10 Ways to Teach Kids About Their Emotions

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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. Today I want to share 10 ways that you can teach kids about their emotions.

10 Ways to Teach Kids About Their Emotions

1|| Emotions Sorting Game from Mom Endeavors

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.

2|| Inside Out Mini Book and Card Game from Teach Mama

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.

3 || Emergent Reader Book on Emotions from The Measured Mom

Here is a great emergent reader book on emotions from The Measured Mom.

4|| Emotion Discovery Bottles from Lalymom

5|| Lego Build Emotions Station Ideas from Lalymom

I absolutely LOVE these emotion discovery bottles and lego build emotions station ideas from Lalymom as well. What a great hands-on way to talk about emotions.

10 fun and hands-on ways to teach your kids about emotions.

6 || 5 Steps to Managing Big Emotions from Childhood 101

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.


7 || Emotions Scavenger Hunt from Mosswood Connections

You could also do this really fun emotions scavenger hunt from Mosswood Connections.

8 || Paper Plate Emotion Masks from No Time for Flash Cards

And another great activity is these paper plate emotion masks from No Time for Flash Cards.

9 || Heavy Work Activities for Home

Heavy work activities, or proprioceptive activities, are a great way to encourage kids to self-regulate. Here are some heavy work activity ideas specifically for the home.

10 || Emotion Postcards

Want more ways to teach your kids about their emotions? Check out my Emotions Postcards for kids.

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Emotions Clothespin Activity Chart, includes a free printable!

Heather Greutman, COTA

Heather Greutman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with experience in school-based OT services for preschool through high school. She uses her background to share child development tips, tools, and strategies for parents, educators, and therapists. She is the author of many ebooks including The Basics of Fine Motor Skills, and Basics of Pre-Writing Skills, and co-author of Sensory Processing Explained: A Handbook for Parents and Educators.

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  1. Teaching children about their feelings will help them become happier and better equipped to navigate the world. You have some great resources great resources here.

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