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The first time I watched Inside Out was during the #InsideOutEvent Press Trip. I knew it was going to be loved by families everywhere.
When I watched it the second time with my kids back I knew it was going to be a conversation starter. About emotions.
It can be hard for kids to explain how they feel, let alone control those feelings. Inside Out Plush offer a fun a kid-friendly way of Explaining Emotions to Children.
Explaining Emotions to Children with Inside Out
Each Inside Out Plush character represents an emotion. This makes them perfect for role playing.
I have kids ranging from 7 – 18. That’s a lot of different emotions at any given minute. Based on all those emotions, I’ve come up with some common scenarios for explaining emotions to children. Using Inside Out Plush!
Explaining Emotions to Toddlers
Sharing, separation anxiety, and listening. Frequent struggles with toddlers that cause big emotions. Those situations are great for role playing with Inside Out Plush.
Role play a scenario your kids may face. Use each emotion to play out their emotions and work through the scenario.
Anger: “That’s my toy.”
Sadness: “He took my toy.”
Fear: “I’m going to get in trouble for taking the toy.”
Joy: “He gave me my toy back.”
Explaining Emotions to Children
My 9 year old struggles with his words when he gets frustrated or angry. Using an “Emotion Basket” of Inside Out Plush, I’ve been giving him different ways to work through those hurdles.
The “Emotion Basket” is helpful when my kids are feeling an emotion and need help finding the words to explain it. They can grab an Inside Out Plush to help them find the words and talk through the emotion.
Explaining Emotions to Teenagers
These human beings are a bit trickier in the emotion department. I get a lot of mixed emotions from my teenage daughter. What I think she is feeling is usually wrong.
While she isn’t role playing with Inside Out Plush, just the presence of them is opening up the door to more conversations. When she’s angry with a friend, I don’t have to fight as hard to hear the story. When she’s disgusted with her brother, she’s a wee bit calmer when she addresses his behavior.
Have I mentioned how much I love that Inside Out, and the Inside Out Plush, are opening up these doors for us as parents?
I found all of the Inside Out Plush Characters at Walmart. While I was a shopping, a little girl and her mom where coming down the aisle…
Mom: “That’s the movie we’re going to see for your birthday tomorrow isn’t it?!”
Girl (5yo): “I’m so excited!”
Me (whispering to mom): “Bring some tissues”
Girl to me: “Hey lady – I get to see Bing Bong for my birthday!!”
Me: “I’m so jealous of you – have lots of fun!”
She skipped away with a Musical Bing Bong in her hands. And I tossed one in my cart too! I couldn’t resist grabbing that Musical Bing Bong though! Seriously people, he makes a dolphin noise!
The mention of that little girl’s birthday made me realize something. There are going to be lots of Inside Out Themed Birthday Parties being planned.
If you are one of those party planners, you are going to love this DIY Emotion Photo Booth! It’s easy to put together and super duper cheap!
- Poster Board in Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, and Purple
- Props from Around the House: Fake Spiders or Bug for Fear, Deflated Balloon or Broken Toy for Sadness, Flowers or Candy for Joy, Punching Gloves or Red Blocks for Anger, Yucky Food or Stinky Socks for Disgust (Another great idea is to use each Inside Out Plush for each emotion photo!)
- Photo Paper
How to Make a DIY Emotion Photo Booth
1) Hang Poster Board on the Wall: You can hang them side by side or one at a time and remove as you use them.
2) Snap Photos: Snap each emotion photo! For example, to snap the Sadness Photo, stand in front of the Blue Poster Board and hold a broken cookie or toy while showing a sad face.
3) Upload the Photos and Create an Emotion Collage: Once you have uploaded the photos, create your Emotion Collage using PicMonkey, Canva, or other free photo service.
4) Print the Emotion Photo Collage: Give each kid their Emotion Photo Collage to take home as a thank you gift!
The Emotion Photo Booth is a great way to for kids to continue learning about emotions. First they can learn about the emotions with the Inside Out Plush, then they can express those emotions during the Photo Shoot!
Let me tell ya, we had a lot of fun exploring and expressing our emotions! How do you help your kids understand their emotions?
This was a sponsored post. Any opinions are 100% my own.