Ages: Pre-K thru 3rd grade (May also be appropriate for individuals who suffer from intellectual disability and/or social skill deficits)
The purpose of this activity is to help clients associate emotions with colors and to help clients identify emotions as they are depicted in nonverbal expressions.
- Velcro strips or Glue Dots
- 4 sheets of colored construction paper or card stock (* I used yellow, black, red, and blue to symbolize colors of emotions),
- Pictures of faces or groups of people showing various emotions (4-6 pics for each emotion).
- Label each of the 4 sheets of paper with an emotion. (I chose the 4 basic emotions of happy, sad, angry, and scared). It may be a good idea to laminate your 4 pages so that they are more durable.
- Place glue dots or Velcro strips on the back of each picture and on the emotion board of choice. I chose to use Velcro strips because this allows the therapist to remove the pictures once the activity is completed.
- Instruct client to match pictures with the emotion.
Possible Processing Questions:
- Why do you think this person or those people are happy, angry, scared, or sad?
- How do you show others that you are happy, angry, scared, or sad?
- How do you know when people at school are happy, angry, scared, or sad?
- How does Mom and Dad (or any guardian of significance) show that they are happy, angry, scared, or sad?