Wisdom: The World of Emotions

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Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media
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Virtual adventure teaches how to ID and manage emotions.

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Educational Value

Through use of breathing activities, matching games, and puzzles, kids learn about their emotions, how to manage them. They also get practice using a variety of coping mechanisms. 

Ease of Play

Easy-to-follow instructions for the augmented reality activity. Instructions for navigating the app are a less clear, which makes it difficult sometimes to navigate from one world to another during the adventure.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wisdom: The World of Emotions is a subscription-based app that aims to help kids age 4-8 learn how to manage emotions. In this adventure game, kids complete activities designed to help them identify and manage complex feeling like anger, and improve confidence and communication in relationships. Using breathing exercises, matching activities, and other games, kids explore big emotions and develop positive strategies for self-control. The free activities use augmented reality (AR), which requires access to the device's camera. All other activities are available through a subscription, which starts with a one-week free trial. A parent resource section offers background and guidance as well as offline related activities. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In WISDOM: THE WORLD OF EMOTIONS, kids follow the main character, Wisdom, and his pet cat as they meet other characters and complete activities related to identifying and managing emotions. For example, matching games and "spot the difference" activities teach kids about the physical aspects of anger. Successfully answering questions earns superpowers (coping strategies) kids can use to level up in the game or solve a problem in real life. In addition to the adventure play, kids can use AR to place Wisdom in their own room and play along as he guides kids in calming breathing exercises. As kids inhale and exhale, a graphic on the screen shows their breath entering their nose and exiting their mouth. There are also printables for parents such as thank you cards, a gratitude journal, and daily schedules to allow for offline learning.

Is it any good?

This suite of activities and resources was thoughtfully designed to help kids learn to identify and manage big emotions. Wisdom: The World of Emotions uses the fun backdrop of an adventure game as a strategy to help kids build their understanding of emotion vocabulary, and learn ways to solve challenges and problems through fun learning experiences. Taking the time to build this toolbox when kids are calm and having fun is a great way to have useful strategies at the ready when kids find themselves in emotional distress. In addition to identifying their own emotions, kids can learn about reading facial expressions, body language, and even listening to the sound of someone's voice to identify unhappiness, anger, or other emotions in others. The illustrations in the app are beautifully designed. But the characters are depicted as leaves and other vegetables, which might be hard for some kids to identify with. While kids can play with the app on their own, it's definitely better if they use it with a parent. An adult can help them connect the dots from the virtual world to the real world, so when kids are experiencing these emotions in real time, the strategies learned from the app can be reinforced appropriately.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the vocabulary featured in Wisdom: The World of Emotions, such as "infuriated," "irritated," "enraged," and "frustrated." Having appropriate words at the ready can help children express their emotions more clearly when they are upset.

  • Talk about some of the game's phases of emotion regulation. What does it mean when an "inhabitant" or "citizen" releases their anger and is ready for the "reconciliation phase"? What does "reconciliation" mean? Have you ever experienced something similar? What did it feel like and what helped you through the experience? 

  • Help kids create a picture board with their favorite coping mechanisms from the app. Talk about what other ideas you can add. When kids feel frustrated or angry, use the board to remind kids what they like to do to calm down. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: vocabulary
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: prediction, problem solving, solving puzzles
    Emotional Development: empathy, handling stress, identifying emotions, labeling feelings, moving beyond obstacles, persevering, self-awareness
    Communication: conveying messages effectively
    Responsibility & Ethics: respect for others
    Health & Fitness: meditation, mental health
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (Limited activities available with free download. After 1-week free trial, subscription costs $4.99/month or $34.99/year.)
  • Subscription price: $4.99 month; $34.99/year
  • Release date: June 24, 2020
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Adventures
  • Size: 426.00 MB
  • Publisher: Better Kids
  • Version: 2.0.7
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later; Android 6.0 and up
  • Last updated: September 4, 2020

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