This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to express, understand, and regulate emotions
- The book “Color Monster” by Anna Llenas (or view a video of it online)
- Colored construction paper
- Crayons or markers
Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction, and 2 or more participants/players.
- Read or listen to the story “Color Monster” by Anna Llenas.
- Gather pieces of colored construction paper in red, green, yellow, and blue.
- Cut the papers into the shape of a jar (or any shape you choose).
- With your child, name the feeling words that you associate with each color (example: blue- sad, shy, lonely; yellow- excited, joy, warmth). Then write the words on each color shape.
- Hang the color shapes in a central location in your home. Have each family member use the shapes to help them name and identify their feelings throughout the day.
- Discuss or create actions and strategies to express or cope with their feelings. (example: excited- dance; sad- cuddle with a favorite toy, etc.)