Parenting is hard and so is being a kid!
We want our kids to talk to us. Studies show they want that too, especially when they’re stressed. Connection Zoo® gives your kids the words to talk with you about the emotions, social stress or anxiety they’re experiencing.
Teach kids social, emotional and self-management skills doing something they love – PLAY – with something they love – ANIMALS! When played regularly, Connection Zoo® helps proactively develop awareness and self-management practices, so when your kiddo’s worry or anxiety shows up, they are equipped and ready to succeed!
We can all benefit from talking about and taking care of our social animals!
Using Connection Zoo as a family gives us the opportunity to play together, share experiences and normalize the conversation about emotions and anxiety. The multiple ways of playing allow us to personalize for our family and modify based on how much time we have available. We love the look and feel of the cards. It’s very appealing and differential, and we like the realistic animal images. -Parent
Message for Parents - How you show up matters!
- Technology and children’s relationships Connection Zoo® is a great screen-free play option!
- Cognitive and developmental advantages of traditional (physical) toys The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages play that brings parents and children together. Connection Zoo® can make that happen!
- Kids’ code word for “I’m anxious” Connection Zoo® can give your kids words to express what they’re experiencing
- Ways to support your socially worried child Playing with Connection Zoo® is one way!
- 5 Phrases to Avoid Using with your Child (and 5 Alternatives) How you respond matters!
- Social anxiety and the role of parents How you show up matters!
- Goodbye Anxiety, Hello Joy, Colleen Wildenhaus (Author: Helping Children Manage Anxiety at School)
- Child Mind Institute
Other Great Resources
- Insight Timer App – Love this! They continue to add kid’s meditations that are really great! Oh…and it’s FREE!
- Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Competencies by CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning)
- Anxiety Symptoms List