"When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it's our job to share our calm, not join their chaos." (L.R. Knost)
Children often experience big emotions that they are not always equipped to deal with. Today's societies focus on academic excellence has left little room for children to learn and fully understand emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence encompasses awareness, understanding, and the ability to express and manage emotions. Helping children to build emotional intelligence gives them the ability to either learn to make changes to address a problem, thus engaging problem-focused coping skills, or explore emotional coping strategies to tolerate and control a problem if a change is not feasible.
Feelings serve a purpose and have evolved over time to serve us in specific situations. Letting children express and feel their emotions becomes the first piece of emotional intelligence because they have to be aware of their feelings before they can move on to learning how to properly express and control them. Building these emotional skills from a young age is a major indicator of future success. The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study conducted over 15 years in New Zealand brought extensive data to light that showed children who had a high amount of self-control (one aspect of emotional intelligence) fared better in life overall. The children were happier, healthier, more accomplished, and less likely to have a criminal record as adults than those that scored lower in self-control. Knowing how impactful a solid foundation in emotional intelligence can be for our children is important but it is also important to have resources available to help teach and reinforce strong emotional intelligence.
Kidzinc offers the award-winning line of WorryWoo Monsters books and plush animals. Created by Andi Green, the WorryWoos help children embrace and understand their emotions and develop emotional intelligence through play, reading, and discussion.
The WorryWoo books cover a wide range of topics that are often hard to help children understand - from greed and envy to insecurity and loneliness. Each story covers one of these topics and ends with a positive and uplifting message designed to open up discussion and communication between parents, teachers, caregivers, and the children they care for.
"The Monster Who Wanted it All" introduces the adorable, yellow monster, Zelly, who becomes so focused on the things that others have, that he doesn't notice all of the wonderful things right in front of him! Parents can spend some time discussing with their children how caring and sharing are related and how important it is to focus on the great and positive things within their lives. Then they can introduce Zelly and read his story! Having the plush to hold on to gives the child a tactile object to relate the story to and a physical object that parents can refer to as a reminder of the lessons learned in the story.
Often parents may try to use screen time or technology to calm their children when they are feeling a particularly intense emotion but the American Academy of Pediatrics has warned that using media to calm emotions may lead to a child having difficulty engaging emotional regulation for themselves as they grow.
This book series along with its plush companions are a great way to help your child begin to gain that understanding and awareness over their emotions in a safe, media-free setting.
The WorryWoos also give parents the opportunity for one-on-one interaction with their child and the time to really discuss and learn what their child understands about their emotions and where they may need a little more help.
Kidzinc is dedicated to the development of young minds, and assisting you to develop your kids to their fullest potential, through books, toys, games, puzzles and interactive play! Our purpose is to provide you with the best educational and developmental products, sourced from all corners of the world. Kidzinc carries a full line of WorryWoos plush and books available for shipping worldwide.
The Kimochis Mixed Bag of Feelings comes with 33 Kimochi plush feelings. Who knew we had so many, in fact, it also comes with another three blank plush feelings so you or child might create your own.
Interesting, we would love to know what you create :). The Kimochis Mixed Bag of Feelings can be used in a lot of fun ways.
You can place them in a bowl in your home, and as each family member walks by, they can grab the feeling that fits them at that moment. What a great way for your kids to subtly let you know they feel.
Even a good one for mum to let dad know. This could also be done in a classroom or at home.
The great thing about these little plush toys Kimochis Mixed Bag of Feelings is you, and your children can practice actioning out each emotion in the bag.
This is a great way to practice communicating feelings and ensuring everyone is listened to and understood.
Another great way to use this bag of feelings would be to hide them under pillows or in lunch boxes for your children. A great little surprise that might just brighten up their whole day.
The feelings included in the bag are:
Happy, Mad, Sad, Brave, Left Out, Curious, Cranky, Silly, Frustrated, Hopeful, Proud, Optimistic, Disappointed, Sensitive, Insecure, Jealous, Loved, Grateful, Scared, Shy, Kind, Hurt, Sorry, Uncomfortable, Friendly, Sleepy, Surprised, Embarrassed, Guilty, Excited, and 3 blank Make-Your-Own.
Now that certainly is a list of emotions, and each every one is valuable for us all to understand. It would have been wonderful to have had these toys when I was a kid.
It is amazing how far we have come with developing and nurturing little minds. Obviously the Kimochis mixed bag of feelings is focused on emotional intelligence.
What a wonderful area to develop. In fact, the say the best leaders of industry and people in society are also the ones with the highest level of emotional intelligence.
The Kimochis have won endless awards for the progressive steps in this area. The Kimochis mixed bag of feelings is a great example of just how many feelings we all have.
Being able to teach your children or children you care about on feelings is a wonderful gift that will last a lifetime.
For the Kimochis Mixed Bag of Feelings just click here, or to see what else is in the range click here.
Please Note: Unfortunately Kimochis in the US has ceased distributing these plush toys to the international markets including Australia.
This is a toy that is close to our hearts. Simply because it is all about teaching children about their feelings and emotional intelligence. The Kimochis are one of the best toys we introduced to our store in 2013. Every single parent who has bought them from us, absolutely love them.
Kimochi means “feeling” in Japanese. They are plush toys, like a teddy bear with feelings inside. In the range of Kimochis there are seven little characters. Each one focused on helping your child learn about different feelings, and personality styles.
The seven Kimochis are:
The goal of the Kimochis founder is an admirable one. Nina Rapport invented the Kimochis with the purpose of helping parents and children communicate about feelings.
She has achieved this by creating wonderful stories that come with each of the Kimochis. These loveable characters help build confidence and self-esteem through role playing. When the children are being understood, they become more confident expressing their feelings.
It is about your child understanding and being able to communicate their feelings to you or another individual. Kimochis are also about helping your child build the confidence to do so. Identifying what feelings they are having and why.
Each of the Kimochis dolls comes with three separate child safe feelings, and a how to feel guide with parent tips. The fun activities have also been authored by a communication artist.
You are also able to buy a mixed feeling pack, should you wish to buy one Kimochis, but have all of the 33 feelings.
The full range of feelings are Happy, Mad, Sad, Brave, Left Out, Curious, Cranky, Silly, Frustrated, Hopeful, Proud, Optimistic, Disappointed, Sensitive, Insecure, Jealous, Loved, Grateful, Scared, Shy, Kind, Hurt, Sorry, Uncomfortable, Friendly, Sleepy, Surprised, Embarrassed, Guilty, Excited, and there are 3 blank for you to make-your-own.
In terms of communicating feelings to a child, we feel they are the best toy we have to achieve this. We have sold them to teachers and parents alike. Not only is the educational aspect of the toy wonderful, you have to see the quality of each of the Kimochis to appreciate how beautifully they have been made.