NUMBFULL and the FULLS©
were created in 1989 when my children were young and
beginning to discover their wide range of emotions and needs. It
also was a time when I was learning about the wide range of emotional
responses my children could evoke in me. “THE FULLS” provided a tool for me and my children to talk about
our feelings and ways to express them in helpful and creative ways. When they were first created I used them to
talk to hundreds of children
in schools and adults in workshops about parenting and emotional
After personally making over 500 sets
of the Fulls since 1989 I have decided to offer the patterns so you can
make your own set of Numbfull and The Fulls. You receive the Patterns
and complete instructions, along with the face designs that can be printed
out on ink jet fabric. You also purchase the Numbfull and the Fulls Users
Manual with lots of ways to use the Fulls and other emotional
communication activities. Also purchase the master sheets of Catch 'Em
Feeling Stars, designs of feeling faces placed in star shapes that you
can print out onto sticker paper, cut out and catch kids feeling.
All come in PDF format and will be sent to you electronically through your
email, unless you want them sent through snail mail.
Ragefull, Tearfull, Fearfull, Joyfull, Peacefull,
Powerfull, Stressfull and Shamefull
feelings with this group of delightful, stuffed dolls.
Numbfull and The Fulls can help you in a fun and non-threatening
way to facilitate group and individual emotional communication with
children and adults.
They can be used to communicate what happens when we feel, express,
stuff and/or get stuck in a feeling.
In this form one can get their hands on a feeling.
The collective message of these characters is that a person’s
feelings are their own, that it is important to express emotions in ways
that are safe and that sending feelings into hiding effect one’s
A Users’ Manual is included with the basic set. It provides field-tested methods and techniques that have been used
with children using THE FULLS.
Since their conception I have
made over 500 sets of these feeling dolls have been sold sets to
teachers, social workers, counselors, therapists, and parents.
are being used in schools; healing, grief, and medical centers; orphanages
in Russia and China, addiction recovery programs, churches and mental health
centers. In the past year I decided to retire "The Fulls" but thanks to a few persistent people from mental health centers in
Minnesota I've decided to send them back out into the world to do their
work.....healing and helping people of all ages express their feelings.
" I have LOVED Numbfull and the Fulls. They have been a very
valuable tools in my presentations of social and emotional skills
development lessons. I use the set to create a concrete version of very
abstract ideas. This is especially helpful in my classes with my
youngest students. My favorite example is filling Numbfull with the
feelings that are often labeled as "bad" and talking about how
they get bigger and bigger until we talk about with someone we trust.
Then I take them out and show how much more comfortable Numbfull will
feel. We also discuss how the "uncomfortable' feelings don't
disappear, but we just share them with others. It sends a powerful
message. I also utilize the set in my small groups. They work great for
check-ins of where the kids are "at" when they come to group,
and how they feel a s they leave. The individual Fulls are also
geat as "mascots" when I am talking about specific topics. For
example, I've used "Powerfull" when I talk about solving
bullying problems by refusing or reporting to an adult. The Numbfull and
the Fulls set is a great teaching tool!
Stacy Bembinster Elementary School counselor Janesville, Wisconsin
have a young child who I see. I suspected there was a lot of
suppressed anger and hurt due to circumstances. However, she
has been unable to verbalize it to me in any real way. The first
time I showed her Numbfull she took him and stuffed Ragefull and Tearfull inside of him and told me
that Numbfull needed to have feelings and
he had these feelings
because his parents left him and he was all alone. Huge break
through with her! I can't believe that this simple tool helped do what other items could not. I'm so
grateful that you decided to
continue with this and I was lucky enough to have heard about them." Thanks
for all you do and creating such a marvelous tool!
Wiersma, Counselor, Pipestone, Minnesota
and astounding are apt descriptors of the impact of using Numbfull
and the Fulls in a therapeutic setting. Since their creation by
Barb Kobe, they have been an integral part of my therapy practice
with children, adolescents and adults, and in particular, the one named
Powerfull has conveyed an important message of
empowerment across the developmental spectrum. Barb's ability
to take feeling concepts and put them in a visual and kinesthetic form has
encouraged greater integration for clients and is a valuable tool
of transformation. I applaud her for bringing her
creativity into the therapy world.
Wise, MA, Licensed Psychologist, Minneapolis,
and The Fulls are a wonderful resource for me as a therapist. I
work with teens and adults, and of all of the "toys" in my
office, these are by FAR the ones my clients check out and use!
They help clients talk about and own feelings in a way that feels safe
to them. Everyone identifies with these feeling dolls.
McLeod, PhD, Licensed Psychologist
Psychologists of Woodbury, MN
“I can’t imagine a counselor
not having these…..Numbfull and The Fulls are my most valuable tools.”
Christy - Middle
“In therapy sessions, it is difficult to distinguish who is having
the most fun or who has gained the most from
the experience – parents,
children or therapist, perhaps that is because everyone benefits from
Elaine Korsch, MSW, CDCC
is Numbfull and when are you bringing him back?”
Carol Bleifield, School