Emotions Chart

Emotions ChartThe Emotions Chart is designed to help young people to recognize and name their emotions which is an important step in the healing process. These charts can play a key role in helping kids with the See It! Say It! and Feel It! components of the The Super Simple Feelings Management Technique. You can download the chart by clicking here or on the image above.

What Are These Emotion Charts?

These charts are based on the characters and emotions included in our Hope 4 Hurting Kids Emotion Cards and the forthcoming book 150 Emotions Every Child Should Know, By Age. Each page includes 30 different emotions, and are designed to introduce new emotions as the child grows older.

  • Chart #1 (pictured above) includes 30 basic emotions every child should know by age 8.
  • Chart #2 adds an additional 30 emotions children should know by age 10.
  • Chart #3 adds an additional 30 emotions children should know by age 12.
  • Chart #4 adds an additional 30 emotions teens should know by age 14.
  • Chart #5 adds an additional 30 emotions teens should know by age 18.

How Do You Use These Emotion Charts?

These charts, like all emotion charts, can be used in a variety of ways.

  • In a group or school setting, have the kids write their name on a post-it note each time they enter the room and put it on one of the emotions. There is no need to discuss why the child feels that way or why they chose the emotion they did. Remember, the purpose of these charts is not to spark a conversation but to let the child start to recognize how they feel and put a name with the emotion. Children should feel free to move their post it note at any point when their emotions change.
  • In a family setting, put the emotion chart(s) on your refrigerator and use the post-it note technique above. Again, resist discussing the choice, but feel free to help the child as they get used to recognizing and naming their emotions. You can also put magnetic strips on the back of the charts and create a magnet for each member of your family that can be easily moved and reused.
  • Encourage the child to tell a story using the different emotions on the chart.
  • Flip pennies onto the chart and have the child act out the emotion it lands on (or use our Super Simple Feelings Management Technique Activity Cards to determine what the child has to do for the selected emotion.

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 wayne@hope4hurtingkids.com.