How do I feel today?
Provide praise and encouragement to build self-confidence and self-esteem, give children plenty of time to try things for themselves to build their independence and sense of achievement and self-awareness. Mirrors, either fixed to the walls, placed on the floor or hand-held, can engage children's interest for long periods of time as they reflect on their own identity.
- Emotions pebbles
- Lift the flap books and ordinary books
- Expressive wooden eggs
- Photographic learning cards
- Hand Puppets
This message is used to consider how the child is feeling today. It can be used to prompt a response, as a conversation piece or to discuss feelings and encourage positive self-image.
You will need:
- A mirror for each child
- Emotions pictures – if available
Give each child a mirror to look in and talk about smiling into the mirror- do it yourself! Look at the different emotion pictures, one by one, name the emotion and then ask the children to try and copy the emotion, watching themselves in the mirror for example looking:
Each child can be doing this at the same time if appropriate.
If you don't have pictures then name an emotion and discuss with the children.
Model how to do it yourself:
- "Gosh, my forehead is all wrinkled when I look cross"
- "I can see my teeth when I smile"
- "My eyes close when I am sleepy"
2. Emotions pebbles
Engraved with faces showing different emotions: happy, sad, angry, frightened, worried, surprised, confused, bored, calm, proud, shy and embarrassed. Use in sand and water, indoors and out, with many opportunities to explore emotions and encourage speaking and listening.
3. Lift the flap books and ordinary books
Help children to recognise and celebrate the differences between the beliefs of people in our world and explore all kinds of beliefs in an open child friendly way. Age guide: 3 years+.
4. Expressive wooden eggs
Accompanied by holders and a board book story can be used to help children identify and explore children's feelings in a non-threatening way. These eggs cover a range of expressions including sad, happy, angry, excited, afraid and shy.
5. Photographic learning cards
A great way for allowing children to focus on and discuss human emotion. Make your own journey using technology, camera, computer, and printer.
6. Hand Puppets
Ideal for storytelling, imaginative play and personal, social and emotional development activities.
Children sit in a circle, pass the puppet round while listening to an instrument or practitioner humming a tune or singing a song.
"Monkey is going around the ring, round the ring, round the ring. Monkey is going around the ring – where will he stop?" (Tune: Here we go gathering nuts in May)
The instrument, humming or singing stops -
It's stopped at………………………. that means it's…………………………. turn to make the sound or move, like………………(the animal).
Repeat for each child to have a turn
The child may want to make the animal speak, this is to be encouraged.
When the session is ended, collect the puppets up with the song
"Away, away, away, it goes, away, away, away it goes, away, away, away it goes into the bag it goes (tune: skip to my lou)