Emotional Animals

(for ages 3+)


  • 2 plain wooden blocks or index cards
  • Colored markers, crayons, or pencils

Recipe for Fun!

This activity is simple and fun way to explore a variety of emotions, actions, and animals. Silly behavior and laughing with others help children bond with others, strengthen social skills, and experience the mood-enhancing and stress-reducing benefits of laughter.

STEP 1: If you are using blocks, write a different emotion on each side of the block. If you are using index cards, write one emotion on each card. Suggestions to include a variety of emotions include mad, happy, scared, sad, silly, and angry.

STEP 2: On the other block, write a type of animal on each side. If you are using index cards, write one animal on each card. Suggestions include cat, dog, mouse, lion, bird, and monkey.

STEP 3: Each child takes a turn rolling both dice or picking two random cards.

STEP 4: Kids must act out the two words that they choose. For example, if “sad” and “monkey” are chosen, the child would act out how they think a sad monkey would act. (Depending upon the age of the child, a parent or an older child may have to read the selected animal and emotion.)

STEP 5: Incorporate questions to get your child thinking about emotions. What are some good ways to handle sadness? What could make the monkey act happy?

Benefits of Play: Communication, Cognitive, Creative, Emotional, Physical