Monday, April 2, 2012

Feelings Worksheets

This week I once again tackled the topic of identifying feelings in my counseling group of school-aged girls.  I had exhausted all of my feelings worksheets with them already but was excited to come across this set of new ones I found.  Identifying feelings is one of the main goals in counseling kids, so it's a topic I come back to frequently (and I'm sure it will be a frequent blog post topic as well).

These feelings worksheets are mostly for school aged kids, but if you have toddlers I love the Kimochi dolls for learning about feelings that I mentioned here.

When I introduce feelings to kids, I usually start with a chart.  There are so many out there, I recommend looking at a few before you get one to make sure they fit with your child's learning capacity.  Some are black and white, some have over 30 on them, so find one that works for you.  If you Google 'feelings charts' then click on the images option, you can see a lot of the ones out there.

Or you can order one from Amazon here, that's a magnet and comes with a square where your child can put how they are feeling at that moment:

Mood Meter Magnet / Individual Feelings Chart (Emotions, Moods, Emoticons) How Are You Feeling Today?

The worksheets I found this week start out with a first page that lists all of the basic feelings and then asks the child to match the word to the face (you can find them at A Child's Place ).

The next few worksheets list each individual feeling and then asks the child to draw a picture of a time they felt the feeling and write about their experiences.

These are a great way to get your child to start talking about feelings!  Some children don't even know what some of the words mean, so it's also a great learning experience.

As a parent, you can get start with the main feelings chart and show it to your child.  Then you can introduce the worksheets once a day or once a week and have them do it as a fun activity so they don't view it as homework.  It would be a great one-on-one activity to do with your child as well, as you fill out one page and share your feelings and then have them do the same.  That way, they will see that sharing feelings is an easy thing to do with their mom or dad :)


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