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A fun card game that builds and strengthens emotional intelligence.
A fun card game that builds and strengthens emotional intelligence.
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Animal Chat is a playful game that helps build better understanding of emotions and feelings. Kids and grown-ups can play one of three ways - or create your own path!  

For kids to best recognize feelings in themselves and others, they need to first have the words for those feelings. Lots of children might say they feel "good" or "bad" and miss other emotions in between. 

As parents, we looked for fun ways to teach our children about emotions and feelings but couldn't find anything that we felt worked like we wanted - let alone something beautiful and fun. So, we decided to make it ourselves!

In today's digital world, it's always a great idea to take some time and sit one-on-one or in a small group with kids and get some good quality time together. It's just as important for grown-ups as it is for the kids, and it's so easy with this game! You will love it! 

The more kids learn and use vocabulary attached to diverse feelings and emotions, the better they can navigate their emotional world. Imagine a child going from a temper tantrum to using precise words to say, "I feel frustrated because ______."

Our game includes three fun, open-ended ways to play (Chit Chat, Story Chat, and Match Chat). Take out the cards, pick a way to play, and make some memories together!

We are Betsy and Brad. Together we're parents of our two small children (and two dogs!). 

Betsy is an artist, illustrator, and entrepreneur. She's spent the past seven years building her own art business - collaborating with organizations such as Childhoods Clothing, Minnetonka, Papyrus, and Bravery Magazine. You may have purchased or seen one of her amazing portraits, greeting card designs, children's clothing patterns, or another of her works.

Brad started his path in education as a 4th grade teacher in Houston, TX. While teaching, he also developed and launched an app that lent kids a voice in the school cafeteria. Most recently, he spent two years with his co-founder designing, planning, and building an innovative elementary school in Idaho which he now co-leads as Co-Principal.

Together we formed Brighter Fun to launch Animal Chat!



Risks and challenges

We're planning to work with a high-quality printer that projects a 6 week turnaround time. We understand that challenges might arise with shipping - however, we feel we have padded enough time in our projections to account for any small lag in timing. We've created prototypes already, have shipped them to friends to test, and received great feedback! The game is completely finished and ready to go! All we have to do is send the printer our final number to print!

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    Animal Chat

    One copy of Animal Chat! Grow and share emotions with kids, friends, and family!

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    Animal Chat PLUS pin

    One copy of Animal Chat PLUS a beautiful "Bored" jaguar pin. These are high-quality enamel pins, great for backpacks, shirts, jackets, or anywhere else you can imagine.

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    2 copies of Animal Chat PLUS 2 pins. One for you and one to share with your BFF!

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    WAAM lunch bag

    One copy of Animal Chat, PLUS pin, PLUS an exclusive collaboration with WAAM Industries - our very own lunch bag. Take Animal Chat on a picnic!

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    Animal Chat, PLUS a pin, PLUS our custom, limited-edition commemorative kids sweatshirt. Please share sizing details upon checkout (sizes 2T-7T).

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    Animal Illustration!

    One copy of Animal Chat, PLUS pin, PLUS an amazing custom-portrait by Betsy of your favorite animal (or human). Portrait will come printed on a game-sized card to include in your Animal Chat game, if you'd like.

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    5 copies of Animal Chat and 5 jaguar pins. Buy this for your five favorite people so you can feel all the feelings together!

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    10 copies of Animal Chat and 10 jaguar pins. Buy this for your school, playgroup, or friends so everyone has an extra tool in their belt!

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    Just 20 copies of the game!

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    Part of the Game

    3 copies Animal Chat, 3 pins, and an animal or pet of your choice illustrated and included in the actual game that we will ship to everyone! Imagine your best furry friend depicted in their most glorious emotions to share with the world! You will also receive a printed and digital copy of the portrait for your personal use.

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    Animal Chat - Early Bird!!!

    One copy of Animal Chat. Thank you for your support!

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