- Minimum 2- 4 Players
- Index card (or sheets of paper)
Recipe for Fun!
This play activity uses large muscles to promote development and learning by encouraging children to express, understand, and regulate emotions. This is a wonderful activity to play during a family game night with players of all ages.
STEP 1: Ask the children to suggest a variety of emotions that can be written and/or illustrated on the index cards.
- Emotion Suggestions: Happy, Angry, Sad, Joyful, Scared, Silly, Disgusted, Surprised, Ashamed, Excited, Bored, Confused, Tired, Relaxed, Defeated, Embarrassed
STEP 2: Depending upon the ages of the children, the adult can write the emotion on one side, while the children draw the emotion on the other side. (Tip: Suggest using different emoji faces for each emotion.)
STEP 3: Lay the cards - with the emotion side up - in a large circle, with the cards a few inches apart from each other.
STEP 4: Have each child stand on one of the cards.
STEP 5: Play the music and let the kids walk, run, hop, jump, even dance from card to card.
STEP 6: When the music stops, the kids must freeze on top of the index card they landed on, covering the emotion.
STEP 7: Each round, choose a different child to go asking them to make a face or describe the feeling on the card that they have landed on.
STEP 8: Whoever guesses the emotion first, wins the round!