Different methods to teach your child about their emotions
Miniland Educational: Playing today, for tomorrow
August 8, 2017
8 Minute read
Children have lots of emotions, and they are often a lot more exaggerated than an adult’s. They very seldom possess the social skills to understand that some emotions are best kept out of public, or dealt with calmly.
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Children are known to cry (sometimes for very long periods), and they are prone to throwing tantrums. Most of the time we are completely unaware why they are acting out too.
The thing is that most children simply don’t understand their emotions and are unable to grasp why they are feeling these overwhelming things. One of the most important social skills to teach your children at a young age is how to identify emotions, and the situations that cause them. This doesn’t just help them to handle their own emotions but also it develops their empathy and understanding of other people’s emotions too.
Here are the easiest ways to teach young children about emotion
Read about emotions
A great way to start teaching young children about emotions is reading about them. If your kids are too young to read then buy books that have lots of pictures and read to your children. If they are old enough to read, then get appropriate children’s books about emotions that will teach them about what the characters are feeling. Reading is a wonderful way to get your child thinking about emotions and start to understand what they are all about.
Identify and name feelings
It’s imperative that your child knows what each feeling is and starts to understand how to identify each emotion. With really young children it’s best to start off with easy emotions such as happy, sad, scared or tired. Use pictures to teach them how to identify the facial emotions that go along with these feelings. As kids get older, you can start adding more complex emotions into the mix with feelings such as frustration, excitement, shyness and grumpy. Children should be able to look at the picture cards and identify which emotions the character is feeling.
Act out feelings
Once children know about identifying and naming feelings, they then need to move on to learning about the physical manifestations of these emotions. A great exercise for your children is to get them to act out emotions that you hold up on a card or to guess which emotion you are portraying when you act it out. Think of it as “acting charades”. It’s a wonderful way for children to learn about emotions while also having fun.
Make it a daily activity with some educational games
There is no point in your children learning all about emotions and then not incorporating it into their everyday lives. Use educational games to make emotions a part of the day and they will remember what they have learnt much better. At Miniland, we have developed educational games that are specifically designed to help your children deal with emotions and values.
Have a look at our wonderful product line that will help your child to identify emotions in themselves and other people, and in turn, will help them to grow into empathetic, caring adults. Contact us for more information on educational games and how to use them to enhance your child’s development.