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Teaching little ones not only about their emotions but also how to handle them is a big job. They don’t always understand why they feel the way they do and even if they do, those sometimes big emotions can be a lot for little bodies to handle.
While working with my own preschooler, we found that it was much easier to understand what different emotions looked like when we started with a visual representation.
With that in mind, I created this emotions matching game to help him understand a little more the different emotions that he may feel and what they might look like.
Now that we’ve played this game a few times, he has a much better understanding of each emotion and the body language that sometimes expresses them.
Of course, that is good news for everyone in our house because now that he has a better grasp on those feelings, we can easily discuss what causes certain emotions and how to calm ourselves down when our emotions get a little too big :)
I didn’t however, want to try to throw too many things at him at once so this matching game contains 6 different emotions (12 cards total) and I tried to stick with the most common emotions. Included in the set you’ll find cards for happy, sad, mad, confused, afraid, and surprised.
They make a quick and fun matching game but you could use them in a busy bag as well. Maybe take them with you when you leave the house to make working through big emotions just a little bit easier.
However you use them, I hope you enjoy them and get just as much use out of them as we have!
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