As a brand ambassador for The Moodsters, I love helping spread the word about the importance of helping children develop emotional intelligence (EQ) skills.
The Moodsters are five fun, funny, and wise little “feelings detectives”; their detective tools (otherwise known as toys!) teach kids about emotions. This month I’m pleased to present a guest post from Moodsters creator Denise Daniels—followed by a giveaway of the Moodster Mirror! First, here’s Denise:
One of the things I love about watching children is how unself-conscious they are—their faces are wide open to every feeling they experience, from joy to tragedy and back again! Yet children themselves often have no idea that what they’re feeling on the inside is reflected in facial expressions on the outside. Making that connection is the beginning of emotional intelligence, or EQ. Emotional intelligence is the process by which children learn to recognize, understand and manage their emotions.
Decades of research shows that children who learn EQ skills are more likely to do well in all aspects of life—socially, academically, physically, psychologically. And that’s where our colorful little detectives, The Moodsters, come in! Through humor, entertainment, and play, The Moodsters teach children the fundamentals of feelings, setting them on the road to emotional intelligence.
Our curriculum was created along with Marc Brackett, Ph.D., Director of Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence, using his “RULER method” to teach children the five components of emotional intelligence: Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating emotions.
The first of these skills is to learn to recognize emotions. So I created the Moodster Mirror, which allows children to see what their own emotions “look like” on their faces, and to help them recognize the emotions of others—the key to empathy. See more information below about how the Moodster Mirror, and prepare to have plenty of fun and lots of enlightening conversations with your child about the fascinating world of feelings!
—Denise Daniels, Creator of The Moodsters
My preschooler loves reading the Moodsters Storybooks with me. The Moodster Mirror is a fun toy to go along with the story about being kind.
As soon as she picked up that mirror, the giggles started. She made lots of faces in the mirror.
We talked about how our face shows what we are feeling and how that can affect others. Sometimes we don't even realize what our faces are telling people.
AK enjoyed making different faces in the mirror with each character prompt. Her baby sister enjoyed it too.
Both of my girls love the Moodsters and look forward to seeing what new toy will be coming next. (we can't wait for the app!)
Where to Buy:
The Moodster Mirror and other toys are available for $19.99 at Target.com
Enter to win The Moodster Mirror
The Moodster Mirror helps children 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 on the outside. By turning the dial, kids select the matching Moodster to hear the character’s wisdom about that particular feeling, which helps kids recognize their feelings and non-verbal cues. Includes full-color, 32 page storybook, “A Time to be Kind”. Ages 3+
One reader will win a Moodster Mirror & storybook
Just use the Giveaway Tools form below. You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter. You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.
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Disclosure: I received a Moodsters Mirror & storybook for review purposes as The Moodsters Brand Ambassador. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. Sponsor is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.