Sunday, September 20, 2015

More.......Emotions, emotions, emotions!

Today we studied the following emotions: mad, scared, and calm. We took our emotion magnifying glasses and when the happy face came up, we made our own happy faces. We did the same activity with sad and mad. The kids loved showing us their super smiling happy faces. Then, we sped it up and things got a little silly!

We then moved onto our first craft. The children were asked how they feel when they are mad and then discussed different ways we could practice calming down. To do this we made stress balls with balloons and homemade playdoh. The kids loved stuffing there playdoh in the balloons. Afterwards, we all took turns pretending we were mad and squeezing our stress balls.

We then got to crazy dance over to our next activity. I'm noticing the best way to keep their attention is to think on their level and what would keep me interested at that age. Crazy dancing over to our next activity worked like a gem. Everyone got their "sillies out" and we made our way to a dark area so we could talk about what may scare us in the dark. We used some little toy bugs and made shadows with them. We spoke about how things may appear scary but in reality they are not so scary when you see them for what they really are. Here you see the kids holding up their little toys to see the shadow.

Now that we discussed the mad and scared emotions, we thought adding calm as an extra emotion would go perfectly hand in hand with the previous two. We went over how we could calm ourselves down when we are mad or scared. We had some answers such as breathing, exercising, stretching, and dancing. Now that we discussed calmness we made calm down jars.

Overall, the kids had a super fun day discussing these emotions and the time flew by!

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