Playing with dolls – maybe not what one would think of when it comes to social-emotional learning, but that’s the backbone behind one Naperville mom’s new business.

Padmini Sriman has created a new line of toys called Emotiplush.

These dolls are designed to teach little children different emotions and how to express them, simply by changing their mouths and eyebrows.

“Social-emotional skills are the most important skills I feel for success in life, so I feel learning that young is the best way to do this and children learn best through play,” said Sriman.

She created four prototypes, as well as a picture-book that feature some of them as characters.

This is like one story that they could use to play out different scenarios with the doll. So this is just one example and it’s got almost all the nine different emotions that the doll can display.”

Sriman adds that the dolls can also be useful for therapists, teachers, and clinical psychologists.

She’s started a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of raising at least $3,000 from early sales to launch Emotiplush into mass production.

Eventually she plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to a nearby not-for-profit that helps the special needs community.


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