Apps and Websites That Teach Kids About Feelings

Learning what happy, sad, and confused feelings and faces are are crucial skills for kids. Help them develop their vocabulary and awareness with these great apps and sites.

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GAME

Dora & Kai-Lan's Pet Shelter

age 3+

Good pet sim with lots of Nick characters.

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi (2011)
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APP

Hopster Saturday Club: Empathy

age 3+

Dramatically expressive cartoons help kids ID feelings.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2019)
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GAME

LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Pet Pals 2: Best of Friends!

age 4+

Learn tricks, make friends, and shop with a virtual puppy.

Platforms: LeapFrog games (2011)
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APP

Model Me Going Places 2

age 3+

Narrated photos prepare kids for social situations.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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GAME

Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: New Year's Celebration

age 4+

Virtual Chinese New Year with perfectly designed games.

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi (2009)
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APP

See.Touch.Learn.

age 4+

Trusted teaching tool; setup takes time and a little money.

Devices: iPad (2011)
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GAME

Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster

age 4+

Engaging and funny interactive adventures are pure joy.

Platforms: Xbox 360 (2011)
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SesameStreet.org

age 4+

Brought to you by the letter "F" -- for fun.

URL: https://www.sesamestreet.org (2008)
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APP

Wisdom: The World of Emotions

age 4+

Virtual adventure teaches how to ID and manage emotions.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2020)
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APP

Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity

age 5+

Kids make fanciful facial art using everyday objects.

Devices: iPad (2016)
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APP

Social Adventures

age 5+

Powerful, engaging tool can help boost kids' social skills.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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APP

Stop, Breathe & Think Kids: Focus, Calm & Sleep

age 6+

Kids name emotions and go on great, mindful missions.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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APP

Apart of Me

age 11+

Wonderful, gentle support for working through loss.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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GAME

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

age 11+

Compelling story with strong role models, loss, and battles.

Platforms: PlayStation 3 (2013)
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APP

Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are

age 11+

Graphic novel teaches kids to feel good about themselves.

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GAME

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

age 13+

Emotional puzzler has great role models, some dark moments.

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WEBSITE

SMITHTeens

age 13+

Site challenges teens to summarize their lives in six words.

URL: http://smithteens.com (2009)
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WEBSITE

Stay Teen

age 13+

Nonpartisan info for teens on avoiding pregnancy.

URL: http://stayteen.org (2009)
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WEBSITE

That's Not Cool

age 13+

Tackles digital dating abuse with videos appealing to teens.

URL: http://www.thatsnotcool.com (2009)
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WEBSITE

Poets.org

age 14+

Learn all about American poets and poetry.

URL: http://www.poets.org/ (2005)