Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings

Common Sense Media says

Express feelings in safe, healthy ways with Daniel's lead.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Daniel's clear verbal instructions guide kids through each activity. Only four main activity areas simplify choices for the youngest app users. Within each activity area, there are simple mini-games or lessons to help kids learn about and manage emotions, such as counting backward and drawing. 

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

A PBS Kids "More Apps" icon appears in the upper-left corner of the app's main screen, which is kid-protected with a parent code. Type the code, and a screen that promotes other PBS Kids apps appears.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

This app doesn't require users to register or enter any personal information. PBS Kids includes its general privacy policy for all digital products on its website.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings helps kids identify and express emotions through fun games and songs. This early learning app for kids ages 2 to 5 incorporates many feelings words -- such as "jealous," "patient," "frustrated," and "proud" -- to expand the ways kids can verbally express what they're feeling inside. It also includes instructions for a simple calming technique, and a photo feature encourages kids to take a photo of themselves expressing an emotion to see if how they look is similar to how Daniel Tiger looks when he feels the same way. The easel activity presents another way kids can process emotions through drawing or painting. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Self-Direction

  • self-reflection

Emotional Development

  • empathy
  • handling stress
  • identifying emotions
  • labeling feelings

Communication

  • friendship building
  • multiple forms of expression

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Engaging characters, catchy songs, and simple activities welcome kids into the exploration of emotions in a friendly, feel-good way. The well-designed user interface is easy to navigate and includes places for kids' photos to be integrated into the trolley-track scenes and the photo activity.

Learning Approach

Age-appropriate, easy-to-remember songs and activities help kids expand their vocabulary of emotions and discover strategies for handling a wide range of feelings in healthy ways. Kids can self-reflect on how they look when expressing certain emotions in the photo activity. The app also provides kids with a drawing easel so they can practice using art to express emotions.

Support

Daniel Tiger provides kids with clear audio instructions. The "For Parents" section includes lots of detail about the hows and whys of each activity. Parents can choose mini-games directly from the menu in the "For Parents" section. More data and accessibility features could boost support.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Self-Direction

  • self-reflection

Emotional Development

  • empathy
  • handling stress
  • identifying emotions
  • labeling feelings

Communication

  • friendship building
  • multiple forms of expression

Kids can learn vocabulary related to emotions, how to express feelings in healthy ways, and how to identify what other people are feeling on Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings. Through the drawing easel, kids can learn that expressing their feelings through artwork is another option for processing and sharing feelings. The photo booth helps kids notice what a feeling typically looks like on someone else's face as well as on their own, increasing social-emotional awareness and empathy. By practicing an easy deep-breathing exercise, kids can learn to handle stress and reduce anger physically. As kids watch Daniel handle situations in the song videos, they may learn strategies to control their own behavior in healthy ways. Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings can be an excellent tool to help kids grow in emotional awareness and expression.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

From the main page, kids can tap one of four areas. In the trolley area, kids move the trolley by swiping their finger over it, then spinning the wheel to see which mini-game they land on. In the sing-alongs, kids choose from 18 of Daniel's songs by tapping a picture. In the photo booth, kids center their faces using the device's camera and tap on a "feeling face" icon, then match their face to Daniel's face. Kids can tap the drawing easel and use the art tools to draw, paint, and save creations.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

DANIEL TIGER'S GRR-IFIC FEELINGS presents fun, memorable lessons that are imbued with the same spunky sweetness that began with Daniel Tiger's character on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Learning about emotions and how to handle them, as well as how to read others' emotions, can help kids feel more comfortable in the world and with themselves. The games, photo activity, songs, and art on this app show that it's OK to express your feelings, so long as you're respectful of others around you. Kids get to see their own photos along the trolley route and in the emotions pictures with Daniel. Daniel Tiger and his friends present excellent examples for kids who are just learning healthy emotional expression.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about different ways you can express emotions: words, facial expressions, songs, drawings, body movement, and more. The next time your child is expressing a strong emotion, mirror back to him or her what you see: "I can tell you're frustrated. Your eyebrows are furrowed, you're frowning, and you're making a growling noise."

  • The next time your kid is angry, remind him or her to use the simple counting exercise demonstrated on this app (with or without the app) or to draw their feelings on the app's easel (or a piece of paper) to help calm down. 

  • After hearing the 18 songs on this app and on the Daniel Tiger PBS series, you and your kid will probably start to memorize some. Call on them in times of difficult emotions to help anchor your kid with a familiar song with a positive theme.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:August 7, 2014
Category:Education
Topics:Music and sing-along
Size:439.00 MB
Publisher:PBS KIDS
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later

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