To facilitate children in identifying and communicating emotions and facial expressions. This activity will help them recognize their own experience of feelings, and identify and act in response to the feelings of others.
Discussion Points for Parents
- The purpose of this activity is to help increase children’s experience and comfort level talking about feelings and emotions.
- This activity can facilitate children to recognize that most people have similar reactions to their feelings and to the feelings of others.
- This activity can help children gain knowledge of and put into practice skills for empathy and problem solving when they experience feelings that are challenging to handle.
1) Firstly, cut along the lines of the dice. Keep the shaded tabs.
2) Fold over and glue the shaded tabs along the lines.
3) Now start with the activity by rolling the dice. Read or describe the feeling/emotion word that is on the dice.
4) For each round, you can ask your child the following:
- Use your face to express what this feeling looks like on you.
- What are some clues your body give you to have this feeling?
- What might have happened to you that might cause you to feel this way?
- What might have happened to others that might cause them to feel this way?
- Share about a time that you had this feeling/emotions and what caused it.
- Share about a time that you saw someone else have this feeling and what may have caused it.
- Find the feeling on the dice that you would have if (eg. A friend gave you a birthday present, A friend transfer school/class, Your brother broke your toy, You did really well on your swimming test)
- One of the process for parents to build up children’s self-esteem is to help children comprehend what healthy relationships look like.
- Parents can do this by identifying key words and actions that lead to healthy relationships.
- This activity help develop ideas and create an art project that shows who your child are and what is important to him/her.
- One – two pairs of scissors.
- Coloring materials (crayons or color pencils/markers).
- A long piece of thread or string to hang the spiral from the ceiling.
1) First thing to do is to add words on each spiral. Each spiral has a theme that is important to friendships, relationships and self-esteem in children.
2) Examples of themes for your child:
- Words or phrases that show kindness to others.
- Activities that you enjoy or are good at.
- Actions that show we care about others.
- People in your life who support you.
- Qualities that make you a good friend.
- Words that inspire you.
- Accomplishments that you are proud of.
- What you dream of doing and becoming.
- Things you like about your friends.
- Things your friends and family like about you.
3) After writing in the respective themes, proceed color or beautify them.
4) Subsequently, cut along the black line all the way to the center
5) To finish, poke a small hole in the center of the spiral. Position the string through the hole and tie or tape to the ceiling.
6) Now, when your child watch his/her spiral spinning in the air, he/she can be reminded of all the good things about him/her as well as what is important to him/her.
Chit Chat Time
- This activity help facilitate a conversation parents can have with their children.
- The questions range from topics that are silly, serious, imaginative and thoughtful.
- These questions attempts to build up in-depth communications that allows everyone in the family to explore emotions and different points of views. This could provide parents an insight into their child’s thoughts, imagination, feelings, and world view.
- Parents may want to consider answering questions first to model a representation of how they can express their own perspectives, feelings and creativity.