A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that That's How I Feel provides non-verbal kids or kids who have trouble expressing their feelings with a way to do so using "smarty symbols" -- simple picture drawings that depict different emotional states. The emotions are organized into three categories and color-coded green (positive), yellow (ambivalent or negative), and red (more powerfully negative). Kids tap on a picture that describes how they're feeling and a narrator makes a related statement ("I feel better"). Some of the emotional sentiments may be too complex or nuanced for younger kids to understand.
What's it about?
Kids simply swipe a finger horizontally across the top green row to browse positive emotion options, the middle yellow row for somewhat ambivalent or negative emotions, or the bottom row for negative emotions. They tap on the picture that indicates the feeling they're looking to express. The drawings also include a written emotion word. Once tapped, a voice recording provides the verbal expression of the emotion.
Is it any good?
The simple picture drawings in That's How I Feel are sometimes very clear and other times a bit too complex or nuanced for many young kids to understand. For example, the drawing for the emotion "ashamed" shows a stick figure scratching his head with a circle containing the words "work" and "money" next to him. The one for "depressed" displays a boy with two broken hearts to his sides and tears on his face. In some instances such as these, parents may need to help kids identify which drawing correlates to how they're feeling by explaining the drawings or giving them more options. The three main categories will likely be fairly easy for kids to understand, which can help them narrow their choices. And the app's simple design makes it easy to navigate and use.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Device: iPad
- Skills: Emotional Development: identifying emotions, labeling feelings, self-awareness
Communication: conveying messages effectively
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
- Price: $2.99
- Release date: June 23, 2011
- Category: Education
- Size: 2.90 MB
- Publisher: Smarty Ears
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later
- Last updated: September 21, 2016
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