Teaching students about feelings, aka emotional literacy, is SO IMPORTANT for little learners. Identifying and labeling feelings in oneself and others is a life skill that takes lots and lots of practice. I’ve created these FREE Monster Feeling Cards & Games to make learning about feelings FUN!
I just LOVE using Move It Match Game during circle time to practice various skills and vocabulary. It’s simple to play, and you can use this game to practice other skills and vocabulary too.
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Before the game begins, show students each feeling card and have students practice making a face that demonstrates each feeling.
Give each student a monster feeling card. Tell students that they can look at the card, but they can’t show their friends.
Now the fun part….. Students walk around, making the feeling faces they have on their cards. Students have to find the friend who has the matching feeling card by reading the feeling on the other student’s face.
Once everyone has found their matching feeling friend, announce that they can show each other their feeling cards to see if they have the right match. You can play with just the feeling monster cards or with both the feeling monster cards and the emoji feelings cards.
When we teach feelings, often we focus on how the mouth looks. When someone is happy, they have a smile.
Don’t forget to talk about the rest of the body and tone of voice! When someone is sad, other characteristics a person may show could be that their eyes are droopy, their eyebrows go down, their head hangs down, and their body is limp. It is SO important to help students begin to observe and interpret other people’s body language.
You can always use the monster feeling cards to play a simple Monster Felling Match Game at a table too.
Or even use the cards to play a Monster Feeling Memory Game. Just flip all the cards over and take turns flipping cards to try and match the feelings cards.
Glad Monster Sad Monster would be the perfect book to read BEFORE you do any of these monster-feeling activities! LOVE this book!
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Need MORE ideas to teach your students about feelings and emotions? I’ve got you covered! Grab this Feelings and Emotions pack from my TPT store HERE. It’s packed with feeling and emotion posters, activities, real photographs, and visual supports.
Or grab the entire Character Education (aka social skills) Curriculum made just for little learners! It has visual supports and activities for many routines and procedures, being a friend, problem-solving, calming down, classroom management, building a caring classroom community, and MORE!
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Want MORE Monster activities?
Check out more FREE monster activities for your little learners. Pictured FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Feed the Monster Alphabet Match // Sara J Creations
Monster Alphabet Playdough Mats // Modern Preschool
Monster Counting Cards // Miss Kindergarten
Monster Math Addition Clip Cards // The Kindergarten Connection
Monster Counting Mats // The STEM Laboratory
Monster Measurement Cards // Fairy Poppins
Monster Alphabet Game // Stay at Home Educator
Felt Monsters Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Monster Letter Match // Schooling a Monkey
Monster Snowball Coverall // Recipe for Teaching
Snow Monster Addition Puzzles // The Simplified Classroom
Monster Shape Graphs // Playdough to Plato
Slime Monster Counting Activity // Fun-A-Day
Name the Monster Phonics Game // Play & Learn Every Day
Monster Counting Emergent Reader // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Color Monsters Write the Room // Letters of Literacy
Monster Truck Numbers: Bigger and Smaller // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Monster Creation Tray // Powerful Mothering