Help your child label and express her emotions!

For this Activity you will need:

  • The book: What Is Blue Feeling? Bring Your Own Crayon! by Angela C. Santomero
  • Crayons
  1. Read What is Blue Feeling? Bring Your Own Crayon! to your child.
  2. After you finish reading each page, help your child answer the question on the page about what "Blue is feeling." Have your child look for clues in the picture to help her answer the question. For example, on the page where Blue is feeling scared, ask your child, "What is Blue looking at on the ground?" (The answer is the owl’s shadow.)
  3. Encourage your child to look at Blue’s face in each picture. For example, you might say, "See how Blue’s face shows that he is feeling happy. Can you make a happy face?"
  4. For each emotion that Blue feels, your child should draw a picture of a time when she had that emotion. Help your child to think about why she was feeling that way.

Next Steps/Follow-Up:

  • Read the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. Talk with your child about what she does when she had a terrible day.
  • Using puppets or dolls, act out situations and emotions. Using the puppets, show your child how to handle certain feelings. For example, if the puppet is upset that someone took her toy, the puppet can say, "That make’s me so mad. Can I please have my toy back? You can have it when I am done."
  • Let her know when you are feeling sad or mad or lonely. She will see that these feelings are ok, and that everyone has them.

Background Information:

Social & emotional development involves:

  • Getting along with others.
  • Making and keeping friends.
  • Handling emotions.
  • Expressing oneself.
  • Wanting to learn new things.
  • Starting and finishing an activity.
  • Taking responsibility for actions.

When your child starts school, she will be more likely to do well if she is able to do these things.

You can help your child’s social and emotional development by doing this activity with your child.

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