Moodkins and Group Conversations

Interested in using Moodkins in a group setting? Whether you’re facilitating a group therapy session or engaging the family at dinnertime, our plush toys are a great icebreaker tool to get the conversation going.

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Here’s one suggestion of using Moodkins to share about your “highs” and “lows” for the day or week.

1. Pick up a Moodkin and focus on its expressions. Share about a moment in your day or week when you felt that Moodkin’s positive and negative emotions. For example, if you picked the red Moodkin, you can say “I felt angry today when someone cut in front of me on the freeway” or “I felt happy today when my friend shared her snack with me.”

2. Pass the Moodkin to the next person and repeat the process.

Tip: Try to help children expand their emotional vocabulary by choosing “feeling words” that are less common and more descriptive.

For example, the following emotions can also be expressed as …

  • Angry = Upset, Frustrated, Agitated, Bothered, Annoyed
  • Sad = Lonely, Down, Regretful, Gloomy, Mopey
  • Scared = Anxious, Stressed, Fearful, Worried, Discouraged
  • Happy = Excited, Hopeful, Pleased, Peaceful, Energized

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