Leo’s Pad app promises beautiful ‘appisodes’ for children

Well, you certainly can’t fault the production values. Leo’s Pad Appisode 1 is the work of a brand new children’s app developer called Kidaptive, and it has Hollywood-quality visuals.

Described as an “interactive, animated series for children ages 3 to 5”, it focuses on an eight year-old Leonardo da Vinci and friends having adventures, with plans to deliver them in “appisodes” that you buy using in-app purchases.

This is the first one: Gally’s Birthday, which sees a child version of another famous name: Galileo Galilei. More will follow, including Marie Curie.

“Our embedded curriculum is developed by Stanford University researchers with deep knowledge about learning, and our stories and games are designed by award-winning writers and producers,” claims Kidaptive in the App Store listing.

It does look beautiful. The company is also promising a “dashboard” for parents in a future update, enabling you to check in on your child / children’s progress through the app.

That’s something a number of other companies are trying to do (Yogiplay and Fingerprint Digital being two examples), and we’re still a little bit unsure about how desirable this is for many parents, who know what their children are doing in apps because, well, they tell and show them.

Even so, Leo’s Pad looks lovely, and we like the promise of great stories mixed with light-touch learning. It’s one to follow in the weeks ahead, but if you want to check it out now, Appisode 1 is a free download from the App Store.

Well, it is in the UK, Australia and Canada anyway – this TechCrunch article explains a bit more about Kidaptive and its plans, including the fact that Leo’s Pad is getting a limited global launch for now.

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