We love incorporating a Feelings Theme into our curriculum each school year. Teaching children about feelings and emotions can help them identify their own. If you have young children or you’re a teacher, you know that preschool aged children experience a lot of different emotions throughout the day. Even throughout a few minutes. It can be a whirlwind! We’ve created our Fishing for Feelings Game activity to help them identify and name different emotions. You can download it for free! 🙂
About our Fishing For Feelings Game
This activity is an immediate digital PDF download (it will not be emailed to you). You will need a PDF viewer installed to access this activity.
Circle Time Discussion Before Fishing For Feelings
Before you start the Fishing for Feelings Game, it’s great to start talking to children about their feelings and emotions. Circle Time is a great place for this! You can start by asking children what they know about feelings. What different emotions do they feel? What situations are they in when they feel those emotions?
Talk with the children even more about emotions. Come up with different situations where you show strong emotions and talk with the children about what to do in those situations. What is a bad response to have? How can you change it to a positive one?
For example, what you should do if you’re mad. Should you scream and throw things? What are some great ways to calm down? (talking to your parents or an adult, talking deep breaths, playing outside, etc.)
Simon Says Feelings Game
Another great way to bring emotions and feelings to life is by playing a Simon Says Feelings Game. Say an emotion and have the children pretend they are feeling that emotion. If you say sad, the children could pretend to mope and cry. If you say happy, they could smile or even laugh. You’ll be surprised at the creative ways your children will show their emotions.
This product includes:
- 6 pages total
- 2 Fishing for Feelings mats and 1 page of emotions to cut out for ‘fishing’
The prep is easy! Simply print this activity and laminate the pages. Cut out the emojis and glue a magnet on the back. Then create a magnetic fishing pole following the directions and you’re ready to play!
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