Try the NEW Participate Learning!
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A series of amazing animated games that teach kids about sharing in many different ways
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Toddlers cheer up cartoon monsters as parents receive candid photos.
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Flashcard series where kids respond verbally with their personal reactions to various situations.
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Simple and configurable app that lets children recognize emotions from actual photos
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Animated scenes and games help your children discover emotions.

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As toddlers and preschool-aged children venture out into the world, it is our job as parents to make sure that they behave appropriately.

While there is no one app that will help your kid develop a strong social and emotional foundation, there are several that teach communication skills through songs, games, and multimedia instruction. There are only a precious handful, however, that are really worth downloading. Start with any or all of these five.

There are two developers in particular that have a good feel for this topic, and offer multiple apps you should consider. Developer Staytooned created the iTouchiLearn series that offers at least two reliable apps that focus on socialization skills for preschoolers. I suggest starting with iTouchiLearn Feelings for Preschool Kids, which helps kids begin to recognize emotions and reactions in others. A similar series is offered from Super Duper Publications as flashcard set games, like How Would You Feel If ... Fun Deck. Each set offers situational questions, and the interactivity comes from having your child (or children) verbalize their answers. The app helps you cater their specific answers to your personal ideals of model behavior.

Of course, there are also stand-alone apps that are not part of a series that deserve consideration. Make Me Smile! is one of my favorites, and is geared towards the youngest of toddlers having them cheer up grumpy and sad cartoon monsters with simple taps. Continuing their emotional education, you may want to try Touch and Learn - Emotions, where children are asked to choose the appropriate photo based on a specific emotion. This app is surprisingly engaging and quite customizable.

Last, but certainly not least, is one of the most impressive free apps I have come across in a while. Sharing with Duckie Deck, which offers six fantastic and unique sharing games, has a simple and elegant concept wrapped up in quality animation and sounds. It's a must-have app for toddlers and preschoolers (and of course their parents)!

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