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Children’s Activity: Feelings Thermometer

Children’s Activity: Feelings Thermometer


A step of emotional literacy development is being able to recognise what our emotions are. Many children can find it challenging to be able to recognise, identify and respond to their emotions, particularly emotions such as excitement and anxiety as both create adrenaline in the body. A great first step, is to encourage children to reflect on their feelings, so that they can distinguish how they all feel. All children’s feelings are different, and so you may find that children have very different experiences or ideas about how their emotions affect them.

Feelings Thermometer

A feelings thermometer, is a tool to support children to differentiate between different emotions and times they have felt them.

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Next steps:

  1. Download the worksheet here
  2. Collect coloured pencils / pens
  3. Discuss what each feeling is
  4. Colour the thermometer from green at the bottom to amber to red
  5. Consider times when we felt each emotion
  6. Draw pictures of memories associated with each feeling or write the memory next to the face
  7. Think about how each feeling made our bodies and minds feel


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