A significant part of helping kids to deal with their emotions (Jump In! Stand Strong! Rise Up!) is helping them to develop a robust feelings vocabulary. That is why we are excited to present our very own set of Hope 4 Hurting Kids Emotion Cards.
What Are Emotion Cards?
Each of these 54 cards includes the name of an emotion, a face demonstrating that emotion, and a brief definition of the feeling. Definition have been taken from, or adapted from entries in the WordNet® lexical database of English. The emotions included in this deck of feelings cards were extracted from our upcoming book 150 Emotions Every Kids Should Know – By Age (coming, hopefully, in late 2018).
How Do I Get These Cards?
You can download a pdf file with the 56 cards by clicking on the image above or by clicking here.
Why Are These Cards Important?
These cards can be a vital tool in the The Super Simple Feelings Management Technique. Specifically, they are useful for the the following components of that strategy:
- ”See It” – recognizing different emotions.
- “Say It” – expanding emotional vocabulary.
- ”Feel It” – recognizing how emotions affect their bodies.
- “Mimic It” – showing what emotions look like.
“Talk About It” – talking about their own experiences.
How Do You Use Emotion Cards?
The uses of the cards is only limited by your imagination. There are numerous ways to use these cards. Here are a few ideas:
- Use the cards in conjunction with our Scenario Cards (I Feel) cards and have kids match the emotion to a scenario or vice versa.
- Have kids group similar emotion cards.
- Use the cards with Super Simple Feelings Management Technique Activity Cards. Have the child select an emotion card and an activity card and do what it says.
- Use the cards to play Feelings Pictionary.
- Print out two sets of the cards and play the matching game of go fish with younger kids.
- Have the kids sort the cards in Emotions Sorting.
- Take turns selecting a card and talking about a time in your life, or a hypothetical situation, where you felt that emotion.
- Play the Row Row Row Your Boat Emotion Game.
- Play a game of charades with the Emotion Cards.
- Use the Emotion Cards in conjunction with Emotions Jenga.
- Play Leave the Room.
For more awesome resources for learning about and dealing with emotions, please visit our Hope 4 Hurting Kids Emotions Help Center.