Avokiddo Emotions -- Playful learning for kids

Common Sense Media says

Hilarious and creative way for little ones to see emotions.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to play. Simply choose an animal, swipe the little lever on the side of the screen to get prop choices, and then tap the ones you want to choose for the animal. First-time app users and little toddler fingers may find it challenging to feed the animals food because they have to line up the food or beverages with the animals' mouths just. The Parent Zone includes settings that allow parents to set the number of falling objects, only vegetarian food as food props, and whether or not kids can save snapshots.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

There's a Parent Zone that leads to the App Store, but it's under a child-lock.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

This app doesn't ask for users' personal information. There's a Parent Zone that leads to the App Store, but it's child-locked. The developer's Privacy Policy can be read on its website.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Avokiddo Emotions -- Playful Learning for Kids is a charming way to teach kids about emotions. It can also be helpful for kids with non-verbal learning issues, such as difficulty reading facial expressions or inability to read body language. With three characters and more than 100 props, kids can make a disco-themed zebra blow up a balloon, dress a giraffe in fiesta gear, or feed garlic to the mustachioed sheep -- all while observing the animal's reaction. This zany, open-ended play is a delightful way to introduce emotions.

 

 

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • deduction
  • prediction

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Emotional Development

  • empathy
  • identifying emotions

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The 100 unique, fun props and the three animal characters often create such silly images that laughter is inevitable. Then, when the animal characters respond to those props emotionally, kids are surprised and further engaged.

Learning Approach

This app encourages very young kids to identify emotions through a funny, creative activity. As kids recognize the emotions of the animals, they are learning empathy, too.

Support

The app is intuitive and intentionally encourages open-ended, creative play with little direction. The emotions are aptly shown by the animals.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • deduction
  • prediction

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Emotional Development

  • empathy
  • identifying emotions

Kids can learn about identifying emotions through facial expressions and reaction to stimuli in this creative app. Kids are encouraged to use their imagination to make new creative scenes by using props to dress and interact with three friendly, zany animal characters. By playing Avokiddo Emotions, kids engage in lots of silly fun while exploring emotional and creative development.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

Tap the sheep, the giraffe, or the zebra and that one character takes center stage. 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. 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. Kids can take a photo, if they'd like to save a scene. Swipe the lever for more props, or return to the home page to choose another animal. This app creates zany fun full of emotion and laughter.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

AVOKIDDO EMOTIONS -- PLAYFUL LEARNING FOR KIDS will likely cause giggles and surprises for the youngest and oldest app users alike. There are so many props here, although kids can only choose from batches of five to nine at a time. Kids can choose from ice cream cones, mustaches, balloons, vegetables, hats of all sorts, wigs, musical instruments, sunglasses, bubbles, and more. And it's not limited to one or two props per animal, kids can keep piling them on and playing as long as they'd like. Surprising backgrounds pop up to complete the animal's scene, sometimes with interactive elements, too. 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Help young kids put names to the emotions that the animal characters are expressing on their faces.

  • Try to help your kids think about and predict what comes next. If the zebra looks very tired, and you give it a pacificer, what may happen to the zebra next?

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:July 11, 2013
Category:Education
Topics:Horses and farm animals, Wild animals
Size:99.00 MB
Publisher:Avokiddo E. Katsantonis & sia e.e.
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.1 or later

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