Top 15 Free Apps for Learning Emotions (for iOS and Android)

Emotions_01Before I had kids, I just assumed that people came pre-wired when it came to knowing emotions. If someone is crying, they are sad. If someone is smiling, they are happy. However, for many children this can be a difficult concept. I have a good friend that was a teacher and is now a stay-at-home mom. I was at her house and she had a chart on the wall for her then-4-year-old showing different cartoon emotions with labels. Even if her son didn't know the word for the emotion he was feeling, he could often point it out on the chart. If you are working with a child trying to learn the complexity of emotions, today's top list is for you! 


image from 3.bp.blogspot.comEmotionary by Me.Mu by leehsueh

Emotionary by Me.Mu is an emotion diary tool designed for therapists (primarily speech-language therapists) or teachers who work with children and adolescents with autism, autism spectrum disorders, or similar mental disabilities.

Understanding emotions is necessary in the development of social skills and empathy. While typical therapy often emphasizes recognition of emotions through flashcards, Emotionary by Me.Mu emphasizes the contexts in which they may appear.

FREE (iPad only)

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image from 2.bp.blogspot.comFOCUS On the Go! by University of California, Los Angeles

Buddy Bear has a lot on his mind, and he needs your family’s help to talk about his feelings. Play alongside Buddy to practice understanding and sharing your feelings and to collect tools for calming down in challenging situations.

FOCUS On the Go! includes a suite of games and resources for everyone in your family. You can have fun together with Buddy Bear while learning ways to help strengthen your families.

FREE (iPad/iPhone)

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IfEmotionIF… The Emotional IQ Game by If You Can

PLAY LEARN GROW: Succeed at school, with friends in life!

IF… The Emotional IQ Game! Your child will fall in love with this groundbreaking game and so will you. Improve the quality of your child’s life by giving them the tools to help them manage their emotions in a healthy way.

FREE with offer of subscription based service (iPad/iPhone)

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Autism Emotion by ModelMe Kids, LLC

Autism Emotion uses music and a photo slideshow to help teach about different emotions.

– Happy
– Sad
– Proud
– Calm

FREE (iPad/iPhone)

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Electric Company - Feel Electric by Sesame Street Given 4.5 Stars by Rachel H
Are you feeling delighted? Astonished? Anxious? Feel Electric! explores all these emotions and more! Part of the Military Families “Finding the Right Word” initiative, this app offers engaging tools that use content and curriculum from The Electric Company to provide opportunities to explore emotional vocabulary and self-expression. Hosted by Electric Company cast members Jessica Ruiz and Danny Rebus, Feel Electric! features three fast-paced games, a digital diary to record daily moods, a zany story maker, and more!

FREE (iPad/iPhone/Android)

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The Behavior Textbook (TBT) – Feeling Cards by MDR

Feeling Cards features four video modeling calming poses and over 75 emotion photographs. These poses include: gross motor imitation skills as well as other movements developed to calm the body. The feeling/emotion cards include basic emotions such as angry, sad, and mad, and also explore more complex ones such as confusion and boredom.

FREE (iPad/iPhone)

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iSEQUENCES LITE by Fundación Planeta Imaginario Given 4.5 Stars by Rachel H

iSEQUENCES is an educational app for children with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome that enables them to practice 100 (10 in this Lite version) different sequences about everyday situations, such as:

– Autonomous habits like brushing their teeth, washing their hands, getting dressed or going to bed
– Fun activities like going to the beach, to the movies or do sports
– Every day situations like falling down, taking the bus, going the doctor, buying bread or getting wet in the rain
– Emotions like happiness, sadness, surprise or fear

FREE (iPad only)                       $3.99 full version (iPad only)

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FREE Android                           $3.75 full version (Android)






Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame by Sesame Street
Laugh and learn as you help a Sesame Street monster friend calm down and solve everyday challenges. This bilingual (English and Spanish), research-based app helps your child learn Sesame’s “Breathe, Think, Do” strategy for problem-solving. Tap and touch to help the monster friend take deep breaths, think of plans, and try them out! Your child will enjoy silly animations and playful interactions as she is exposed to important emotional vocabulary, a calm breathing technique, personalized encouragements, and more!

FREE (iPad/iPhone/Android)

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Touch and Learn – Emotions by Innovative Mobile Apps

Touch and Learn is a powerful new gaming platform that allows you to introduce new concepts in a fun and exciting new way.  

This app focused on helping kids read body language and understand emotions by looking at gorgeous pictures and figuring out which person is expressing a given emotion.

FREE (iPad/iPhone)
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ABA Flash Cards & Games – Emotions by Innovative Mobile Apps

Identifying, understanding, and responding appropriately to emotions is a very important skill for every child. In this application we cover over 20 different emotions via gorgeous flash cards and interactive games.
✔ Includes 200+ gorgeous photographs that are carefully hand picked and selected
✔ Fun & engaging voice artist keeps kids engaged
✔ 8 different play modes to show the flashcards anyway you like. Play modes include (image only, word only, flashcard only, word then flashcard, word then image)
FREE (iPad/iPhone)
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Bitsboard – Education, Games, and Flashcards for Learning Reading, Spelling, and more by

Access to the Bitsboard catalog including tens of thousands of gorgeous flashcards and carefully curated lessons covering hundreds of topics. 
Bitsboard is ideal for learning languages, mastering vocabulary, learning to read, learning to speak, becoming the next spelling champion and so much more…

Bitsboard is fully customizable to meet your specific learning needs.

Contains in-app purchases for additional content

FREE (iPad/iPhone)             Pro version $9.99 (iPad/iPhone)
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Acknowledgement of emotions and feelings. For children between two and a half years and eight years.

The stories are structured around adventures that Anna and Pete live to recognize, learn and put in practice different feelings such as fear, sadness, happiness or anger.

Contains in-app purchases for more stories. Comes with first story dealing with death for free.

FREE (iPad Only)
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Emotions, Feelings and Colors! Fun educational games for kids in Preschool and Kindergarten by iLearn With by Tribal Nova

Emotions, Feelings and Colors will get your child ready for school with these fun Arts and social development educational games for kids! Poko, Bibi and Minus learn about emotions by watching short animated stories and explore painting by playing with primary colors. Your child can play different games with them: by choosing little pictograms that mirror the expressed emotions or by selecting and mixing colors for Poko’s drawings.

FREE (iPad/iPhone)
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Feelings with Milo by Doonan Speech Therapy

Feelings with Milo is an emotional literacy app that teaches kids about feelings. The app strives to help children understand and, in the context of supportive relationships, learn to manage their emotions.

This simple, fun App provides the opportunity for parents and therapists to explore emotions and demonstrate that feelings, however powerful, come and go. 

Children identify the image of Milo that best represents what they are feeling. This allows them to see that their feelings are normal. 

FREE (iPad/iPhone)

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DustyDawgDusty D. Dawg Has Feelings Too by August Branchesi

Lillian Vernon presents its first animated, personalized children's storybook for all Apple devices. Dusty D. Dawg Has Feelings Too is a children's book specialized for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Kids will read along and learn about exploring their feelings with Dusty D. Dawg.

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Rachel H is feeling a little grumpy, but that is probably because she is starving and ready for lunch.

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