How many times has a child told you he or she is scared when it turns out they are nervous? This same occurs when they are shy. They think they are scared but it is actually a totally different emotion. Emotions are hard. They are hard for adults so we know for sure they are difficult for kids to understand. Exploring feelings is something that we have to help children do with ease, as to not overly stress them out over the feelings that they are naturally having.
This printable activity pack will help children explore feelings to better help them understand what is going on. It is natural to have feelings and emotions, but how we handle them is what can make or break the situation. If children can understand this, even just a little, it will be so beneficial for them!
Exploring Feelings Activity Pack
This printable activity pack is full of activities that will help children understand the different feelings that we have. There are multiple different activities that children will relate to. The activities are engaging. This is helpful to ensure that children WANT to learn with these activities, mostly because they see it as having fun!
The activities that are included are:
20 emotion flash cards
2 coloring pages
8 play dough mats
2 match the emotions pages
A set of 20 emotions (40 cards) memory game
1 I spy emotions game
Emotion clip cards
Emotions Board Game
Draw The Emotions
Track Daily Emotions
Included are 20 of the most common feelings and emotions.
There are only a handful of supplies that are needed for these activities and you may have them in your home or classroom already.
Cut out the vocabulary cards.
You can print on card stock and/or laminate the cards to make them more stable for little hands.
These are great for introducing and reviewing the various emotions.
You may also enjoy this Body Part Matching Game.
Emotion bingo is a super fun way for a classroom to explore emotions together. This is a traditional bingo game and includes bingo cards.
For the playdough mats, I first cut them out. Then I will laminate, or place inside a plastic sleeve to use as play dough mats. If you don’t use some sort of protection, the play dough will stick to the paper. This is a fantastic way to include a sensory aspect of these activities! Kids will use play dough to create the faces that are prompted on the top of the mat.
The matching cards can be laminated as well and used with dry erase markers or can just be printed and used with a pencil or crayon. Kids will match the facial expression on the right to the face on the left.
The memory cards are used in a traditional memory card game way. Print the memory cards 2 sided, front with faces, back with colored page, on card stock. Cut out each of the cards. You may laminate these as well for added protection.
A fun I Spy game is next. This can also be laminated and used with dry-erase or strictly printed and used with a pencil. Children will use the prompts at the bottom to search the facial expressions on the top. This is a traditional I Spy game.
Emotion clip cards are next. These should be printed on cardstock or laminated to provide structure. These can be used with manipulatives such as pom poms or with clothespins. Children will identify the main emotion on the card and then match with one of the smaller emotions on the bottom of the card.
An emotional board game is included as well. This is a simple roll the dice and follow the game spaces. Each game space focuses on a different emotion. This is a GREAT way to stop and talk about each emotion, with each turn.
The last page of this set is a framed emotion. There are multiple ‘frames’ on the page where children can draw different emotions. This is an easy way to assess if the kids are in fact learning and understanding the emotions.
These activities are a fantastic way to help children explore feelings and emotions and be able to identify which one they are truly feeling. Have fun with these activities!
We have also included an emotion tracking system. This is beneficial for helping children realize the emotions and feelings that they are having on any particular day. Sometimes we have to sit and think about it, and this activity can help them do so.
There are picture cards for younger children. For kids who are ready for more of a challenge, there is a chart where they can write the emotions that they are feeling on a particular day.