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"How have you been at school?" "How have you spent today?" "Are you happy because mom and dad are having dinner with you at home today?" Every day I bombard my daughters with a lot of questions to find out how they are, what they think or what they feel, but, despite myself, I find it difficult to hear an answer. Rather, and hopefully, they give me a gesture. So to try talk about feelings with children, I have created the pacifier of emotions.
Children need to play. Through play they connect with the world, discover, explore, feel, but also express themselves. Have you tried observing for several days in a row how does your son play? It is a very powerful practice to know if he is sad, happy, angry ...
Another way, which we have devised in Guiainfantil.com, is to do it through 'The pacifier of emotions'. This game, which we parents played when we were little, is a classic that does not go out of style and that is very common today in recesses or the courtyards of many schools.
Being the Pacman a game that is very familiar and attractive to them, why not customize it to reach the hearts of our children? The idea is to build one in the traditional way and then, in each corner, draw a emoticon related to an emotion, both positive and negative, and there are no good or bad emotions, because we learn from all of them and they help us to forge our personality.
We suggest that you work with the 6 basic emotions- joy, sadness, fear, anger, disgust and surprise- and that, as the game asks, add two more: disappointment, anger, frustration, rejection, love ... you can put whatever you want, it's your game !
The objective that we propose to you with this game is that the child begins to understand and understand their feelings and, above all, that they do not fear them and that they do not reject them. Only knowing our emotions we will be able to manage them.
Now that you have the idea of what you are going to do kite of emotions We only have to build one:
- Take a sheet of paper and cut it so that you have a square shape.
- Fold the paper in such a way that the right corner meets the left and, vice versa, the left with the right.
- Now, each corner, fold it towards the center. You got it? Flip the paper!
- And we keep folding the corners back to the center.
- Next step. In each of the triangles, draw a number from 1 to 8, then open it and paint an emoticon in each one of them.
- And we are already reaching the end. Fold the paper in half, then bring the sides together.
- Stick your fingers behind, under the triangles, and ... let's start playing!
If there comes a day when this game no longer attracts your attention or tires you, get the following ideas and continue working on the emotions at home and to continue discovering the feelings that your child has.
- The corner of secrets
Take a white sheet as big as you have and place it on the table in the living room, in such a way that it covers it completely from top to bottom. Thus you will be building your particular corner of secrets, where you will tell him yours and he / she ... some!
- Read stories of emotions
Can you think of a simpler way to explain such abstract and intangible concepts to them than by reading stories, poems or fables? They will hear stories of children like them who live and go through situations very similar to their own. Ultimately, they will fully identify!
- Drawings of emotions
Almost all children love to paint. Since they might not want to draw themselves, why not ask them to paint you according to your mood? In addition, if you get a mustache (heh, heh, heh) you might discover how he sees you and that can lead you to talk about a specific emotion.
- Collage of emoticons
Surely you have thousands of selfies with your faces. Print them out, place them on a cork and try to get the child to tell you each day which photograph he or she most identifies with.
- Mimic of emotions
And if your little one is not a big talker, nothing happens! The game of the mimicry of emotions it will be an irrefutable proposal. Only with gestures, each of the family members have to say how your day has been at work or at school. Are you ready?
Choose the game that you like the most or that can most attract the attention of your children. Find a moment of the day or of the week when you are calm and ... to play and learn from emotions!
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