A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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'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?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: vocabulary
- Skills: Emotional Development: empathy, identifying emotions, labeling feelings
- 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
For kids who love expressing emotions and feeling good
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