Emotional Charades for Social Learning in After School Programs
Promoting social-emotional development is an important part of a quality after school program. Emotional Charades is a fun social learning game that allows children to explore what emotions look like and how to identify when others are feeling those emotions. Naming emotions will give children the ability to communicate more effectively and talk about their feelings. This games gives kids the chance to hear and use feeling words in a non-threatening way.
- Print and cut out the emotional charades cards. Gather a group of 4-18 children and break them into groups of 2-4
- Discuss the different faces people make when they are feeling different emotions.
- Explain that you are going to play a new charades game, where you act out the emotion or feeling on the cards.
- Have one group at a time take a card and act it. If you wish you can add a timer and a scoreboard, or just let the kids go and have fun with it.
- The objective of this activity is to get kids to think about the emotions in connect with the physical look of that emotion or feeling.
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