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Emotional Intelligence Apps and Games

It can be tough for students of any age to understand what they're feeling and to channel those feelings in ways that help them be better people and better learners. The key for these kids is emotional intelligence -- knowing what emotions are, how they work, and how to use them and manage them for social interaction and learning. Students also need the capacity to recognize other people's emotions, to discriminate among the different feelings, and to label them appropriately. This collection of top-notch apps and games will help students with everything from anger management to emotional identification to meditation.

Interested in seeing tips on how you might use some of these tools in the classroom? Check out our blog series We All Teach SEL: Inspiring Activities for Every Classroom.

Avokiddo Emotions Publisher: AVOKIDDO
Hilarious animals help kids identify emotions
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings Publisher: PBS KIDS
Songs and activities help kids express, recognize, understand emotions
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Bouncy the People Trainer's You Can Learn Publisher: Ripple Effects
Thorough, thoughtful multimedia social-emotional learning experience
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame Publisher: Sesame Street
Sesame Street winner teaches kids how to keep calm and carry on
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Settle Your Glitter Publisher: Momentous Institute
Simple, beautiful tool for emotional regulation
Grades Pre-K-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Feel Electric! Publisher: Sesame Street
Express and identify emotions with hip Electric Company hosts
Grades K-2
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Touch and Learn - Emotions Publisher: Innovative Mobile Apps
Excited, sad, or angry? This app helps kids identify feelings
Grades K-2
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Social Adventures
Expert-approved activities nurture students' social skills
Grades K-3
Type App
Price $19.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Zoo U
Research-based social game has terrific assessment potential
Grades K-5
Type Game
Price A one-time license fee of $7 per student.
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Discovering Emotions with Zeely Publisher: Virtual EyeSee Inc.
Kids learn feelings with cute characters, familiar settings
Grades K-7
Type App
Price $19.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Hall of Heroes Visit Website: https://www.centervention.com/hall-of-heroes/
Responsive game helps students prepare for transition to middle school
Grades 5-8
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Stop, Breathe & Think Publisher: Tools for Peace
Appealing app guides meditation, promotes compassion
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Character Playbook Visit Website: http://www.characterplaybook.com/
Realistic comic book-style stories help build healthy relationships
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Mood Meter - building your emotional intelligence Publisher: Emotionally Intelligent Schools LLC
Well-designed tool encourages kids to reflect on and manage emotions
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $0.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Pairin Visit Website: https://www.pairin.com/
Robust personality survey for students results in real-world insights
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Smiling Mind Publisher: Smiling Mind
Quick and easy meditation practice for busy classroom lives
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Mitra - track what matters most Publisher: The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values Inc
Insightful, minimalist app gets students tracking emotions and values
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated