Children should be taught the language necessary to label and identify the different emotions they may experience. The reason is, we need to let them know that feeling different emotions is normal. By giving them the vocabulary needed to describe how they’re feeling, you are encouraging them to express themselves productively.
Children need to learn how to identify their own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. Once they can recognize it in themselves, they can pick up on facial expressions and body language of others and then learn to react accordingly.
The first sheet in this activity will help you discuss with your toddler the different emotional states.
- I am happy when I hug my parents
- I'm sad when my favorite toy breaks
The other two sheets are a fun and educational game you can play with your little ones. Just print them out and follow the instructions on the first of the two sheets.