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Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings

Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings

Spring 2015 Mobile Apps
Ages: Infant - 5 yrs.
Developer: PBS Kids
Download Price: $2.99
Platform: iPad

In the vast array of educational apps on the market, it is refreshing to see one that concentrates on emotional intelligence as opposed to linguistic and mathematic intelligence alone. This is not to say that those are not critical areas of development, but emotional development is an essential component of school as well as playground readiness.

In Daniel Tiger's Grrr-ific Feelings, children join their favorite neighbor in a wide variety of games, songs, and activities about feelings. The app includes four activities: the Trolley Game, Sing-Along, the Drawing Easel, and the Feelings Photo Booth. In the Trolley Game, children ride Trolley all around the neighborhood to play a series of feelings-themed mini-games. Children can watch videos and sing along to eighteen familiar Daniel Tiger songs in the Sing-Along section. The Drawing Easel offers a broad assortment of drawing utensils in several colors which children select to illustrate their feelings. And, in the Feelings Photo Booth, children can take pictures of themselves with different emotional expressions on their faces. Young children sometimes have difficulty recognizing and/or naming emotions, so Daniel Tiger guides children through with verbal support and demonstrations of various emotions.

The games and activities are terrific age-appropriate ways for learning how to accurately recognize, label and appropriately express emotions—the first steps in the development of empathy. The games also provide useful tools for dealing with emotions; for example, there are suggestions for how to calm down and how to deal with anger and frustration. This is a must-have app for helping young children learn about their emotions- especially if they happen to be Daniel Tiger fans.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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