FREE activities for your kids – and for you!
Join us here regularly to make Connection Zoo® part of your weekly routine and develop social and emotional practices that equip you and your kids to effectively manage whatever life serves you.
FOR YOUR KIDS: Check in Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday for new activities that encourage imagination, creativity and discovery while building social and emotional skills. Content will be added around 11:00 AM CDT on respective days starting Wednesday, April 1 through May 8.
FOR YOU: I’m Okay. We’re Okay video series at bottom of this page.
While the Connection Zoo® animal cards will enhance and extend the learning and enjoyment of these activities, it is not necessary to purchase them to gain access to this content.
Welcome to the Connection Zoo® Crew!
Sign Language Sunday
Illustrations and video that teach how to sign the Connection Zoo animals. Learning a new language activates our brains and broadens our perspective.
Creative Movement Mondays
Movement activities with the CZ animals to encourage imagination and creative movement.
Works of Art Wednesdays
Short videos that teach how to draw some of our Connection Zoo animals while sharing fun facts about them.
Fun File Fridays
Fun File Friday provides creative ways to connect children with their friends, family and their animals with educational and social activities related to the Connection Zoo animal of the week.
How you show up matters!
We are excited to share our I’m Okay. We’re Okay. informational video series and resources to build your own social and emotional skills to take care of yourself and be the best partner you can be for your kiddos!
Developing our Kids’ Emotional Health
An Interview with Shelly Melroe, Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Rhythm for Living Therapy and Counseling. Shelly shares with us the bodymind perspective for emotional regulation and ideas we can use to help their kids develop healthy regulation of their emotions and energy.
A Little BIT of Feedback Goes A Long Way
An Interview with Erin Mies, Mom of 3 great kids (ages 8, 6, and 4) and Co-Founder of People Spark Consulting. Erin teaches us a simple and very effective way to give feedback that teaches and motivates behavior change – for kids and adults. And we can start using it immediately!
“Between stimulus and response there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Victor Frankl
Here are 5 ways to partner with your kids to meet their needs, especially when they are feeling big emotions:
- Make conversation about all feelings – those that feel good and those that don’t – normal and regular.
- Be a student of your own social and emotional intelligence, including self-awareness and self-management.
- Be a role model. Share how you’re feeling and process it out loud, in front of your kids. You might say, “I feel really frustrated right now. I’m going to take a break or pause and take a deep breath to calm down so I can think more clearly and make good choices about what I’m going to do with my frustration.”
- When your kids talk to you, treat it like a gift and give them all your attention. Put your devices away, look in their eyes and listen – really listen – with your ears and your heart. Respond to what you hear with phrases like, “Thank you for sharing that with me,” and “That sounds like it feels really bad,” and “Tell me more,” and “How can I help?”
- Partner with them to identify and meet their needs. It is important your goal is NOT to “fix” your child but rather partner to understand the need beneath the feeling and find ways to work WITH them to get their needs met (not do it for them).