Kimochi (KEY.MO.CHEE) means “feeling” in Japanese.
Sometimes kids (and adults) have strong feelings that can fuel challenging behaviors. Sometimes it’s hard to know how to communicate when you are in an emotional moment. Kimochis are a playful way to help children (and adults!) learn how to identify and express feelings. When kids can communicate their feelings effectively, they develop positive social skills that lead to lasting friendships and success in all aspects of life. Kimochis teach the fourth “R”—reading, writing, arithmetic, and RELATIONSHIPS. This “R” is the foundation for success in ALL areas of life.
“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” —Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence
“More than an adorable stuffed animal, Kimochis help to teach children about their feelings and how to manage them.” — Mothering
“The Kimochis are a fun and empowering communication tool for kids and grown-ups alike. Boys can especially benefit from learning how to express their feelings through these lovable Kimochis characters. Our high-tech, fast-paced world often misses teaching our children the communication skills that will ensure our sons and daughters grow into well-adjusted adults who have the tools to express themselves in a world filled with social complexities.” —Lisen Stromberg, Founder of Supporting our Sons
“Kimochis are an AMAZING tool for everyone! Kids, adolescents, and adults. Kimochis empower us to see ourselves and each other in a non-judgmental way. They help educators provide children with the tools to be successful people by allowing them to develop social intelligence, kindness, and the ability to work in a community. Sounds like what the world needs. Everyone needs Kimochis!” —Sara Statler, Summer Programs and Recruiting Manager, Edventure More
“A cuddly Kimochis knows it’s not easy being a kid. Help little ones understand how to communicate their feelings…” — Daily Candy Kids