Learning emotions is an essential step for kids. It is important to understand others’ emotions and their own. A feelings chart can help kids learn to identify emotions. They can point to the face and show you how they are feeling in this situation or on this day. Talking about feelings and emotions from a young age can also help normalize and validate that they can feel all different kinds of feelings and that it is ok, that feelings can change.
There are posters you can buy or you can download some free printable feelings charts and print them yourself.
With an emotions chart accessible to kids, you can talk about their positive feelings and negative feelings in a safe space and develop emotional intelligence.
If you want to teach children how to navigate big emotions, the first step is identifying the emotion. In addition, it is helpful to validate their feelings but also to show coping tools to be able to change their mood for the better and work through negative emotions.