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Exploring Emotions with Kids TABOO-Inspired Game

Talk about emotional awareness with this fun Taboo Inspired Emotions Game.  Can you guess the emotion?  

Thanks to movies like Inside Out and The Emoji Movie, the topic of emotional awareness seems to be gaining popularity.  Regardless, it's an important topic to work through-- from toddlers learning how to deal with "big" emotions and/or older kiddos dealing with fluctuating hormones and the pendulum of moods they have throughout the day.  

Learning how to deal and talk about how one is feeling is a wonderful way to show empathy and gives parents and teachers a way to help guide our kids through those crazy feelings.  

Have fun teaching emotions and how to handle them by playing this Taboo Inspired Guess the Emotion Game.

emotional awareness game for kids

The idea for this game came from our  Five in a Row guide  for the row, Daniel's Duck.  The Social Studies topic suggested talking about different emotions.

To also work on language skills with my 7 year old, we made up a game called "Guess the Emotion."
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Emotions Game for Kids

The idea is simple, but this Emotions Guessing Game is oh so fun!

  • emotion cards
  • scissors
  • laminator (optional)

I used the emotion cards I found at Teacher Treasures, but you could make your own to include more emotions.  

I just printed the cards out and cut them up.  If playing with a classroom, you may want to laminate the cards for durability or future use!

How to Play Guess the Emotion Game

You play it similar to the game TABOO, where the object of the game is to have the other play guess the word on the card without the other person using that word.

So for "angry," I may have said, "You might feel this way when someone eats the last cookie..." etc... 

We took turns pulling a card out of the bowl and had 30 seconds to try and get the other person to guess the emotion on the card just by giving verbal cues.  

It was fun!  And a great way to work on emotional awareness!  

Why Talking About Emotions is Important

Everyone wants to be heard and known...

... And sometimes they just don't know how and so kids lash out at silly things.  Or perhaps, instead of lashing out, kids retreat and get quiet.  Feelings are important and kids often feel a whole range of emotions--- sometimes in a few minutes, but it's important to recognize them for what they are; feelings come and go- they change.  

But they don't make us who we are; they are not our identity.  

There's good ways to show how we feel about things, and not so good ways.   This was a great game to play to have fun, but talk about something very important, too!

More Ways to Learn About Emotions

You could also extend this activity by talking about proper ways to share those feelings.  

It is easy for us all to smile and laugh when we are happy, but what about when someone ate that last cookie and I am feeling mad.... what do I do with those feelings then?

Enjoy this activity with your children or students!

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