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Being able to name their feelings and identify specific emotions in others prevents tantrums and give kids a sense of control. These worksheets also allow preschoolers to work on visual discrimination skills and require no prep time at all!
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For this activity you will need:
Optional: crayons (worksheets are provided in black and white so you can extend playing time by asking your child to color them in)
Below are the supplies I use personally at home. After doing so many printable activities, I've found that it's most helpful to always have these basic supplies on hand.
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Print out the worksheets. Ask your child to look carefully through the pictures and mark the one with a different expression shown. This is a simple game that requires no prep.
My Emotions Clipcards would be also a great follow on activity to this. There are 160 clipcards included in this product that can be spread out all year long. They are themed according to the different seasons and holidays. Check it out here. It's available exclusively in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Alternatively, you can download a free sample here.
Stories can help children identify and name their feelings. They also teach them how to respond to everyday negative emotions like anger and sadness. Some great books on feelings are:
The Way I Feel by Janan Cain – This book provides young learners with the vocabulary they need to name their emotions. It also helps children understand that emotions are not permanent states of being and if it's a negative one they are feeling, it will soon pass.
The Way I Act by Steve Mertzger – In this follow-on book to The Way I Feel, the child now learns how their actions have consequences. They will understand that they can choose how they behave despite feeling any of the emotions they learned about in the previous book.