Teaching children at an early age is so important in today’s world. Everyone seems to be growing up so fast! One skill that is often looked over as a child develops is their emotional intelligence (EQ) skills. Being able to develop vocabulary skills for their feelings is just what The Moodsters is about. Award-winning child development and parenting expert Denise Daniels, Founder of JellyJam Entertainment, has partnered with Kids Preferred to launch The Moodsters, a new line of toys and books designed to teach young children the fundamentals of feelings. This groundbreaking preschool property has launched exclusively in Target stores nationwide which began on September 9, 2015.
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.
The Moodsters integrates an EQ curriculum developed by Marc Brackett, Ph.D., of The Yale Center for Emotional Development. According to Dr. Brackett, “research shows that children who learn emotional intelligence skills have less anxiety and depression; have fewer attention, learning, and behavior problems; are better problem-solvers; display greater social and leadership skills; and perform better academically.”
I actually had the pleasure to check out two of the three new products including the Feelings Flashlight and story book along with the Moodster Mirror. The Feelings flashlight is an electronic flashlight that features The Moodsters character images with voice affirmations and fun play activities so kids can explore their feelings, helping them to process and understand their emotions. “The Scary Sleepover” storybook to complement the Feelings Flashlight with a story to take the “scary” out of bedtime. The night of the treehouse sleepover is finally here, but the backyard is full of spooky noises and dark shadows. The Moodsters help their friend, Zach, face his fears – and save the sleepover!
The second product was the Moodster Mirror, which is an electronic mirror with character voices to help kids recognize their feelings and non-verbal cues, which is a key EQ skill. “A Time to Be Kind” storybook. Zach and his best friend, Sam, love to ride their bikes together. But when something terrible happens to Sam’s bike, Zach has a tough decision to make. With a little help from The Moodsters, Zach learns how kindness can make things right in this heartwarming story that explores the true meaning of friendship.
Both of these products is a great way to help with your child’s EQ development. I love that both of these products are not only fun but is teaching powerful lessons about feelings. It seems that so many young children nowadays as they get older develop anxiety issues and depression. This really is a sickness that so many parents don’t prepare themselves for. These products are for children ages 3 and older, so starting early is not a problem with The Moodsters. Each of the two products I received actually uses 3 AA batteries, which are included in the package. I have really enjoyed learning more about EQ development and how The Moodsters can help your child learn and grow. All of The Moodsters products can be found exclusively at Target.