Olivia Colman, Stephen Fry, David Oyelowo, Helen Mirren, Richard E. Grant, and Emma Thompson, amongst others from the world of film and TV, have teamed up to narrate a collection of new animated stories for families with children aged 3 to 6 to enjoy together and to bring wellbeing and positive life outcomes to the next generation of children.
Launched on November 18, EQlicious features a total of 12 digital stories and 60 activities including art-based creations, interactive games, playful songs & prompts for meaningful conversation. Each heartwarming story provides a different learning objective, from self-esteem and communication skills to celebration of diversity, emotional literacy, problem-solving and kindness.
Developed by Think Equal, an award-winning non-profit endorsed by Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Montessori Europe, and UNICEF, EQlicious offers fun and practical, long-term solutions to issues like mental health, discrimination, abuse, violence, and inequality.
EQlicious narrator and actress, Helen Mirren, comments: “The early education of a child is so incredibly important and it’s so difficult for children, adults, young people, to wriggle out of their early education. Empathy is the most important human emotion that we, as hopefully evolving creatures on this planet, will learn to have more of.”
“The UK is a country in crisis; the department of health spends £105 billion a year on mental health disorders whilst the rate of violence is massively on the rise” Said Leslee Udwin, Founder of Think Equal. “We are calling for a systemic change – studies show that the best time for pro-social foundations, co-creating positive neural pathways in the child’s developing brain, is before the age of 6. It is so important that our children are happy, and feel loved, and that we nurture their emotional intelligence and wellbeing. I’m so grateful that with the help of our wonderful and talented celebrity supporters, we have been able to create beautiful stories with a meaningful purpose and positive outcomes for our children.” continued Leslee.
Think Equal are committed to improving children’s social and emotional education all over the world – for every set purchased,they will give their classroom programme to five children in South Africa, Mexico or India.
The full EQlicious collection of stories and activities are available to purchase for £49 from https://thinkequal.org/EQlicious