Friday, November 8, 2013

Children's iPad App, Avokiddo Emotions

Children's iPad App, Avokiddo Emotions
by Susan Stephenson,

Avokiddo Emotions – Playful learning for kids is an interactive and creative iPad app for kids. I giggled and grinned when I played with it tested it out, but my best guess places it as perfect for under 7s.

From the developers:

Avokiddo Emotions lets kids of all ages explore feelings in an open ended free style playroom. There are no rules or pre-set expectations other than to have fun while learning fundamental social skills. Whether their intent is to make an animal laugh or cry, kids are in control every step of the way. Even the very youngest fans who aren’t yet able to quite grasp emotions will delight in the boisterous atmosphere and soon be able to trigger specific reactions.

Forget static flash cards with dead eyed actors. These animals each have personality to spare and are animated with realistic multi-faceted reactions to a whole host of scenarios. See them jump in response to a horn or alarm. Watch their ears flatten and droop when sad. Make their eyes roll and hear them snort with delight. Don't be surprised to hear some snorts and guffaws coming from your child as well.

The toothy grins and infectious laughter of the joyous giraffe, shimmying sheep and exuberant zebra will delight your children and provide active engagement and constructive entertainment. Share their excitement in transforming the giraffe into a disco dancer, join the zebra at a Mexican fiesta and join the sheep at his castle. Avokiddo Emotions is a horn tooting, bubble blowing, balloon popping good time.

What I liked:

From the start, Avokiddo Emotions is fun! The animal characters invite kids to play, and to explore emotions and reactions. There are no ads or in-app purchases. Music is very well chosen. Kids can make their animals play different instruments, all tuneful and appropriate to the settings. So often background music to children's apps seems designed to set adult teeth on edge, but the theme tune is laid back and catchy. The art work is very attractive. I love that the developers went for goofy, not garish. There are no instructions, but plenty of interactivity brought about by little hands experimenting. Kids can be creative with this app. By pulling a lever, new props arrive, and when children are happy with the way a chosen character looks, they can take a photo of it, and save it. What fun to go on to create stories about the photos! (You can see some of the shots I took in my collage, above.)

If you like the idea of playful learning and you're looking for a creative, fun app for your child, why not get more of an idea of Avokiddo Emotions - Playful learning for Kids via the video embedded below.

iTunes: Currently $Au 1.99. Also available in Android.

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