CosmoKidz is a set of activities created for teachers, pre-school and day-care professionals, parents, grandparents, and anyone else meaningfully connected with children ages 4-8.

If you work closely with young children, either as a caregiver or educator, you know how important their social/emotional development is in their overall well-being and in their capacity to meet the demands of life. CosmoKidz helps teach young children skills and abilities that develop their care for self and others—skills that last for the rest of their lives.

The set consists of 31 themes designed to explore a series of interpersonal topics that young children face in their everyday social world. Each topic is on a separate card and includes the topic, a common scenario, questions to help children discuss their experience of the scenario, and two role-play activities to practice acting more mindfully into the situation in the future. These topics have been gathered from young children around the world; they told us through small group conversations what they find challenging and demanding in their own lives. The topics cover a range from “feeling unsure” and “bullying” to “saying I am sorry” and “making new friends”. The box also contains 31 supplemental activity sheets, a one-page short version of the User’s Guide, and, an 11 page User’s Guide that describes the theory and thinking behind CosmoKidz and ways that adults can effectively use the cards.

We have also developed puppets with a smiling face on one side and tears on the other side. The puppets can be used as a playful and fun way to talk about any or all of the topics contained in the CosmoKidz set.

CosmoKidz sets can be purchased for $35 (US) each and puppets for $20 (US) each plus $15 for shipping each purchase.

CosmoKidz Product Options

CosmoKidz also works through an acronym. SOAR was created to remind the children (and adults alike) of what we are practicing:
S: Sense what’s around you
O: Open your hands to help others
A: Act with kindness
R: Respect other people

You can download a SOAR song free. Download here (Visit link, right click and “Save Audio As”)

Demonstration videos

CosmoKidz Presentation
Short presentation of CosmoKidz, a set of activities to increase compassion and awareness, presented by Hele Mennesker and the CMM Institute.

Brief for Educators on Cosmokidz
Katrina Tellez provides information useful to educators on what Cosmokidz is and how to use it.

Cosmokidz – Using Puppets
Katrina Tellez, educator and parent, talks about using the Cosmokidz Puppets.

Cosmokidz – Reinforcing SOAR behavior
Katrina Tellez on reinforcing SOAR behavior using Cosmokidz.

Cosmokidz for teachers and parents
Katrina Tellez on talking about how teachers and parents can use Cosmokidz.

Cosmokidz SOAR Dance

The SOAR song and dance are part of the CosmoKidz activities to increase compassion and awareness in young children. SOAR means, “To fly or glide high in the air. To rise suddenly above the normal level.” SOAR contains the essence of what CosmoKidz is about. Young children learn through conversations and creative communication. It matters what we say and do, and how we say and do it. SOAR reminds children to be aware of this through:

S: Sense what’s around you

O: Open your hands to help others

A: Act with kindness

R: Respect other people

Use SOAR as a reminder and variation during school lessons and other times spent with children. Especially when they start losing concentration and need to use some energy. SOAR channels this energy into something positive and works as a reminder about staying present with surroundings, each other, and ourselves.

CozmoKidz Research

We have completed a three-year research project at Mt Vista School in Oracle, Arizona and we are currently replicating that research in Hammond, Louisiana with two schools. The research data are providing convincing evidence that CosmoKidz significantly increases mindfulness of children’s social worlds and helps them develop interpersonal skills that help them productively work through conflict and differences while increasing compassion, kindness and respect. Research summaries are provided below:

2014 final report on CosmoKidz
2015 final report on CosmoKidz
2016 final report on Cosmokidz
2017-2018 report on CosmoKidz in LA
2019 final report on CosmoKidz


Extensions of the CosmoKidz program

Our next set of goals is to create CosmoTweens (8-11 years old) and CosmoTeens (12-14 years old) to add to the skills children are learning from CosmoKidz. When these goals are completed, schools from kindergarten through 8th grade can teach their children a culture of communication skills and competencies that will carry them into high school and beyond.
Can you see ways that the CosmoKidz program can be spread further? Do you know of schools and/or communities that would love to see their children develop SOARing behaviors? Do you want to be involved?

If so please contact Marit Haavimb at or Kim Pearce at

Latest news on CosmoKidz

CosmoKidz is growing up: Here comes CosmoTeenz

CosmoKidz is growing up: Here comes CosmoTeenz

Our Cosmo resources for children and youth continues to grow. We are now moving on to developing creative, relevant, fun and reflexive activities based on building awareness and capacity in relationships, and suited for various stages of being a teenager.

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More exciting CosmoKidz developments

More exciting CosmoKidz developments

While CosmoKidz is growing up into CosmoTweenz and Teenz it is also continuing to expand its activities for younger children. We have a new set of activities under development on race, culture and identity and another grant to continue our longitudinal research on the impact of CosmoKidz.

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Are you in any way connected with teenagers (13-17)? Can you ask them to help us by completing a survey on communication issues important to them?

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Developing CosmoTeenz: We need the help of teens

Developing CosmoTeenz: We need the help of teens

Our CosmoKidz resources continue to grow. We now need to ask teens (13-17) what the issues are they want to be able to talk about so they can better engage in their social worlds. If you know of any teens who would be willing to anonymously answer some questions to guide us in our developments please share this link with them:

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CosmoKidz in a Whole-of-School Trial

CosmoKidz in a Whole-of-School Trial Independence Leadership Academy in Louisiana has whole-heartedly embraced the CosmoKidz ethos, implementing CosmoKidz and deliberation activities throughout the school from pre-kindergarten to 4th grade.  ... Read More

CosmoTweenz D’Club kids open their hands to help others

CosmoTweenz D’Club kids open their hands to help others We are already starting to observe the positive impacts of using our latest educational resource kit for tweens. Read how tweens in the D’Club, an after-school deliberation club based on CosmoKidz and Tweenz practices, are putting their learning to good use by raising funds for others in need.  ... Read More

New CosmoTweenz resources

New CosmoTweenz resources We have started developing our CosmoKIdz for Tweenz educational resources. The first activity set to be released is “Three choices…and then what happens”—a resource for helping 8-11 year-olds work through difficult social choices.  ... Read More

CosmoKidz stand in Louisianna

CosmoKidz stand in Louisianna In April, Chipps Taylor and Nicole Wells, a 2nd grade teacher, spent the day at the Capital building in Louisiana to showcase CosmoKidz as part of the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund. The woman who made the last set of puppets also made the table cloth for us. Big smile!!!  ... Read More

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