Teach the children in your classroom how to deal with and identify emotions through exciting activities. By engaging students in emotion-themed activities, you can help them understand the positive and negative emotions they will see in life every day. Encourage the students to do their best by awarding small prizes, like stickers or candy, to activity winners.
Draw several faces with different emotions on index cards (two per emotion). Scatter the cards out face down in the classroom. When you say "Go," the students must pick up an emotion card and find the other person with the same emotion card. The students act out the emotion while looking for their matches. For another matching activity, place all the cards face down and have the students play a game of memory. If a player finds a match, she keeps the match and goes again. The player with the most matching emotion cards at the end of the game wins.
Turn your back to your class and make an emotion, such as happy, sad, mad or frustrated, with your face. Turn around and have your students guess your emotion. The first child to guess correctly can come up and be the next to do the same thing. Keep playing until everyone has a turn to show an emotion. For another easy activity, write emotion names on slips of paper and place them in a cup. Have the children sit in a circle. One player must draw a slip of paper and act out the emotion, while the students have to guess the emotion. Pass the cup around the circle and let each student go at least twice.
Divide the students into two teams. Mark a starting line and a run-to line 15 feet apart. Write several emotions on slips of paper and place them in a cup. Put the cup at the starting line. When you say "Race," the first player in each team line must grab a slip of paper and act out the emotion as he races to the run-to line. He must race back to the starting line still acting out the emotion and tag the next player in line. Each player must do the same thing. The first team to finish wins the game. For a variation, place the cup of emotions at the run-to line. Players must race to the line, grab an emotion, and start acting it out. Once their team guesses the emotion, they can race back to tag the next player in line. The first team to have all their players complete the race wins the activity.
Emotion Synonym Activities
Make an emotion with your face to the class, such as a sad face. Tell the children to come up with other synonyms of sad like disappointed, hurt and grief. For happy, the children could say giddy, jolly and satisfied. Make this activity into a game by giving each child a sheet of paper. When you show an emotion, have the children write down as many synonyms for that emotion as they can. Award a small prize to the player who comes up with the most correct synonyms for each emotion.
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