My daughter turned 3 this year and one thing I was not entirely prepared for the huge swing in her emotions that came along with it. One minute she is happy as can be, the next she is upset about not getting what she wanted or not listening to something I asked her to do.
Teaching kids about their emotions helps them to understand that how they feel in reaction to something is NORMAL. It’s what they do with that reaction to those emotions that can be difficult. So today I wanted to share 10 ways that you can teach kids about their emotions.
10 Ways to Teach Kids About Their Emotions
Do your kids understand what an emotion is? There are so many different ones from happy and sad to disgust or afraid. If your kids have not put words to all the different emotions yet, then this printable emotions sorting game from Mom Endeavors would be the perfect way to start.
Perhaps you heard of the movie Inside Out that talks a lot about different emotions? I have personally not seen the movie so I can’t recommend it one way or the other, but Teach Mama has this great Inside Out Mini book and card game talking all about emotions.
Here is a great emergent reader book on emotions from The Measured Mom.
Once your child understands what emotions are, the harder part is figuring out how to handle them. Childhood 101 has this great post with 5 steps to managing big emotions, plus it comes with a printable posted to help remind your kids.
You could also do this really fun emotions scavenger hunt from Mosswood Connections.
And another great activity are these paper plate emotion masks from No Time for Flash Cards.
If you have more Lego® fans then they will love this Exploring Emotions with Lego® Faces printable packet from Homeschool Encouragement.
And if you are in need of some ways to help your kids calm down from their emotions, I have a calming, alerting and organizing activities printable that you can go get and print out.
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