May is Mental Health Awareness Month and there’s never a better time to get kids in touch with their feelings and the feelings of those around them. 

The Emotional Wellness Playbook from Genius of Play encourages parents and educators to help kids dive into an emotional adventure with enlightening, play-based activities. The Toy Association’s nonprofit initiative developed the digital play-based activity book to give kids ages 3 and up the tools to gain an interest in mental wellness. There are 12 activities that hone five core components of emotional intelligence: emotional self-awareness, empathy, motivation, social skills, and self-regulation. 

Kids can label different emotions in Emoji Bingo, practice self-regulation with Calming Bottles, get a deeper understanding of empathy with Puppet Play, and discover self-confidence with the Vision Board. The playbook also includes coloring activities and other games such as Color My Feelings, Emotions Word Mix, and Emoji Color By Number. 

The Emotional Wellness Playbook is a free, downloadable resource that is available for parents and educators to print out at Kids can carry it and play wherever they go — from the bus, to class, to their playroom! 

About the author

Omar Letson

Omar Letson

Omar is an editorial intern at Adventure Media & Events, writing content for The Pop Insider, The Toy Insider, and The Toy Book. Attending the Savannah College of Art and Design, he plans to pursue a career in magazine journalism. Previously, Omar interned for entertainment news website TV-Tea and for Spitfire Strategies, a public interest communications firm. His favorite TV shows are RuPaul’s Drag Race, Absolutely Fabulous, and WandaVision.