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Looking for some fun emotion themed center and activity ideas?

Exploring and teaching kids about emotions is important for helping them to learn how to identify their feelings and talk about them. Below you’ll find a resource full of Emotion themed centers and activities for preschool and pre-k.

These emotion themed center activities work on early learning skills, while also helping our children explore and talk about feelings.

One of the best ways to help our children begin to identify and talk about their feelings is by reading books. Here are a few of our favorite emotion themed books for kids!

emotion themed books

The Feelings Book by Todd Parr

The Way I feel by Janan Cain

Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley

In My Heart by Jo Witek

Lots of Feelings By Shelly Rotner

Now to check out these emotion themed centers that are included in this fun set!

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FIND IT: Pre-K Emotion Themed Centers and Activities

I love these math and literacy centers because they are hands-on and engaging! We add them to our themed learning shelf for daily pull out and practice, but you could also add them to your weekly center lesson plans.

EMOTION THEMED MATH CENTERS

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EMOTIONS PICK AND TRACE

Set up this fun math center by creating a simple Emoji sensory bin, tossing in this domino count cards, and pairing it with this number trace mat. Such a fun way to practice identifying numbers and counting! Don’t forget to ask “when is a time that you’ve felt silly?”

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MY FEELINGS COUNT AND GRAPH

Here is a fun way to identify feeling faces while practicing simple graphing skills. Have you child pick a face, identify the feeling by name, then graph it on the chart.

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HAPPY SHAPES

My girls LOVE this 2D shape recognition activity! This activity includes a printable die with HAPPY emotion shape faces. Roll the die, identify the shape, find it on the mat and cover.

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MONSTER EMOTIONS COLOR SORT

Have fun building fine motor skills and working on color recognition with this simple sorting center. Pick a color pom, find the matching emotion monster, and sort. Find these tweezers here: Kid Tweezers.

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COUNT AND CLIP EMOJIS

Does your child like emojis? In this fun center children are asked to count each emotion face, then clip to show the total counted. Here is an awesome set of colorful mini clothespins.

emotion themed math center

SILLY FACE MEASUREMENT

This pre-k math center focuses on simple nonstandard measurement. Pick a silly face pencil strip and measure the length of each line to tell how long. I found this fun set of Emoji face erasers that are perfect to use as a nonstandard measurement tool.

EMOTION THEMED LITERACY CENTERS

emotion themed literacy centers

FEELING DOTTY ABC

This might be one of my favorite literacy centers in this emotion themed set. Pick a dotty letter card, name it, then use Crayola washable paint and a q-tip to form each letter. Such a fun way to work on letter recognition and formation.

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EMOJI SYLLABLE PUNCH

Review feeling words and practice syllable counting with this say and punch activity. In this activity children will pick a card, identify the emotion, then clap and hole punch to show how many syllables each emotion word has.

emotions write the room

EMOTIONS WRITE THE ROOM

In this center activity children will practice recognizing emotions, then finding, tracing, or writing each feeling word. This center includes differentiated recording sheets so you can meet the needs of all your learners. We love using our favorite dot markers with the find and color sheet.

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FEELINGS EMERGENT READER

Encourage reading skills with this fun pattern color and read book. Read the sentence one each page then have your child draw a matching feeling face. When complete have them work on book concepts and read the book back to you and a friend.

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MONSTER RHYMES

Use this happy monster and sad monster sorting center to practice identifying pairs or words that rhyme and do not rhyme.

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EMOTION LETTER MATCH

This emotion themed centers set includes these fun letter strips for practicing letter recognition. Set out the strips and a tray of your favorite magnetic letters. Have children identify a letter then match it to the correct letter on the strip.

ADDITIONAL FUN EMOTION THEMED ACTIVITIES and CENTERS

emotion play dough tray

MONSTER EMOTIONS PLAY DOUGH TRAY

We are big fans of play dough trays over here so after reading this fun book, Glad Monster Sad Monster by Ed Emberley, I set up this awesome emotion tray! Fill a tray with google eyes, prep cleaners, dyed pasta, buttons and play dough! Then, have fun creating feeling face monsters!

REALTED: FAVORITE HOMEMADE PLAY DOUGH RECIPE

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CALM DOWN KIT

This emotion themed centers and activities pack includes ideas for creating your very own calm down kit. Find instructions for making a fun and easy stress ball, a calming sensory bottle, and even a flip book of calming strategy ideas that are perfect for kids.

THIS IS ME PLAY ODUGH MAT

THIS IS ME PLAY DOUGH MAT

Print and add this mat to a dry erase sleeve for an easy morning activity. Invite your child to share how they are feeling by creating their emotion face out of Play-Doh.

So what do you think? Are you ready to chat all about emotions with your little? This resource is full of math nd literacy centers, hands-on ideas, and even just print printables!

Check out the FULL LISTING in my shop HERE and let me know what you have planned for chatting all about emotions with your child.

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