Strengthening children's social-emotional connections and confidence
Our Children's Book Is Here!
Feel Trip: A journey through ordinary emotions, is written by FeelLinks founder, Marcelle, and her 12 year-old daughter, Stella.
This hardback, rhyming story, is filled with colorful illustrations and messages of self-awareness, empathy, perseverance, grit, growth mindset, resilience, and the validity of feeling all of our emotions.
"A feel trip of emotions happened today. Some feel hard, and other feel like, 'yay!' My feelings are passing, not forever to stay. They come and they go - all feelings are okay."
FeelLinks Dolls and Journal Set
Created by an elementary educator and mom - FeelLinks set comes with four feeling dolls, each double-sided, representing eight core feelings, including: Happy/Sad, Proud/Embarrassed, Calm/Excited, and Angry/Scared. Adorable, emotive, brightly colored, soft and squeezable, FeelLinks plush dolls assist children with labeling, expressing and regulating their feelings.
FeelLinks journal empowers children to reflect and respond to their feelings; encouraging growth in identifying, understanding, and managing their feelings.
Additional journals are available for continued support of your child's social-emotional growth and confidence. Also, an excellent option for bulk purchasing to use with groups of children.
FeelLinks plush doll set comes with four dolls, each double-sided, representing eight core feelings. Emotion plush doll sets are great for individual or group use across multiple settings, including: home, classroom, counseling, play therapy, and more.
Benefits of Journaling for Children
There are numerous benefits to journaling, or expressive writing, at any age. Scientific research tells us that journaling can show improvements in mental health, physical health, self-awareness, problem-solving skills, creativity, communication, academics - and the benefits list continues...
How to talk to children about mass shootings
Marcelle takes on a huge, heartbreaking, and very important topic as she talks with New Day NW host, Amity, about how to talk with children about mass shootings.
M.S. Preschool Director, Owner and Teachers
I am doing one on one with some of my students, especially the one that’s having behavioral problem. A lot of them are acting out because they have big emotions but they can’t verbalize, so I’m using Feelinks dolls and it’s a big help for me. It’s working really good with my one student and the mom told me she can’t thank me enough because they saw the changes.
N.M. Kindergarten Teacher
My students absolutely love our FeelLinks! It has made our morning meetings way more meaningful and more applicable. They get excited to identify and share their feelings. They have been so honest with checking in with their feelings, and have really been open about how they start their days. One mom told me that at home, her son picked a bunch of stuffies, gave them each a feeling, and made his parents check in with him. How incredible!!! Thank you for making such an important and useful tool for our kids!
T. Cohen, Psy.D and mom of 3 boys
My kids were able to use FeelLinks in a variety of ways to match their developmental levels from learning and practicing emotion words to identifying and describing emotion states and connecting them to personal experiences.
Anne, Parent and School Counselor
What a wonderful resource FeelLinks is for parents, children and educators. The materials are appealing to kids and help make meaning of their feelings (which can seem abstract to kids). These tools give them a concrete way to identify feelings and learn how to regulate them. The journal is wonderful as it provides the opportunity for self-reflection - which is critical to learning and growing!
Gina S., M.Ed. School Counselor, McKinney-Vento Liaison
I highly recommend the FeelLinks dolls and journal. As a school counselor, I use the dolls daily in my individual, small group, and classroom counseling session. The touch points on the dolls helps reinforce to students that emotions are felt inside of our bodies, as well as seen outside of our bodies. The journal gives students the opportunity to reflect upon, process, and express their thoughts and feelings in a safe and reassuring way. Both the dolls and the journal are high quality and can be used to supplement any social-emotional learning and/or applied educational neuroscience curriculum.
D. Boone, mom of 2
When I ask O, he says, “It’s helping me to know that the feelings in my head have names.” I think it’s helping him to understand excited or nervous or calm where he didn’t realize those were feelings he could describe. So far, it has been great for me as I find it hard to know the right thing about how to react in a moment, so all these tools have been helpful for me to think back about situations and try to handle them differently the next time. I think it helps me to listen differently and ask the kids a different type of question when they get upset, like rather than dismissing it, allowing them to express why they are upset.
Tara, Educational Psychologist, California
I'm an educational psychologist and I highly recommend the FeelLinks dolls and journal. It is wonderful to have at home, in your classroom or in your therapy practice with little ones. At home, I love using FeelLinks to help our 3 1/2 year old daughter process and talk through her feelings. I felt like a lot of other tools didn't tap into her age group as well as I'd hoped, and this really does, while also being a tool that she can grow with. She loves how cuddly and soft the dolls are and she goes to them during or after big feeling moments to help her talk about her feelings. At times, it even calms her just by knowing she can go get one of them to cuddle while she's telling me how she feels. I love having a tool at home that helps her feel confident sharing her experiences and knowing that I'm helping her build emotional intelligence from a young age. Thank you FeelLinks!
The EduGiveKids Team
We are always on the lookout for exceptional strategies for teaching empathy to children and the FeelLinks team gets it just right. We recently ordered the feelings journal and accompanying feelings plushies for a gift and upon arrival, promptly ordered two more sets. The combination of thinking, writing, drawing, and interacting with manipulative figures is an excellent teaching strategy, whether in the classroom or at home. The set comes beautifully packaged and each piece is well-crafted. Highly recommended!
J.F. - Mother of 1 boy
Sometimes it's so hard to hear the truth. Your journal helped us today, thank you Marcelle ❤️
The CASEL 5 addresses five broad and interrelated areas of competence within social-emotional learning framework: self-awareness, social-awareness, responsible decision-making, self-management, and relationship skills. The CASEL 5 can be taught and applied at various developmental stages. The CASEL 5 were taken into thoughtful consideration when FeelLinks was developed. This graphic is intended to support you while using FeelLinks; giving a greater understanding of the skills your child will be developing as you support and coach them using FeelLinks set.