Emotions & Play
As some of our children are returning back to school, have you noticed any changes in their behaviours, emotions, and the way they play? Are they overjoyed to see their friends, or are they anxious to be surrounded by peers?
💡 Books – Storytelling is a fantastic way for children to expand their vocabulary and expressions on emotions. You can elaborate the story beyond what is in the book – “What did Ted see in the forest? How did he feel when he saw the big bear?”. Questions like these can help the child identify and experience different emotions.
💡 Turn-taking games – Children will need to learn self-control and patience when they play in a group setting. It also builds their social skills and empathy as they wait for their turn and follow rules.
💡 Art & Craft – Art is a wonderful outlet not just for kids, but for grown-ups too! For younger children, where language is not fully developed, you can encourage your child to express it through art. For example, you can ask “if you are sad, which colour would you pick?” or draw out different faces and explain to her what they mean.