THANK YOU for being here! Families want – and need – your help to strengthen their kids.
You told us “Parents want toys and games to help their kids’ mental health!” We went to the experts and learned what will do that. Here’s what they told us:
- Comfort isn’t enough. Fidget toys and plushies help kids feel better in the moment but don’t set them up to handle tomorrow’s struggle with any more success.
- Kids need MESH skills to navigate their feelings and the unavoidable stresses they encounter. MESH means Mental & Emotional & Social Health.
- (This one is the best news!) Toys and games can teach kids these MESH skills and strengthen kids now AND in the future!
Here are the MESH skills toys and games develop:
- Problem solving and perseverance
- These develop children’s ability to identify and overcome obstacles.
- Encourage storytelling
- These build children’s self-advocacy, meaning their ability to explain what they’re experiencing to themselves and to others, growing their self-regulation skills in the process.
- Navigating new or increasing challenges over the duration of play
- These strengthen children’s adaption and cognitive skills and motivates them to determine when to seek assistance.
- Draw children and their adults to play together
- These strengthen children’s relationships and comfort to ask for assistance when they need it.
Read the MESH white paper HERE.