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Best Learning Tools for Kids – Feeling and Emotion Expression

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Emotion expression is hard! It is hard even for adults, not to mention for kids. However, understanding others’ and ourselves’ emotions and expressing the feelings to others are important skills in building self-confidence and relationship with others. Today we share learning tools for kids on feeling and emotional expressions. To be able to express the feelings, one has to be able to recognize the feelings and emotions first. You will find most of the learning tools here are focused on two aspects: recognize the feelings and emotions, both oneself and others; express the feelings and emotions calmly with words. We also include free printable flashcards, games, and books for kids about feelings and emotions.

This is part of our Best Learning Tools for Kids on iPad series. For the whole list of the series, please visit Free Essential Learning Tools for Kids on iPad and Other Tablets

Feeling and Emotion Expression Learning Tools for Kids on iPad

Social emotional learning and development is an important part of growing up. Being able to recognize feelings and articulate the emotions are important social skills, but are hard to teach. These tools - apps, books, games, and free printables - are doing a great job in helping kids in these areas.
Avokiddo Emotions: great for younger kids who can’t read yet. There is no speaking in the app. Kids interact with 3 expressive animals and watch the animal’s reactions and facial expressions. To help kids develop language expression skills, parents can play along and use words to describe the animals’ feelings.

iLearnWith Poko: Emotions: designed for preschool kids, this app not only teaches kids the different emotions, but also how to interact with others to bring in positive emotions. Kids learn and practice with real social scenarios that are familiar to them, like playing on the playground.

Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings: from PBS Kids, this app offers various activities to help kids connect words with their feelings and strategies to handle them.

ABA Flashcard Emotions: a set of flashcards with different emotional facial expressions and corresponding words describing the felling and emotions. It is a great tool for kids who just start getting verbal.

FeelElectric: a great app by PBS Kids. The cast is from the popular show The Electric Company. Through different games, kids learn to recognize their emotions and verbalize the emotions with English words.

Positive Penguin: designed for school age kids to go through a self-guided process for the kids to work as a group to learn about the feelings and techniques to change negative feelings into positive ones.

Between the Lines: focus on the skills in reading others feelings and emotions, with well designed leveled lessons. Kids learn to read other people through facial, body, and voice expressions.

Feeling and Emotion Expression Learning Tools for Kids Off iPad

For those who don’t have iPads or other tablet devices, here are some wonderful tools for you:

Emotional Flashcard with emotional Robots: a set of Free printables with various emotions

Today I Feel Silly: a wonderful picture book showing kids different feelings and it is ok to have them.

Emotion Memory Game:This educational and entertaining memory game allows children to learn to distinguish between different emotions by matching identical pairs of cards depicting emotions.

This is part of our Best Learning Tools for Kids on iPad series. For complete list of best learning tools for Kids on iPad and links to all posts, please visit: Free Essential Learning Tools for Kids on iPad and Other Tablets. In the series, we have best learning tools for the following subjects:
Math Concepts in General ; Counting ; Telling Time
Phonics ; Spelling ; Vocabulary ; Grammar ; Storytelling
Computer Coding ; Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Second Language
must have free learning tools for kids on iPad and other tablets

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  • Carolyn

    Pinned to my promote classroom kindness board! Tweeted! Thanks, Carolyn

  • Natasha

    Great list of tools for young children to express their feelings!

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