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Activities to support with talking about your emotions

A lot of children with Special Educational Needs, and even lots without, find it hard to understand their emotions. They know they are feeling something, I.E. an increased heart rate, or butterflies in their tummy, but they do not know why they are feeling like this or what it is that they are feeling.


The following worksheets help provide a starting point for talking about different emotions. Show your child the picture and say the caption underneath. For younger children, it may be good to give your own examples first. For example: When I walk into a deep dark wood I start to breathe really fast, my arms and legs feel tight and I get little spots on my arms called 'goosebumps'. Give them time to think about their outward or inward body reactions, then spend some time talking about which emotion this relates to and why!