Are you teaching feelings to children? Then your students or kids are going to love this feelings chart (emotions chart) to help them find the word for what they are feeling. Our theme for the month of February is feelings. The feelings chart for kids comes in color as well as black and white for you to use with your child or students in different ways.
Feelings Chart For Kids
February is a month in our home where we shower each other with extra love, we discuss our feelings, emotions and we hand out compliments. I pack extra lunchbox notes using these printable Valentines Notes we do crafts and activities about love and feelings and we read books about love and books about feelings for kids. I create a special love themed basket for my children and really work on getting my children to identify their feelings and emotions.
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At this time, I also love to listen to this audiobook because it helps reinforce the type of parent I want to be to my children and to understand them better.
The other night, my two daughters got into a little argument about something. I have no idea what they argued about but my youngest felt a little upset by it. I was working on this feelings chart for kids on my laptop at the time when she came to me. I asked her what was wrong so I could help her work her way through it. She looked at the feelings chart and told me how she was feeling. She mentioned feeling sad, because she was crying and a little left out because she had seen me hugging my older daughter and thought I was picking sides. I mentioned that I had no idea why they were arguing and so I wasn’t taking anyones sides.
After she labeled to me how she felt using the emotion chart and I acknowledged how she was feeling… she was completely over her little argument. This showed me that children are really looking for ways to understand their own emotions and they want you to understand their feelings too.
When your child tells you they are sad and upset, this isn’t the time for you to say, “Well you shouldn’t feel sad because blah blah blah.” They don’t need you to convince them they are not feeling sad. That teaches them to read their emotions incorrectly. Acknowledge how they are feeling. I learned this from the book, How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk. The emotions chart for kids is helpful in this regard.
We also pair these activities with feelings activities throughout the month.
There are so many different ways to use the feeling chart. Here are a few ideas:
- Memory Matching Game – Print out two copies and play memory match.
- Discussions for characters in books. How are they feeling at this moment?
- Discussions about characters in movies.
- Coloring page or as a play tray activity.
- For children to discuss their own feelings.
There is a color copy of the emotion chart for kids activity, which I plan to laminate and place in my children’s playroom.
Emotion chart for kids
There is a black and white copy too.
There are also two versions of the feelings chart for kids. One with less emotions and feelings that is appropriate for younger children and another one with more emotions for an older child.
It is also a great time to work through the calming strategies cards with kids to discuss how you can calm down when you feel angry or upset.
You can grab a copy of the feelings chart for kids by clicking the button below.
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