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Leo’s Pad App for Preschool Education

I chose to receive a free Leo's Pad Enrichment Program app, and I was compensated for the time I invested in this review. All opinions are mine and truthful; I was not required to post a positive review.

Leo's Pad Interactive Preschool App

My daughter has a new favorite iPad app. It's Leo's Pad Enrichment Program for Preschoolers. This unique app drops your preschool learner into six different chapters of a fun story; the setting is Leo's world. 

I am picky about apps for my kids. When we first received our iPad, I made a rule: no fluffy apps! Each app I add has to have educational value and that can include good, creative play. Leo's Pad offers both. 

Leo's Pad Is Engaging

My daughter spent more than 30 minutes with the interactive app each time she played. The high quality animation is amazing, and she loved the birthday party storyline. The variety of activities is impressive–I've seen Luci build a rocket, paint a birthday card, fly, match the emotion on wishy fish's face, catapult, and determine how to build a bridge. I've heard her laughing at Cinder, the little dragon; she is having a wonderful time while learning and working hard. 

Leo's Pad Is Enriching

Leo's Pad Enrichment Program App for Preschool

Luci and I have already been working on many of the math and language concepts found within the games and activities in Leo's Pad. I was delighted to know that Luci would be strengthening the skills we have been trying to master, including the following:

  • Counting 
  • Quantities
  • Directions: Left, Right, Clockwise
  • Shapes
  • Puzzles
  • Copying Patterns
  • Sorting 
  • Follow Directions
  • Problem Solving
  • Colors and Color Mixing
  • Letter Recognition
  • Sequencing
  • Tracing
  • Understanding Prepositions (around, in, up, down, etc.)
  • Introduces New Science and Math Vocabulary

Leo's Pad is Perfect for a Learner with Special Needs

Leo's Pad Interactive Preschool Learning App

Due to developmental trauma, my girl is a special needs learner. At six years-old, her expressive speech is severely delayed. It takes her more time to accomplish a task and (because her short term memory seems to have some kinks) it can take more effort for her to master a new concept. However, she is capable.  A few times while playing Leo's Pad, she needed my help, but for the most part she was able to fly solo. She loved the independence, and I enjoyed some time to myself knowing she was learning and reviewing important information with a good, quality app. 

Even though Luci is six, she is still working on preschool level skills. Some of the apps I have found for her skill level seem too young or babyish for her. We don't have this problem with Leo's Pad Enrichment Program. A child older than six who is developmentally delayed would still be interested–fascinated by the artwork, animation, and story in Leo's Pad.

Try Before You Buy!

In my opinion, this is a must have app. But you don't have to take my word for it. You can download the first chapter for free! 

Once you see how engaging and enriching this product is, you can use coupon code IHOMESCHOOL for a 20% discount off the regular retail price of $24.99. The coupon is valid through May 31, 2015. 

Kidaptive also offers Learner Mosaic–a FREE companion app for parents to track their student's progress. Learner Mosaic will chart your student's unique growth through the learning skills acquired on Leo's Pad. You can view the video below to find out how Learner Mosaic works.

You can learn more about Kidaptive and Leo's Pad by connecting with them on Facebook:

Chocolate Checkers

Chocolate Checkers

Well, Chocolate Tic-Tac-Toe was such a hit that older brother wanted me to find something chocolate for him to eat play. And Chocolate Checkers was born!

Supplies Needed
1 bag Reese's Cup White Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures (you need 12 per game)
1 bag Reese's Cup Dark Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures  (you need 12 per game)
Checker Board (check Goodwill, Dollar General, etc. if you don't already own one)
24 small circle stickers (color doesn't matter)
Sharpie marker

Chocolate Checkers Supplies Needed

Get ready to play! 

Add crowns to the 24 small circle stickers. 

Chocolate Checker Crowns

Add the stickers to the large part of each candy piece. 

Chocolate Checkers with Crowns

Set the game board with the candy checkers (no crowns should be showing).

Chocolate Checkers at Walking by the Way

Play checkers as usual.

When you reach crowndem, turn your piece over. 

Chocolate Checkers

And have fun!

Chocolate Checkers Fun at Walking by the Way

How to divy the chocolate: You get to keep (eat) any piece you jump. At the end of the game, winner keeps any chocolate left on the board! YUM.

Chocolate Checkers

Chocolate Tic-Tac-Toe

Chocolate Tic-Tac-Toe from Walking by the Way

Supplies Needed
12 Pieces of Chocolate Candy (2 different colors/kinds; 5 of each color); extra candy for winners!
*You could use Hershey Kisses hugs AND kisses to make it extra Valentiney. 
Tic-Tac-Toe Board (dry erase board, paper, chalk board, the possiblities are endless!)

Chocolate Tic-Tac-Toe!

Play the game. Three in a row wins.

Chocolate Tic-Tac-Toe from Walking by the Way

Most importantly, have fun!

Chocolate Tic-Tac-Toe

When the game is over, the winner gets a piece of candy from the bag. The last round is the BONUS round! The winner gets to divy up the candy as she deems appropriate. So much fun!