One of the New Year's resolutions that I've made for Mr. S. involves getting him to do a better job expressing his feelings. It's not that I don't know what he thinks about certain things, but often times he communicates them in a way I'd rather he didn't (hitting or biting his siblings, for example).
To that end, we've started to play with Kimochis, (compare prices) adorable plush characters that are designed to help little ones better express their feelings. (Kimochi means "feeling" in Japanesee.) Each character is printed in some form with an emotion or emotions and kids can use the animals to help them communicate what is going on in their own heads.
We have a Kimochi Cloud who can be feeling either happy or sad (you rotate his head) as well as some other feelings (happy, sad or mad) that can be stored in his pocket. We also have a Mini Mixed Feelings Pouch that includes Kimochis called love, jealous, scared, grateful and shy. They have all been really helpful to Mr. S. who has been running to his play room to grab the appropriate emotion every time someone "wrongs" him (the "mad" Kimochi has gotten quite the workout). It's easy for little ones to figure out which emotion the Kimochi is expressing as there is a picture on one side as well as words on the other.
All in all, a fun toy that really gives preschoolers a voice.
Does your preschooler express himself well?
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