Free printable & an app update!
In the past few months, our worlds have been turned upside down.
For kids in particular, it may be difficult to understand why they can’t do many of the things they used to or see many of the people that they love. We have just added two new emotions to our app Me: A Kid’s Diary that feel especially important and relevant given what is going on in the world — disappointment and hope. We want to give kids the space to process their new (even if temporary) reality while remaining hopeful about the future.
To further assist your kids as they explore their emotions, we wanted to share this activity that we created a while back.
How do you feel today?
You will need:
- How do you feel today? activity sheet — download and print it
- Writing or drawing utensils
- Stapler or tape
- Mirror (optional)
Help your child create an emotion meter:
- Brainstorm a list of emotions that you have felt at different times (e.g. angry, scared, disgusted, sad, happy, excited). Choose 6-12 of these and write them on the lines below each face shape.
- For each emotion, draw the face that you make when you experience that emotion. If it helps, look into a mirror, act out the emotion, then draw what you see.
- Cut out the ‘I’m feeling’ frame and the strips of faces along the solid lines. Then cut out a ‘window’ in the middle of the frame.
- Assemble the frame by folding the paper along the dotted line, and placing a staple or tape on the bottom edge (beneath the words 'I’m feeling'). This should leave two openings on the left and right edges of the frame.
- If you drew more than 6 emotions, place the two strips side by side, and attach them together with a staple of tape to create a long strip. Slide the strip of paper containing your emotion sketches through the opening on the left edge of your frame, and out the opening on the right.
- Center the frame around the emotion you’re feeling at this moment!
We hope you enjoy this activity and we’d love to hear what you think of the update! Our hope is that it will help inspire conversations that will help children get through these next few months. Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional feedback or questions.
This activity was inspired by ‘How Are You Feeling Today?’ by artist Jim Borgman.