Surfeel and friends explain Emotions to children

Verbalize emotions and surpass

A child who had leukemia No longer afraid of needles. Another child, victim of sexual abuse, managed to talk about it and save. 90% of children change their behavior: calmer, more brave, and happier. This is all simply because they talk about emotions. (Read success cases. )

Fun videos and songs that explain emotions

The program explains emotions in a playful way for 6 months. So children learn while having fun. And is "solidly grounded in scientific evidence", as appreciated by the Order of Portuguese Psychologists.

Fun videos and songs that explain emotions

The program explains emotions in a playful way for 6 months. So children learn while having fun. And is "solidly grounded in scientific evidence", as appreciated by the Order of Portuguese Psychologists.

In English, Ukrainian and other languages

We have videos and songs in various languages, including English and Ukrainian, to help integrate foreign children and refugees (Watch video and read testimony).

We explain emotions at 4-7 with Fun Stories and Songs

For whom?

  • clínicasClinics and offices

    improve children's emotional awareness and exceed fears and anxieties (to know more)

  • playSchools

    report less aggressiveness and greater self-regulation in children (to know more)

  • Municipalities

    promote children's mental health and gain visibity, reputation and impact (to know more)

How to use?

  • register

    Subscribe with email and mobile phone

  • play

    Use a free session with children

  • pay

    Buy access to the full program (18 sessions)

Questions and Answers about the Program

What is Surfeel?

Surfeel is a children's program of socio -emotional education that:

  • Works emotions with children;
  • Develops socio -emotional skills;
  • Promotes consciousness, intelligence, and emotional expression;
  • Improves mental health.

It is for children from 4 to 7 years /Age /, from preschool in kindergarten to the 2nd year of elementary school at school.

It is the only kindergarten program that explains emotions to children through videos. It also has songs, suggestions for debate among adults of children, and manual activities of emotional education to print at home.

The characters in the videos are puppets and the main character is Surfeel.

Each session takes between 15 and 45 minutes to to complete. All content is "online". Psychologists can use Surfeel in a autonomous, flexible and at its own pace.


Who implements the program?
The program is implemented by psychologists, teachers or educators at school. We do not implement the program because children develop their emotional intelligence better when they learn from people who are closest.

Does the program cover the curriculum of schools?

Yes. We crossed the romeo with the curriculum in the Student profile to exit mandatory education And our program works 4 of the 10 areas of skills referred to:

  • Interpersonal Relationship ("Recognize, express and manage emotions, build relationships", page 25)
  • Personal development and autonomy ("establish relationships between knowledge, emotions and behaviors", page 26)
  • Welfare, Health and Environment ("Relations with Society; Responsibility social, page 27)
  • Body awareness and mastery ("Be aware of yourself at the emotional level in order to establish with yourself and with others a harmonious and healthy relationship", page 30)

We also crossed with the Health Education Referential And Surfeel contributes to two themes ("Mental Health and Violence Prevention" and "Affections and Education for Sexuality"), two sub-themes ("emotions" and "affective relationships"), in 5 Objectives:

  • "Develop self -knowledge in its emotional dimension" (p. 19)
  • "Develop emotional literacy" (p. 19)
  • "Recognize the importance of affections in individual development" (p. 75)
  • "Recognize the importance of interpersonal relationships" (p. 75)
  • "Value the cooperation and interaction relations" (p. 75)

You can load in the names above to see the original documents with underlined parts to which Surfeel contributes.


Is the cost per child, by class or by school?

In the case of annual subscription with educational kit, our prices are by grouping or private school and cover all interested teachers. Children's parents have free access, offered by the school or the City Council.

In other cases, prices are "user", which is an account associated with an "email" and mobile phone number. For example, a psychologist can use Surfeel at home with children, at school with students, and at the clinic in consultation with clients.

Registration is free and gives access to 1 episode without payment. For the complete program with 18 sessions, visit the page plans.


Can I try it for free?

Yes you can. We are so confident that you will like the program that has a free session forever and just register here. If you want more sessions, we propose a free and free pilot project, where for two weeks they will have access to part of our digital content. To this end, we ask that they collect contacts from the people who will implement, choose a start date, and send us this information by email.


How long does each session last?

Each session consists of a video, a song, a choreography for the song, a debate on emotions and a manual activity. Some sessions also have a true story.

In the 1st cycle, sessions usually last 45 minutes to 1 hour. In preschool, educators often divide the session into 2, one with video, song and conversation (the educators stop the video several times to talk), and another session with manual activity only (children take more time to make thematerial of the day).


How to access your content or your material?

Our contents are entirely "online" on our "site". Parents, educators or teachers can access videos by streaming and unload activities to print the home or at school. If you want to use without internet access, you can purchase The complete package with DVDs.


Does each father, teacher or educator have to give their data to access the contents?

Yes, access to content is entirely "online" by our "site" through an account, which requires an electronic address ("email") or a telephone number.


Does each session have guidelines for their implementation with children?

Yes and no. Many educators say the program is so simple that no implementation guidelines are needed, others like the flexibility to implement as they understand depending on the circumstances.

However, many educators implement each session as follows:

  • They make a call in which students, instead of "gift", respond with the emotion they are feeling (2-3 minutes);
  • Show the video (5-10 minutes);
  • They ask children what was the secret of Surfeel (1-2 minutes);
  • They pass the song again for the children to sing (2-3 minutes);
  • invent a choreography for the song and do the dance (5-10 minutes);
  • They ask children the questions in the debate about emotions and talk about the secret (5-10 minutes);
  • Read the true history (when available);
  • They do the manual activity (20-30 minutes).

These guidelines are valid for all sessions, which have all the same structure.

The debate on emotions has more specific guidelines for each day of the program, with questions to ask children and reflect. You can see an example of the first session here.


Do teachers and educators need some training?

Yes the annual plan Includes training on 6 -hour emotions for teachers and educators;Psychologists can use these 6 hours as training or as follow -up and consulting.

If they do not want training, they can acquire the monthly plan, which does not require training.


How can I pay and receive the material?

We ask parents, educators and teachers that first subscribe. Then we ask you to use the free session to see if you like the program and if the children adhere. If you decide to purchase the full program, you can pay by card, direct debit or bank transfer, and you will receive an invoice. Access to the program is immediate after payment and entirely "online".

If you need the Budget/Order/Invoice/Payment/Receipt Cycle, the minimum amount is $ 200 + VAT.


How can you see these episodes help us?

The episodes themselves can help children in "emotional literacy", that is, to have words to realize what they feel. For example, children learn that we have four basic emotions (fear, sadness, anger and joy), and that all emotions are good and important.

Surfeel magic happens when children follow the program with important adults in their lives, for example family members or educators, because human relations are the basis of emotional intelligence. Thanks to the program, children and grown up have a common language to speak of emotions. The growners perceive abstract concepts such as emotions and feelings;Children like concrete stories;Our videos make the bridge between the two. We show children's daily situations and give adults and children concrete words and tangible stories to talk about problems, develop emotional intelligence, and experience different behavior.

An example of this magic is this true story of episode 3, in which Alice teaches that emotions are provoked by thoughts and events:

Once upon a time there was an 8 year old girl who was sometimes afraid of the dark. He was afraid especially when his mother at night asked him to get something in another division. The problem was that with the lights off, she thought she could be there a thief . . . After seeing episode 3 and with her mother's help, she realized she was afraid of an event: the lights off. So it decided to change the event. By turning on the lights, I saw that there was no thief and was going to get the things her mother asked without being afraid.

A few weeks later, it was realized that the cause of fear was actually a thought. If the girl thought she was a thief in the dark, she was afraid. If I didn't think there was a thief, I was not afraid. He realized that fear came from an imaginary danger and that when choosing what to think, he could not be afraid and be happier. So she decided not to think there was a thief. Since that day, she began to cross the house in the dark without having to light the light and without being afraid!


Who is in the team?

This question is so frequent that we have a page with all details here.


Is the program original?
Yes. Was born during the pandemic in 2020 to respond to the difficulties that children around us, children and nephews confined at home, had to deal with their Emotions. The argument is written by Joana Castiliano and Miguel Morin from the His experience with children and his passion for well told stories. A series connection with the United Kingdom comes from Miguel, who lived there for 5 years. It was there that he arranged the puppets and made a test episode in English (which can see In the English version of the site).

Does the program have a scientific basis?

Yes it is. You can read the appreciation of Order of Portuguese Psychologists, and follows an excerpt:

"This is a creative and playful program, solidly grounded in scientific evidence and very simple use"

More detailed, the program is based on current scientific evidence about emotions (namely theTherapy Cognitive behavioraland from Analysis Transactional) It is also in our personal and professional experience with emotions and children team It is especially Joana, a family doctor, and Miguel, engineer and animator of children). You can see the main messages of all episodes below.

We also contribute to public and academic debate and construction of New School Curriculum, where there are socio -emotional programs like "Surfeel". For example, we presented our program in the 11th International Congress of Child and Adolescent Psychology (XI CIPCA).

Socio -emotional learning programs made in person in schools have a very positive impact on children, as shown This review of literatureof 213 programs. Concluded that children in these programs develop social and emotional skills, attitudes and behaviors, and that improve the school performance at 11 percentage points on average. The study covered 270 thousand high school to high school students.

Included below the scientific evidence and bibliography that served for the first six episodes. To see the detailed evidence for each episode, and to see the evidence that served in other contents, needs to be register.Kabat-Zinn, Jon (2005). "Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life ", chapter "You Can't Stop The Waves, But You Can Learn To Surf", p. 30, has the Analogy between meditation practice and sea waves.Brackett, Marc (2019). "Feelings Influence Decisions " refers an experience (described in the book "Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to help our kids, OUrselves, and our society Thrive ", chapter 2, "Emotions Are Information", "Emotions and Decision-Making" section, P. 32), in which teachers were randomly put in a good mood or mood (simply spending 5 minutes writing about a good or bad day) and giving note to the same essay ("paper") showed differences of 3 points in 20, or teachers' emotions significantly affect the grades they give to students. The publication of the blog goes further than the book and states that this effect disappears if teachers first reflect about how they feel, realizing that the reason why they do not like the rehearsal It is because they are in a bad mood and not for the quality of writing.Beck, Aaron (1975), "Cognitive Therapy and The Emotional Disorders ", chapter 2, "TAPPING THE INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS", section "The Hidden Message "refers to the model "A, B, C": event (Activating event), thought (Belief), emotional consequence.FIELDING, LARA (2015). "Listening to Your Authentic Self: The Purpose of Emotions " (Blog)states that emotions mark an important need: "Emotions signal Need: When Something is Important To Us, We Are Supposed to Feel Emotions. "GOLDSTEIN, Joseph (2007). "The Heart Full of Peace", P. NA, has the example that thoughts are like the wizard of Oz, that the only power they have is the power we give them, and that not to be dragged by the thoughts, one way is to pay their attention and train their minds with meditation.Brackett, Marc (2019). "Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to help our kids, OUrselves, and our society Thrive "Chapter 6, "L: LABELING EMOTION", has the "If You Can Name It (An Emotion), You Can Tame It" or "If you can give it to emotion, you can tame it. "


Does the program have results?

Yes. Our internal impact assessment shows that 90% of children change their behavior: they are calmer, more courageous, and happier. An external impact assessment by the Santa Maria Higher School of Health shows that the program is accessible and effective for teaching emotional awareness and regulation strategies. You can read the full results in Impact Page.

You can also read families' felt testimonies in the testimonial.


Where are the videos?

To see an example of an episode, a debate about emotions and an activity, carry here. To watch more videos, debates and activities need to be register: it is free!


Where can I show the videos?

We give permission to use our content (image, trade brands and videos) on the following contexts:

  • domestic and familiar use: in charge of education showing the contents to children on mobile devices, computers or television screens;
  • school and librarian use: Teachers, librarians, or other educators showing the contents to students on the computer, on a television screen, or a projector;
  • clinical use and professional follow -up: Health professionals or children's protection services to show content to their customers or users.

In all these cases, Surfeel It is not a substitute for professional help, for example of a psychologist or psychiatrist, and should not be regarded as such.

All other uses of our content (image, trade brands and videos), including for example in theaters, companies, outdoor events, or television (among others), are explicitly forbidden without our prior permission, go against the terms andConditions when registration, and may give way to the lawsuit on our part. If you have questions, please Contact us.


Is the program only for 4-7 year olds.

We made the program for the 4th to 7 years /Age / and did many tests of the scripts and videos with children of this age. However, it also works for other ages:

  • 3 years or less: we suggest putting The Songs playing or unloading them (when passing from session 14) and singing with the children without a screen. (Both options require enrollment. ) The songs contain the main messages of the science of emotions in a fun way.
  • 8-17 years: Families report that teenagers find the puppets and songs too childish for them, but also learn a lot when they hear "the ride" of the younger brothers. One strategy in schools is the class to see Surfeel to present the smaller children.
  • 18 years or more: many adults and parents report that they themselves learn about their emotions thanks to the program, saying that "this course is done to me. "Adults can apply for the program even without children.


What are the main messages of each episode?

Here are the messages of the first 6 episodes, based onscience. Each episode has a story and a song around From the message for children to remember her well.

  1. emotions They are like the sea waves: come and go, we can't stop them.
  2. emotions they are important why influence our whole life.
  3. Emotions are caused by events or thoughts.
  4. If you have an emotion, it's because Something is important to you.
  5. The only way not to be dragged by emotions is pay attention.
  6. Give a name to emotions It is the first step in surfing them.

To see all the messages, you need subscribe (why?).


Can I unload the videos ("Download")?

Normally, no. On the one hand, we want to avoid piracy of our videos with copyright and ensure the sustainability of the project. On the other hand, we measure the impact of the short-term project by using our site and viewing videos. Therefore, we want to view videos to be "streaming".

Some partners with whom we work sometimes have an important presentation that requires 100% warranty against internet failures and our site. This is a situation for institutional partners and we ask that contact to facilitate the situation.

Schools without internet or classrooms without "Wi-Fi" can purchase the full package With the DVD episodes for "offline" use.

With customers of reference

Existing customers reported less aggressiveness and anger at students. We have helped more than 20,000 children with their emotions in more than 25 schools.

Câmara Municipal de AzambujaJunta de Freguesia de RamaldePsys e AfynsGabinete Sentido, centro terapêuticoCentro de Desenvolvimento Maria CegonhaPsicóloga Tania MartinsAgrupamento de Escolas André SoaresAgrupamento de Escolas do TeixosoAgrupamento de Escolas de ConstânciaAgrupamento de Escolas Dr. Flávio GonçalvesAgrupamento de Escolas André SoaresAgrupamento de Escolas de AvisAgrupamento de Escolas de EstremozAssociação de Pais da Escola da Brejoeira

Surfeel has already appeared in TV and National News:

SICPublicGazeta das CaldasM80 (radio)91fm (Radio Caldas da Rainha)

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