First episode

Each day of the children's series transmits one lesson from the science of emotions in four different ways:

  • a video on a screen
  • a song, with or without a screen
  • discussion suggestions (off-screen)
  • an arts and crafts activity (off-screen).

Main message: Feelings are like waves in the sea: they come and go, and we cannot stop them.

Song lyrics

Feelings are like waves in the sea

They come and go both for you and for me.


Song

Here you can listen to the song in today's episode, then also the song in the generic, continuously and in "loop" mode.


Discussion suggestions
The magic of Bulgy happens in the conversations that it sparks between children and adults around emotions. We suggest the following questions to initiate that conversation. For the sessions without an explicit question or strategy around recognising emotions in the moment, we suggest starting with sharing emotions, where each person says how they feel in that moment. We also suggest creating or improvising a choreography with the song.

  1. In your words, what was today's secret?
  2. Let's sing the song again. Can you improvise a choreography, or make gestures during the song? Would you like to decide on a choreography for use to do each time we sing the song?
  3. Think about the last time you were on the beach playing in the waves. How long did each wave last?
  4. Think about the last time you had a strong emotion. How long did it last?
  5. Can we stop the ocean waves? Can we stop the waves of emotions?
  6. What are the similarities between emotions and ocean waves? (Suggestions: they are always coming and going; we cannot stop them; every sea has waves and everyone has emotions; we can be dragged by them or navigate them.)
  7. Have you ever felt dragged by a wave of emotion?
  8. Which do you find more fun: to be dragged by sea waves or to surf them? And with waves of emotions: to be dragged by them or to use the wave of emotions?
  9. If you had a superpower of emotions, how would you like it to be?
  10. How would you use this emotion superpower?
  11. How can your emotion superpower transform the world?
  12. Bulgy uses the expression "surfing emtions." What do you think it means?
  13. If you had a superpower of emotions, how would you like it to be?
  14. How would you use this emotion superpower?
  15. How can your emotion superpower transform the world?
  16. Read the true story below. How do you think this boy used his emotion superpower?


A true story

Once upon a time there was a 6 year old boy who saw Bulgy's episodes at school. He talked so much about the subject at home that his family also started to follow the episodes and talk about them. The boy had an older sister, 15 years old, who had changed schools with a difficult adjustment.

Once, the sister had an unpleasant day at school; at home, the boy noticed and started acting like Bulgy! He asked his sister to draw the emotion she felt; he went to get boxes where theoretically she could put emotions; he used expressions from the songs; he said that "it was okay to feel like this because we all have feelings and all emotions are good." He looked like an adult talking to his sister!

The mother said that she was surprised by the attitude, not only because of the maturity but also because of the boy's ability to put himself in the position of the "other". Her heart was full by the affection and empathy shown at 6 years of age. She acknowledged that there was "a lot of Bulgy" in his speech. She told us the story and added: "Today is the day of gratitude ... here I express mine ... your work, which is considerable, has immense value. Please continue. Thank you."


Activity

Make an emotion thaumatrope

Tell the child to paint the faces. Help the child cut the circles and glue on a stick, straw, or pencil. Then tell the child to turn the stick and see the face becoming happy. Do the same with the other emotions: anger, fear, and sadness. Ask the child if they noticed that emotions also keep coming and going, just as in the thaumatrope.

If you need help making the toy, watch this video.

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