A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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?
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!
Talk to your kids about ...
- 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
For kids who love working with words
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