Toys That Teach Emotional Intelligence
While there are plenty of toys on the market aimed to help little ones develop everything from speech and hand-eye coordination to STEM skills, a new wave of products aims to foster something equally vital: emotional intelligence. Mompreneurs are leveraging their backgrounds in early education and child psychology to launch products that help small children learn to navigate big feelings, find calm, and better connect with family.
Tantrum Fix is a kit that comes with products and step-by-step guidance for teaching kids how to cope with emotions and communicate their needs. It's a one-time purchase that's especially helpful for parents navigating the tantrum-prone toddler years. Slumberkins is another brand that promotes early emotional learning. Each of their supersoft creature snugglers comes with a book and a mantra card. Parents can teach children about topics like gratitude, family change, self esteem and grief and loss through story-telling. Each creature, book, and mantra bundler can be chosen by topic or by recommended age.