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Learning Feelings

ages 2-6

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Next time you're reading your child's favorite book, be sure to help your child to name the different feelings that the characters might have. The Olivia and Pigeon books are especially good for this. You can talk about why Olivia is frustrated that she can't find her favorite toy or why the Pigeon is angry that the bus driver won't let him stay up late. Then your child will be better able to name his feeling next time he's having a hard time and feel as though these kinds of feelings are normal.


cbejzak said:

Working on emotions and social skills are so important for children - any can benefit from this activity.

- Posted on Nov 27, 2007

Tiffany said:

Getting your child to recongize feelings is a great thing to teach at an early age. I feel this will help them be able to communicate their own feelings when something happens in their own life.

- Posted on Dec 18, 2007

Yael said:

Talking about a book after you read it to your child is both a great bonding and learning activity and can be adapted in so many ways. This activity is a deceptively simple way to teach your child about feelings and how to cope with them.

- Posted on Dec 24, 2007

Frisco said:

You can also use these examples from literature when you are trying to teach children empathy. For instance, if they have hurt another person's feelings refer back to the character from the book and ask how they think that person felt.

- Posted on Dec 30, 2007

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