If you’re a part of the modern workspace, you’re probably aware of the term emotional intelligence. Commonly referred as EQ, EI, or soft skills, it is an important trait to have to be successful in the workplace. According to Wikipedia, emotional intelligence includes the four measurable abilities: perceiving emotions, using emotions, understanding emotions, and managing emotions.
It’s not easy to realize that you have these abilities, let alone measure them. But believe it or not, I can sense my emotional intelligence taking a dominant role as I tell the stories in Peppy Pals to my two-year-old Noah.
Helping and Forgiving Others
Unlike most storybook apps, Peppy Pals has neither text nor narration. Instead, it uses graphics and animations to tell the stories. The visual cues are clear enough that juniors can understand them on their own. But, if you can accompany them and read them your interpretation of the stories, I’m sure you both will have a rewarding experience.
Peppy Pals starts by showing you a map marked with several circles. Tapping on these circles will take you to activities featuring four animal characters: the horse, the dog, the rabbit, and the owl.
As you play with each animal, you will learn what each animal likes and dislikes. For example, the dog loves to play with bones and balls, whereas the rabbit is scared of the Jack-in-the-box. You will have access to the same items as you play with the animals, so juniors can learn why giving a book to the horse would yield a different result compared to giving it to the owl.
Tapping on the other circles let you see how the animals interact with each other, with the common themes being helping and forgiving others. For example, you will see how the horse helps the dog cross the river by showing him how to jump and letting him to cling on her tail. In another scene, you will see how the dog flips over a cake, and all the other animals turn from being sad and angry to forgiving the dog’s mistake.
Parents Need to Know
Peppy Pals focuses its stories on learning about empathy, emotions, friendships, and other social skills. The app shows these qualities to the readers through the animals’ interactions and reactions. Its relaxed and pleasant reading experience makes it suitable for juniors ages 2+.
The app also includes three other activities that juniors can play with. The first one is an emoticon game where juniors are asked to identify whether an animal is angry, sad, or happy by looking at the expression on its face. Peppy Pals also includes drawing and coloring activities that uses illustrations from the stories.
Things I Like
After reading Peppy Pals with Noah, I’d argue that storybook apps aimed at younger juniors should try to tell their stories using as few text as possible. Peppy Pals shows that using facial reactions and appropriate animations, younger juniors can understand these stories even without your narration. Having no text also means that Peppy Pals is accessible regardless of your native language.
Peppy Pals also present situations that kids can relate to in real life. My favourite scene is when the owl is angry because the horse eats his apple. But after looking around, the animals realize that they are under an apple tree, and work together to bring down the apples.
Peppy Pals is available for iPhone/iPad.
App was provided for our honest review.