Looking for some fun and simple ideas to chat about feelings and emotions with your preschooler?
Getting our children to express their feelings isn’t always easy, but we can help explore emotions by encouraging and talking about feelings regularly.
RELATED: SIMPLE ACTIVITY PLANS
Here is a FUN FREE simple activity plan that has an emotion theme to help encourage talking about feelings with our littles.
You can print this free plan and pick and pull an activity a day or add some of these fun ideas to your full themed lesson plans.
Let’s take a quick photo peek at all the activities listed on this weeks Emotion Themed Simple Activity Plan.
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LITERACY:EMOTIONS BEGINNING SOUNDS
Take a sheet of paper and draw Emoji faces down the left side. On the right side write a letter for the beginning sound of each emotion word. Ask your child to pick an Emoji face, identify the feeling, then draw a line to the matching beginning sound letter.
MATH: EMOTION SHAPE PUPPET
Cut out 3-4 construction paper 2D shapes (circle, square, rectangle, triangle). Review each shape name then have your child pick a shape and draw a feeling face on it. Give them googly eyes and a craft stick so they can create a 2D Emotion Shape Puppet.
FINE MOTOR: AFFIRMATION BRACELETS
Set out cups of colored beads. In front of each cup of beads add a sticky note that says a positive affirmation. Give your child a pipe cleaner and have them create a bracelet by threading the beads onto the pipe cleaner. Each time they pick up a bead have them say the corresponding positive affirmation out loud.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL: RAINBOW ROAD CHAT
Grab 6 various colored sheets of paper and label each with a statement like “I feel happy when ____.” (Each sheet should have a different feeling.) Tape the sheets on the floor to create a rainbow road. Ask your child to roll a die, then count and walk to that number sheet. Have them share to complete the statement.
Loving these hands on emotion themed activities? Check out my Pre-K Emotion Themed Centers pack.
CRAFT: IN MY HEART ART
Read the story In My Heart by JO Witek. Grab a sheet of paper and sketch 4-6 hearts on it – one inside the other. Give your child various colored paints and q-tips. Have them q-tip dot paint each heart to create a layered heart look.
OTHER: FEELINGS WHEEL
Divide a paper plate into 4 sections. Have your child color and label each section (green – happy, blue –sad, yellow- excited, red-mad). Add a clothespin and set this feelings wheel out where it can be seen. Each day encourage your child to clip how they are feeling and talk about it. Be sure to discuss strategies for coping with different feelings too.
Kids LOVE to sing songs so how about checking out this fun feelings song from Patty Shukla Kids TV.
Do you feel like you have enough ideas to start talking all about feelings with your littles? If you are looking for more emotion themed fun you have to check out my Pre-K Emotion Themed Centers and Activities pack.
This resource is great for parents or classroom educators. It includes LOTS OF math and literacy centers, hands-on ideas, and just print printables.
Which simple emotion themed activity idea is your favorite? Grab this FREE SIMPLE ACTIVITY PLAN HERE and give me a tag over on IG @engaging_littles so I can join the fun.