These feelings activities include visual aids that can be made into a file folder. The activities help kids learn to identify and check in with their emotions on a daily basis. They’re suitable for kids in pre-k, preschool, kindergarten or children with special needs.
Daily Check in File Folder
Preparation – Begin by printing and laminating the resources for added durability. Next cut out the cards and attach them to the charts with velcro. Finally secure the feelings and daily check in chart inside the folder.
Tip – You can use the sticky dots or buy Velcro as a long roll which often works out cheaper. I usually buy a roll of hook tape and loop tape from a craft or hardware store. Then I cut the tape into squares.
Write and Wipe Mats
How to Play – First ask the kids how they feel today. Next find the appropriate emotion on the chart. Then take the card off and put it on the daily check in mat. Finally grab an erasable marker and draw the face on the mat.
How to Play – Start by asking the kids how they feel today. Next find the appropriate emotion on the chart and put the card on the daily check in mat. Lastly grab some playdough and knead it into a face on the mat.
I’ve made a few options for the “Today I feel” daily check in mats. You can choose the ones you like most from a variety of culturally diverse clip art.
File Folder Charts
I’ve created two charts and each one has eight emotions. You can put both of them inside the folder and keep the daily check in mat separate. Otherwise choose the first one with the basic emotions to put inside the folder (happy, sad, scared etc.)
Other Emotions Resources
You may also love the following resources to help kids learn to regulate their emotions. Click on the links to learn more.
See more of my health and emotions resources here.