The goal of the Emotes social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum is to help young people increase their emotional intelligence (EI) by enhancing self-awareness of their emotions and feelings, boosting their ability to put feelings into words, in order to improve character development and social relationships with others. 


Each Emotes character represents a different emotion, and therefore mirrors a child’s own emotions. In this way, children are able to externalize and literally interact with their emotions while having fun along the way. Through play, children learn about themselves, and discover how to express and channel their emotions in healthy and constructive ways.


Children face many challenges as they grow up in our increasingly complex world. Peer pressure, bullying and prejudice can leave a child feeling alone and insecure. Emotes model forgiveness and acceptance despite differences between us, and help us to better understand confusing feelings such as jealousy and fear. All of this contributes to the development of a healthy social and emotional intelligence and a more connected and cohesive world view.


The Emotes team invites educators, parents, psychologists and professionals to use this set of fun and nurturing tools to help young people learn to identify and express their feelings.