These thoughtfully Australian made and designed set of 20 emotions cards are based on The Zones of Regulation framework by author Leah Kuypers. The cards, made by The Creative Sprout, were created to help curious minds explore within, and teach them the tools to be aware of and self-regulate their emotions and feelings.
Each card is double sided. One side features a visual illustration of a child expressing a particular emotion, with the colour of the card matching one of the zones of regulation. The other side contains a set of talking discussion points about that particular emotion. The aim pf these cards is to encourage your child to verbalise, communicate and understand their feelings and emotions, along with appropriate activities to help them self-regulate when experiencing each state of emotion.
The 'Zones of Regulation' is a psychological approach used to support the development of emotional-regulation in children. The coloured zones are particularly helpful with monitoring children with autism and ADHD in a range of scenarios such as the classroom, and help identify and monitor their behaviour before they reach "meltdown" level.
An excellent tool for parents, teachers, health care professionals and special needs carers. We know that little people have big feelings. These are especially intensified at the moment with Covid19 and the lockdowns in Melbourne, Sydney and across Australia.
These Emotions cards are designed and printed locally in Australia. Each card is A6 size 350gsm card stock, with rounded corners and protective matt celloglazing for durability. They also come in a calico drawstring bag for safekeeping.
Recommended age: 3+ years
A bit about the zones of regulation:
Green refers to "go", which is a variety of positive emotions such as feeling focused, happy, calm and ready to learn - this is the optimum zone that we strive to achieve. Blue refers to a time where they should have some time in a "Rest area", such as feeling tired, bored or sad, to recharge and chill out before they become too overwhelmed or overstimulated. Yellow refers to "slow", where their feelings are starting to escalate - such as feeling worried, frustrated or silly. Acknowledging these stages and prompting a child to self -regulate before they get to the red zone is really important. The red or "stop" zone refers to the point where they are feeling out of control, and may yell, feel angry or want to hit. This is where they should stop what they are doing and come back to it another time. This could be a time to take them to the 'rest area', have a big cuddle, or do some yoga or mindfulness activities.