This printable feelings chart helps children to identify what emotions look like, and it also gives them the language they need to talk about emotions. Learning how to recognise and label emotions is the first step in building emotional intelligence. But for some kids, speaking about emotions is difficult. In fact, when we feel highly distressed and emotional, the area of our brain responsible for language, becomes temporarily disabled as our stress response kicks into high gear. This means when our kids are highly emotional, their brain is literally unable to “talk about it”.
This is where your feelings chart really shines. Instead of speaking, when your child is feeling unable to talk, they can simply point to the chart to let you know how they feel.
The chart also helps children develop empathy as it helps them link the names of emotions with how they look physically. This will help them identify emotions in others so they can respond to others with kindness and compassion and learn important social skills.
- 1 Little Kids Feelings Chart (ages 0-5)
- 1 Big Kids Feelings Chart (ages 5+)
Using your Printable Feelings Chart:
To use your emotions chart, simply print it out, trim the edges as necessary and use some tape or glue to stick the sheets together. Then put it up on the wall in your child’s calm down space or bedroom so they can use it to communicate with you about their emotions.
This chart is great for identifying how your child feels, but it also works well as a conversation starter. Use it to explore and talk further with your child about their emotions – how they feel in their body, what triggers them, and what they can do to help them calm down next time they feel the same way!