Feelings Thermometer

Preschooler making a funny face at day care

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to express, understand, and regulate emotions, necessary skills for successful and peaceful relationships with others.

Materials Needed:

  • Thermometer
  • Paper and pencil

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.


  1. Show your child a thermometer and record the daily high and low temperature in your area (use a weather app if you don’t have a thermometer). If your child is interested, record the daily temperatures in other places, such as where grandparents live.
  2. Show your child a "Feelings Thermometer" (Click Here for Example) or make your own. Talk about how we can feel many different emotions in a day and that’s a normal part of life.
  3. Ask, “How are you feeling right now?” “What makes you feel mad…or sad, scared, etc.” “What makes you feel better?” Use the feelings thermometer to help your child identify their feelings. When children can articulate their feelings, they can better manage them and find solutions.
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Preschooler making a funny face at day care

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