Emotiblocks has been highly rated by ABLE PLAY as they belong to an affordable, simple and versatile toy range designed and manufactured by Miniland Educational, encouraging kids aged between 2 and 6 to understand about feelings and emotions in early childhood. They are colourful blocks that assemble into different characters that can represent 6 different emotions. With the different hair, face, and body pieces that come together to form the complete figure, there are over 100 different character combinations that can be made. Emotiblocks come with a guide as well as activity cards to prompt playtime when needed.
ABLE PLAY is a toy rating system for children of all abilities from the USA-based National Lekotek by doing the research through comprehensive product evaluations relating this information to children’s abilities and skill development.
Developmental Skills Emotiblocks promoted skills are social and emotional skills (empathy, facial expressions, expressive language, receptive language) spatial concepts, cooperative hand movements, fine motor skills and stacking as well as memory and recall.
Communicative (4 stars)
Each activity card comes with an emotion listed in six different languages. These cards can be a chance for children to become exposed to other languages.
The activity cards can be used as prompts for children to practice expressive language (output) when talking about the emotions or receptive language (input) as they hear about the emotions.
Kids can practice the pronunciation and verbalization of the emotions written in six different languages.
Learning another language greatly influences cognitive development, but also teaches kids the value of communicating with others encouraging speech and language skills.
Why does the block feel this way? Pick an Emotiblock and have the child come up with why the character might feel that way.
Have the child create a new emotion to add to the activity cards based off of the faces on the blocks.
Caregiver can encourage the child to share a time they could empathize with the emotions on the Emotiblocks.
Write the emotion on a notecard to provide a written cue for the child when looking at the picture side of the card.
Share both sides of the card simultaneously by scanning one side of the card so that the child can see all content during play.
Highlight the language your child speaks so his eyes can more easily find the emotion he needs to focus on. For example, use the same color sticky note to cover the other languages.
Physical (4 stars rated)
Children can work on whole hand grasp and cooperative hand movements as they assemble and disassemble the different Emotiblocks characters.
Hand-eye coordination is promoted as kids pick up the components of the characters and snap the pieces together to build the Emotiblocks.
Children are working on their fine motor skills as they build the Emotiblocks characters which support everyday tasks like brushing teeth, eating and getting dressed.
Encourage the child to make Emotiblocks representations of familiar people in real life.
Have the child stack all of the legs, faces and hair pieces on top of each other to make a tall character tower.
Create a die that says “hair”, “legs” and “face” on it for the child to roll and collect the 3 parts to create and complete their character.
Social/Emotional (4 stars rated)
The activity cards and the different faces on the blocks help children become aware of the spectrum of emotions that people can feel and what those emotions mean.
The Emotiblocks characters can encourage imaginative play as children create scenarios with the characters and include them into pretend play with other toys.
With the different hair and skin colors of the blocks and ethnicities of the kids on the activity cards, children can be exposed to diversity.
The child can give the Emotiblocks characters they build names to go along with their feelings and facial expressions.
To spark a conversation about how a child is feeling about a situation or scenario, they can build a character to share their emotion.
Kids can practice making their own facial expressions using a mirror to mimic the Emotiblocks characters.
About Miniland Educational
Every single Miniland product is created with the aim of teaching children new skills through play. The range includes toys suitable for pre-schoolers right up to 8 year olds. Distributed for retail exclusively in Australia by Axis Toys.