You know, it is tough being a kid. There is so much going on and so many new things to learn. How to talk, walk, act, how to express yourself as far as moods and feelings. I never really gave it much though until I became a mom, but man... the struggle is out there. While childhood is AWESOME, it can have moments of being pretty scary. On one hand, you have adults there to help you out, but on the other hand, it is hard to express things. We were sent several awesome items from the Moodsters line and I think they are great as far as helping kids express and understand their feelings and emotions.
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The Moodsters is a first-of-its-kind brand, created to educate, entertain, and enhance the social and emotional development of children. The Moodsters' stories and toys teach simple strategies to build social and Emotional Intelligence (EQ) skills in young children. With the help of The Moodsters, children learn that all feelings are okay—you just have to get to know them!
I thought that The Moodsters were great. The toys are things that kids love - flashlight, mirror and the meter. One cool thing with each? You get the toy and each one comes with its own book! We have enjoyed the toys and I love that it is a way for me to start talking to Savannah about feelings. Broxton and I have used this to discuss his feelings too. Yes, it is for smaller kids, but it is a great way to talk about having mixed emotions too!
Squash those afraid-of-the-dark fears with the Feelings Flashlight. Shining a light on feelings has never been easier or more fun than with The Moodsters! Before naptime or bedtime, point the flashlight toward the ceiling or a wall, and The Moodsters will magically appear, offering wisdom and humor for every emotion.
Young children often don’t have the verbal skills to put their feelings into words. The Moodster Meter puts those tools in the child’s hands—literally! This interactive teaching toy gives children a basic vocabulary of feelings and helps them express themselves. The Meter has a special Power Up button enabling children to point the arrow to the Moodster that represents how they are feeling, opening doors for calm communication about emotions.
Preschoolers are often blissfully unaware of how their emotions show on their faces, or how to read others’ faces for clues to their feelings. The Moodster Mirror helps them make the connection between feelings on the inside and facial expressions on the outside. Kids make a happy, sad, angry, scared, or loving face into the Moodster Mirror, and they are able to see what these feelings look like to others. By turning the dial, kids select the matching Moodster to hear the character’s wisdom about that particular feeling, which will help kids recognize their own emotions and non-verbal cues.
I think that these would make great additions to preschool, as well as elementary schools as far as letting children have a way to express what they are feeling. We all know the younger they are, it seems to be harder to verbalize what they want to share. I think this is great and personally I am excited that these products are on the market to help kids and adults!