Emotions Flashcards: Learn about emotions flashcards and how to use them to teach your kids emotional vocabulary (emotions games included!)
Being able to identify, label, express, and manage feelings play a crucial role in children’s social and emotional development.
Understanding how people feel, they are able to respond appropriately and engage in meaningful relationships.
And when they are able to express their feelings, parents (or educators) can guide them on how to solve problems and help them develop healthy coping skills.
There are different tools we can use when we work on expanding our kids’ emotional vocabulary.
Emotions flashcards are a great example.
In this post you can:
- Learn what emotions flashcard are
- Learn 7 different ways you can use your emotions flashcards
- Read a selection of 24 emotion definitions that you can use when you teach emotional vocabulary to your kids
What are Emotions Flashcards (or Feelings Flashcards)?
Emotions flashcards are also often referred to as feelings flashcards.
Each emotion flashcard presents a visual representation of a specific emotion (pictures, illustrations, pictograms, or emoticons), a label stating the name of that emotion, and in some cases, a definition or description of the emotion presented.
An emotion flashcard serves as an aid to learning to identify, label, and even express different emotions.
Who can benefit from the use of Emotions Flashcards?
Emotion flashcards are often used when teaching kids emotional vocabulary.
All kids can benefit from the aid that visual clues in the feelings flashcard provide, but they are especially useful for:
- Toddlers and younger kids
- Kids who have difficulties identifying other people’s emotions or their own
- Kids who have difficulties expressing feelings
- Kids who do not communicate verbally
Check out our gorgeous feelings flashcards here 👇.
7 Fun & Useful Ways to Use your Printable Emotions Flashcards
There are several different ways to make the most out of your flashcards.
- Browse through the card deck and discuss the images with your child. Label and describe the feelings in each image.
This is the most obvious way to use the cards.
You can take the opportunity to discuss different situations when any of you experienced that feeling.
- Emotions Poster
Print them as a poster (don’t cut them into cards), and use them as emotions posters.
You may display your poster(s) in your “calm down corner”, or use it as decoration in your child’s room.
- Emotions Book
You can also print them as a mini-brochure and can add it to your calm down box. Whenever your children are struggling to express their feelings, they can browse through the book and identify the emotion they are experiencing.
- Emotions Board
You can create an Emotions Board that helps your children express their emotions and why they are experiencing them.
Use cardstock or laminated paper to create a board, and place a horizontal adhesive Velcro strip (see illustration below).
Place on top a selection of basic emotions that the child will choose from (laminated and with velcro in the back too).
Once an emotion is selected it can be moved to the bottom (use smaller Velcro strip to hold the card).
Kids can then read and share their feelings: “I am feeling happy because…”
You can also use your cards to play some fun classic emotion games.
And nothing beats learning while you play.
- Emotions Charades
One player picks an emotion flashcard from the deck.
The player represents the emotion for the other players to guess without using words. Take turns doing this.
- Conversation Starters
Take turns taking a card from the deck. Read it out loud and share with others a situation when you experience that emotion.
- Emotions Memory Game
Print two sets of flashcards.
Place the cards facing down and take turns lifting any two cards. If the cards match, keep them and proceed to turn another two. If not, leave them facing down and let the next player take a turn. The player who gets more pairs at the end wins.
- If you use printable flashcards, make sure you laminate them before you start using them. They will last a lot longer.
- No matter which game or activity you choose, don’t forget to read out loud the definition provided. It is part of their learning process.
24 Emotions Labels and Definitions
These flashcards include the following emotions and definitions:
- Happy – Feeling joy or pleasure. Other words that can also describe a happy kid: cheerful, delighted, joyful, or pleased.
- Grateful – Feeling thankful for the good things in our lives. Feeling thankful for the kind things somebody has done to us.
- Proud – Feeling pleased and worthy because of something that you created or accomplished. Feeling pleased about other people’s accomplishments
- Excited- Feeling thrilled, full of emotions or feelings.
- Loved – feeling we receive deep affection or strong liking, we are dear and cared for
- Sad – Feeling unhappy or sorrowful.
- Lonely – Feeling alone and without company
- Sorry –Feeling regret for something you have said or done
- Hurt –To suffer or have painful feelings
- Disappointed – Feeling unhappy because your hopes, wishes, or goals have not happened
- Guilty – Feeling bad about something we have done
- Surprised – Feeling startled or amazed about something unexpected.
- Shocked – A sudden and powerful scare or surprise
- Scared – Feeling fear or afraid
- Shy – Not feeling comfortable around people. Not wanting to call attention to oneself
- Anxious – Feeling worried, nervous, or afraid about something uncertain
- Worried – Feeling troubled or uneasy about something that might happen or has happened.
- Angry – Feeling a strong annoyance about something or someone that has caused us pain, injustice, wrong, or offense.
- Upset – Feeling disturbed or bothered.
- Bored – Feeling restless or fed up about something that is not interesting
- Embarrassed – Feeling uncomfortable because of shame or receiving too much attention from others.
- Jealous – Feeling afraid of losing someone’s love or attention to another person.
- Overwhelmed – Feeling completely defeated by or burdened with something that feels too big to deal with
- Disgusted – Feeling a strong horror or dislike caused especially by something sickening or evil.
Other useful tools to help kids express their emotions
Feelings Flashcards: Fun Tool for Kids to Learn about Feelings & Emotions
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