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Teacher Resource for Young Children Learning Emotional Intelligence

The Bear Cards ® are designed to be an easy and fun way of building emotional intelligence in children.  An effective and entertaining teacher resource, also for parenting, the eye catching set of 48 cards depicts Bear experiencing a wide range of emotions, and  invites conversations about feelings that children sometimes don’t have the language or opportunity to discuss.  Could a set of cards with a  bear on them really build emotional intelligence, you ask?  Read more…

The Bear Cards ®

Boxed set of 48 laminated cards with rounded corners
Suitable for all ages

Also included:

  • The information booklet is full of icebreakers, activities and games. It explains feelings, where they come from and why they are important.
  • The Feelings Sticker Book - 240 stickers for rewards, reminders, and activities.
  • Your enclosed passkey gives you access to free and exclusive downloads.

Cost:  $29.95 plus Postage and Handling
(P&H within Australia: $8.00 for 1 set of The Bear Cards ®, $12.00 for 2 – 7 sets)
For overseas purchases, please send your enquiry to info@happychild.com.au and we will reply with postage costs.


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Emotional Intelligence and The Bear Cards ®
It is well accepted that there are emotional and social skills that help people to handle situations with integrity, dignity, honesty, self-awareness, and a sense of well-being – we call this body of knowledge and skills, emotional intelligence.  Emotional intelligence is a person’s ability to understand their feelings and those of others, and to act, and react, appropriately. 

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We believe that building emotional intelligence from a young age can help children to act appropriately, with understanding, compassion, and empathy.  Emotional intelligence is considered important in children and adults alike, and  self- awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making skills have seen people experience better outcomes in school and workplace environments.

 It seems that some children pick up these skills fairly readily;  it appears to be part of their nature.  But there is plenty of evidence that parents and teachers can make a huge difference to children through modelling behaviour and direct teaching.

Why happychild Loves The Bear Cards ®

Quite simply, they’re fun!  Large cards for small hands to hold easily, they are completely tech-free, portable and engaging.  And they build a bridge to talking about feelings by doing what kids do best – playing!

 Tips for Using The Bear Cards ®

There are no right or wrong answers!  Only you know how you really feel and that’s genuine.

It’s OK to make it up – you don’t have to share your feelings if you feel uncomfortable or vulnerable.

A Game for Teachers and Parents

Here’s a game that uses storytelling to identify and explore how and why different feelings arise.  It’s a good one to use if children may feel embarrassed talking about themselves.

  • Shuffle the cards
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  • Players make up a pirate name and introduce themselves to  the other players.
  • Pirates take turns in ‘cutting the deck’ to select one card, placing it face up in front of them.
  • Pirates are invited to name the feeling of the card and make up a story about why they (the pirate) feel that way.  If playing in a group, the pirates’ stories should add on to each other to complete the narrative.

Example: The first player identifies a sad bear.  Their story might go like this: “I feel lonely.  Today we landed on a small island. I fell asleep and when I woke up the other pirates had left me there all alone.”
At the second cutting of the deck, another play reveals an angry bear.  “Now I am very angry because they stole my money as well.”
The third player cuts the deck and identifies a very happy bear. “When I got angry I threw my sword on the ground.  It made strange sound and I realised that it hit a buried chest full of treasure.  Now I am very happy.”

These are more games and activities for children that can be found in the Information Booklet included in The Bear Cards ®

Cost:  $29.95 plus Postage and Handling
(P&H within Australia: $8.00 for 1 set of The Bear Cards ®, $12.00 for 2 – 7 sets)


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