Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Electric Company — Feel Electric!

Hey you guys!!!!! Check out this FREE app to help children learn and explore emotions. The Electric Company — Feel Electric! uses its high energy and educational programing to help kids learn about emotions.  Through the use of games, music, videos and more, children learn about 50 different emotions as well as explore self awareness.

If you would like to download The Electric Company — Feel Electic (FREE, iPad/iPhone) and support Smart Apps for Special Needs, click the link below:


External Links to personal music and video library stored on the device.

I grew up watching The Electric Company on PBS. The show was reintroduced a few years ago with the same high energy and strong educational content we have come to expect. The Feel Electric! app is an amazing tool aimed at helping children learn various emotions, recognize facial expressions of others, and explore and express how they are feeling.

This is a highly engaging app.  The two hosts, Jessica and Danny from the show, welcome the users and walk them through the instructions while talking about their feelings. While explaining the 50 emotions, the hosts use real facial expressions as well as exaggerated voice-intonation.  This approach helps children learn to discriminate the subtleties of emotion.

There are three main sections:

  • My Life, which focuses on children's self-awareness. 
  • Games, which contains three different fun activities
  • My Stuff, which has stories, music, and videos

Under "My Life" children can create their own Mood Dude — a cute little cartoon character with customizable facial expressions the children can create to match how they are feeling. "Mood Tales" are mad lib-type stories based on certain feelings. There are 10 stories to choose from, and the blanks are multiple choice. Though it is helpful for the kid to be able to read to select the multiple choice selection, if he is not currently reading, he can simply tap on the word to have it read before selecting. Once done, the entire story is read, highlighting the words selected by the child.

The "Moodasphere" allows kids to select up to three words to describe how they are feeling. Each day's mood entries are saved in a journal so children can go back and see how they felt earlier in the week. After entering their current mood, the hosts tell a short story about when they felt like that. If a child does not know what a word means, they are encouraged to tap it to hear a short, easy to understand definition.

The three games help reinforce what the child has learned so far. The energetic activities focus on matching facial expressions with emotions and the meaning behind the emotions.

One of the games, "Hey You Guys... Catch," frustrated my son a little bit. He had to look at a moving picture, select the corresponding emotion and "flick it" at the moving target. More faces would start to appear, and he had a difficult time.  This mini-game may be for kids a little older (maybe 7+) or those who can easily balance multiple steps. The other two games weren't as difficult. On the plus side, my son did verbalize that he was frustrated at the game.

Through multiple approaches, including weaving discussions of emotions into transitions, this app is a fantastic tool to help children learn emotions and self-expression. Your child will feel astonished, amazed, happy, and delighted after playing Feel Electric!

From iTunes:

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!

** NOTE: Supports iPhone 3GS, iPod touch Gen 3, iPad 1 and later models. **


▪ 3 vocabulary-based games
▪ Multiple user sign-in
▪ A digital diary
▪ A glossary of 50 emotion vocabulary words and definitions
▪ 10 zany story makers
▪ Hosts Jessica Ruiz and Danny Rebus
▪ A library of Electric Company music, photos, and video
▪ Add your own music, photos, and video
▪ Create your own mood dude
▪ Fun point system and scoreboard


“Feel Electric!” empowers children to explore their emotions by building expressive vocabulary skills.

▪ Introduces 50 emotion words and definitions
▪ Builds emotional awareness
▪ Encourages self-expression

Rachel H. is feeling exhausted from taking care of a son with a tummy bug.

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