In difficult times,
A resource to help people to have difficult conversations,
to thrive and not just survive
Have a difficult conversation? Need to talk about your emotions? Helping someone through difficulty?
It's been used in classrooms. Boardrooms. Counselling rooms. With finger puppets, talking sticks, and emotion cards, it encourages us to fully be ourselves.
Aimed at professionals from teachers to social workers, this resource reaches the 5 senses to encourage people to talk about difficult things.
Maybe you think it's not for you.
But in difficult times like these, we need this resource more than ever to begin difficult conversations.
Like whether you are going to be retrenched. Or how your child is feeling. Or how your service user is feeling uncertain and confused.
Inspired by years of research into what works, the kitbag builds evidence-based interventions into activities that you can use.
With finger puppets and talking sticks, it encourages people to express themselves without fear of reproach.
Adapted for adults and children
Used in boardrooms and classrooms, the kitbag is for any age.
Maybe you think: is this really for me?
In a room filled with tension, I took out the kitbag to use with a young 18-year-old. As we played with the finger puppets, she started laughing.
Emotions are universal. In times like these, we need to talk about the difficult things that matter.
The kitbag encourages you to express yourself.
It brings out your unique voice. Your child's voice. Your client's voice.
Because in times like these, we need to listen, learn, and love more.
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IFF Online Kitbag
A multisensory, online resource
What professionals are saying:
A vital tool for making initial contact... And building trust
Appropriate child-centred materials are a vital tool for making initial contact with children and building up the required levels of trust, so it really is concerning that many social workers don’t have these materials to hand for their day-to-day work.
Professor Gillian Ruch // University of Sussex
I used this initially with a new service user I had seen in a tense environment, and she started laughing.
The kitbag is beautiful to touch, and a simply fantastic resource.
John Lim // Social Worker
How do I use it?
There are no set instructions.
You can use the puppet to encourage your child to talk about their emotions.
You can ask something like: What would Wolfie say? How would Wolfie feel?
This encourages people to speak through the finger puppets, reducing fear of talking about difficut things.
Or you can even use the kitbag in a boardroom, or a meeting.
Using the talking stick, tell attendees that they can only speak when they are holding the talking stick.
It encourages people to listen to hear, rather than to respond.
Inspired by Native Americans, this talking stick was popularised by Stephen Covey's book, 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People'.
What is inside?
- 1Plushy finger puppets That encourage people to talk about their emotions through the finger puppets, allowing themselves to express themselves more easily.
- 2Beautifully designed outer covering To invite people to open up the kitbag, and use it.
- 3Innovative talking stick, adapted from Native American tribes to encourage listening and seeking first to understand
- 4Thought-provoking emotion and presence cards That people can pick from, and use to ground themselves or to spark conversation about the particular emotion
Here at Gutenhag, we work with innovative partners to bring the best resources from around the world.
We focus on resources that bring out the voice of people, allowing them to express their fullest potential.
The kitbag is one such resource that we are excited to bring to Asia, in collaboration with the International Futures Forum.
We hope it will truly help people to thrive, and not just survive.
John Lim, Founder
Join others on this journey!
Expertly designed...to help establish a nurturing relational space
Kitbag uses simple materials expertly designed and brought together to help establish a nurturing relational space and has been adopted with enthusiasm in schools, family and other settings – with or without professional support.
Dr Margaret hannah // International Futures Forum Director of Health Programmes
Create connections, identify and share emotions...
Kitbag is a resource to create connections, to identify and share emotions and minimise the impact of daily stress in families, communities and workplaces. It develops our inner capacity for mindfulness, calm, resilience and compassion.
TIGERS // Training Initiatives Generating Effective Results Scotland
The Best Time to Start Speaking about Difficult Things is Now!
In times like these, we need to talk about what we need. We cannot simply ignore our feelings, the difficult things, the woozy things.
We need to talk about them.
This kitbag helps you to do that. With clarity and conviction, it creates the space to have difficult conversations.
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
You are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If you don't like what you got, return it back to us, let us know why and we'll send you a prompt refund.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the instructions to this kitbag?
Within the kitbag, there is an instructional guide that teaches you how to use it. But it's a guide. We encourage you to use it creatively!
Can I customise my kitbag?
Each kitbag is hand-crafted. You cannot customise it, but be prepared to be surprised by the unique designs that come into your mailbox!
Why should I buy this?
To have the difficult conversations that matter. To hear the voices of others. To help others through distress.
How long does it take to reach me?
Due to the pandemic, depending on which part of the part you are in, we estimate that you will get it within 14 to 28 working days.
Where are you shipping from?
We are shipping from Singapore. Due to the global pandemic, delivery times might be delayed.
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