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Here are some fun activities we can explore as we learn more about emotions and feelings. This is important for all ages, and guess what? Even adults are still learning how to express and how to show and share their feelings! How are you feeling today?
Guess the Emotion
(inspired by Emotion Freeze from the Bay Area Discovery Museum)
By identifying observed emotions through facial expressions and body language we are practicing crucial skills necessary for successful social interactions and problem solving.
What you’ll need: Paper and a pencil, and/or magazines or pictures from the internet you can print out and cut up!
- By either making quick sketches/ photos/ cut out pictures from magazines or using our template make a handful of different faces expressing different emotions and label them leaving the back side blank.
- Have each player draw a card at random and act it out while the other player guesses which emotion it is.
- Encourage players to elaborate on their observations asking how they knew which emotion it was- for example, “I knew you were excited because you smiled, pumped your fist in the air, and jumped up and down!”
Build a Face Story Stones (Source)
Practice recognizing facial expressions and have fun with this mix and match game
What You’ll Need:
Paint and paintbrush or a sharpie
a piece of paper
With your collection of stones paint a nose, eyes and mouth on different stones creating different expressions as you go. Once you have all your faces, draw the shape of a head on a piece of paper and mix and match eyes, nose and mouth to create different and new expressions. Talk about each face and what they might be feeling, perhaps you can create a whole character and story!
What You’ll Need:
Paper, scissors, drawing tools, metal brad
How are you feeling? According to the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, “Emotions drive learning, decision-making, creativity, relationships, and health.” The Mood Meter helps identify emotions, the first step to learning about the cycle of emotions and how to intervene in their own behavior. Cut a circle out of a piece of paper, decorate it however you want and create different facial expressions around the circle. Make an arrow on a separate piece of paper. Cut out the arrow and attach to the middle of the page. Use as a tool to check in daily or however often in identifying the mood before continuing on.
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