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Top Games That Teach Empathy

Kids who are in tune with other kids' emotions are off to a great start. They earn the trust of their peers. They can help mediate when tempers flare. One day, they may even use those perspective-taking skills to become organization or world leaders.

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Avokiddo Emotions -- Playful learning for kids Publisher: Avokiddo E. Katsantonis & sia e.e.
Hilarious animals help kids to identify emotions
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
2.
Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings Publisher: PBS KIDS
Songs and activities help kids express, recognize, understand emotions
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
3.
Dr. Panda & Toto's Treehouse Publisher: TribePlay
Open play encourages empathy, critical thinking, imagination, wonder
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
4.
Wee You-Things Publisher: Wee Society LLC
Kids join the story celebrating uniqueness -- including their own
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
5.
Cool School: Where Peace Rules Publisher: Realtime Associates, Inc.
Free simulator makes learning to resolve classroom conflicts fun
Grades K-3
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
6.
IF... The Emotional IQ Game Publisher: If You Can
Captivating journey cultivates kids' social and emotional skills
Grades 1-7
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
7.
Who Am I? Race Awareness Game Publisher: Playtime Interactive
Q&A game gets students talking about diversity honestly, responsibly
Grades 1-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
8.
The Time Tribe
History comes alive as kids time-travel to different times
Grades 4-6
Type Game
Price Free
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
9.
Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are Publisher: Electric Eggplant
Must-read graphic novel teaches relatable tween lessons
Grades 5-8
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
10.
Mission US: Flight to Freedom Publisher: Thirteen/WNET
Gripping, choice-driven story of slave life and resistance
Grades 5-8
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
11.
Journey Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Gorgeous, moving adventure -- a jewel of social and emotional learning
Grades 5-12
Type Game
Price $19.49
Platforms PlayStation 3
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
12.
Mission US: A Cheyenne Odyssey Publisher: Thirteen/WNET
Compelling adventure immerses kids in Native American history
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
13.
Papo & Yo Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Powerful tale of alcoholism uses puzzles and metaphor to build empathy
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price 14.99
Platforms Linux, Mac, PlayStation 3, Windows
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
14.
Re-Mission 2 Publisher: HopeLab
Six arcade style games tackle tough subject of cancer
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
15.
Spent Publisher: McKinney and Urban Ministries of Durham
Provocative, first person look at poverty builds empathy
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
16.
Global Conflicts Publisher: Serious Games Interactive
Role play, global conversations make social studies personal
Grades 8-12
Type Game
Price Single user price is $15.
Platforms Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
17.
3rd World Farmer Publisher: 3rd World Farmer Team
Serious sim about global issues is both gloomy and compelling
Grades 8-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating 5
18.
Darfur Is Dying Publisher: mtvU
Older game still drives home grim realities of refugee life
Grades 9-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating 2
19.
Papers, Please Publisher: 3909
Mature immigration game forces tough ethical choices
Grades 9-12
Type Game
Price $9.99
Platforms Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated