Color Wheel of Emotions

Color WheelThe Color Wheel of Emotions provides kids and teens an artistic outlet for exploring their emotions. It also provides a golden opportunity to talk about those emotions with them. Although a simple exercise, the Color Wheel of Emotion hits on most of the aspects of the The Super Simple Feelings Management Technique – particularly the “Talk About It!” component. And, the best part is, you don’t even have to be a good artist to do it. The color wheel above was done by my (at the time) 13 year old daughter Lyndsey.


  • White piece of paper or poster board.
  • Colored pencils, crayons or markers.

How to Make a Color Wheel of Emotions

  1. Have the child draw a circle on a piece of paper or poster board.
  2. Have them divide the circle into eight (roughly) equal slices by drawing a + and an x on the circle.
  3. Ask the child what eight emotions they would like to put on their Color Wheel. Feel free to assist the child in coming up with the emotions. However, you should avoid choosing emotions for them.
  4. Write the name, or have the child write the name, of each of the emotions outside the circle on each slice.
  5. Have the child fill the slice with a color, or color a picture or representation of each emotion in the corresponding slice.
  6. Talk to the child about why they chose the emotions they did for the chart.
  7. Discuss what they drew and how they chose to represent each emotion in the circle.

For more awesome resources for learning about and dealing with emotions, please visit our Hope 4 Hurting Kids Emotions Help Center.

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Written by Wayne Stocks
Wayne is the founder and executive director of Hope 4 Hurting Kids. He is a happily married father of four kids with a passion for helping young people who are going through rough times. In addition to Hope 4 Hurting Kids, Wayne previously started I Am A Child of Divorce and Divorce Ministry 4 Kids to help kids who are dealing with the disruption of their parents' relationship. These are now part of Hope 4 Hurting Kids. Wayne speaks frequently at conferences and churches on issues related to helping kids learn to deal with difficult emotions and life in modern families. Wayne lives with his wife, three youngest kids, three dogs and an insane collection of his kids' other pets outside of Columbus, Ohio. In addition to his work with Hope 4 Hurting Kids, Wayne is a partner in a local consulting firm, an avid reader, coaches his son's soccer team and is a proud supporter of Leicester City Football Club (and yes, for those in know, his affinity for the club does predate the 2016 championship). You can reach Wayne at