Teach Kids About Feelings With The Moodsters!

Emotions can be a difficult thing to understand. As adults, even we have trouble handling our emotions sometimes. For kids who are still learning to communicate, putting their feelings into words can feel impossible. My daughter recently turned 2, and although she has quite the vocabulary, she often has trouble communicating her feelings. She has recently started throwing bigger tantrums when she is angry (hello terrible twos!), and makes claims that she is afraid of the dark. (One of her favorite things to do is hide in closets or our shed, so I’m pretty sure this claim is more of a bedtime stalling tactic than an actual fear). I have been trying lots of techniques to help her handle the big emotions she experiences. So far, the greatest one has been the introduction of the Moodsters.

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The Team

The Moodsters are a team of feelings detectives whose main goal is to teach kids about emotions and give them simple strategies to handle them. There are 5 Moodsters each of whom correspond to a specific emotion. Quigly is afraid of lots of things, and he helps kids learn how to manage fears. Lolly teaches kids to be loving. Coz represents happiness, and he teaches kids that helping others can make you happy. Snorf is always a little blue (figuratively and literally), and he helps kids to manage sadness. Finally, Razzy represents anger, and she helps kids to deal with situations that make them mad.

These 5 characters use their skills to solve mysteries involving feelings. They have a range of books and toys which help kids to deal with specific emotions, and to build a vocabulary to express their emotions through words. The products also provide helpful tips for adults to extend the learning and help kids put their strategies to use. By creating an open dialogue about feelings, you can allow kids to feel comfortable talking to you when they are dealing with big emotions.

The Toys

We were given the opportunity to try The Feelings Flashlight and the Snorf Talking Plush, both of which come with corresponding books. The Feelings Flashlight projects images of the 5 Moodsters onto the wall, and says lots of phrases to engage your child in conversation, as well as physical activities. For example, Razzy asks kids about a situation that made them angry before. Coz encourages them to do a happy dance. The Flashlight also shares “Moodster Moments”, which repeat the rhyming strategies for dealing with emotions. The book that came with the flashlight is called “The Scary Sleepover“. It tells the story of brother and sister pair Zach and Zoey as they have a sleepover in their treehouse. When Zach becomes afraid, the Moodsters come to the rescue and help him manage his fears.

Snorf the Talking Plush is an adorable little stuffed doll who shares several phrases. Since the emotion he represents is sadness, his phrases revolve around cheering up those who are sad. His corresponding book is an activity book with tips and activities for dealing with sadness. My daughter has always been an empathetic child, crying when other people cry and trying to comfort those who are upset. This toy kicked that instinct into overdrive as she spends time trying to comfort Snorf and make him happy. She loves carrying him around and taking him to bed with her. I love that he encourages kids to talk about their feelings and help those who are sad.

Our Experience

As I stated before, my daughter has been dealing with fear and anger lately. Within one day of playing with the Moodsters, I was already seeing a difference! She started repeating the strategies along with the flashlight, and started putting them to use. When an incident at her gym class caused her to get upset, I pulled her to the side and asked her what she should do when she is mad. She remembered the flashlight’s suggestion to take a breath and count to ten, and that is exactly what she did! Over the last few weeks, she has even started repeating the phrases without prompting. While we still have had a few emotional outbursts (after all she is only 2), it has definitely become easier to talk to her about what she is feeling.

Learning to work through emotions

When I put her in bed the first night with the flashlight, she told me again that she was afraid of the dark. We used the flashlight to remember the fear strategies, and she told me that her flashlight helps her to not be afraid. Again, I will repeat that her fear of the dark was less of an actual fear than a stalling tactic. So I am not claiming that this product will magically resolve your child’s night terrors. However, the strategies that the Moodsters teach can help to ease your child’s fears over time, and give them a vocabulary to express those feelings to you.

Recently, she had one of those toddler tantrums where nothing worked to calm her down. I calmly asked if she wanted to tell Snorf why she was so upset and she ran to get him, snuggled him close and talked to him. I was amazed! Now when something scares her or makes her sad, she grabs Snorf or another stuffed animal nearby and comforts them. By encouraging her to help others, the Moodsters have helped her to be brave in the face of big emotions that she is dealing with!

Using Flashlights to Explore Feelings

My daughter loves using her Moodster flashlight. We sometimes forget as adults how fun flashlights can actually be! I decided to create a game for her to use her flashlight to review what she has learned from the Moodsters. This is something that you can do with your kids with a plain flashlight as well. Print out the Feelings Faces printable page and cut out the faces. Attach them to the wall with tape, or arrange them on the floor. Dim the lights in the room and give your child a flashlight. Explain to them that you will call out emotions or situations and they should point the flashlight beam to the face that represents the emotion, or the emotion they would feel if they faced that situation.

This activity not only allows kids to have fun with a flashlight, but also allows them to practice recognizing emotions in facial expressions. It also gives them an opportunity to think about how they would react to certain scenarios and how they would feel when confronted with a big emotion. This can open up a great conversation about how to deal with these big emotions and how to use your coping tactics.

Recommendation

I am so blown away by the amazing way that the Moodsters have helped my daughter to deal with emotions that we have already purchased another one of the toys for her! I have definitely seen a difference in how she handles big emotions, and it is getting easier for her to put her feelings into words. The handy rhyming strategies that the Moodsters provide make her better equipped to handle emotional situations when they come up. I highly recommend these products to parents, teachers, grandparents and caregivers!

How do you help your kids to talk about their emotions? Share in the comments below!

39 Comments

  • Anne s

    September 7, 2017 at 7:16 am Reply

    Wow what a neat tool to help toddlers! So glad it has helped your girl!

    • Vicki

      September 7, 2017 at 1:07 pm Reply

      They are so helpful!

  • April@LoveOurRealLife

    September 7, 2017 at 8:24 am Reply

    Helping kids understand their emotions is so key to healthy development. I love these!

    • Vicki

      September 7, 2017 at 1:07 pm Reply

      I agree! They are really excellent at helping them understand and talk about them!

  • Ayanna @ 21FlavorsofSplendor

    September 7, 2017 at 11:02 am Reply

    This sounds so cool! I have 3 daughters, so emotions definitely run high in my house. One of my twins recently started waking up in the middle of the night and this may help us with that as well.

    • Vicki

      September 7, 2017 at 1:10 pm Reply

      Definitely! They have really been helping my daughter deal with all sorts of emotions. Being able to snuggle her stuffed Snorf and talk to him about what she is feeling definitely helps!

  • Amber

    September 7, 2017 at 11:26 am Reply

    I havent seen this before but love the idea of the flashlight for emotional coping and its fun!

    • Vicki

      September 7, 2017 at 1:11 pm Reply

      I love when a company creates something like this flashlight which makes learning so fun for kids!

  • Kellie

    September 7, 2017 at 1:02 pm Reply

    This looks so fun! I love the little discs and the flash light. I’ve used emojis for my daughter to help identify struggles with her at school. I’ll ask how she feels about certain things and ask her to point to the face that matches her feeling. She’s very verbal, but still only 4 and doesn’t have the words for “anxious,” “overwhelmed,” “concerned,” etc.

    This could be an awesome resource!

    • Vicki

      September 7, 2017 at 1:12 pm Reply

      LOVE that idea! At 2, my daughter already loves using the emojis on my phone and there is such a wide variety of them!

  • Clair

    September 7, 2017 at 2:39 pm Reply

    Thank you for sharing about Moodsters! I need to look more into getting this book and the activities for my kids! I think it will even be good for my daughter who is 6 ❤️

    • Vicki

      September 7, 2017 at 2:46 pm Reply

      They are so helpful, and I think they will continue to be helpful as my daughter ages as well. Your six year old may even get more out of them since she will have an even better understanding of the coping strategies and the conversation starters they provide!

  • Megan | Mama on Main Street

    September 7, 2017 at 3:06 pm Reply

    Dealing with emotions is SO important! I love this! Never even knew such a great toy existed! Thanks for sharing!

    • Vicki

      September 7, 2017 at 8:44 pm Reply

      I love it! They have been so helpful for my daughter!

  • Kristin

    September 7, 2017 at 8:56 pm Reply

    This is such a great idea! Those little bodies have so many feelings and just aren’t sure what to do with them.

    • Vicki

      September 8, 2017 at 1:31 pm Reply

      It’s so true! I try to remind myself of that when my daughter has a full blown toddler meltdown.

  • Naya @ Lactivist in Louboutins

    September 7, 2017 at 10:29 pm Reply

    This is such a fun way to teach kids about their emotions! I know my toddler would definitely benefit, since some times he has trouble explaining how he feels. I feel like we’d diffuse tantrums before they really even happen!

    • Vicki

      September 8, 2017 at 1:33 pm Reply

      It has definitely helped us redirect a few tantrums! Now when I see one coming, I try to encourage her to use her coping strategies or talk to one of her dolls. It doesn’t work all the time, but it has definitely made a difference!

  • Brittany

    September 8, 2017 at 7:08 am Reply

    This is such an informative post and sounds like fun! Although I don’t have children myself, I’ll definitely recommend your post to friends 🙂

    • Vicki

      September 8, 2017 at 1:34 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope they find it helpful!

  • Lisa

    September 8, 2017 at 7:46 am Reply

    I have never heard of moodsters! I have 5 kids…3 of them with “emotional problems”. I’ll have to give this a try!

    • Vicki

      September 8, 2017 at 1:34 pm Reply

      I hope they are helpful! I’m so grateful to have found them while my daughter is dealing with toddler emotions!

  • Jessica Peresta

    September 8, 2017 at 8:55 am Reply

    I don’t know how I’ve never heard of the Moodsters! So adorable and would be perfect for teaching my kiddos about their emotions.

    • Vicki

      September 8, 2017 at 1:35 pm Reply

      They are really wonderful for working on all emotions!

  • Nikki Dockery

    September 8, 2017 at 1:03 pm Reply

    Awww what a cool way to teach them how to deal with those very difficult emotions of theirs. Thanks for sharing!

    • Vicki

      September 8, 2017 at 1:35 pm Reply

      They are really awesome!

  • Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome

    September 8, 2017 at 7:17 pm Reply

    Learning how to handle challenging emotions is such an important thing to learn – and this is such a fun way to learn it! Thanks for sharing!

    • Vicki

      September 8, 2017 at 11:26 pm Reply

      They are so much fun and they are really helping!

  • Leah Weber

    September 9, 2017 at 9:12 am Reply

    Wow what a cool way to help your children deal with emotions! I’m definitely saving this for later!

    • Vicki

      September 9, 2017 at 10:10 am Reply

      They are really fantastic products and have been really helpful!

  • Margie Soemakno

    September 11, 2017 at 8:43 am Reply

    Thank you for this post, what a great product. I am an Early Childhood Educator and this could help some of the children in class. However, I live in Indonesia, so it might be hard to get.

    • Vicki

      September 11, 2017 at 12:28 pm Reply

      I hope you can get them! They have been amazing tools for my daughter!

  • Tabitha Blue

    September 11, 2017 at 9:54 am Reply

    Such a great learning tool!!!!

  • Barbara Alfeo

    September 11, 2017 at 12:36 pm Reply

    Id never heard of this- sounds so helpful!

    • Vicki

      September 11, 2017 at 12:48 pm Reply

      They have been a hit with my daughter and I have seen real improvement in how she handles her emotions!

  • Marette Flora

    September 13, 2017 at 8:52 am Reply

    Oh wow, I love the flashlight idea. My child is also struggling with anger and fear right now, and this sounds like it could be helpful!

    • Vicki

      September 13, 2017 at 12:58 pm Reply

      I am blown away by the results I have been seeing with my daughter! Plus, they are really cute!

  • Mar

    September 14, 2017 at 4:05 am Reply

    I’ve never heard of this series before, but it sounds like a great way to teach feelings. Thanks for sharing!

    • Vicki

      September 14, 2017 at 12:26 pm Reply

      They have been so good for my daughter! I highly recommend them!

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