The aim of this section is to support the child or young person to explore their emotions in the present. This may include exploring what emotions are and different ways to identify them.
Take every opportunity you can to help discuss and model emotions. Through this approach, a child or young person you are supporting will understand the feelings you, and they, have. They will begin to name these as ‘I feel angry’ instead of ‘being angry’.
Activity One: Feelings Games – using the Feelings Card Pack
Approaches and creative ideas to help you facilitate this session
- Game One – place the cards face down on the table. Take it in turns to choose a card and describe the Feelings Card you have chosen. You can take it further and make the feeling into a story about a time when you have felt this feeling.
- Game Two – shuffle the cards. One person chooses a card but doesn’t show anyone. The person with the card acts out the feeling on the card, and the other two people need to guess what feeling they are demonstrating.
- Game Three – place the cards face up on the table. Each person takes it in turn to choose a card which identifies a feeling they have felt that day, week, etc. Each person then talks about that situation and why they felt that way.
- Game Four – one person chooses a card and places the card on their forehead without looking at it. The others then act out or describe the feeling on this card, and the person with the card on their forehead needs to guess the feeling.
- Game Five – take one card at a time and identify the feeling or feelings this card could represent. Record all the feelings on paper, or a scrap book that can be a ‘feelings book’ so that you can refer to it as you discuss emotions throughout your intervention and relationship.
This resource was developed by Blue Cabin, Professor Richard Rose and South Tyneside Council.