It’s fact that through our “grown up” words, actions and by what is said or done, we parents teach our children the fundamentals of life, friendship, anger, fear, laughter, self-assertiveness, self esteem, the meaning of love, human contact, interaction and so much more. Wow, that’s a lot, being a mom of two grown children and full time g’ma to four beautiful grandchildren all under the age of 8, I am all too familiar with the seesaw of emotions my kids experience everyday. I’m talking about every feeling from extreme excitement, sudden sadness to instantaneous temper tantrums. It is up to us parents, to help our children grow by showing them how to recognize their feelings and the feelings of others. Also, how to deal with them so they have the ability to believe in themselves and live full, healthy, happy lives! I am excited to share with you today a wonderful, super fun way for your kids to learn about their feelings, others as well, and how they can deal with them. Check out The Moodsters!!!
Steps For Teaching Kids To Understand And Manage Feelings.
Children often struggle not only with understanding their feelings, but relating to other people’s feelings too. These skills are crucial for personal well being and building strong, healthy relationships. Here are a few steps for teaching our children to understand and manage their feelings, identifying and responding to other people’s feelings as well.
- Identifying Feelings – Help children identify feelings by talking about the emotion as it happens. Example; If a child is sad you want to say to them, “I see you are sad. You have your lips pushed out and tears in your eyes.” This will get their mind rolling, allowing them to identify with the emotion.
- Planning for Strong Feelings – You can help children to cope with intense feelings by creating coping strategies. Designate a quite, personal place for your child to to take a break when they are angry or sad. It’s always best to provide children with learning/coping tools and teach them how and when to use them. You can start by using the book sets from The Moodsters.
- Recognizing Other People’s Feelings – A great way to help your child to recognize another’s feelings is to role play or show pictures and drawings about situations and discuss the body language, words and experiences that are relaying a person’s feelings. This way they get a visual down, and if your acting out the feeling in a drawing or image they will be able to relate better.
So what, or who, are The Moodsters? They are a team of five adorable, little, lovable detectives named; Lolly (loving), Razzy (angry), Snorf (sad), Coz (happy), and Quigly (afraid). Each Moodster uses a special sleuthing skill to help preschoolers solve the mysteries of feelings.
This fabulous eye spy group is created and designed to help build emotional intelligence (EQ) skills, which are the ability to recognize, understand, and manage one’s emotions. I love that Moodsters are colorful, light up, talking toys and books, ingeniously crafted to be learning tools, helping to teach our kids the fundamentals of feelings.
This fabulous children’s booklet and talking light up toy combo created by Denise Daniels, founder of JellyJam Entertainment, is proven to shed light on the subject of emotional intelligence. Moodsters serve as the perfect learning tool for conversations between parents and children about what they’re feeling, why and how to deal with them. We were sent Meet The Moodsters Mirror & A Time To Be Kind Moodsters Meter
“Meet The Moodsters” Mirror-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. Includes full-color, 32-page storybook, “A Time to be Kind.” This Moodsters book toy combo is great for Ages 3+ and has a MSRP of only $19.99.
“A Time To be Kind” Moodster Meter– 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. Includes full-color, 32-page storybook, “Meet the Moodsters.” This Moodster book and toy combo is also wonderful for Ages 3+ and has a MSRP of only $19.99.
There are actually three Moodsters toy book combo to choose from, or you can collect all three!! Moodster “Feelings Flashlight”-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. Includes full-color, 32-page storybook, “The Scary Sleepover.” As with the other two series, it’s perfect for ages 3+ and the MSRP is $19.99.
My little Miss Novalee loves her Moodsters!! Whats even more special is when her big brother Niko reads to her and helps her with the story. Little does he know he is also learning about feelings right along side of his baby sister. There is nothing more precious than watching as your children share that special bond, learn as they go and have fun while doing it. Moodsters has become the “go to” books in our home.
Research shows that learning about feelings and emotions at an early age of childhood, is critical in helping them recognize and cope with the ever-changing world around them. This is why we love Moodsters, these lovable, character detectives play a perfect role in preparing our children that are approaching kindergarten, and even older, to learn the EQ skills of recognizing, regulating, labeling and importantly expressing those emotions! What I think is super cool is, The Moodsters has a “Grown-ups” tab that’s filled with information about Feelings! The downloadable is a source for parents that includes tips and simple strategies to build EQ skills. But that’s not all, the website also has a “Play” tab with really fun games and activities for the kiddos!!
You can find all three Moodsters book and toy combo’s at Target stores nationwide!
For more information on how you can collect all three of The Moodsters books, simply head on over to the website!