Personal Feelings Books

Make a book out of several pages with circles draw on them. Give one to each child. Each day, talk about one feeling and discuss what makes us feel that way. Write on their books under the circles and then have them draw on the circle to make a face that feels that way.


expresses feelings

takes turns listening and speaking

Mirror, Mirror

Bring a large mirror to group (or do this activity near one). Choose two children at a time to act out an emotion. Say "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the happiest of them all?" and have both children look in the mirror and try to be happier than the other. ou decide the winner. The one that didn't win that round gets to take on the next person (let the first person who didn't win be the winner on the second round). Continue playing until everyone has gotten to win and lose at least once.


responds to suggestions from others

takes turns

Teddy Bear Day

Have the children bring in a favorite bear. When you break up into small groups, have the children bring their bear with them. Allow the children a few minutes to tell about their own bears.  Ask them to tell you about a time when their bear felt a certain way (give each person a different feeling)  As the other children take time to hold and look at a friend's bear, encourage them to ask questions about it such as 'Where did you get it?' 


respects property of others

listens to others who are speaking

Sad, Mad, Glad

Show community helper pictures one at a time. For each picture ask 'What would make that person sad? mad? glad?' Write the responses on a chart. Help younger children out by describing each person's job a little. For example: a firefighter helps save people from fires. He might be sad if someone died in the fire. He might be mad if someone played with matches and set a fire. He might be glad if someone remembered how to do stop, drop and roll.


sees other perspectives

School Rules

Show several items that belong to the classroom. Ask the children to talk about what would make them mad and glad about how others use each item. Examples: scissors, markers, books, tape, cups, puzzles, etc.


takes care of the classroom and class materials

When I'm Mad

Talk about what are acceptable things to do when you get angry about something. Be sure to also talk about what makes up mad. Role play getting angry and practicing what you can do. For example, as a group you might decide that when you get mad it is a good idea to count to 10. Ask someone to tell you what makes them mad and tell them to pretend it has happened and have them count to 10 to calm down.


sets goals

tries new things

Three Little Kittens

Tell or sing the Three Little Kittens rhyme. (Try ) Discuss what happened when the kittens lost then found their mittens. Talk about when the children have lost something and how they felt.


accepts and understands consequences

Feelings Chart

Cut out circles and draw different feelings faces on them. Staple these to a large bulletin board and add stems and leaves to turn them into flowers without petals. Cut small petal sets from different colors of construction paper. Each time you finish up talking about a particular feeling, sit in large group at the end of the day and get random responses about what makes the children feel that way. You don't have to have every child answer for every emotion, just make sure you have a couple of responses from each child on the bulletin board at the end of the theme.


expresses self

Sometimes It's Good to be Scared

Have a discussion about things that can hurt you. When you are afraid of these things it makes your body stay away from them and keeps your body safe. Suggest things if they are having trouble coming up with any (strange dog, bad weather, electricity, hot oven, etc.)


understands safe conduct

Feelings Charades

Have feelings cards. One child looks at a card secretly then acts it out for the others to guess.


participates in movement activities, games

Balancing your Emotions

Set up a balance beam in class. Have each child cross the beam pretending there is something under them that is making them feel a certain way. For example tell the first child that there is a field of flowers under the 'bridge' as ask them how they feel. Have them walk across with that feeling face. For scared there could be a bunch of alligators under the bridge. Allow children to come up with their own ideas for what is under the bridge.


walks on a balance beam in different ways

Face Mural

Cut faces out of magazines to glue to a class mural. Talk to the children about the feelings they see on the faces. For younger children: have them trace a circle around the picture first and then cut out on the circle.


cuts with scissors

Photo Feelings

Cut pictures of situations (like birthday parties, people sick in bed, etc.) from magazines. Allow each group to choose a magazine picture. Take turns writing down what each member of the group says about what the people in the picture are feeling and why they might be feeling that way.


dictates to adults

A Very Emotional Story

Create feelings puppets by gluing faces onto craft sticks. Place the sticks in a jar. Start a story. At intervals stop and have someone choose a puppet. That child then makes up the part of the story that would include that feeling. For example: Teacher starts:'Once there was a cricket that couldn't sing.' A child picks the sad face and says 'The cricket was sad because he couldn't talk to anyone.' Another child picks the mad face and says 'He got angry because no one would talk to him.' etc.


listens and responds to stories

Say it with Feeling

Bring a tape recorder to group. Give each child something to say, like "Hello" or "I Love You". Then roll a feelings dice or choose a feelings picture card and have them say their phrase into the tape recorder with the correct feeling. For example, if their word was "Great" and they rolled a sad face, then they would say the word "Great" in a sad tone of voice. Later in the day, play the tape for the entire group and have them try to guess how the voices are feeling.


listens and discriminates between sounds

Feelings Words

Create a list of words that mean mad, sad, and glad. Also introduce some multicultural words for these.                                             


increases vocabulary

Rebus Feelings Story

Create a rebus story with feelings faces to read. As you get to a feeling in the story, write the word and then draw a simple picture of that feeling. Give each child a chance to read as you follow along.


reading rules

Shape Faces

Have five felt circles and felt shape pieces. One person creates a face using different shapes for the eyes, nose, and mouth. Others copy it. Take turns being the leader.


shape recognition

sees shapes in pictures

Feelings Transition

As the children transition outside, to lunch or to centers have them leave group in a particular way - sadly, angrily, happily, etc.