The Zentered Kids Feelings Wheel groups 24 feelings by similarities:
In line with current research in social-emotional development, we started with the 4 basic building-block feelings that are believed to be present from infancy: happy, sad, scared and mad.
Based on emotional theory, we then added 20 related but more complex combinations of the 4 basic feelings. These are some of the many that develop as we grow and mature, including: excited, calm, proud, focused, loving, tired, hurt, lonely, bored, sorry, embarrassed, surprised, worried, confused, anxious, mad, frustrated, jealous, disgusted, furious and overwhelmed.
Why Use The Feeling Wheel with Kids:
One of the core components of Emotional Intelligence (EI) is self-awareness. Self-awareness develops, in part, from being able to understand and name a range of emotions. The more emotions kids can identify and name the more specific they can be about how they are feeling.
According to research, a large feeling-vocabulary, used in a flexible way, also leads to greater self-compassion and emotion regulation (two more components of high EI).
One black and white Feelings Wheel printable. The Wheel is black and white so kids can colour in the feelings as they experience them or adults can choose colours based on their preferences.
How To Use The Wheel:
To help kids become adept at naming and understanding different emotions, the Feelings Wheel can be used as a poster, colouring sheet or conversation starter. It can also be used in combination with our FREE Activity Sheets and our Feeling Cards and games (included with the Cards).
FREE Activity Sheets To Use With The Wheel:
Printable version of the Feeling Cards
Hard Copy version of the Feeling Cards