Emotional: To support your child in understanding the different types of emotions they feel on a daily basis.
Your child experiences all kinds of feelings. How does your child express them? This activity will provide your child with ways to show their feelings that are imaginative and fun!
You will need:
- Space to move around
- Begin by talking to your child about different feelings. Ask them to show you happy, sad, surprised and angry faces they can make.
- Encourage your child to imagine being different animals. What might animals feel and what actions would they use to show their feelings?
- Your child can roar like an angry lion, jump like a happy frog or crawl like a sad turtle. What suggestions can your child make?
- You are now ready to begin this activity!
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It can be challenging for some children to understand and communicate emotions. These tips will help you show your child emotions and keep them playing longer.
- Pictures/books of people representing various feeling
Show your child pictures of people showing different feelings and label them, for example, a picture of a boy yawning, you can say "That boy looks tired"
As Your child is looking at the pictures encourage them to imitate the feelings in the pictures, for example, you might say, "That is a picture of a sad face, can you make a sad face?'
With the mirror, you and your child can make faces of the various feelings, as you ask them to identify the feelings
Encourage your child to imagine what various animals might feel, for example ask, "What does a Lion feel when they roar?", "When a frog jumps are they happy?"
Nurture, Explore & Share
- If you use a mirror to show and label feelings with your child
- Your child will start to identify and express their own feelings
- Your child will develop an awareness of other people's feelings
- Ask your child to talk about their feelings
- Know you care for them
- Feel encouraged to share how they feel
- Show concern for other people’s feelings
- Engage with your child in role playing like animals (i.e. fly like a bird, splash like an excited seal, or stomp their feet like a grumpy elephant)
- Feel motivated to express their feelings
- Be imaginative with their role
- Talking and dramatizing different emotions
- Build their vocabulary and find new ways to describe and communicate their feelings
- Learn many words that describe different emotions
Enriching Learning Through the Everyday Moments
- Talk with your child about possible reasons why animals feel the way that they do (i.e. why do you think seals splash).
- This is an opportunity to let your child know possible ways to handle negative emotions (i.e. when you feel angry or upset, it’s ok that you want time for yourself).
- Feelings by Kristen Balouch. [Animals, Emotions, Feelings]
Everyday Moments: Play Time