Labo Leaves

Labo Lado Inc. 2015. iOS, requires 6.0 or later. Version 1.0.1. $1.99; Android, requires 2.3.3 and Up. Version 1.0.0. $.99.
PreS-K—With simple gameplay and 18 design templates, this app is perfect for young users. Each screen presents four to seven colorful leaves of various shapes, sizes, and colors that children can drag to the correct (outlined) spot to create a figure or a familiar creature such as a fish, pig, dog, chicken, or cow. When the picture puzzle is complete, users are rewarded with a short, humorous animation. There is no text or narration to this crisply designed app, but a soothing melody plays in the background, and the animated sequences feature sound effects. Arrows direct users how and where to turn the page; the rest is intuitive.Adults who work with children may want to use the app as a starting point for hands-on art and science projects. Youngsters' hand-eye coordination and fine-motor skills will be challenged. A strong addition to the Labo Lado's collection of creative products. Available in several languages.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE

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