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Emotional Card Deck 2017-08-19T20:10:30+00:00

Emotional Learning for Kids

The A.R.T of Emotions is an interactive toolkit aimed at teaching children emotional intelligence and emotional regulation using a variety of creative, playful, and mindful activities. A.R.T stands for awareness, release, and transformation. Help your children express, release, and transform their emotions via healthy outlets and fun, imaginative tools, which invite kids to play with emotions, grow in self-awareness, and learn vital self-soothing strategies that empower and promote a lifetime of resilience and well-being.

Background

As a mother of two little ones, and a stepmom to a former teen, I often witness the frustrations felt by children when they experience a strong emotion, but don’t have a readily accessible outlet or menu of healthy options for working through their feelings. Having gone through a particularly challenging period with my stepson as he entered his teen years, I realized how important it was to lay a strong foundation for emotional literacy early on.

When my daughter was born, I became even more motivated and committed to ensure that I could gift her with a legacy of self-awareness, self-expression, and self-regulation. I wanted to equip her with a variety of inner resources and tools that both she (and now my son) could always access within and by themselves and use as they grow up to help them navigate life’s challenges within a container of safety, love, acceptance, and support, and teach it to them in a playful and creative way that speaks to their beings. That’s how the E-motions card deck was born.

Purpose & Intention

The Emotions card deck invites children to explore the emotions they’re feeling more deeply through a wide range of suggested outlets and provides a process around how to move through their emotions using a variety of different techniques. In short, it provides a tool for children to understand their feelings and know what to do with them instead of repressing, stuffing, denying, lashing out, or turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms (i.e., substances or unhealthy patterns of behavior with others such as fighting, blaming, judging, etc.)

The deck encourages children to find what resonates with them most (which may shift over time) and be able to instinctually access their “go to” calming and safe channel of expression whenever they need it, whether it’s painting their anger on a canvas, exercising to sweat their troubles away, meditating for peace, visualizing their sadness floating away, asking a loved one for a hug, or reframing a situation using humor.

Finally, the cards can also be a catalyst for a creative spark.

Description

The card deck has 7 major categories of healthy outlets, which the child can use to express, release, and transform their emotions:

  • Movement
  • Creativity
  • Visualizations
  • Rituals
  • Stillness
  • Connection
  • Affirmations

These are further divided into many different sub-categories. For example, children may draw a Creative card from the deck and use drawing, writing, or role play as a means of expressing their emotions. Each sub-category then has its own set of creative suggestions for how to express and release their emotions, whether it’s through role playing what upset them, role playing a braver version of themselves, writing a letter asking for courage, practicing laughter yoga, singing away their sorrows, or reciting some positive affirmations.

The deck also includes suggestions for fun and playful tools to use in these different areas like creating a peace space (a special place in your home where your children know they can go for love, comfort, support, safety, and self-soothing) and is filled with a few items that bring your child comfort, help him/her get centered again, or provide a means of expressive release such as a writing journal, a sketchpad, a relaxation glitter bottle, soothing music, a favorite stuffed animal, soft pillows, a peace cape, etc.

Where & How to use the deck

The deck can be used as a learning tool in homes, schools, therapy centers, private practices, arts programs, or even yoga studios. Families, therapists, and teachers can experiment with the different suggested activities, exploring the many different ways that the child can express and release.

Objectives

Benefits

The cards are meant to teach children that all feelings are ok and help them:

  • Cultivate awareness and understanding of what the feeling is (emotional literacy part)
  • Know there are safe options on how to move through the feeling, self-soothe, and release it (emotional regulation part)
  • Learn to transform the feelings into something positive and use the process as an opportunity for growth, self-reflection, and wisdom (cultivating personal growth and resilience part)

In essence, the activities and process teach them how emotions have the capacity to EVOLVE, and that they have a CHOICE in how this journey unfolds…This is the key to empowering kids and teens.

The hope is that they learn to embody these techniques throughout their childhood and adolescence, and eventually carry them into adulthood.

  • Strengthen socio-emotional skills
  • Enhance self-esteem, acceptance, and self-love
  • Improve communication skills and relationships with others
  • Cultivate self-awareness and empathy
  • Build emotional literacy
  • Promote healthy self-expression
  • Foster creativity
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