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Feel Electric!

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Electric Company app helps kids learn to express emotions.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn emotional awareness, expression, and language skills from Feel Electric! The features -- videos, photos, games, and emotions-related vocabulary-building activities -- star the cast of the PBS show The Electric Company. While the app was created for military families, it can be helpful for kids of any background. It's chock-full of activities that are instructive and entertaining. Feel Electric! is a creative, engaging, and fun way for kids to learn about emotions.

Ease of play

Very easy to use. It helps if kids can read if they are using this app without a parent's help, but many voice prompts will help younger players.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

The Electric Company logo appears in some videos. The info page contains information on the The Electric Company's creator, Sesame Workshop, as well as Military Families Near and Far, a nonprofit organization that partnered with Sesame Workshop for this app.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Feel Electric! is a tremendously creative app that teaches kids emotions and language skills. The app's features -- videos, photos, games, and emotions-related vocabulary building activities -- star the talented young cast of the PBS show The Electric Company showing kids how to express their emotions with words. This app was created in conjunction with a military organization called Military Families Near and Far that supports kids who have parents in the military. There's not much direct focus on military families on this app (at the time of this review, just one video features people in uniform); it's more generally an app to help all kids learn ways to express their emotions in healthy ways and improve their command of the English language at the same time. 

What's it about?

Kids learn how to use expressive words to convey a wide range of emotions via many play options. There are three games; a story maker; Electric Company videos; photos (which you can tag on the screen with stickers); an emotion-words glossary with more than 50 words; and a digital diary to record your moods with the help of "Mood Dude." Kids can also add videos and photos to their own diary. Videos cover a variety of language-related educational topics that help kids know how to use the English language effectively to express themselves.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

FEEL ELECTRIC! shows clearly how interactive, instructive, engaging, and just plain fun quality, well-planned educational apps can be. Whether your kid is feeling "content," "annoyed," "stressed," or "proud," there are many options here to help him or her learn how express emotions more clearly. Options include three games; a "zany" story maker; Electric Company videos; photos (which you can tag on the screen with stickers indicating how the photos make you feel); an emotion-words glossary with more than 50 words; and a digital diary to record your moods with the help of "Mood Dude," an adorable mood-defining character. Kids can also add their own videos and photos to their own diary. This app is part of a military families initiative to help kids whose parents are deployed express their difficult emotions, but all kids can benefit from learning to connect inner emotions to spoken and written words, rather than repressing them or acting out in destructive ways. So much helpful, real-life learning packed into one free app ... and it's tons of fun, too!

Families can talk about...

  • Watch the videos on this app with your kid. They're fun, funny, and insightful for both kids and adults!

  • Encourage your kids to use the emotional language they hear on this app by asking them questions about their feelings and using these words yourself.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Subjects:Language & Reading: reading, vocabulary, writing
Skills:Creativity: imagination, producing new content
Emotional Development: developing resilience, handling stress, identifying emotions
Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:August 13, 2014
Category:Kids Games
Size:335.00 MB
Publisher:Sesame Street
Version:2.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.1 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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Parent of a 5 year old Written bySheSpeeds November 2, 2012

"I Got to Get out of Here" giggle

My son loves this game! It's important to me that my kids learn how to identify their emotions. It has several little games that use feeling words, and it has a billboard so they can select how their feeling. the game is loud enough that I can hear, and can sometimes generate a conversation with him. It also has a few short videos, one of which talks about tone of voice expressing feeling, hence my title quote.
Kid, 11 years old November 18, 2011

Awesome App!:)

Great app! I just downloaded it and one thing that rocks is it is free and no WI-FI needed.
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