I did help Jakobi with. Part of his need for my help was his attention span had begun to wan and he wanted to skip around. Overall, the game kept Jakobi’s attention for virtually the entire game, so I was pleased.
Coming soon, the app will include a section for adults that will give results of each section which will show your child’s strengths and weaknesses. The second “appisode” in the Leo’s Pad series, “Rocket to the Stars,” will be released in January 2013. Future appisodes will have games that will focus on tracing, following instructions, sorting, taking turns, impulse control and many more.