Emotions play a crucial role in everyday life of adults and children. The ability of expression, regulation and understanding of their own and other people’s emotions – known as emotional competency – is associated with good social skills and better success in school.
A study from 2011 from Duke University concluded that self-control is a better indicator of future success in life than the classical IQ coefficient (which is directly related to academic success).
Emotional intelligence is crucial for good and quality life, and children must learn to understand their feelings early on. When they realize how to cope with strong emotions and how to control them, they will not allow emotions to influence the outcome of critical situations in their lives.
Emotionally intelligent children not only manage their emotional states but manage to recognize certain emotional conditions with other people. Children and adults who have a developed emotional component have a rich and full social life. Moreover, children with proper levels of emotional competence tend to be more popular with their peers, have more friends, are more proactive concerning social behaviour and more successful in life.
Differences in emotional competencies can be seen from an early age. For example, some children are furious and irritated when they are not allowed to get candy before meals. Still, other kids who are better at regulating their emotions will not create situations where their anger and discontent dominate and the whole house trembles. When children manage to recognize their own emotions, they will manage to better express what they need to feel good, and that means fewer tantrums, screams, scenes of not getting the desired, crying over every little thing, frowning and stubbornness.
One of the main contexts in which children learn about emotions is in their family circle. Through interacting with parents, brothers and sisters, the child learns what to do when their brother is upset or how to negotiate with their mom to get something they want. As children grow, extended family, peers, teachers and what they read and watch are also very relevant in developing emotional competences in children.
Parents who talk with their children mention expressions that explain certain emotional conditions, such as “happiness”, “joy”, “excitement”, “fear” and those who explain the causes and consequences of emotion: “I am angry because you’ve been painting the wall” – they have children with higher levels of understanding of emotions.
Cards of emotion “I feel” – currently available only in Serbian language
With our cards of emotions, “I feel”, we tried to extend our contribution to the recognition and understanding of emotions and emotional conditions that every parent, teacher, educator, can apply in their surroundings, without any anxiety that they will do something wrong because they are not psychologists.
In this social game, there are 12 different cards that show different emotional conditions. Although there are many more emotions and emotional conditions, the displayed 12 are excellent to start working on recognition and understanding of emotions. Through 3 different ways that a game can be played, children will have a task to recognize, play, and think about each emotion individually.
Although some emotions such as happiness and sadness are easily recognizable, it will be easier for children to overcome those emotional conditions that often confuse them, such as nervousness, disappointment or shame while playing.
With the game “I feel” you get detailed instructions about the three ways that a game can be played, but feel free to play them in as many ways as you want. Also, if you notice that your child reports an emotional state that is missing in the deck, be free to add it together.
Enjoy the time spent with children because the game is fun, and it helps us, adults, to improve our own understanding and attitude towards emotions, and better to get to know and understand our children.
The price of one deck of cards is RSD 720. We allow a discount for larger orders.
For orders, please contact us directly via phone or mail.