Express emotions enthusiastically
- Target Age: 3-5
- Learning Goals: dramatic play & creative movement, music, social & emotional development
- Related Episode: Buster's Growing Grudge
Young children experience a wide range of emotions that they might not be able to name yet. Help your children explore emotions with these activities.
- Identify emotions: Discuss different emotions. Model some facial expressions and body movements. Have your children name each emotion you are portraying.
- Create a parade: Invite your children to march in a "Parade of Feelings." Encourage them to be dramatic with their bodies and facial expressions. Ask: How would you march if you were angry? Scared, sad, or happy? How about proud? Or bored?
- Get silly: Let your children have a silly parade. Encourage them to make funny faces and get each other (and you) to laugh!
You might want to end your parade by playing a silly song you can easily add verses to, such as Down by the Bay or Iko, Iko. Encourage your children to suggest other songs they like, and to talk about how those songs make them feel.