Stan Lee’s Kids Universe, a new app by Playing Forward promotes social-emotional learning through play! The character D T-Rex is adorable and the storyline is endearing as well as timely! We all know that our children need a strong foundation for understanding life and what a great combination, storytelling and gameplay mixed together to instill life skills that are paramount in a young child's development. Social/Emotional skills are the skills we use every day to interact and communicate with others. They include verbal and non-verbal communication, speech, gesture, facial expression, and body language.
Social/Emotional Skills Include:
Sharing, taking turns
Is able to verbally express needs, wants and ideas
Seeks out social interactions
Asks for help when needed
Responds to others needs
Follows rules and routines well
Knows how to make friends and keep them
Honesty, respectful of differences, empathetic
Reacts suitably in various circumstances
Accepts personal responsibility for actions (good and bad)
Stan Lee’s Kids Universe goes to great lengths to support emotional literacy. The goal to foster self-respect and acceptance is very clear. The big blue D T-Rex is the perfect role model to help children be introduced to concepts like compassion, self-regulation, and comprehending how and why we feel the way we do. The dinosaur game begins with Dex enjoying the beautiful day but in a bit of a rough and tough kind of way. When he realizes that his raucous behavior has knocked a tiny caterpillar out of a tree, Dex wonders to himself why he behaved in such a foolish way. He wished he could undo all the things that he had done, which is a common feeling we all have had.
The story is the kind that children will savor over and over again lending itself to a long shelf-life. It is also a great app for family sharing!
WARNING: Don't miss out on the awesome AR experience, toggle back and forth between TWO totally different story experiences ~ Cinematic 3D animation or Augmented Reality.
Dex in AR mode, same story now taking place in my play room!
Now Dex is romping in my playroom!
The structure of the gameplay needs to have more opportunities for children to control, interact and drive the play.
Rather than collecting coins, TWA would love to see children collecting artifacts from the scenery, like flowers and butterflies to later add to a virtual scrapbook.
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Jayne Clare is dedicated to being in the forefront of the ever-changing digital landscape. She has been working directly with students and startups and recognizing what works and what doesn’t, along with the why behind both. Jayne co-founded Teachers With Apps in 2011.