By GreatSchools Staff
Kimochis are plush toys designed to teach kids, ages 4 to 9, how to express their feelings in a safe and playful way. (“Kimochi” means “feeling” in Japanese.) Stuffies, priced at $24 each, are coloful characters like Cloud (who is moody), Cat (bossy), and Bug (shy). Along with your stuffy, you get three small pillows representing feelings — such as happy, angry, scared, or frustrated — that can be tucked in its front pocket, plus a how-to "Feel Guide" with ideas for games to teach children about difficult emotions.
Kimochis are also being used in classrooms to teach social skills and conflict management. The school kit includes the 296-page "Feel Guide: Teacher's Edition," the "Feel Guide: Home Edition," all five Kimochis characters, and 29 feeling pillows.
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