Developer Kidaptive is at it again. They've created another outstanding appisode of Leo's Pad: Preschool Kids Learning Series. Like the other five before it, Appisode Six earns a TOP PICK from this mom. The perfect balance of activities and video keeps my child engaged time and time again on our daily commute.
Have a look:
Appisode Six flows just as smoothly as its predecessors. The incredibly high quality of graphics makes this a television-esque experience. Moving seamlessly from activity to video and back again, children never get bored. The boys start the story fishing on the dock. As fish swarm the dock, join Cinder as she feeds the fish. Users then must help Leo and Fusch build a submarine. After working on fine motor skills by tracing parts, children then place pieces using a model. After puzzling together toys in a Mouse Trap like game to break a rock, the boys are launched underwater. Luring the wishing fish to the sub is easy, players simply mimic his funny faces with the camera. After helping to catch the fish, children also learn a valuable lesson about thinking of others.
I'd be remiss in this review if I didn't mention the Parent's Pad portion of the app. After creating a free account, parents can monitor what skills their children are successful at, and which need more work. Wish Upon a Fish focuses on several concrete skills: identifying emotion, problem solving, self expression, shape manipulation, and tracing. Parents can see a measurable report of their child's progress.
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This whole review is about what I liked. Kidaptive really has nailed the preschooler's psyche. Like all of the other appisodes, Wish Upon a Fish flows just as smoothly and seamlessly as ever. My son loves the Leo's Pad apps, probably because he thinks he's watching a movie. I particularly loved the message of this app. Thinking of others is hard for the self absorbed preschooler, and this app does a really nice job of teaching that lesson.
I also like that the skills the app focuses are not all concrete. Appisode Six also focuses on: working on challenges, delay of gratification, inhibition control, and attention control-cognitive.
Thanks to the Parent Pad, I can confirm my suspicion that my son is not making a whole lot of gains in the delay of gratification area! I also need to comment that photos I'm getting from my son mimicking the wishing fish's face are absolutely great. What a great way to incorporate the iPad's built in tools.
Overall, I can't say enough about how wonderful Leo's Pad: Preschool Kids Learning Series and Appisode Six are. The skills are all dead on perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, the graphics are of such high quality, and the story line is perfect for teaching life lessons to our little ones. The best thing I can say about this app is that my four year old spent nearly 45 minutes playing it today. Keeping any preschooler engaged that long is a feat - and Kidaptive does it so naturally with this TOP PICK.
Leo's Pad: Preschool Kids Learning Series - Includes all 6 Appisodes - is availabe for downlaod via the iTunes App Store -
RRP - FREE (no ads and no IAP)
At the time of this review, external links are protected by a parent gate and there are no ads or in-app purchases.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She left her iPad at school this weekend and her son nearly revolted. She is a self proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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