While some children have no trouble, many children struggle understanding facial expressions and emotions. This is especially true of children who fall under the autism umbrella and those with sensory processing disorder.
Color and cut out the faces of the Emotions Printable on cardstock or glue onto popsicle sticks for strength.
These cards can be used several ways:
• Imitate the face
• Talk about a time that you had this emotion
• Draw the face
• As you read a book or Bible story, choose the emotion each character is feeling
• Ask “How do you feel when…” questions
"How do you feel when..." Sample Questions:
Each question may have more than one answer. Have the child explain why they chose each emotion.
Reading picture books is an excellent way to teach emotions. Click to learn "How to Go Beyond the Story When Reading a Book." Here are three books to get you started.
What Am I Feeling? - This amazing book helps children recognize their emotions, name them, and deal with the feelings inside. The characters learn how to ask God to help them and remember that “a feeling is just a feeling — it’s not in charge of you.” The book includes a precious poster illustrating 9 feelings. Use this to help children determine which emotion they are feeling.
* What Do You Do with a Grumpy Kangaroo - Tony must help a kangaroo deal with different emotions. Use the illustrations in the book to discuss various feelings. Match the Emotions Printable faces with the feelings the kangaroo experiences.