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Unless you've been living under a rock somewhere, you are probably well aware of how AWESOME Disney•Pixar’s new film, "Inside Out" is. This much anticipated animated film is creating a ton of buzz, especially among parents of small children. You see, little kids aren't always the best at identifying and expressing their emotions. Sometimes, this leads to frustration or even full-blown meltdowns. Thanks to "Inside Out", kids are learning about the myriad of human emotions in a fun, adventure-packed way.
Heralded as Disney•Pixar’s best movie since the original Toy Story, Inside Out is the story of the voices in your head. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in what’s known as the “Headquarters", the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
TOMY Toys is bringing the rich characters and colorful personalities of Inside Out to life in the real world with its line of magical toys including Riley’s five emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust. The toys (available NOW) are character-driven, each showcasing the diverse personalities and distinct qualities of the characters in the animated film.
The awesome folks at TOMY sent us 2 of their Inside Out Talking Plush toys to check out for ourselves. We received Joy and Sadness, which absolutely delighted the kiddos.
These toys are super soft and snuggly, and are very well made. The facial features are embroidered, which will definitely adds to the longevity of the toy and prevents choking hazards. Call me paranoid, but I don't like eyes that can just be plucked off of a toy. (Have you ever had a toy's eyeball get ripped off and end up in the mouth of a child? Not fun. Not fun at all.) These cute characters are also wearing very detailed, fabric clothing, which adds to their charm.
But the REAL fun starts with the squeeze of a hand.
You see, each TOMY Inside Out Talking Plush toy comes to life! Just squeeze their hand, and the character will say a variety of different phrases from this hit movie. And yes, the voices are those of the actual talent! How cool is that?!
Sophie and Xander both love these magical toys from TOMY. They have been toting them around everywhere, and we have even used them to spark conversations about emotions. It's been very cute to see my kids express what emotion they are feeling at any given time. Identifying a feeling is a great start and will definitely help my kids choose how to express their emotions. Great job, TOMY!
We have not seen the movie yet, but we will be heading there while my husband is on vacation soon. I have a feeling that after the movie, we will be heading to the store to pick up the rest of TOMY's Inside Out Talking Plush collection!
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6/21/2015 07:31:19 pm
I've taught my grandsons that expressing their emotions are important and it's important to talk about why they are feeling the way they're feeling.
6/22/2015 01:06:46 am
I'm not sure I have any clever tricks, but I always try to encourage my daughter to be open with how she feels. Sometimes I will choose a particular book to read at night if I feel it's relevant to something she's going through.
6/22/2015 07:04:14 am
I always taught my kids to treat others as they would like to be treated. I also told them not to be afraid to cry, laugh or get upset only to keep the latter to a minimum. They both turned out to be very loving girls.. I also taught them to love and not to be afraid to let people know you love them. There is much love in my entire Family. We all say it freely!
6/22/2015 01:55:22 pm
We let dd express herself but we are still working on getting her to open up when she is in a pissy (for lack of better word) mood and what put her in it. She tends to keep things inside instead of sharing them with us because she thinks we will get mad (I have no idea what goes on in her mid - we have never gotten mad at HER over things she has told us!) or doesn't want us to worry.
6/22/2015 01:58:22 pm
I tell them that they have full control! Thank you! :)
6/22/2015 06:44:52 pm
Mine had therapist being chronically ill it helped them so much with dealing with their emotions.
6/22/2015 07:31:49 pm
I don't have my own kids, but have a great niece who is 2. I try to use games and other distractions when she starts to get upset. She usually ends up laughing and playing along and whatever had been upsetting her is long gone.
6/23/2015 09:46:00 am
I Taught them early that its ok to cry when your sad and Laugh when they are happy. If some one gets you Mad to control your temper and be a better person than they are. Mostly I taught them to love and treat everyone the way they would like to be treated. My 2 girls turned out to be loving Women whom I am very Proud of!
6/24/2015 06:41:29 am
I teach my nephews that its normal to have different feelings, but we have the power to control them. The more we feed an emotion with our thoughts, the more they take us over.
6/24/2015 09:18:50 am
Im still having problems getting her to open up and share what shes feeling.
6/24/2015 03:14:02 pm
Laugh when they want too, Cry if they need too and to love with all their heart!!
6/25/2015 08:30:05 am
I try to make them laugh/ smile when they are sad. I dont really have any tricks!
6/25/2015 09:34:15 pm
No tricks, I just listen to what she says!
6/26/2015 05:44:27 pm
I taught them it was ok to laugh when they are happy and its ok to cry when they were sad. I taught them to love and to treat people how they would like to be treated.
6/26/2015 06:29:25 pm
They would talk with us when things were going on .
6/28/2015 04:39:09 am
I tell them that it is ok to express their feelings. I also make sure to listen when they are ready to talk about how they are feeling.
6/28/2015 11:56:51 am
Taught them it is ok to cry when you are said and laugh when you are Happy But most of all love all things. Treat others how you would like to be treated!!
6/28/2015 04:04:13 pm
I tell them that they are in control!
6/29/2015 01:27:36 am
Yes, I tell them to express their emotions and not to hide them.
6/29/2015 11:37:55 am
I've stressed with my son to talk it out rather than phsically acting out. It's been an uphill battle but I think we're doing well.
6/29/2015 01:55:55 pm
I taught my children that it is ok to laugh & ok to cry. Most of all I taught them to love and not to hate!! I taught them to treat others the way they would like to be treated. They both turned out to be very loving Women and I am so Proud of both of them..
6/30/2015 12:58:55 pm
I tell them that they have control. Thank you!
7/1/2015 11:40:39 am
I simply taught them to love unconditionally. Cry and laugh when they want to. I also told them to treat others like they would like to be treated! Don't Hate!!
7/2/2015 11:58:01 am
pretty cool plushes
7/3/2015 01:48:13 pm
We are just now dealing with this, and at the stage where if you would not like it others would not.
7/3/2015 03:32:13 pm
One of my boys has a lot of issues with anxiety and gets very upset really easily. We have found that it's harder for him to express how he feels until he calms down. Thankfully he has 2 coping mechanisms and knows when he has issues, that he can either rock on a special chair that is just for him, or he can ask me to rub his back with lavender oil and then he is able to tell us what's wrong. Until we figured this out it was extremely frustrating to all of us in the house.
7/4/2015 05:33:09 am
I am a Mother of grown daughters and I also taught Pre-K for 20 years. My tip is it is ok to be mad. How we handle being mad is expressing ourselves in acceptable ways.
7/4/2015 08:00:27 am
I tell them that they are in control! Thanks!
7/5/2015 07:40:03 am
We've always had discussions about how you're feeling and the best way to express the emotions. Thank you for the giveaway!
7/5/2015 02:27:32 pm
I encourage them to talk about their feelings. Anger is the hardest emotion for our boys. I've encouraged them to hit their pillows when angry.
Ashley Chassereau Parks
7/6/2015 05:31:28 am
I try to get them to verbalize how they are feeling and talk about what they can do about it if they don't like how they are feeling. :)
7/6/2015 09:46:01 am
I Honestly have no tips or tricks for teaching children how to deal with their emotions. I taught mine to cry when they were sad to laugh when they were happy. Most of all Love and treat others how you would like to be treated..They turned out Beautiful and loving!
7/6/2015 02:26:28 pm
I teach my kids to breathe three deep breaths when their getting angry and always treat others how you would want to treat them.
7/7/2015 02:24:14 am
My son was diagnosed with PDD/NOS when he was 4, but now that he's older, it seems to be more like Asperger's. One of the things that I worked on with him was breathing and counting when he was feeling frustrated, so that his reaction would be more socially acceptable.
7/7/2015 08:02:13 am
I encourage my 2 granddaughters to talk about how their day was. We discuss their day at school, their friends and activities. I let them know that they can talk about anything. It is important to keep communication open and to listen to them.
7/7/2015 09:29:17 am
I taught them to cry when they are sad. To laugh when they were Happy.To Treat others how they would like to be treated. Most of all I taught them to love and not hate~They both turned out to be very Loving and caring ladies..
7/7/2015 01:37:25 pm
I have taught my daughters that its okay to cry and that mommas here for them to talk, no matter the hour.
7/7/2015 08:07:24 pm
I tell them emotions are normal and all part of being human.
7/8/2015 06:21:16 am
We sometimes get Alysia to draw when she feels mad.
7/8/2015 10:39:57 am
I encourage my kids to write things down if they're really upset & don't want to talk to me right away about it. They then get to re-read what their frustration(s) was and see how they feel reading it out loud. Was it silly to react that way, etc etc? Then they usually come right back to me and talk :)
7/8/2015 12:42:31 pm
I taught my daughters to cry when they are sad. To laugh when they were Happy. But most of all to love. Always try to find good in a person. To treat others with respect and how you would like to be treated, I have 2 wonderful Daughters..
7/9/2015 12:36:05 am
I told me son to just slow down his thoughts sometimes they go a mile a minute and he has to control his breathing
7/9/2015 05:13:50 am
I encourage them to always talk about how they are feeling!!!
Tina D Reynolds
7/9/2015 06:29:29 am
I tell them it is always okay to share them with me and share emotions as long as they dont hurt someone else.
7/9/2015 06:54:30 am
Sometimes we play music and dance to show that we are happy!
7/9/2015 11:09:27 am
We listen and love.
7/9/2015 01:35:11 pm
I taught my children that it ok to cry and laugh.I taught them to love and not hate~ I taught them to see the best in people~ and to treat others the way they would like to be treated~
7/9/2015 10:54:04 pm
My almost 5 year old granddaughter started being afraid of having monsters under her bed at night. I use her stuffed animals for her and I to talk through and it helps her to express her emotions. Her nine year old sister had gone through this same fear years before and using her plush skunk said the skunk will sleep under the bed and threaten to spray them and they will never come again. Everyone giggled and the new "Frozen" nightlight helped too. :-)
7/10/2015 05:54:07 am
Listen and talk about healthy ways to display feelings.
7/10/2015 07:15:31 am
Working on it. She just turned 9 and it seems like there are all new emotions that have come!
7/10/2015 08:25:05 am
I taught my Daughters to laugh when they are Happy! Its ok to cry when your sad or Hurt. I taught them to Love and Not hate. Taught them to Respect others and treat them how they want to be treated. I also told them a smile goes along way.
7/10/2015 11:44:17 am
Have always let my kids express their feelings and let them have a say.
7/10/2015 11:55:34 am
We always taught our daughter to talk to us about her feelings and how to deal with them.
7/10/2015 11:56:19 am
7/10/2015 01:35:16 pm
It is sometimes hard to deal with the kids, but I live day by day. I recommend having a heart but you gotta be stern when they need it.
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