The “Emotion Exploration Activity” is a practical and engaging resource designed for Key Stage 1 and 2 students, taking approximately 30 minutes to complete. This activity aims to help children understand and express their emotions by exploring how these emotions manifest in their bodies.
- A4 sheet with a body outline
- Different color pens (red, blue, green, and yellow)
- Emotion list – happy, angry, worried, sad, scared
- The activity can be conducted either in groups or individually.
- The teacher or facilitator initiates the activity by calling out an emotion, for example, “angry,” and then asks the children, “When you are angry, where do you feel this?” Encourage them to think about physical sensations, such as a tense body, stomping feet, or a scrunched-up face.
- Explore other emotions in a similar manner:
- Happy: “When you are happy, where do you feel this?” Encourage responses related to smiling and relaxed shoulders.
- Worried: Ask students to consider sensations like knots in the tummy or sweating.
- Sad and scared can also be explored in the same way.
- Provide the children with the A4 sheet with a body outline and instruct them to write, draw, or color where they feel these emotions in their bodies. Use different colored pens to represent different emotions (e.g., red for anger, blue for sadness, green for worry, yellow for happiness).
Extension – Anxiety Body Signals:
- For an extension activity, provide a new worksheet and ask the children to focus specifically on the feelings of worry and anxiety.
- Instruct them to write or draw what happens in their bodies when they feel worried or anxious, along with where they feel these sensations.
- Encourage students to think about which physical signals they notice the most when experiencing anxiety, such as feeling light-headed, faint, having a dry mouth, sweaty hands, the urge to use the toilet, a shaky voice, headache, a faster heartbeat, or butterflies in the tummy.
This resource not only helps children recognize and express their emotions but also provides valuable insights into the physical sensations associated with different emotional states. It offers a practical way for young students to connect their feelings to their bodies, promoting emotional awareness and self-expression.
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