It’s amazing when you see your children starting to show real awareness of their emotions. Our four year-old made us laugh recently (although we tried hard not to, given the situation) when he said “Mummy, I’m getting A BIT CROSS” rather than simply exploding.
But yes, emotional self-awareness = good. So we’re very interested in a new app called Avokiddo Emotions, which came out today for iOS and Android. It aims to teach children about emotions through a collection of comical animals, and more than 100 virtual props.
“Forget static flash cards with dead eyed actors. These animals each have personality to spare and are animated with realistic multi-faceted reactions to a whole host of scenarios,” explains its App Store listing.
“See them jump in response to a horn or alarm. Watch their ears flatten and droop when sad. Make their eyes roll and hear them snort with delight. Don’t be surprised to hear some snorts and guffaws coming from your child as well. This app is all about learning through play.”
We’ve been playing and learning already, and the app is marvellous fun. There are more than 100 props to try out on the three animals, and there’s a fab streak of humour running through the app. The disco-dancing zebra being one obvious example.
Avokiddo Emotions is also a great conversation-sparker, as you talk about what the animals are feeling, and how it may correspond with how your child sometimes feels in the real world.
Avokiddo Emotions costs £1.49 for iPhone and iPad on Apple’s App Store. It will also be available for Android devices through Amazon’s Appstore: we’ll update this post with the link as soon as it works.
In the meantime, here’s a video demo: