Delicious Animated Stories and Activities That Raise Your Children’s EQ
What is EQlicious?
EQlicious, created by the team at Think Equal, is a digital set of stories, activities, and animations for families to enjoy together and designed to help bring social and emotional learning into homes across the world.
The vibrant animations bring the stories to life and are narrated by some of our most beloved voices, including Olivia Coleman, Stephen Fry, Richard Grant and Emma Thompson.
Access to EQlicious includes 12 digital storybooks, 12 corresponding animations, and 60 activities, including art-based creations, interactive games, playful songs, and prompts for meaningful conversations – all accessible anytime, from anywhere! The EQlicious journey concludes with a celebratory activity reflecting on what your child has learned by designing a Global Passport that highlights the positive impact each child can make on the world.
The Benefits of SEL & Animated Books with Activities
Early years education is fundamental in helping children grow into empowered citizens of the world. Meaningful opportunities to engage with SEL in the earliest years of development helps children build vital neural pathways that will grow stronger throughout their lives.
SEL is a process of acquiring social and emotional values, attitudes, competencies, knowledge and skills that are essential for learning, effectiveness, wellbeing and success in life.
Research shows that children exposed to SEL in the early years earned higher marks on report cards in the areas of learning, health, and social-emotional development (Flook et al., 2014). In addition, studies have shown that one year of SEL resulted in an increase in warmth between children and students, more autonomy and leadership among students, less bullying among students, and teachers who focused more on students’ interests and motivations, thus improving their academic performances (Brackett & Rivers, 2014). These findings are supported by Durlak et al. (2011), who found that students exposed to SEL showed improved academic performance, more positive attitudes and behaviours, fewer negative behaviours and reduced emotional stress.
EQlicious is a tool to take this research-based evidence and bring SEL benefits in the early years into the home environment. The stories and animations all focus on various elements of SEL, and the accompanying activities and resources further expand on children’s experience and learning. Families can read the books, watch the animations and complete the activities together in a fun, creative and inclusive way – designed to fit into the busy day-to-day lives we all lead!
The Origin of EQlicious: Think Equal
Think Equal is a not-for-profit charity with a classroom programme created by global thought leaders in education, psychology, human rights and neuroscience. It comprises age-appropriate levels, each containing 22 to 24 original narrative picture books, 90 lesson plans and accompanying resources for teachers to use in their classrooms. The programme consists of three levels of learning for children aged 3-6.
Since its inception in 2015, the classroom programme has reached 180,000+ children in 20 countries and translated into 16 languages. We are continuing to expand and reach children across the globe to help initiate meaningful change in children’s mindsets (and adults!) everywhere.
We invite you to visit our Free Resources page to get a taste of our books – we have a classroom pack for teachers, a home kit for parents and a COVID-19 book ready for you!
Get 1 & Give 5
Bringing EQlicious into your home not only benefits your children and your family but also helps to bring SEL into classrooms that may not otherwise have access to high-quality early education programmes. The proceeds from each EQlicious kit sold fund the Think Equal classroom programme for five children across South Africa, India and Mexico.
Are you interested in acquiring EQlicious or learning more about it?
Brackett, M.A., Rivers, S.E. (2014). “Emotions in Education: Transforming Students’ Lives with Social and Emotional Learning. International handbook of emotions in education” Handbook of Emotions in Education, edited by Yale University. http://ei.yale.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Transforming-Students’-Lives-with-Social-and-Emotional-Learning.pdf [accessed 12 July 2019]
Durlak, J., Dymnicki, A., Schellinger, K., Taylor, R. Weissberg, R. (2011). The Impact of Enhancing Students’ Social and Emotional Learning: A Meta-Analysis of School-Based Universal Interventions. Child Development: 405-432. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01564.x [accessed 12 July 2019]
Flook L., Goldberg, S., Pinger, L., Davidson, R. (2014). Kindness Curriculum Study with Pre-Kindergarten Students. Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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