iTouchiLearn Feelings for Preschool Kids
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that iTouchiLearn Feelings for Preschool Kids teaches kids, especially those with special needs, to identify, interpret, and talk about their feelings. The app has a variety of activities, including matching a feeling word to a situation or picture, spelling emotion words, and even just-for-fun memory and jigsaw puzzle games. Although activities don't provide much feedback or explanations about the emotions, they do provide a good starting point for parents and teachers to talk about feelings with kids.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
- identifying emotions
- labeling feelings
Engagement, Approach, Support
Games and design are pretty simple. Variety of activities can engage kids for a while, but this is most likely an app kids will use alongside a parent, teacher, or therapist.
Kids encounter emotions in a variety of formats: real images, cartoon scenes, emoticon smiley faces. The aim is not only to learn the vocabulary of emotions but also to understand them. Ideally, kids learn with the support of an adult.
Activities are designed to be accessible for kids with social-communication disorders. No resources or explanations are provided for teachers or parents.
What's it about?
In ITOUCHILEARN FEELINGS FOR PRESCHOOL KIDS, the main activity asks kids to match an emotion to an illustration. Feedback is simple, telling kids only if their answers are correct or incorrect. Six additional games range from spelling emotion words to doing jigsaw puzzles that show kids feeling happy or angry. There's also a face creation activity that allows kids to make their own faces and save them to share with others, and a sing-along activity to the song "If You're Happy and You Know It."
Is it any good?
Although the main activity is a great way to help kids understand why they or others feel a certain way, kids receive no explanations about why their answers are correct or incorrect. Some of the mini-activities introduce more subtle emotions such as proud or defiant, which might be hard for young kids to understand. And while the face creation activity is a fun way to get kids to talk about their feelings, the facial features are often just shapes or everyday objects that can be made into funny faces, rather than human features kids can use to portray a specific emotion.
iTouchiLearn Feelings for Preschool Kids is best used with a parent or teacher who can provide the support and feedback not present in the app. With the added support, kids can learn important social skills, which can be difficult for kids who struggle with interpreting and understanding emotions.
Families can talk about...
Talk with your kids about the pictures and the emotions conveyed. Ask questions like "How do you think the girl is feeling? What do you see that tells you she's feeling that way?"
Help your kids use the vocabulary of emotions to identify how they're feeling when they encounter emotionally-charged situations.