Exploring and learning Feelings and Emotions is an important thing for children to learn. It helps them with knowing how to cope in the world. Teaching kids how to discuss their emotions and ways to deal with how they are feeling through activities and games are a perfect way to start your preschoolers out. In this fun Pumpkin activity, you’ll be helping them learn with different faces on a pumpkin. These Emotions Activities Pumpkin Faces are cute, fun, and free.
You can download the preschool emotions printables jack o lantern activity below.
Emotion Cards Printables
Emotions Activities Preschool Pumpkin Theme Printables
We all want our children to have friends and to do well in situations with other children and in groups. We want our kids to thrive in relationships and be well adjusted for life.
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It’s Important to Teach Kids Social Emotional Skills
Strong social emotional skills will help your children to persevere when a task becomes challenging, to seek help when needed, and to be thoughtful about their own actions. Kids with good social emotional skills have better academic performance and more positive social interactions too.
To help your kids build these important skills, focus on these 5 strategies:
- Model good coping strategies
- Accept your child’s emotions and be willing to talk about them
- Read social emotional books together and talk about what you learn
- Give children the independence needed to promote social emotional learning
- Use positive reinforcement and positive discipline strategies
Use Books to Explore Emotions
As mentioned above, reading books that explore social emotional themes together will give your kids opportunities to learn and discuss important topics like cooperation and taking turns.
Asking children to identify and talk about the emotions of the characters will help them learn about lots of different emotions. In this way, you can use books to explore emotions together.
Your kids will learn how to recognize and discuss their own emotions too, a valuable skill indeed.
Check out some of our favorite books on this topic below
- The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
- In My Heart: a Book of Feelings by Joe Witek
- Lots of Feelings by Shelley Rotner
- Calm Down Time by Elizabeth Verdick
- Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis
How to Use This Pumpkin Emotions Activity with Your Kids
First, download and print this adorable pumpkin themed emotions activity to use at home or in the classroom this Fall. Then, cut out the pumpkin expressions and emotion word cards.
To do this activity with your kids, you can start by identifying the different pumpkin expressions together. Ask questions to encourage your children to think about the emotions they see. Compare faces and draw conclusions about how the pumpkin face might be feeling.
Early readers can choose an emotion word card to match with a face you choose or choose the right facial expression for an emotion word card you hold up. To do this activity with younger children, you can say the emotion out loud and have the child find the appropriate pumpkin expression.
Encourage your kids to find the feeling or emotion word card or pumpkin facial expression that matches how they are feeling today. Then, talk about why together to help build strong social emotional skills to last a lifetime.
More Emotional Skill Building Activities to Explore With Kids
You don’t want to miss all the fun social emotional skill building activities I have available for download in easy to use printable packs. There’s one for every season! The emoji faces are a big favorite with most kids, so don’t forget to grab some of those too.
These are a perfect hands-on activity for teaching social-emotional skills.
The free pumpkins emotions cards are so easy to use and the kids love them.
The NGA Education says ” There is an important aspect of education called social-emotional learning (SEL), and it helps children effectively identify, understand, manage and express their emotions. It also includes understanding how children view themselves and how they participate in interactions with others through communication, decision-making, and goal-setting.”
Emotions Activities Pumpkin Game
Emotions and Feelings Books for Kids
Preschool Emotions Printables
Simply print this activity out and laminate it (or use a page protector) and you have a fun, hands-on emotional awareness activity.
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