Exploring BIG Emotions with the Emotion Wheel

These printable Emotion Wheels are designed for you and your child to talk about and to draw faces with the described emotions.

I would recommend the simpler one of the two (4 emotions) for young children, ages 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years. The more detailed emotion wheel I would recommend for ages 3 1/2 years and up.

Have your child make the face of what they feel when this emotion is named. It is helpful to use a mirror so that your child can see themselves. You should model the facial expression as well. Talk about a situation that elicits this emotion. When do you feel happy? Why are you sometimes sad? What makes you feel angry? Then ask your child to draw that face on the corresponding space on the wheel. Hang it up in your child’s room or in the kitchen. Reference the wheel when your child is feeling these emotions. Point out when others, including yourself are feeling these emotions and use the wheel as a family reference.

The purpose is to help your children become more aware of their feelings, which is good for them, but also the first step in learning to be empathetic when others are feeling different than they are feeling.

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