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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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