My little Thomas will be 3 in a couple of months. This past year with him has tested every ounce of patience in my body. He goes from a loving little boy giving out kisses and cuddles non-stop to a sobbing, toy throwing and yelling little boy. Most days I feel like we are swimming in a sea of toddler emotions just trying to keep our heads above water.
His emotions are no different than mine. The difference is that he is still learning the art of controlling how he expresses his emotions. Heck, truth be told, at age 31, I am still learning the same art.
My goal is to not only help Joseph recognize the different emotions and feelings we have, but teach him the appropriate way to react to our emotions.
Here is an awesome Feelings Tot Pack I found at 1+1+1=1
I put a velcro square on each face so that Thomas can attach the correct expressive face for each emotion we talk about. (I bought a huge roll of Velcro in the sewing section of WalMart to cut into squares instead of wasting tons of money on a few little velcro dots)
Match the feelings game...
I also found this resource on ABC Jesus Loves Me. I still need to cut them out and glue them to popscicle sticks so that we can use them as props during story time to talk about each characters emotions...
ABC Jesus Loves Me Teaching Emotions
I found this book at the library book sale.
A feelings mini book out of our preschool workbook...
I would love to hear other ideas on how to teach emotions and feelings!