Feeling Faces Cards

Feeling Faces Cards

The “Feeling Faces: Cards (English-Blank)” resource is a valuable tool for promoting emotional literacy and helping children understand and express their feelings effectively. It is designed to assist children in recognizing and discussing various emotions, ultimately encouraging them to use words to express their feelings instead of resorting to challenging behaviors.

Key Features of the Resource:

  1. Emotional Literacy: The resource focuses on developing emotional literacy in children by providing a set of feeling face cards. This enables children to become more aware of their own emotions and those of others.

  2. Teaching Emotional Vocabulary: It emphasizes the importance of teaching children a range of words to describe their feelings. Starting with basic emotions, it gradually introduces more complex ones, including both “positive, comfortable” and “negative/uncomfortable” feelings.

  3. Promoting Self-Expression: The feeling face cards can be used as a tool for children to communicate their emotions. They can use these cards to express how they are feeling throughout the day, promoting open communication.

  4. Recognizing Facial Expressions: The resource encourages discussions about how people can interpret others’ feelings by observing facial expressions. It suggests looking at the eyes, mouth, and body position to differentiate between different emotions.

Activities with the Feeling Faces Cards:

  1. Introduction of Feelings: Select specific feeling faces to introduce to children. Display these pictures around the classroom on key rings, making it easy for children to identify and respond to emotions in real-time.

  2. Charades-style Game: Cut out the feeling faces and have children take turns drawing a card. The child then acts out the emotion depicted on the card, and their peers guess the emotion being portrayed.

  3. Classroom Feelings Book: Utilize the feeling faces to create a classroom feelings book, allowing children to explore and express their emotions through pictures and words.

  4. Partner Matching: Duplicate the feeling face pictures and distribute them to children. Prompt them to find the matching feeling face, which pairs them with their partner.

  5. Interactive Games: Create interactive games using the feeling face pictures. Examples include making a “matching” or “memory” game by duplicating the faces or crafting a bingo board with the faces to help children recognize and associate emotions.

This resource, provided by the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations, aims to enhance children’s emotional awareness, communication skills, and ability to express and understand their feelings in a healthy way. It encourages educators and caregivers to adapt and use it creatively to support children’s emotional development.