As most of you know, I have two kids, ages 6 1/2 and 8 years old. Both are lovely little children who both thrill me and drive me utterly insane at the same time. The insanity mostly stems from their great ability to push each other's buttons and make the other one crazy, while at the same time not understanding the emotions and issues that the other is trying to express. So I'm always happy to introduce things to our home that are designed to start discussions about emotions and feelings and accepting and understanding how someone else feels. Enter The Moodsters. This is a fun new book/toy set that is ready to help your kids learn about emotions! Here's a bit about this product, from a press release that I received:
The Moodsters, five lovable little detectives (Coz, Lolly, Snorf, Razzy and Quigly), come to the rescue whenever their friends, Zach and Zoey, have a feelings emergency. The stories and toys teach simple strategies to build social and emotional intelligence skills in young children. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is defined as the ability to identify and manage one's own emotions as well as the emotions of others. Decades of scientific research has shown that children with EQ skills are better able to manage their thoughts, feelings and behavior.
There are several different products in this line. We reviewed The Moodsters Meter, which consisted of a book and a toy. The toy is a small meter with the various characters on it, who introduce themselves and their emotions when you press a button. Ethan and Vivian both think this is great fun and have been having a great time pushing the button and carrying on (one-sided) conversations with the characters. They also really liked the story about a magic trick and laughed hysterically at the outcome of the show at the end (watch out for bunnies wearing underpants!).
The Moodsters products are available at Target, so if you're still looking for a fun gift for the kid in your life (I recommend ages 3-7), check these out!