Identifying, managing, and regulating their feelings can be a challenge for preschool age children and children with disabilities. Learning Emotions with the Rainbow Feelings Bear helps little ones recognize ten common emotions and associates each one with common childhood experiences.
Available for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad
How the App Works-
Learning Emotions with the Rainbow Feelings Bear is a recently updated therapy app developed by Bugalugs Early Childhood Learning with the professional guidance of Alana Noakes, a speech pathologist in Australia. It was designed specifically for the iPad.
The app includes a story about Bear, describing events in his day that might result in ten different feelings (including happy, relaxed, sad, bored, jealous, worried, surprised, angry, scared, and loved). The story is accessible in either read-by-myself mode or read-to-me mode. It is written in child friendly language with lines like this: " When Bear feels jealous, he turns an envious green; waiting for his turn on a busy trampoline."
The second part of the app is the "How are you feeling?" activity that allows children to practice describing their own emotions. A simple carrier phrase is written at the top of the page ("I feel...") Your child can drag the correct Rainbow Bear up to the top and then complete the sentence- "I feel surprised," or "I feel sad." Because the bears are all different colors, it is possible to select the correct one, even if the child cannot read the word. Once children are comfortable using the feelings words, they can advance to the next step, which is explaining their feelings ("I feel worried when I see a storm.")
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Learning Emotions with the Rainbow Feelings Bear makes an excellent activity for a preschool learning circle. The professional narrator does a nice job of using a slower rate of speech. This is a standard therapy technique that gives children who process language more slowly additional time to understand. Also helpful are the animated pictures that accompany each line.
Therapy apps have become indispensible to speech/language pathologists working with children. They are both compact and portable. Besides that, kids are comfortable using tablets and they are willing to engage in activities introduced on a tablet device.
If I could suggest two feelings that I would like to see added to Learning Emotions with the Rainbow Feelings Bear, they would be frustrated and disappointed, but overall, this app is another solid example of how tablet technology is improving the way we teach children in the 21st century.
In a Nutshell-
Learning Emotions with the Rainbow Feelings Bear is a way to introduce a "feelings vocabulary" to children (ages 5 and under) and children who have disabilities.The story about Rainbow Feelings Bear is written in the style of a rhyming poem and describes common childhood experiences that evoke certain feelings. This app keeps it simple, and in the end, that's the best way to teach emotions at this level.
Learning Emotions with the Rainbow Feelings Bear is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad
RRP - $/€2.99/£2.29
At the time of this review, Learning Emotions with the Rainbow Feelings Bear does not contain third party ads, nor does it require any additional in-app purchases. According to the developer's website, the app does not collect any personal information from the user. Parents can be confident that their child's privacy is protected when using the app.
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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Disclosure: This review was move up the waiting list priority-services. All opinions expressed are purely that of the author.