What is the Mood Mat used for?
One of the foundations of good mental health and resilience is being able to give your feelings a name, and being able to share how you are feeling with others.
For children, it is especially important to encourage and give them opportunities to open up, and to talk about how they are feeling with the adults in their lives. The Mood Mat and Mood Cube are fun ways for children to identify an emoji that represents how they are feeling.
The Mood Mat is a free printable resource - simple add to cart (don't worry its FREE!) an this will be delivered by email as a download that can simply be printed for use in home or school!
How To Use The Mood Mat
Included in the Mood Mat download are 27 different ideas for how it can be used. This inlcudes group or one- on-one activities and quiet self reflection time. The ideas cater to a range of ages, and no counselling training is needed. It's all about getting the children used to talking about their feelings, giving their feelings a name, and thinking about how other people might be feeling.
Just identifying how they are feeling, and sharing that with someone else, can help reduce anxiety, and put them on a path to emotional regulation - being able to control their big feelings. This leads to positive mental health for life.
Where Did The Mood Mat Originate ?
For Cat Levine's School Tour in 2020 with Mike King and Gumboot Friday, she created the Mood Cube. This 10cm square Cube is covered in emojis that represent different feelings. The Cube has been a big hit in schools, homes and even counsellors offices. Over 20,000 have already been printed and distributed throughout New Zealand.
However, not every school has the budget to buy one for every student, so Cat designed an A4 version of the cube that can be downloaded for free, printed and even laminated.