Activities to Teach Kids About Emotions

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Giving our kids a solid foundation for emotional health is so important. When we are raising our kids, we want to give them the best foundation as far as their physical health so we make sure that they get enough water and food and exercise and we teach them to tell us when they aren’t feeling well. We even teach them to identify what part of their body is hurting them and we use tools like thermometers to check them for fevers.

Emotional health is no different. Kids don’t come into the world knowing how to care for their emotional health any more than they come into the world knowing how to care for their physical health. It is up to us to teach them.

Part of that comes with giving them the vocabulary. Emotion words can be very challenging for kids to learn, especially those who are on the autism spectrum, have early childhood trauma, or have attachment disorders. It can take a fair bit of repetition and explanation for emotion words to become natural for children and it can take even longer for them to begin to identify their own emotions.

In our house, I try to make learning about emotions fun. It’s also good to make it part of your regular routine. It’s made a big difference for our kids.
Giving our kids a solid foundation for emotional health is so important. These activities to teach kids about emotions are perfect for this.

Activities to Teach Kids About Emotions

Jenga Feelings Game from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

The Chart that Saved our Emotions (Big Time) by The Natural Homeschool

Emotion Changing Paper Cup Octopus by Easy Peasy and Fun

Strawberry Emotions Matching Game for Toddlers by Simple Fun for Kids

Which Emotion Am I? Guessing Game from Childhood 101

Emotions Discovery Bottles from Lalymom

Emotions Scavenger Hunt from Mosswood Connections

Build a Face Story Stones from Where Imagination Grows

Resources to Teach Kids About Emotions and How to Manage Them from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

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More Activities to Teach Kids About Emotions

Teaching About Emotions and Feelings by Montessori Nature

Montessori Peace Table ~ Why Everyone Should Have One by The Natural Homeschool

Printable Spanish Flashcards: English to Spanish Feelings Flashcards by Look, We’re Learning

Personalized Emotion Game from B-Inspired Mama

Emotions Sensory Bins by Sugar, Spice and Glitter

Create a Feelings Learning Center from Buggy and Buddy

Ideas on How to Teach Kids about Peace {Printable List} by The Natural Homeschool

FREE Printables and Activities on Feelings and Emotions by Homeschool Giveaways

Managing Feelings and Emotions Free Printables by Natural Beach Living

More Calm in the Chaos Printable Planner for Moms


  1. Teaching children how to identify and handle their emotions starts at a young age. All of these activities are fun ways to help our children grow into emotionally healthy adults.

  2. Thank you for including our emotions sensory bin – I love how so many of these ideas work for a variety of ages. I am loving the Jenga idea!

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