Helping children to understand and manage their emotions is essential for their emotional health, happiness and success. Emotional intelligence affects all aspects of our lives and it is never too early to start teaching our children what emotions are and how they should be managed.
There are plenty of ways to help children understand and express their feelings. Here are some simple activities from which children learn about emotions!
Read a book together
As you read a book together, discuss how the characters feel and talk about the experiences they have. Ask your child why he thinks that character feels that way? Ask him questions like: "How does the character feel? Can you make a face that shows that feeling?" Play role-playing games where you have him take on a certain character and describe what he feels like.
You play theater
Either you choose characters and a particular theme, or you interpret certain feelings as if you were on a stage. When you say "sad", for example, the child will have to adopt an angry mimic and adapt this feeling to their entire body language. Then he says "delighted" and he will have to change his attitude suddenly. You can play like this until you go through the full range of emotions.
Search the internet for pictures that illustrate human figures expressing different emotions. Print them and paste them on the cards, mix them, then spread them on the table. Explain to the child what are the types of states that can be felt by a person: sadness, joy, anger, wonder, exaltation, suffering, anger, disgust, etc. Then ask them to sort the images according to the state they express.
Play the salt of emotions
Choose a few scenarios, such as "getting ready to go with a big roller coaster" or "not being invited to a birthday party" and asking the child to show what they would feel in such a situation. You can play using the cards on which the figures are attached. You place them face down on the table, then you turn one image at a time and ask the little one to imitate the gesture, saying what could make him live that feeling.
Use colors for emotions
Establish with the child a list of emotions: guilt, anger, fear, sadness, anger, joy, relaxation, boredom, fun and so on. Explain to each of them, then using the color spectrum, urge them to associate one color to each feeling. Then have him draw something that makes him angry, then something that makes him smile.
Cut and associate
Draws on paper eyes, lips, eyebrows in different situations. Cut them out, then ask the child to create different emotional expressions by uniting them. Ask them, for example, to create a face that expresses how they feel or what they would look like if someone made a long-standing gift to them.
Exemplify his emotions
The easiest will really understand your emotions when you tell them in detail different situations in which you were put and how you felt in those moments. Invite him then to talk to you about the beautiful or less beautiful things in his life. If he insists on a negative emotion, show him compassion and help him overcome it, then share a personal experience in which you have felt in a similar way.
Make anti-stress balls
For this game you need four colored balloons, plasticine and markers. Divide the plasticine into small pieces so you can insert it into the hole in the balloon. Fill the balloon with a little plasticine punch, then knead it. You can also use rice grains instead of plasticine. You will easily insert them into the balloon if you use a funnel. With the help of the markers he draws a happy, sad, surprised and angry girl. Then let the children identify the emotions expressed on the balloons.
Children learn the simplest through play, and songs are an extremely simple way by which you can suggest certain things to them. For example, he invented silly songs, based on a well-known song. Like, "I'm happy when I go out to play. Make a happy girl." And the child or all the children present mimic a happy figure. Or "You scare me when I hear a loud noise coming through. Let's make a scared girl go through." And so using the whole spectrum of human emotions.
Play "Guess the emotion"
Use a sheet of paper to cover your face. Then, gently reveal your face, so that the children will first see your eyebrows, eyes or mouth, and try to guess what mood you are trying to imitate. Then say what it could do to make you feel that way.
Make the dice of emotions
You need a cube. You can use one of the ones the child gets used to playing with. Then you need six emoji, those fetishes that we all use when writing on social media chats. Print and paste on each of the faces of the cube. Then "dice". Depending on the girl who entered the dice, the child must imitate what he sees.
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