Teach Kids Emotions with a Personalized Game!
We had so much fun participating in the Summer Love Books exchange last month. The exchange, hosted by The Educators’ Spin On It, paired up twenty blogging mamas to exchange their favorite children’s books and activity ideas inspired by those books. We were so thrilled when we were paired up with awesome mama blogger, Laura from Play Dr. Mom, and her two little ones, Henry and Honor. Since Laura is a Child Psychologist, she sent along her favorite children’s book about kids emotions, Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day, by Jamie Lee Curtis. The kids got such a giggle out of the many emotions and faces throughout the book. It’s rhyming lines make it a really fun read, too. It’s the perfect book for explaining emotions to children. Laura sent along a mini photo album and a list of ideas for learning about emotions, too. Here’s how we decided to make our own emotions game and book.
DIY Matching Kids Emotions Game with Emotions Download
Here’s what you’ll need:
- free emotions download with emotion words, printed
- 3.5” x 5.5” photos of the kids making faces for each emotion word
- scissors and/or scrapbooking cutter
- thermal laminating pouches and thermal laminator (or can laminate at an office supply or printing store)
- round adhesive reclosable fasteners (i.e. velcro)
- a mini 4×6” photo album
Here’s what you’ll do:
- Print out the free emotions download of emotion words.
- Take close-up photos of the kids making faces of different emotions listed on the emotions download. Print them at 4×6” and cut them down to 3.5” x 5.5”.
- Cut out the emotion words from the emotions download.
- Laminate the kids emotions pictures and emotion words cards.
- Cut apart the photos and emotion words cards, leaving just a tiny border of lamination.
- Adhere the fuzzy round recloseable fasteners to the back of the emotion words cards.
- Adhere the scratchy round recloseable fasteners to the bottom front of the kids emotions pictures.
- Now let the kids try to match and stick the emotion words to the correct kids emotions pictures.
Since Sawyer is a beginning reader, this is great for him to practice reading his emotion words. When we are all done playing the emotions game, we store the pictures with their emotion words cards in the mini photo album for a fun emotions photo book.
We’re loving our new book and emotions game inspired by Laura, Henry, and Honor. Please go visit Laura at Play Dr. Mom and find out her other favorite children’s books about feelings.
Explaining emotions to children can be tricky. How do you talk about emotions with your kids? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!