ABA Flash Cards & Games -- Emotions

 
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Flash cards are good for learning emotions; games just OK.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to play. Kids simply tap the Play button and tap to view each flash card. The star button in the corner marks a flash card as a favorite, and the sound icon plays the audio for the corresponding word again. Some customizing options are available in settings, including the option to add your own words and images. Play (game) Mode offers eight different styles of play where kids are "tested" on identifying emotions and told when they give an incorrect or correct answer.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that ABA Flash Cards & Games -- Emotions includes more than 200 flash cards with images for kids to practice connecting visual emotion cues like body language and facial expressions to written and spoken words. This free app allows users to create their own cards to add to the stock cards and to record their own voices on the cards. The game section is very basic and isn't as interactive as kids might expect of an app "game." Perhaps, more accurately, the games should be called "drills."

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Skills

Emotional Development

  • empathy
  • identifying emotions
  • labeling feelings

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This app features more than 200+ photo flash cards as well as the option to create customized cards. Unfortunately, the "games" aren't very interactive and kids likely won't find them engaging.

Learning Approach

Kids can learn to identify emotions via more than 200 flash cards. The practice drills provide feedback and encouragement but probably aren't engaging enough to make this app sticky or effective.

Add your own cards, record your own voice. Customizing options include font size, color, spelling, and more. Kids can be "tested" on identifying emotions and told when they give an incorrect or correct answer.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Skills

Emotional Development

  • empathy
  • identifying emotions
  • labeling feelings

Kids can learn to identify emotions and place labels on feelings with the photo flash cards in ABA Flash Cards & Games -- Emotions. Kids can also expand their vocabulary by building a word bank of feeling words from which to draw upon to express their own feelings and empathize with the emotional states of others. Parents, teachers, and therapists can customize cards, so kids can practice specific emotions or categories of emotions that they need extra help identifying. The flash cards here can help kids learn to identify and express emotions, but the accompanying practice drills are pretty boring.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

In Learn Mode, kids can review different emotions before they practice with one of eight different drills in Play Mode. To view flash cards, kids press the Play tab. Cards include an image of a kid with a matching emotion word below the image. For example, kids see the word "Happy" with an image of a baby smiling. Kids tap the screen and the next card appears. Games include six different play options for matching emotions to different facial expressions and body language.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

ABA FLASH CARDS & GAMES -- EMOTIONS delivers some good practice for kids who need extra work on identifying and matching visual images to emotion vocabulary. However, the word "games" in the title is a bit of a stretch, as the games on this app are really just different versions of the flash cards along with practice drills. They're not very interactive and kids likely won't find them engaging or want to return to them often enough to get the repetition necessary for the concepts to sink in. Still, the app is worth a download for a few looks at the flashcards and games, especially since it's free.

Families can talk about...

  • Present the "games" here as practice (rather than games) to keep your kids' expectations appropriate.

  • Use the vocabulary from the app in day-to-day experiences to reinforce your kids' learning. Ask them to describe their emotions in different situations.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:July 4, 2011
Category:Education
Size:26.30 MB
Publisher:Innovative Mobile Apps
Version:4.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later

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