Questions and Answers (FAQ)

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 story (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.

If you need the Budget/Order/Invoice/Payment/Receipt Cycle, the minimum amount is $ 200 + VAT. If you want a lower value, you can: (1) buy through the site and request a refund;(2) Make a "screen capture" with the date and attach to your financing request (in this case the budget is valid for 30 days and does not include VAT);(3) add more materials from the catalog, or several copies, to reach the least.

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.

Who are the characters?
The Puppet CompanyThe puppets come from The Puppet Company Ltd ®, which we recommend following on social networks at:

We used six Puppet Company puppets, which we called the fantastics, and developed characters for each of them. By order of appearance:


Surfeel has empathy and understands what others are feeling. His characteristic is that every time he meets someone, he begins the conversation with the question "How do you feel?" He has confidence and loves starting a new adventure.


Alice is a scientist and very pragmatic. She is quick to act and thinks on her feet. She is very organized to the point of perfectionism and is loves sports.


Leo is an engineer and very intellectual. He has little empathy and is behind on emotional and relational intelligence. He thinks everything is in books but sometimes that doesn't work. When he wanted to learn how to swim, he read five books before entering the swimming pool.


Emma is fun, likes jokes and doing new things. She is a little "the court's jester". She is usually disorganized and cluttered. She prefers to have pleasant emotions and doesn't know what to do with difficult ones, for example, she panicks when someone cries. She has "black-or-white" thinking: she thinks that if we have a difficult emotion, then the day is wasted and she is no longer happy. She is a dreamer, lives for pleasure and to enjoy things. She sometimes wastes time planning and dreaming, but ends up not taking any action.


Oscar is a toucan bird that spends his holidays in Brazil. He's exotic and likes to play soccer. Sometimes, he feels different from the rest because he's a bird. Sometimes he has Brazilian expressions.


Junior has an obsession with superheroes and wants to be one of them. He walks with a cape. He would like to fly.

Why do you require registration?

Emotions are a sensitive theme. We want to ensure that children see these contents with attentive adults, so we give access to the content by registration with a valid electronic address.

This children's program is a learning sequence and videos use messages of the previous episodes. Registration gives you access to videos in the right sequence for your children to realize well the educational content.

Also allows us to measure our impact with the number of families and children to follow the program (impact measures here).

We do not make available the videos publicly because, as not we have advertising, which guarantees the sustainability of the project are our Copyright.

How do I sign up?

Go to registration page and fill in your details.

How do they make money?

We are a social company and our first priority is to solve the problems that arise from children to have low emotional intelligence (to know more).

Our business model is "Freemium" and selling "direct to consumer" subscriptions: we make free access to 1 session and ask for a contribution to access to the full program.

Our customers are families with children between 4 and 7 years, as well as private and public schools with 1st cycle.

What is your vision and mission?

Our view is from a better world, where today's children are the leaders of tomorrow and have high emotional intelligence and the qualities of character that hence stem: teamwork, courage, honesty, empathy, resilience, Gratitude, and social and environmental conscience.

To get there, our mission is to teach children how to recognize what they feel, realize reason and get what they need;and also help parents and teachers create a space to talk about emotions with your children.

Our first objective is the happiness of children.

Why are they on Facebook?

We use Facebook to promote interesting news and articles. But the content From the series is only available on our page and not on Facebook.

What are the videos that share on Facebook?

Facebook videos do not match the videos of the children's series. Do only part of the disclosure.

What personal data keep?

We only keep data that enhances our mission to create an impact with an educational program. We have decided to have few or no data that can be stolen to minimize damage in case of cybership.

We keep your email because it allows us to communicate with you about your account and your use of our contents. We also asked the number of children who will use the program because it allows us to measure the impact of our work, but this question is optional. If you register for an account but do not enter the site, we delete your personal data within days. You can always delete your personal data at the end of the content list ("close account") or loading on the connection to the effect on each automatic "email" of Surfeel.

Do you use passwords. What is a unique code?

To our and your security, we stop using passion words. When passwords are complicated, users forget and ask for a new one by "email. "When passwords are simple, users use it on multiple sites. We thought that giving access to Surfeel content was not worth the risk of having a cyber-attack where we lose the same password a user uses in his bank account.

To make Surfeel safer, when you want to enter the site, we send a "unique code" (called "One-Time Password") to your mobile phone. It is similar to the code you receive on the phone to validate a bank transaction.

If you use Surfeel on multiple devices, such as telephone and computer, you need a unique code for each. Then the device remembers our site for three months;If you use our site every month on a device, you will not need more unique codes for this device.

What is Zip?
An zip file is a file of several files in one, as if it were a large box with several boxes inside. The internet does not allow you to discharge multiple files at once, such as all songs or all activities. So we put together all these files in a zip file, which is a file and this one can discharge at once. To learn more about dealing with zip files, for example how to open or extract the files inside, you can see this Wikihow in Portuguese.

Why the name "Emotional Athletics"?

The project started in the pandemic in 2020. We saw the children around us with emotions around the red, irritated, sad unknowingly. We decided to condense everything we had learned about emotions and teach the next generation.

At the same time, the news came out that the Olympic Games would be canceled for the first time in peacetime. We initially imagined the project as a substitute where children would see our videos instead of the television broadcasts of the games. It would be the "Olympic Games of Emotions", but as the International Olympic Committee is not very protective of the name "Olympic", we changed "emotional athletics. "

However, the project grew, came to many children, and we realized that "emotional athletics" was complicated to memorize and say and that children simply called "Surfeel. "They said, for example, "you have to see Surfeel. "They identified the project with the character, and we decided to take advantage of the children's help in promoting the project and we exchanged all the names "Emotional Athletics" to "Surfeel" (except in video credits, which once finalized are difficult to change).

Who supports you?

Surfeel is proud of the international support of:

The Puppet CompanyAWS ActivateStartup School (YCombinator)