“Around the age of two, children start rapidly developing a vocabulary for their feelings,” said Denise Daniels. “It is important to teach children emotional intelligence (EQ) skills at an early age, so they have the necessary tools to manage the emotional ups and downs of everyday life.”
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.”
The initial launch will feature three SKUs, each with an accompanying 8×8 full-color 32-page storybook included for a retail price of $19.99 for children ages 3+.
About Denise Daniels:
Denise Daniels is a Peabody Award-winning broadcast journalist, parenting and child development expert and author who specializes in the social and emotional development of children. Her workbooks have reached more than 15 million parents and children offering practical, simple and essential advice on how to deal with grief, loss and family transitions, as well as the everyday challenges of growing up. Denise hosted her own daily parenting show, Parents Helper, on NBC’s cable network and has appeared on numerous TV shows including Oprah, The View and served as a regular contributor on TODAY. She is also the creator of The Moodsters – a new line of toys and books designed to teach young children the fundamentals of feelings – launching in September 2015 in Target stores nationwide. For more information, please go to www.denisedanielsparenting.com and follow Denise on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/DeniseDanielsEQ and Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/DeniseDanielsParenting
About JellyJam Entertainment:
JellyJam Entertainment is an independent developer and licensor of entertainment and educational content for preschoolers. Under the direction of Peabody award-winning child development expert, Denise Daniels, JellyJam Entertainment is the creator of The Moodsters, a first-of-its-kind property designed to help preschoolers develop their emotional intelligence. For more information please visit www.themoodsters.com.
About Kids Preferred, LLC:
Kids Preferred, LLC is an award-winning division of Kids Preferred, Inc., which was founded in 1983 and is one of the largest plush toy manufacturers in the U.S. Known for its superior quality and unique designs, Kids Preferred, LLC serves the specialty, juvenile, gift, and better department store trade by distributing soft toys and gifts under its own brand, private label and licensed brands including amazing baby™, asthma & allergy friendly™ – Healthy Baby™, Baby Abuelita™, Blessed Friends®, Biscuit™, Carter’s, Classic Pooh®, Disney Baby, Elmer, The World of Eric Carle™, Goodnight Moon, The Gruffalo®, Guess How Much I Love You™, Harley-Davidson®, Little Me, pat the bunny®, Puff the Magic Dragon, Room on the Broom, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer®, Splat the Cat, Spot™ and The Snowman™.
The company is headquartered in East Windsor, NJ and has offices in New York City, Hong Kong and Shanghai. For more information, contact Kids Preferred at 1-866-SOFT TOY (763-8869) or visit their website atwww.kidspreferred.com.
The Books are:
Moodster Meter™ and Storybook– Young children often don’t have the verbal skills to put their feelings into words. The Moodster Meter puts those tools in the child’s hands—literally! This interactive teaching toy gives children a basic vocabulary of feelings and helps them express themselves. The Meter has a special Power Up button enabling children to point the arrow to the Moodster that represents how they are feeling, opening doors for calm communication about emotions. Includes full-color, 32-page storybook, “Meet the Moodsters.”
Feelings Flashlight™ and Storybook– Squash those afraid-of-the-dark fears with the Feelings Flashlight. Shining a light on feelings has never been easier or more fun than with The Moodsters! Before naptime or bedtime, point the flashlight toward the ceiling or a wall, and The Moodsters will magically appear, offering wisdom and humor for every emotion. Includes full-color, 32-page storybook, “The Scary Sleepover.”
Moodster Mirror™– 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.”
You can find these at your local Target store and they are priced at $19.99. I'll see you at Target, down the toy aisle with The Moodsters!
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