Activities to explore emotions

Published Categorized as emotional literacy, Videos

Over the next few months, I am going to post some very short videos describing some activities that can be used to explore emotions and develop emotional literacy with children and young people. Some will be suitable for very young children and some for older children. They can support the following aspects of emotional intelligence:

  • Developing emotion vocabulary
  • Identifying what you’re feeling
  • Noticing emotions as they arise
  • Understanding emotions are a normal part of being human
  • Understanding we need to expect to experience both positive and negative emotions
  • Developing awareness of the physical symptoms of different emotions
  • Coping strategies for unenjoyable emotions
  • Being able to link emotions to their triggers
  • Seeing the link between thoughts and emotions
  • Understanding you have a choice about how to respond when you’re experiencing a powerful emotion
  • Developing empathy

Here’s the first one covering a much used (and loved by kids) activity I have already written a blog post about: I am a potato. Please subscribe to my YouTube Channel and my Blog (scroll down to subscribe to new blog posts on my contact page) if you wish to receive updates.

Here is a list of the videos and what they cover:

Video NumberDate PublishedTitleCovers
125th MayI’m a Potato
Developing emotion vocabulary
Identifying what you’re feeling
Developing awareness of the physical symptoms of different emotions
21st JuneSandpaper and Wool Faces
Identifying what you’re feeling
Developing awareness of the physical symptoms of different emotions
38thThe PebblesNoticing emotions as they arise
Coping strategies for unenjoyable emotions
415thAnger Thermometer
Developing emotion vocabulary
Understanding individual emotions – a closer look
Understanding we need to expect to experience both positive and negative emotions
522ndSymptom CheckerIdentifying what you’re feeling
Noticing emotions as they arise
Developing awareness of the physical symptoms of different emotions
629thEmotion DiaryIdentifying what you’re feeling
Being able to link emotions to their triggers
76th JulyPause Button  Noticing emotions as they arise
Coping strategies for unenjoyable emotions
813thPause and Cool Down  Reducing impulsive reaction in response to emotions
Understanding you have a choice about how to respond when you’re experiencing a powerful emotion
920th“I’ve just…”  Being able to link emotions to their triggers
Developing emotion vocabulary
Developing empathy
1027thEnjoyable and unenjoyable emotionsDeveloping emotion vocabulary
Understanding emotions are a normal part of being human
Understanding we need to expect to experience both positive and negative emotions
113rd AugustIf Emotions could Talk  Creative activities to deepen understanding of emotions  
1210thThe Empathy Game  Developing empathy
Seeing the link between thoughts and emotions
1317thWhat am I Grateful for?  Understanding individual emotions – a closer look
Coping strategies for unenjoyable emotions  
1424thEmotion Profile  Understanding individual emotions – a closer look
Developing awareness of the physical symptoms of different emotions
Being able to link emotions to their triggers
1531stEmotion TrackerUnderstanding we need to expect to experience both positive and negative emotions
Being able to link emotions to their triggers
167th SeptemberThe Ingredients of an EmotionCreative activities to deepen understanding of emotions
Being able to link emotions to their triggers
1714thLow Mood MenuCoping strategies for unenjoyable emotions
1821stReaction Sheet  Identifying what you’re feeling
Being able to link emotions to their triggers
1928thSensing emotionsCreative activities to deepen understanding of emotions
205th OctoberEmotions as Visitors  Identifying what you’re feeling
Noticing emotions as they arise
Understanding emotions are a normal part of being human
Understanding we need to expect to experience both positive and negative emotions
Developing awareness of the physical symptoms of different emotions Coping strategies for unenjoyable emotions
Being able to link emotions to their triggers