A Preschool Feelings Theme: Activities for Feelings & Emotions in Preschool

Emotional Intelligence

Children who know the various range of emotions we all feel, are better able to communicate those feelings to others and that makes them emotionally intelligent. They are those who are able to express themselves in a way that someone else can relate to them and seek help if it is needed.

Having knowledge of our range of emotions, can also serve us best by being sensitive to what others feel. This will allow you to show empathy if needed or join in heartfelt laughter with another. Children who are well aware of what it is they feel and how to communicate that feeling will be more mindful when they perceive that someone else feels the same way.

They are more likely to show sympathy for their peers and show them support if that is required. Without actually telling them verbally children will learn that there are times when you need to be empathetic towards others and there are times when empathy will be shown to you.

These preschool feelings-themed activities will help your students to understand what are the different emotions we have and how to express them in a way to communicate them to others around us.

Everybody Has Feelings

The book, "Everybody Has Feelings" is said to be one that most children will simply adore. It is described as having photos in black and white of children in various settings, expressing their emotions. These photos show the children that we all have feelings for different reasons, but we are unique in what happens to bring them about.

Here is part of an excerpt from a reader's review:

"I loved the footage of kids who lived in a different setting than what I saw daily."

The photos aren't the only exceptional aspect of this book, it is also written in Spanish. It holds photography within its pages that actually show children expressing themselves in numerous ways. This will help the child remember the emotional cause and their effect while they go through the following suggested feelings-themed activities.

Feelings & Emotions Activities

  • As an intro activity, have them all sit in a circle while you discuss the four major feelings or emotions we experience in our lives. Have them begin the sentence, “I felt________, when_________” Your preschoolers should express the emotion first and what caused them to feel that way. They can use any that we can feel, but it is suggested that you have them pick from one of these four: happy, sad, mad, scared, which can be written on chart paper for them to see.
  • While reading the book, Everybody Has Feelings, have the children mimic the faces shown in the pictures and ask what the person may be thinking. Have them tell what they feel is going on in the picture.
  • You could have the children draw a scene for a fictional character expressing their emotions, by using drawing paper and crayons. After they have created their character, have them stand in front of the class and introduce the drawing, telling the story of what made their character feel this way.
  • Another activity, is to have the children sing the song:

If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands

If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands

You may replace with: Stomp Your Feet (for angry) and Say Boo Hoo (for sad)

  • Have the children practice making the range of emotions as a group, while incorporating some silly ones like laughing, shocked, bored, sorry even make a silly face to keep it light at the end.
  • Give examples or fictitious short stories of situations, then allow the children to tell you what they would feel at the end of the given scene.

References and Further Reading


Everybody Has Feelings, By Charles E. Avery. Gryphon House, Inc. June 5, 2009, Book Review

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For another lesson plan on feelings, read Make a Pumpkin Feeling Book.