A collage of feelings


 

For an absolutely wonderful local independent book shop and for World Book Day, I made a video (still available here) where I spoke about several of my books and set a ‘task’ relating to each book. I just can’t help my teacheriness! For my book, It’s OK to Cry the task to set was obvious. My favourite page in the book is called A park full of feelings and it includes a double page spread with children going about their business in a park, labelled with what they are feeling. The obvious discussion with a young child would be to unpick why each child might be feeling what they are.

So the task I set was for children to draw their own park full of feelings. But there’s no need to stop at a park. You could do a classroom, a garden, a street or a beach. Alternatively, and more interestingly, you could create a collage over a period of time, set in any space/room, which you and your child add characters experiencing different emotions. This will increase your child’s emotion vocabulary.

Some of the emotions that are easiest to indicate a trigger for in a drawing include:

  • Surprised
  • Disappointed
  • Happy
  • Confused
  • Frustrated
  • Nervous
  • Scared
  • Brave
  • Curious
  • Shocked
  • Playful
  • Relaxed
  • Amused
  • Angry
  • Relieved
  • Envy
  • Lonely
  • Worried
  • Amazed
  • Relieved
  • Interested
  • Proud