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What's it about?
Tap the sheep, the giraffe, the zebra, or the moose and that character takes center stage in AVOKIDDO EMOTIONS. Swipe the lever for props, and several fall into the scene. Kids then tap and drag the props to the animal for use. If they feed the animal ice cream, they will see it react with joy. If its eyes begin to droop, it may be time for a snooze, so kids can put the pacifier in its mouth. As the sky goes dark, the zebra's eyes close. Pull the alarm clock's rope ... wake up! As kids create scenes with the props, the animals show expressions of humor, displeasure, happiness, and more depending on the props kids choose. There are also backgrounds that appear to help set the scene and funny sound effects. To save a scene, kids can take a photo. Swipe the lever for more props, or return to the home page to choose another animal.
Is it any good?
The variety of characters, props, and reactions will likely cause giggles and surprises for the youngest and oldest app users alike. There are many props here, although kids can only choose from batches of five to nine at a time, including ice cream cones, mustaches, balloons, vegetables, hats of all sorts, wigs, musical instruments, sunglasses, bubbles, and more. Surprising backgrounds pop up to complete the animal's scene, sometimes with interactive elements. As the animals make facial expressions and noises, kids can observe whether the animal likes or dislikes what's happening with the props and in the scene. This fun app creates a silly, delightful, and open-ended way to be creative.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about putting names to the emotions that the animal characters are expressing on their faces. What are they feeling? How can you tell?
Try to help your kids think about and predict what comes next. If the zebra looks very tired, and you give it a pacifier, what may happen to the zebra next?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: deduction, prediction
Creativity: imagination, making new creations
Emotional Development: empathy, identifying emotions
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: January 15, 2015
- Category: Education
- Topics: Horses and Farm Animals, Wild Animals
- Size: 156.20 MB
- Publisher: AVOKIDDO
- Version: 1.7.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up
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