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Kids Emotion Matching Game with Free Emotions Download

We had so much fun participating in the Summer Love Books exchange last month.  The exchange, hosted by , paired up twenty blogging mamas to exchange their favorite children’s books and activity ideas inspired by those books.  We were so thrilled when we were paired up with awesome mama blogger, Laura from Play Dr. Mom, and her two little ones, Henry and Honor.

Since Laura is a Child Psychologist, she sent along her favorite children’s book about feelings, Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day, by Jamie Lee Curtis.  The kids got such a giggle out of the many emotions and faces throughout the book.  It’s rhyming lines make it a really fun read, too.  It’s the perfect book for explaining emotions to children.

Laura sent along a mini photo album and a list of ideas for learning about emotions, too.  Here’s how we decided to make our own emotions matching game and book.

Here’s what you’ll need: Here’s what you’ll do:

2. Take close-up photos of the kids making faces of different emotions listed on the emotions printable.  Print them at 4×6” and cut them down to 3.5” x 5.5”.

4. Laminate the emotion faces pictures and emotion words cards. 

5. Cut the photos and emotion words cards, leaving just a tiny border of lamination.

6. Adhere the fuzzy round reclosable fasteners to the back of the emotion words cards.

7. Adhere the scratchy round recloseable fasteners to the bottom front of the emotion faces pictures.

8. Now let the kids try to match and stick the emotion words to the correct faces and emotions.

Since Sawyer is a beginning reader, this is great for him to practice reading his emotion words.  When we are all done playing the emotions matching game, we store the pictures with their emotion words cards in the mini photo album for a fun emotions photo book.

We’re loving our new book and emotions play inspired by Laura, Henry, and Honor.  Pleas go visit Laura at Play Dr. Mom and find out her other favorite children’s books about feelings.

Explaining emotions to children can be tricky.  How do you talk about emotions with your kids? 

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