I know there are a lot of parents who don't want their child to be all hopped up on sugar any time, but most especially during the holidays that offer a ton of sugary treats for the kids. I understand fully, though in our house I do let the the kids indulge, in moderation. For example, I will get them all (probably even the grown ones ;) ) a little heart with four chocolate pieces...you know the little boxes with the cute sayings on the front, and the youngest two will also get a gift.
If you like to offer a non-edible gift to the littles on Valentine's Day, instead of (or in addition to) the sweets, this book could be the perfect idea for you. Based on a curriculum developed by Marc Brackett Ph.D. of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, The Moodsters are five loveable detectives named Coz, Lolly, Snorf, Razzy and Quiqly that come to te rescue whenever their friends Zach and Zoey, have a feelings emergency. They're there to help their friends manange their emotional ups and downs of everyday life.
The inside of the book has adorable characters in bright colors, and that's always a big plus with the youngsters (and with THIS parent too). The storyline has just enough words to keep young children interested, but not too many that they'll get bored.
Each book comes with a special toy. Ours came with a Moodster Meter. You get a picture of the meter in the book too (or whichever toy it is that you selected), and the meter itself is extra cool because it lights up in the dark. Kids like things that light up. :)
Young children often don’t have the verbal skills to put their feelings into words. The Moodster Meter puts those tools in the child’s hands—literally! This interactive teaching toy gives children a basic vocabulary of feelings and helps them express themselves. The Meter has a special Power Up button enabling children to point the arrow to the Moodster that represents how they are feeling, opening doors for calm communication about emotions. The line includes three products: Moodster Meter, Feelings Flashlight and Moodster Mirror. Each includes a full-color, (ours was 32-pages) storybook, Ages 3+