Inside Out, a movie to talk to with kids
January 18, 2016  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

One of our favourite movies of 2015 was, without a doubt, Inside Out, from the Pixar and Disney Factory. Although many believe it is a film that speaks more to adults, Inside Out is a fantastic opportunity to talk to our children about emotions. Being able to manage them is what will make them grow up to become happier individuals because learning about emotions, how they work and how to manage them is far more important than learning math and English. Now, thanks to Famosa, you will be able to help them learn by playing with the new collection of stuffed toys, inspired by the characters in the movie.

Inside out tells the story of what growing up entails and how emotions work. Told from the point of view of Riley, an eleven-year-old girl, the movie explains how emotions such as fear, anger, happiness or sadness can overpower our minds, if we let them. And that is the key: learning to avoid having certain emotions (even happiness) dictate our lives.

It´s not only a question of knowing “who” is up there (in our head) and why and when that particular emotion acts out. Understanding this will enable us to understand how to separate an emotion from what we really are.

The film also talks about how we need all our emotions; including sadness and anger and that sometimes we need a good dose of all of them. If we didn’t have fear, for example, we would end up getting hurt.

At The Toy Blog, we recommend viewing the film together to later discuss these topics with your children. Remember that younger kids will need extra help understanding certain things such as abstract thought. In order to do this, we encourage you to use the Inside Out stuffed animals as your allies. Because remember, children learn best by playing.

If you´d like to know what you can talk about when talking about Inside Out, we have summarized what Common Sense Media has to say about this film, intended for kids age 7 and older.


Questions to ask and discuss with your children

  • Why is it so difficult for Riley to talk to her parents about her feelings?
  • Is it right for her parents to ask her to continue being their happy daughter?
  • How does that make Riley feel when she doesn’t feel happy?
  • Have you ever experienced something like this?
  • What emotion do you like best? Why?
  • Why do we need all of our emotions?
  • What does Riley think will change by running away?
  • Why is she wrong?
  • What are your emotions like? What about the emotions of the rest of the family?
  • Another great activity to propose is have them draw the emotions inside their heads. What do they look like?

Stuffed toys not only help kids manage their stress levels, anxiety or excitement. They are great vehicles by which they can express their emotions and feelings. Just like we suggested in this poststuffed animals have certain advantages over other types of toys. Allan Gansher, founder of Kids, INC. believes that by knowing these stuffed animals or characters represent something real, kids feel identified and through them they are able to explore their most complex emotions.

Playing with stuffed toys offers kids the chance to practice their social skills too. Through role-play, as parents you can use their stuffed animals to highlight certain issues like waiting for their turn, feeling empathy towards others and sharing.

Did you know that stuffed toys had so many benefits? Have you already seen Inside Out? What did you think of the movie? Please send us your comments.

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