Best Apps to Teach Kids about Emotions
This rec list of apps focuses on helping kids to learn about emotions.
Learning to understand and manage emotions is a part of what ed circles call SEL -- social and emotional learning. SEL knowledge is an important part of growing up, as it covers topics such as understanding feelings, goal setting, empathy, managing relationships, and decision-making.
This list of apps covers many of those topics. Kids will learn empathy while helping sad monsters (Make Me Smile) and animals (Gigglebug) to become happy. They will explore the meaning of love with the muppets in Elmo Loves You.
Some apps cover a variety of emotions, such as Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings, Avokiddo Emotions, The Unstealer, Peek-a-Zoo, Touch and Learn Emotions, Middle School Confidential 2: Real Friends vs. the Other Kind, and Middle School Confidential 3: What's Up with My Family?
Feeling shy is handled beautifully in Even Monsters Are Shy. Likewise, worrying becomes something parents and kids can talk about after playing Wince - Don't Feed the WorryBug and The Monster at the End of This Book…starring Grover! The fear of separating from a parent is poignantly presented in The Kissing Hand.
Other apps on this list cover feeling inadequate (Brave Rooney), being afraid of the dark (DisMonster), dealing with anger (Angus the Irritable Bull), and accepting others who are different than you (Wee You-Things and My Beastly ABCs).