For several years now, the importance of dealing with emotions with children has been discussed; that they know their names, the colors assigned to each one of them, etc. But it is also important that they learn to identify them, feel them and express them, either verbally or by another means. And that is the DIY activity that we propose. The goal of our home game what have we called 'How I feel'is for boys and girls to express their emotions through a simple and fun craft.
This is a focused activity for your children or students from 2 or 3 years, many of them who can already verbally express their emotions and feelings. If you want to spend an entertaining afternoon with the little ones and, incidentally, let them learn to know themselves a little more, keep reading. We assure you that you will like the activity that you will see below.
- White folio
- Marker pen
- Colored pencils or crayons
With this activity, children will be able to previously observe the emotion, later they will differentiate it and finally they will identify it as the emotion they are feeling at that moment. Following these simple 6 steps we can carry out our game:
1. On a white sheet we draw so many faces as emotions we want to work. In our case, we have focused on happiness, surprise, anger, fear and sadness.
2. We color them, we cut them and we laminate. This last step is optional, although we recommend doing it if you want this game to last longer.
3. On a cardboard we write the name of each emotion, both in capital letters and in linked letter, thus we will facilitate their reading to the boy and girl. It is important to leave a margin later to be able to put the face and the clip.
4. We stick with the help of a glue the faces on the cardboard, together with their corresponding name.
5. We draw a little arrow with the folio and cut it out.
6. Next, we will stick it on the clothespin. This will serve as an indicator of the different emotions.
During the day the child goes through different states of mind, visible to adults, such as: joy or sadness when going to school, sadness or fear of going to the doctor, they may be surprised by a surprise or action unexpected, etc. These are the moments in which we can take advantage and ask our sons and daughters what emotion they are feeling and there It is where our activity intervenes as a support or vehicle for them to express it.
We can also raise it throughout the day at certain times, such as: after school, in the middle of the afternoon or before going to bed.
Older children or with greater linguistic development will be able to express themselves verbally without any problem, while others can do it through the clamp, non-verbally, but it will have the same meaning, knowing how to discriminate and identify an emotion.
Like all the activities that we propose from our site, it contains a series of benefits for children:
- At the verbal and non-verbal expression and communication level
Through this fun activity, boys and girls should express and communicate their emotions, so that they know the importance of knowing how they feel at all times and knowing how to express it with or without words. In the same way they will internalize the concepts, they will differentiate and identify them.
- On a psychomotor level
In the background we work on fine motor skills with this activity, when we place the clamp next to the emotion we feel. It is an act that requires manual eye coordination and strength in the fingers, in this way we will be developing and enhancing the 'pincer' position with the fingers that will be so useful when picking up a pencil to write or color in the future .
- Fostering empathy
When we know how we feel, it is easier to put ourselves in the shoes or the situation of the person next to us, that is, we empathize with that person. With this activity we help children to empathize with others, if a boy or girl knows when they are sad, because they know what it feels like, when they observe another person who is in this state they will help them.
How you have observed is a simple activity to do that will help your sons and daughters to know each other better, and what better vehicle for this than your help and affection.
And, before finishing, we would like to propose other very useful resources thanks to which you can work on the emotional education of your children or students.