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Children’s Activities: Making Feelings Fingers

Children’s Activities: Making Feelings Fingers


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 differentiating between emotions such as disappointment, embarrassment and anger. 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 Fingers

No matter their age, we can often find that children have spaces in their emotional literacy and how to differentiate between different feelings. Feelings fingers allow us to think about the facial expressions, hand movements and the characteristics of different feelings.

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Next steps

  1. Download the worksheet here 
  2. Collect a selection of pens or pencils
  3. Talk through each feeling
  4. Explore what they each feel like
  5. What triggers this feeling inside us?
  6. How do they make us react?
  7. Extend it – how can we help these feelings?

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