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The Moodsters Mirror Reflects Preschoolers' Feelings in A Time To Be Kind

Sharing playdates with family and friends are an essential part of a fun loving childhood. During these times, kids will not only enjoy having fun with their friends, they will also learn ways of problem-solving, improve social skills and broaden their perspectives of the world. Our 4 year-old son is currently being homeschooled, we have been using the guidance of a research-based, preschool educational curriculum from The Moodsters to discuss feelings and emotions prior to engaging in playdates and other social activities. Offering an interactive introduction to feelings, we recently incorporated a demonstration with The Moodster Mirror and the story, A Time To Be Kind into our "Homeschool Happenings".

As one of The Moodsters Brand Ambassadors, I have been sponsored by The Moodsters Team with promotional items and informational content to facilitate this advertorial.

Moodster Mirror & A Time To Be Kind Storybook

"Preschoolers are often blissfully unaware of how their emotions show on their faces, or how to read others’ faces for clues to their feelings. The Moodster Mirror helps them 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 to others. By turning the dial, kids select the matching Moodster to hear the character’s wisdom about that particular feeling, which will help kids recognize their own emotions and non-verbal cues. Includes full-color, 32-page storybook, “A Time to be Kind.” 

Socializing with playmates during playdates is an ideal way for kids to take the lead in self-directed play. Emotions can range from a calm, casual reception to exhilaration to general indifference and everything in between. Allowing a natural flow and progression of social play is preferably with adult supervision available to redirect and intervene as necessary. Consider placing an age-appropriate limit on the amount of time that the kids are comfortable spending together before becoming overwhelmed or frustrated.

Comfortably discuss appropriate behavior and feelings with both your child and their friend or friends. Offer gentle reminders encouraging cooperative play, respecting adult supervision, house rules and safety rules, and being kind by helping out as much as possible. Smoothing transitions with periodic, specific time warnings is very helpful in managing emotions between activities.

In reading A Time To be Kind, Zach and his best friend Sam enjoy a day spent riding their bikes together. Unfortunately, Sam's bike is damaged and Zach is able to empathize with Sam's feelings by showing kindness to his friend with the help of The Moodsters. The Moodsters are five clever little feelings detectives- Happy Yellow Coz, Loving Pink Lolly, Sad Blue Snorf, Angry Red Razzy and Afraid Green Quigly, that will always come to the rescue to help Zach to better understand his feelings.

Try This from The Moodsters- Use the Moodster Mirror while reading your child a bedtime story: "How are the characters feeling? How do you look when you feel like that?"

For more information please go to www.themoodsters.com or www.denisedanielsparenting.com.

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