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Certain things like emotional intelligence come naturally to some children, but in today’s increasingly digital age, it seems that children are becoming less intuitive to other’s feelings.
These days children have more exposure to technology, and this ultra-connectivity is affecting their ability to connect with others. Emotional intelligence is a fundamental skill that children need in order to develop empathy and form relationships with others.
According to Psychology Today, “emotional intelligence or EQ predicts over 54% of the variation in success (relationships, effectiveness, health, quality of life). Additional data concludes that young people with high EQ earn higher grades, stay in school, and make healthier choices.”
As a parent, you might wonder how you can teach or increase your child’s emotional intelligence. These are some of our favourite toys and tools that will help your kids develop emotional intelligence:
Dolls: Dolls are a great way to explore emotions and relationships. We have a range of anatomically correct dolls that can teach your child about caring for others, diversity, family, as well as respect and racial tolerance.
Flexi World Kids School: This game will teach your kids about diversity and respect towards other cultures in a fun and entertaining way. It includes cards of children of different races with their typical costumes. The clothes must then be set up and sewn onto the different silhouettes. Flexi World Kids School is recommended for ages 3-6, so the ‘sewing’ part is fairly simple.
Scared Pancakes: What do your children fear? Scared Pancakes is a fun game that helps children cope with common fears. Kids can flip the pancake every time they get over one for their fears. The game also helps with expressing emotions and it builds self-confidence.
Self awareness tools: Our self awareness tools like Pair Game and Emotiblocks teach the importance of tolerance, empathy, racial diversity, as well as improve children’s vocabulary and temporal concepts.
Emotions Detective: How do kids deal with conflict? Emotions Detective is a game that helps kids to talk about everyday conflict. The game allows kids to express and deal with feelings by interpreting how people feel and finding solutions to conflict.
Emoticapsules: The ability to read other people’s emotions is a valuable skill. Emoticapsules is a fun and educational game that represents different emotions and includes a set of objects that relates to each emotion. The Emoticapsules can be played along with our Emotions Board, which teaches kids how to identify, develop, and deal with emotions.
Magnetic games: Our range of magnetic games will show kids the best way to perform daily tasks and examine potentially dangerous situations. This will allow children to use their EQ and common sense to solve problems. Display Daily Heroes is a great way to help develop children’s emotional intelligence as it teaches kids about valuing different occupations.
At Miniland, we have developed a wide range of educational toys that encourage the development of emotions and values in little ones. Take a look at our website for more information or check out our full range of emotions and values educational toys.