We were recently sent a pack of Kimochis Feelings Posters. As someone who used to be an Early Years Educator I think the poster (and all the little plush toys that can go along with it) is a lovely resource for teaching children about feelings, and to help children identify and communicate how they’re feeling.
There would be many ways to incorporate them into spontaneous play as well as using them for teacher/carer/parent led lessons or group times.
One thing we’ve been using our poster for with our 3 year old, who can talk but still can’t always communicate how she is feeling, we look at the pictures and talk about what we think each expression might mean and how we’re feeling right now. Also how certain things might make us or other people feel.
Like – if we hit someone, how do we think they might feel about that? Or if we give them a cuddle? Or share our toys? etc
It’s a light and sometimes funny way to talk about feelings. It doesn’t have to be a long discussion or too intense. We have the poster displayed right down at her eye level in the living room so it’s easy to refer to it.
In a classroom or childcare setting I imagine I’d use it to sing “If you’re happy and you know it.” but use some of the different feelings on the poster like “If you’re sad and you know it.” to prompt discussion about what you might do if you’re feeling sad. Or “If you’re excited and you know it.”
I also think the Mixed Feelings plush toys would be really great for role playing feelings with children, either putting them out for independent play or adult led role playing.
Overall I think they’re good idea, they’re cute and visually appealing for children and would be a really good resource for childcare centres, kindergartens, schools or at home.