Have you seen NIkki’s reviews for Leo’s Pad Appisode 1& 2 and Appisode 5 on the site? I have and I thought this series would be well worth looking at. This week I am happy to review Appisode 6 “Wish Upon a Fish” and I must say it did not disappoint. This app series is designed by Stanford University researchers and Emmy Award-winning animators. You can totally tell from the top quality of their design and it is obvious that they are dedicated to educating children. The app integrates learning games seamlessly into the story line making the viewer feel that they are very much a part of the adventure and best of all its FREE.
The lessons taught in this story build more than academics. Kids will practice attention control, mental shape manipulation, problem solving, delayed gratification, and the ability to identify emotions in others. All skills that help them be ready for school (and life).
Be sure to look through the information about the Parents Pad. They have activities that go “Beyond the Screen” to support child development. One side bar notes a “Recipe for Success”. The one I opened encourages successful turn-taking and suggests inviting your child play “kitchen” with you. Modeling turn taking conversation as you play and share. It gives children a chance to learn while doing something they love, playing! Parent’s Pad is also a resource to completely help you see what your child is learning. Icons represent each of the Core Skills the app is teachig and allows you to monitor where your child is successful and where they may need some coaching.
This app series is a great combination of story and interactive games and I am blown away that they are offered for free. I was fully expecting that loading the app would only give me one story and the rest would be available for in app purchase, but I was pleasantly surprised. The entire library came through when I loaded the most current edition. So if you have already loaded the app after viewing a previous post, I recommend doing the update to complete your series. If you haven’t tried the series before, I recommend grabbing it. I also noticed that the other apps in the Kidaptive line are also free.