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Pros: Surprising props and authentic facial expressions combine to create memorable emotions.
Cons: It can be tough to align the food and beverages with the animal's mouth.
Bottom Line: This silly animal app is a fun way to teach kids about emotions and creativity.
Talk about the characters' expressions and reactions with your pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students to help them grow in emotional cues and empathic awareness. Encourage your students to make predictions about how an animal will react to various props they choose or to the changes in background scenes. Have a basket of random props in your classroom and encourage kids to choose props for each other, and then have them act out an emotion related to that prop.
Avokiddo Emotions -- Playful Learning for Kids is a creative play app that encourages kids to get goofy with props and then tune in to the animal characters' emotions in response to the props. With three adorable characters and more than 100 props, kids can feed ice cream to the zebra, plant a pumpkin on the sheep's head, or dress up the giraffe to look like the next top chef out for a night of disco dancing. Tap the sheep, the giraffe, or the zebra to bring that character to center stage. Props appear, and kids choose the ones they'd like to use with the animal. Kids can take a photo if they'd like to save a scene. Swipe the lever for more props, or return to the home page to choose another animal. The props fall into the scenes in batches of five to nine items, which limits kids' choices, and only one of the three animals is interactive at a time. As kids create scenes with the props, the animals show expressions of humor, displeasure, happiness, and more, depending on the props kids choose. There are also backgrounds that appear to help set the scene, plus funny sound effects.
This zany play is an engaging way to start talking about emotions. Kids can learn about identifying emotions through facial expressions and reaction to stimuli in this creative app. Kids are encouraged to use their imagination to make new creative scenes by using props to dress up and interact with the animal characters. The app can be a useful exercise in visual emotional cues and empathic awareness wrapped in a very silly, fun, creative package.