What are they?
In short they are a set of colorful cards with a funny drawing, a catchword and a phrase. These cards have been designed for children in the 6-12 age group. For instance if they need comforting, deserve a reward or when they have finished doing their homework and last not least....just for fun. Cuddle Cards can also serve as a starting point for a chat or a nice drawing. Experience has shown that grown-up also can use them in all sorts of creative ways.
How to use Cuddle Cards?
Spread all the cards out on the table with the red side facing up. Allow the child to pick one up at leisure, to read it or have read out to them. All drawings and texts are of a positive nature and will invariably create moments of surprise and/or comfort for the child. Cuddle Cards can be enjoyed everywhere and have shown themselves to be multifunctional. They are currently much in demand in schools, day-care centers and children's hospitals.
Remedial teachers, psychologists and therapists have reported enthusiastically about the various ways they have been using Cuddle Cards.
Cuddle Cards can create numerous moments for parents and children that can be repeated time and time again. Children as well as parents can draw cards.
* as a starting point for a cozy chat
* to get a children's party going
* to experience intimacy
* as an introduction to the Cuddle Journal
Just to stop and think for a while about a particular subject may help improve the development of the child and its awareness of the outer world/environment. Moreover language skills and understanding of abstract concepts may also be increased.
* as a starting point for a group discussion
* as a possible theme for a drawing
* as a subject matter for a tale
* as a means of consolation/comfort
* as a tool for remedial teachers
Therapists of various disciplines have individually discovered endless application of Cuddle Cards as befitted their own particular method of working.
At the request of many users of Cuddle Cards a Cuddle Journal has been published so that various activities can now be added as optional extras. In this journal all 52 drawings have been enlarged while on the opposite page 4 questions are given that relate to the picture on the left. By coloring the pictures in the way the child thinks fit and by answering the questions a personal diary may eventually emerge that may be of lasting value. Leafing through the pages of this journal at a later stage may be a joy to both child and adult.
So, select a Cuddle Card, read it, find the corresponding page and let your imagination run away with you.
The designers of Cuddle Cards wish children and adults alike lots of fun and many moments of intimacy with this new multifunctional presents.
Margot Janssen (primary school teacher/art therapist)
Yvonne van Meteren (art teacher/art therapist)