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Instructing Feelings Exercise - Emotions Matching Recreation for Children

April 5, 2023
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These Emotions Activity are the perfect activity to get young learners introduced to emotions and the different feelings that they have. This teaching feelings game is perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. Use as a stand-alone emotions game or as a center for helping children learning emotions they experience. Simply print pdf file and you are ready to play and learn.

Emotions Activity

Use this free printable Emotions Matching Activity as a great way to practice visual discrimination with your learners as they have to match the feelings based on the different faces displayed on the spring animals. Simply print and quickly prep the emotions mats and let your learners have a fun and hands-on SEL activity exploring and identifying emotions! This teaching feelings game is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and grade 1 students.

Teaching feelings game

Start by scrolling to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click on the text link that says >> ____ <<. The Spring Emotions Matching Activity printable pdf file will open in a new window for you to save the freebie and print the pages required.

Learning Emotions

Learning Emotions

Young children slowly learn to control their emotions as they grow up, and one way to help them out is to talk to them about the different emotions they feel and experience. A good way to do this would be to describe certain situations and ask them how they would feel in that particular situation. This will provide a great talking opportunity for both you and your learner and also open up a pathway to explaining how your learner will be able to navigate themselves through whatever they are feeling.

Using printables and activities to explore emotions are another great way to do this. This Spring themed Emotions Matching Activity are a perfect way to explore and understand emotions for your learners. As learners identify and recognize the different emotions, they will be able to understand and visualize the different emotions that are being seen.

This printable is a great activity to use as a social-emotional learning center to use in a preschool or kindergarten and is also a great activity for parents to use at home with their learners.

Spring Emotions Matching Activity

To prep this activity you will need the following:

    • Free printable (download at the end of this post)
    • Laminator
    • Scissors
    • Printer
    • Cut apart to create the Spring Emotions Task Cards and the emotions picture cards.

Emotions Game

Emotions Game

The printable covers a total of 8 emotions/expressions.

    • Annoyed
    • Happy
    • Angry
    • Sad
    • Scared
    • Surprised
    • Tired
    • Worried

The emotions are spring themed. The emotions are included on a bee and a snail. The printable comes in both color and a printer-friendly black and white version for ease of printing.

Emotions Printable

Present your learners with the emotions task cards and the matching picture cards. Learners will identify the emotion shown on the task card and place the matching emotion card onto it.

To increase or decrease the difficult of this activity you can increase or decrease the number of task cards used at a single time. This printable would be perfect to use in morning tubs or bins, early finishers or as a SEL activity or center for your learners.

For some more emotions and SEL check out : Spring Emotion Clip Cards | Kindergarten Emotions Activity and Matching Emotions and Faces – Kindergarten Back to School SEL Center


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Fun, hands-on emotions activity to help preschool and kindergarten learn about feelings with a free printable game to play and learn.

Emotions Matching Activity

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