We are offering a printable again in the 31 Days of Learning event today; courtesy of Kori at Home. Part of growing up is learning how to relate to others and how to become more-self aware. These things go hand-in-hand and for most children, it’s one of those things that unfolds as they get older. To have kids recognise their emotions isn’t always easy. Some children may struggle a bit.
How can parents help younger children with recognising emotions?
And it’s at this time that we as parents want to help. But how can we do this? It’s not very realistic to expect for your toddler or preschooler to understand all of the big words associated with emotions. And it may just be difficult for them to put their feelings into words. We also want to make sure that our children are able to recognize and identify their emotions because it helps with protecting their emotional well-being.
But, just because they don’t have the words for them doesn’t mean that they don’t experience them.
It may even come across differently because they lack expressive vocabulary.
So, what can we really do?
When you make it fun and interactive, the lesson sticks.
Seems pretty simple, right?
I’m taking it a step further and we’re really going to make it into a game with this Make an Emotional Face printable pack.
How to use the make an emotional face printable
There are several ways that you can do this, but I would recommend:
- Using the provided face pieces and corresponding emotional elements
- Using playdough to make the face
- Encouraging your child to make the face or expression after they’ve made the representation
Repetition, for any child, is key. And when it’s through play? They often don’t realize that they’re learning. Even if it’s something that may seem more complex like putting a name to these big emotions.
What’s included in the make an emotional face printable
You get the following elements:
- Blank faces (boy & girl, black and white plus skin tone variations), and
- Emotion faces for: angry, annoyed, embarrassed, excited, frustrated, happy, sad, scared, shy, surprised
As mentioned above, you don’t have to use the provided face elements – you could just as easily use play dough, crayons, or markers.
When you give your children the tools to identify, you are empowering them and elevating them to a level of self-awareness that sets them up for success.
We hope you like this printable and the advice we have given here to help your kids recognise their emotions. We do have other resources for kids, specifically focused on emotions, and anxiety on the site, so do take a look at these too:
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