Avokiddo Emotions – Playful learning for kids is a universal app (for all devices, including Android - AmazonAppStore), developed by Avokiddo. It introduces children to friendly animal faces that react with a wide range of responses to objects chosen by your child.
These characters go from delighted to disappointed to dejected to disgusted and back again. First, the child chooses one of three animals to be his play partner. With one pull on a virtual lever, things come raining down on that critter for the child to use. Objects might include a mask and a snorkel, a colorful lollipop, or a curly wig. With one swipe, the props attach to the character, and the animal responds. If your child gets tired of those props, he or she can pull the lever again, and different items appear. The character never gets tired of playing, regardless of how many or how few objects are used. There are also bonus objects, which transform the entire setting into a tropical beach, a cantina, a castle, or a disco, complete with appropriate background music. Clicking on the camera icon in the upper right corner saves an image of the character wearing his outlandish costume.
Avokiddo Emotions – Playful learning for kids is a perfect complement to the first app released by Avokiddo. Beck and Bo, a 2013 Parents’ Choice Approved Award winner, is a similar type of toddler app, which emphasizes the setting into which the characters are placed. Avokiddo Emotions, on the other hand, emphasizes the characters themselves, their reactions and their personalities.
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It took me a few seconds to realize that there is no language (speaking) in Avokiddo Emotions. All of the information is conveyed through the facial expressions and the vocal inflections of the characters, much in the same way a wordless book relates a story without using words. As unusual as it sounds, this is precisely what makes it so engaging for toddlers. Very young children can’t process language efficiently, so instead, they rely on things they can see. The animals use their eyes, their eyebrows, their mouths, and their sound effects to “get the message across,” and leave the commentary up to the child or the parent. Learning takes place as a child begins to associate certain objects with pleasant reactions and other objects or sound effects with not so pleasant responses.
I have reviewed other apps that teach children about emotions, but Avokiddo Emotions uses a different approach that I find playful and more subtle. Maybe that’s the appeal- it let’s children explore the relationship between emotions and objects in the environment on their own terms. Fun Educational Apps gives it our Top Pick award in the category of discovery apps for toddlers.
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Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
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