I did this Emotional intelligence activity with Miss T the other day. I have been increasing our emotional intelligence activity ideas for the purpose of teaching the kids to regulate extreme emotions and express them self better. The are quite the opposite, Dimples is such a sensitive and strong willed little boy who is a total jokester and Miss T is always singing and happy but then in the blink of an eye she is fierce and reacts quickly. This emotions intelligence activity for Miss T has been helpful to teach her how to express her emotions, particularly at times when she is feeling over-whelmed. It has also been a great help in allowing her to connect with me, one on one and have the time to reflect on the day, talk about her experiences and the way she’s been feeling.
This emotional intelligence activity is based upon the 5 core emotions of emotional intelligence like in the movie Inside out, but also from the book Emotional intelligence 2.0 It aims to help children identify and label feelings while provide descriptors and vocabulary to help them express an emotion. This can enhance their empathy and emotional intelligence, whilst you connect with them and show them that emotions are acceptable and something we need to be able to cope with through talking about it.
We have watched Disney’s movie ‘Inside Out’ recently. You can get it here, Inside Out the DVD. We Discussed the 5 characters; Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger & Fear. These are similar to the 5 Core Emotions that we worked on from 2.0
Why you should do an Emotional intelligence activity with your child.
Lately I have been learning more about Emotional Intelligence and how it is a great predictor of success. I am fascinated by the concept and the numerous ways it can be beneficial for children. The findings are interesting and many schools now include emotional intelligence curriculum due to the importance of this skill in children’s behaviour and social competence.
Doing an Emotional intelligence activity can help your child’s ability to regulate emotions, understand emotions and be emotionally aware and mindful in social situations. All skills associated with positive behaviour and social confidence in children.
An emotional intelligent person is better able to cope with stress, adapt to change, communicate effectively, work well as a team and they are generally more confident in making appropriate decisions.
Learning the 5 Core Emotions and describing them.
The starting point to Emotional Intelligence and Empathy is to identify and understand emotions. There are believed to be 5 core emotions; Happy, Sad, Afraid, Angry and Shame. All other feelings can fall under these core emotions as descriptors. Discussing the core emotions and different levels of feelings in important. Start asking questions about the colours and how it makes them feel, offer some leads and make up hypothetical situations to start them thinking about “inside out”, their emotions, these emotions below and situations they might have been in where they have experienced or seen extreme emotion.
The Emotional Intelligence Activity.
This one was for my 3.5 year old, Miss T. (Print the Activity Sheet Below and cut it out, cut all descriptors out and grab some glue).
I read the emotions and she identifying them by colour. Based on the movie inside out, we identified what emotions in the picture above matched the characters. Miss T pulled the faces and did the appropriate body language as I read. We talked about there meaning and some hypothetical situations, and read the descriptors.
I gave her the glue and read descriptors individually so that she could paste on to the picture above. If she was hesitant I asked her a question or gave her a lead. For example, if you were really disappointed in something (give a facial clue, or voice tone clue) how would you feel? or… What does your face do when you are really excited? Which colour from Inside out has a face like that?
She surprised me! Happy and afraid were quite clear to her, she often confused anger and sadness until we talked about it more and she had ah-huh moments. Shame however is still an abstract concept for her age but she was happy to discuss and mimic my facial expressions and body language. Join below to gain instant access to the printable activity.
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How we learn from this Emotional Intelligence Activity.
- Identifying the core emotions is the begin of empathy and emotional awareness.
- The use of Colours associated with a feeling is an effective visual cue.
- Establishing a stronger connection with your child.
- Labelling descriptive feelings and developing vocabulary about emotions. This helps children learn how to express, in words, the different levels of feeling associated with an extreme emotion.
- Empathy- Becoming aware that other people experience a variety of different emotions at different levels of experience.
- Connecting with parents and reinforcing that children can speak to their parents about their feelings.
- Initiating conversation and hypothetical situations that allow children to think critically about what they would do and how they can respond. This is the start of emotional regulation and can give you the opportunity to teach appropriate ways to regulate emotions.
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You might also like this Emotional Intelligence Game
It is a twist on an old classic to develop listening skills and EI.
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