Hoppie and Poppie Plush Toys and Wristbands | Source: Calm in Your Palm/the Toy Insider

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) toys are on the rise and for a good reason: Kids need to learn how to safely, and healthily, process their emotions during these challenging times.

Calm in Your Palm is helping parents equip kids with emotional intelligence (EQ) skills through its new Hoppy & Poppie PinkCheeks line. This collection includes toys, accessories, educational materials, and other products designed to help newborns, toddlers, and preschoolers thrive in social and emotional settings.

Grasshopper twins, named Hoppy and Poppie PinkCheeks, bring kids on an EQ-learning adventure through board books, emotion wristbands, plush toys, and blankets. The Poppie PinkCheeks Plush toy includes a soft, zippable, plush grasshopper and six colorful emotion wristbands — happy, sad, scared, excited, angry, and calm — to help kids develop self-awareness and learn emotional vocabulary.

‘Not SO Scary’ and ‘What We Feel’ Books | Source: Calm in Your Palm

The Not SO Scary and What We Feel picture books feature the grasshopper twins and their friends from Bug Island, including Aunt Andie Ant, Betty Bee Queen, Chief Franco Firefly, and Doctor Spinner Spider. These illustrated stories help kids identify, name, and process emotions through fun, slide-function pages. Kids can journey through physical and emotional sensory experiences as they learn feelings like gratefulness, peacefulness, nervousness, and curiousness.

To further reinforce EQ education, the Hoppy & Poppie PinkCheeks line provides parents with EQ learning guides. These guides explain topics such as behavioral and emotional regulation, relationship competency, and various mindfulness practices that parents can refer to when introducing kids to the Hoppy & Poppie PinkCheeks products. These guides are also backed with scientific research and studies on SEL to ensure that kids are developing quality skills.

The Hoppy & Poppie PinkCheeks products are sold as sets, gift boxes, and individual products. The line is available at Amazon and hoppypoppie.com.

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Ria Malatesta

Ria Malatesta

Ria Malatesta is an editorial intern at Adventure Publishing Group. When she’s not writing for the Toy Book, the Toy Insider, or the Pop Insider, she’s scouring Marvel fandom pages and patiently awaiting new episodes of Attack on Titan. She can also be found doodling in the margins of a notebook, cheffing it up in the kitchen, or settling down with a good horror movie marathon.