Feelings Cards

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PreK - 5th, Homeschool
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The Set Of Feeling Cards includes all The Zentered Kids depicting the following 24 feelings:

Happy, Excited, Proud, Loving, Calm, Focused,

Sad, Hurt, Sorry, Lonely, Tired, Bored,

Scared, Surprised, Embarrassed, Confused, Worried, Anxious,

Mad, Disgusted, Jealous, Frustrated, Overwhelmed and Furious

The feelings have been chosen according to current research in social-emotional development and are based around our biologically-based feelings of Happy, Sad, Scared and Mad.

Each Card was created with careful attention to details including faces, shoulders, hands and torsos to illustrate how feelings are felt, expressed and seen in our faces AND in our bodies. Learn more about them in our post:

Why Naming Feelings Is So Important: Happy, Sad, Scared, Mad And Beyond

The Cards can be used individually, in small sets or as a complete deck depending on the activity, ages and needs of kids.

Why Use The Feeling Cards with Kids:

We often, even unknowingly, urge kids to share only positive feelings, eventually preventing them from fully accepting or expressing those considered to be negative or difficult.

But none of us experience only a small range of emotions. When more undesirable or challenging feelings are denied they tend to go underground, leading to dis-ease in our hearts, minds and even in our bodies.  

Kids need to know that ALL of their feelings are important and okay, learn to express them in healthy ways and to recognize and respond to them appropriately in others. These are core components of Emotional Intelligence.

What’s Included:

24 highly expressive Cards, each measuring 4.25” x 5.5” and featuring an original illustration by professional artist, Sandy Magee.

Characters Sheet including all 14 of the Zentered Kids depicted on the cards: Liza, Gus, Omar, Hazel ...

Directions for Go-Fish-Feeling, Feelings Memory and Feelings Charades Card Games.

How To Use The Cards:

The Feeling Cards can be used to develop greater self-awareness, self-compassion, emotion regulation, empathy and social skills. Here’s how:


Self-awareness begins with identifying and naming different emotions. To help kids get good at these, play games like Go-Fish-Feelings and Feelings Memory (instructions included with the Cards).

Self-compassion begins with accepting ALL feelings. And then responding to them with kindness. Use the Cards with My Feeling Body Activity and games like Feeling Charades.

Emotion regulation:
Learning to cope with strong or difficult emotions in healthy ways takes practice. Use the Cards with any and all of our games.

Empathy and Social Skills:
Recognizing and understanding others’ feelings increases empathy. It also expands social skills by helping kids anticipate how their actions may impact others. Story-telling and role-playing using the Cards are a couple of very effective strategies.

Most of all, be creative and have fun with the Cards. Use our resources, develop your own or have kids be spontaneous and lead the way.

Some of our Related Resources:

If you prefer a Hard Copy version of the deck click here.

Feelings Wheels For Kids Bundle

Feelings Charts

Feelings Prompt Cards

Check out our Pinterest Boards for carefully curated research and activities

Visit us at zenteredkids.com

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