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Feelings and Emotions Unit for Preschool - including activities, book recommendations, and resources! {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Feelings and Emotions Unit for Preschool {Resources and Activities!}

My preschoolers are labeling their feelings more often lately, and it’s great.

My daughter recently said, “I feel nervous,” which helped me provide support to her in a new situation. My son (who has various special needs) has been signing when he’s “happy” or he’s “sad” with greater frequency.

Helping our preschoolers express their emotions helps them better deal with those emotions (and reduce scream- and cry-fests).

While they’re both bursting into this newfound understanding of base emotions, it seems like the best time to do a feelings and emotions preschool unit. So we have. And they’ve rocked it!

Read below to find the activities we used, along with other websites and book recommendations. These activities are geared toward preschool age, and you’ll notice a few modifications and activities I used for my son’s special needs.

Feelings and Emotions Unit for Preschoolers

Feelings and Emotions Unit for Preschool - including activities, book recommendations, and resources! {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Our General Plan

We love book-based units, and my kids (my son, especially) learn and retain information well when we read a book first, then do a complementing activity. So during this unit, we read a new book about feelings each day, and then completed an accompanying activity or two (20-30 minutes each day).

Because this is our first time doing a concentrated feeling unit, we kept it to just one week. Next time we do an emotions theme (probably in the fall or next spring), we’ll expand on it.

Feelings Books and Activities for Preschool

Book: The Way I Feel by Janan Cain (Parenting Press, 2000)

Activity: Emotion identification – We used feelings charts from this “emotions management tool” and this “feelings words” poster on Teachers-pay-Teachers to discuss each emotion. I quizzed my kids on each emotion, and they were both able to distinguish and pinpoint the emotions much quicker than I realized. I’ve created a simple poster accessible to the kids so they can point at which emotion they feel if they can’t first express it (especially helpful for my son who has apraxia).

Feelings and Emotions Unit for Preschool - including activities, book recommendations, and resources! {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Book: My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss, Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (Knopf, 1996)

Activity: Color and Count sheet from 2 Teaching Mommies feelings printable pack

The kids loved this activity and practiced fine motor skills, following directions, counting, and distinguishing emotion.

Feelings and Emotions Unit for Preschool - including activities, book recommendations, and resources! {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Books: Percy Gets Upset by Stuart J. Murphy (Charlesbridge Press, 2011) and Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis, Illustrated by Laura Cornell (HarperCollins, 2007)

Note: I recommend checking the second book first for a few possibly questionable references for preschoolers.

Activity: Make a Shape Face activity from 2 Teaching Mommies feelings printable pack

Another activity my kids loved! This was the first focused activity we’ve done with both kids where they needed to replicate something from a small card onto a bigger display. My daughter wanted to keep playing around with the faces after we completed each card. This activity would make a great felt board game, too.

Feelings and Emotions Unit for Preschool - including activities, book recommendations, and resources! {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Book: Lots of Feelings by Shelley Rotner (Millbrook, 2003)

Activity: “Look, See, Spell: Feelings Words” worksheet from 2 Teaching Mommies feelings printable pack with letter stamps

and Feelings Sticker Prewriting Activity (see below for directions) and Move Like You Feel movement game (click on this post for directions)

Move Like You Feel - active emotions movement game for preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Feelings Sticker Prewriting Activity

I saw a sticker matching activity on Pinterest similar to this and modified it for this feelings unit. I didn’t get to the store to find emotions-themed stickers yet, so I just made my own emotions on small squares of paper. (You could have your kids help cut the squares for scissors practice!)

I set up two columns of matching emotions “stickers” and modeled for my kids how to find a matching pair and draw a line connecting the two. We spent time going over each emotion together (with my kids labeling each emotion), and then finding its match. The kids did great, plus this activity provided prewriting practice my son both needs and enjoyed!

Feelings and Emotions Unit for Preschool - including activities, book recommendations, and resources! {undergodsmightyhand.com}

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 How do you help your kids express emotions? Share your ideas in the comments below!

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Move Like You Feel - active emotions movement game for preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

“Move Like You Feel” Active Movement Game for Preschoolers

I have a family fitness background and I have a son who is a major sensory seeker. Any time we can add movement into a learning activity, we do!

We’re wrapped up a preschool feelings unit this week (watch for that post next week!), and I created this simple movement mimicking activity to accompany our emotions-themed activities this week.

Move Like You Feel - active emotions movement game for preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

“Move Like You Feel” Movement Game

This activity allowed my son to differentiate his movements to pretend acting out these emotions. My son has multiple special needs, and, though he can distinguish many emotions, he can’t really copy them himself unless he’s actually feeling them.

To help him be able to model different emotions, we used this game to incorporate big motor movements he could associate with each feeling.

How to Play

Just have enough space to move a bit. Classroom teachers can use this activity with a little space in between desks, in a reading around, or outside.

Optional: You can also have a photo-filled feelings book in hand to help, like Lots of Feelings by Shelley Rotner.

The first round, I talked the kids through each emotion and modeled how we can move to act out that emotion. In the second and third rounds, I suggest trying to see if the kids remember each movement when you call out each emotion. Play 3-5 rounds for a total of roughly 10 minutes (just enough to get some wiggles out and get hearts pumping!).

Modification: If you’re using this activity with advanced preschoolers or early elementary ages, you can ask the kids to create their own movements!

Emotion Movements

Move Like You Feel - active emotions movement game for preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

“Sad” – moving low and slow

Here are the movements and emotions we used:

  • Happy – move bouncy and smiling, with a march
  • Sad – move low and slow
  • Excited – jump!
  • Frustrated – move tight and stomping
  • Tired – crawl on hands and knees
  • Nervous – move on tiptoes very cautiously
  • Silly – silly dancing!
Move Like You Feel - active emotions movement game for preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

“Frustrated” – stomping

Move Like You Feel - active emotions movement game for preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

“Tired” – crawling on hands and knees slowly

We completed each movement for 30-60 seconds. We stopped at just these seven emotions for our first go-round. I hope to add a few more about my son is able to express when he feels these seven emotions with more frequency.

Modification for special needs: We signed each emotion first. I also suggest either showing a picture of each emotion or having a chart of emotions and first asking the kids to point out which emotion you call out. Then complete the movement.

Since playing this game, my son has already expressed “tired” and “happy” (yay!) and my daughter has talked about “nervous.” We might need to play this game once a week or so!

I shared our whole preschool feelings unit here, including the books and activities we used.

Feelings and Emotions Unit for Preschool - including activities, book recommendations, and resources! {undergodsmightyhand.com}

If you’re looking for a song about emotions, we love the “feelings song” from this episode of Signing Time. It’s good for dancing, too!

How do you help your kids learn to express different emotions?

This post is also linked up with Homeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten CornerTuesday TotsToddler and Preschool Moms Pinning Party, the Weekly Kids Co-opShow and Share SaturdayFree Homeschool Deals’ Ultimate Pinterest Party, and Link & Learn.

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