We LOVE an Emoji on KiddyCharts, so we have a few emoji activities on the site as a result. Emojis and emoticons are a great, visual way for kids to express how they are feeling, and can be used in so many different ways to open up that conversation about those emotions we all experience in life.
To help open that conversation, we have a little set of activities for you to do with the kids today for free, featuring emojis that you can cut out. Some of the activities will use the Emojis we have, or you can make/design your own too, depending on the age of the child.
In addition, you can perhaps use our Emoji Bingo for additional Emoticons if you would like too, depending on how you want the kids to work with this.
If you wanted to – you can pair this one of our emoji activities with the Emoji lollipop covers that we also have on the site too. Just make sure you supervise the kids, and that they are old enough for lollipops of course.
What’s included within the Emoji activities
This set is only three pages long, so it’s simple, but it is also very effective as well! It includes an initial sheet, where you can talk with the children about how they are feeling. This might cover a specific event, for example going back to school, or just a general view of how they day has gone, or how the previous one went.
We are focusing on pulling out the positives where we can in this activity. However, we do what to get children to realise that there are always things that don’t quite work out, and negatives in our day. It is the attitude to these negatives that helps us develop and manage resilience.
It is also recognising how we reacted to those negatives, and using that for the future when we encounter aspects of our like that don’t quite go to plan….
This is a great activity for homeschool, classrooms, or just at home when you want to chat to the kids about their days. Rather than saying “How was school today?” just us these sheets to explore what happened that day with a little more fun, and hands on ideas.
How I am feeling today?
For this sheet – cut out the emojis from sheet 3 (or our Emoji Bingo) that best represent the answers to all the questions for whomever is participating, and stick them to the sheet in the relevant spaces.
Either focus on an event, or the day, depending on how you want to do this activity.
We have six emoticons that represent:
- Thoughtful, or
If your child / cless feels differently to this – don’t worry, get them to draw the emoji that best represents the answer in the box.
The question focusing on How can I help? is only relevant if the emotion is negative, and helps children to work through coping strategies. Ask them to draw or write what they might do in the box here.
Finally, answer What made me happy? today as well. This gives the day a positive focus after talking about some of those negative emotions potentially.
My feelings and emojis
For older children, this writing prompt allows kids to explore their emotions through writing. Use the questions on the previous page to build on using whatever the kids would like to do – write a story, explore those emotions more.
This page is just for letting them express and explore those emotions a little more in whatever way they would like.
To download this activity set – just click on the button below and you can get it:
If you are looking for more activities and ideas around feelings and emotions, we’ve got loads, so check out our mindfulness activities, and there ideas too:
Emoji activities for kids on KiddyCharts
Some more emoji and emotion based ideas and fun for the kids.
Free Emoji Bingo game for kids
Fabulous free emoji bingo game for the kids - they will LOVE this!
Make your Chupachups lollipops into Emojis for FREE!
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Some exercises to help children to understand their emotions a little more.
And more ideas offsite here too:
Activities to help your kids with their emotions
If you need more ideas to help your kids deal with their emotions then these posts are worth checking out and trying out.
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