SnuggleBuddies to the rescue! This plush toy collection with a purpose is helping children around the world practice noticing, naming, and regulating their emotions.
These huggable 13" plush toys engage children on both an emotional and a sensory level, featuring expertly embroidered details, vibrant colors, and super-soft, minky (aka awesome to snuggle) fabric.
Every plush in the SnuggleBuddies collection includes:
x4 Mood Emoji Storytellers: These 3" plush symbols tuck inside a pocket and are connected by short, silky ribbons so they will not get lost (yep, I'm a mom). Each storyteller represents a different set of feelings (happy, sad, calm, mad/scared) and gets kids thinking and talking about their feelings, thoughts, and memories.
Laminated Monthly Feelings Calendar and Feelings Poster: Whether at home or school, children can pause to notice their mood three times a day using their plush animal friend and this reusable Feelings Journal wipe board that comes with every SnuggleBuddies. Just mark, wipe clean, and use again each month!
Dry Erase Marker: use with the Feelings Calendar/Poster
Bedtime Meditation: 3-5 min Digital Download for young children
When young children act out, they are not giving us a hard time, they are having a hard time. Research shows that the first step in learning how to manage our emotions is to name them. SnuggleBuddies make learning about emotions fun.
SnuggleBuddies are in the news! GENM Founder Suzanne Tucker talks with NBC's morning news crew about tantrums, time-ins, and leaning into big emotions.
A perfect addition to every young child's bedtime ritual.
SnuggleBuddies are also ideal for time-In's, reading time, cuddle time, calming spaces, taking to grandma's house, daycare, school, morning meetings, play therapy, and more.
“When did I feel happy? When did I feel sad?
When did I feel calm? When did I feel mad?
Will you tell a story about a feeling that you had?
What happens in your body, when your feeling..."
We proudly launched this plush line on Kickstarter, raising $40,000 in just two weeks. And now that the launch is complete, this plush line ships worldwide!
After you place an order, we will send you delivery updates.
The recipient is responsible for any applicable duties, taxes, and fees. If you live in Canada or the UK, there are imports fees. No fees for importing into Australia.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Thank you!
"Fridays are usually meltdown madness at our house, but our snuggle buddies arrived today to our home in Zurich and Eric, age 5, was so captivated with his new Balu the Bear, that he sat for 25 mins and drew a picture of him! And his almost three-year-old brother was so happy with Leo the Lion.
Then that same day my five-year-old said, from himself, that he was feeling angry and would like to sit together as a family and choose some PeaceMakers cards and talk about feelings! This is a major breakthrough for us and we are forever grateful!!!" -Leanne, Switzerland
SnuggleBuddies In Action
I wish I had a video camera on me at this SnuggleBuddies photo shoot because I'd love to show you how this brave little girl used her SnuggleBuddies to connect with her mom.
She wanted to be in the pictures so badly, but she didn’t want to be with the other kids, and she definitely did not feel like smiling. Just look at that lower lip.
Instead of trying to talk her out of her sad feelings, we told her that we think ALL emotions are important, and that if she wanted to be in the pictures there was no need to smile. She could stayright where she wasand feel whatever she was feeling.
Hugging Orange Fox close in her lap, she pulled the blue "sad" teardrop storyteller out of her SnuggleBuddies pocket and placed it into her mom's hand. At this her mom, who had been feeling worried about her daughter, completely relaxed into the moment.
The two hugged and no words were needed.
With that big hug, it was like a reset button had been hit. Minutes later this little one jumped up and wanted her picture taken, but not on her mom‘s lap. This time she wanted her picture taken with her new BFF, silly Orange Fox.
It was magic.
And then just minutes later, she was off and running.
We would never expect a two-year-old to tie their own shoes, so why do we expect toddlers and young child to regulate their emotions?
Children need to practice social and emotional skills in order to master them, just like any new skill.
Naming emotions is a great place to begin when it comes to teaching children about feelings, helping them to better cope with stress.
These four "storyteller" mood emojis invite children to share their feelings with a trusted adult. When did they feel happy? Sad? Calm? Mad (Scared)?
Each plush in the collection represents a different peace-making power we each have inside ourselves to life. Buy just one or collect all seven.
Research tells us that the very act of putting words to our feelings helps us to regulate our emotions, yet this skill is often hard for children, particularly when they are feeling upset.
These huggable friends make thinking and talking about our feelings part of a daily playful ritual that can be easily worked into everyday life, whether at home (think bedtime) or school (think morning meeting time).
Children can learn self-awareness, social awareness, self-care, and social skills in much the same way they learn to read and write, through modeling.
And when children practice talking about their feelings when they are calm, they have an easier time doing so when they are not.
According to the prominent neuroscientist, researcher, and best selling authorDr. Dan Siegel, "nerves that fire together wire together." This means that the more we practice naming our emotions, the easier this vital skill becomes.