This set is designed to help children talk about their feelings, and encourage them to practice regulating their own emotions. Each insect corresponds with a different feeling, so that children can talk their feelings through with the appropriate character. This will help them to define their emotions. The opportunity to talk about their emotions with a safe substitute (instead of trying to work them out with a classmate who is also upset) will help children practice these conversations, so that they can eventually engage in them with others and do so successfully.
In my classroom the “what’s bugging you?” insects are available in the quiet space, where the children know that they can sit alone with them, while they work through their issues. There are a number of ways to use these characters. The smaller versions can be cut out and glued on the end of a popsicle stick, the larger characters can be cut out and laminated so that children can hold them while they talk to them, these larger version could also be used as patterns if you choose to make felt “bug buddies”. I have also included emotion faces, so that the children can match the face that they are feeling to the corresponding character. If you like this product please be sure to check out my Emotions and Feelings Synonyms