This bundle includes four activities that will help young children practice their social emotional skills and learn socially acceptable behaviors. Purchasing each of these activities separately would cost $8.75, you can purchase the bundle for only $6.
The following activities are included in this bundle:
Thumbs Up - Social Emotional Skills Game
: The question cards included in this game ask children to decide whether the action is a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down” decision. Each question card has a picture for thumbs up and for thumbs down, so that children can use a clothespin to clip the correct answer and do the activity independently. This game can also be played with a small group, where the teacher reads the question cards and the children use their thumbs to show whether they think it is a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down” decision. This pack also includes multicultural thumbs up and thumbs down cards, which can be attached to a popsicle stick to create paddles that the teacher or the students use to show their opinions. The pieces of this game can be used a number of different ways to help children learn to regulate their own behaviors.
Emotions and Feelings Synonyms
: Use these synonym paint chips to introduce new emotions, feelings, and related vocabulary. These strips can also help students improve their writing by encouraging use of more complex, descriptive emotion words. When children have more words to describe their emotions, they are better able to understand what they are feeling, and express those feelings appropriately. This pack contains 27 synonym strips, each strip has 5 synonyms, for a total of 135 emotion words.
What's Bugging You - Social Skills Characters
: This set is designed to help children talk about their feelings, and encourage them to practice regulating their own emotions. Each insect corresponds with a different feeling, so that children can talk their feelings through with the appropriate character. This will help them to define their emotions. The opportunity to talk about their emotions with a safe substitute (instead of trying to work them out with a classmate who is also upset) will help children practice these conversations, so that they can eventually engage in them with others and do so successfully.
In my classroom the “what’s bugging you?” insects are available in the quiet space, where the children know that they can sit alone with them, while they work through their issues. There are a number of ways to use these characters. The smaller versions can be cut out and glued on the end of a popsicle stick, the larger characters can be cut out and laminated so that children can hold them while they talk to them, these larger version could also be used as patterns if you choose to make felt “bug buddies”. I have also included emotion faces, so that the children can match the face that they are feeling to the corresponding character.
Social Skills Strategy Cards
: These cards are meant to help children practice strategies for expressing and regulating their emotions in socially acceptable ways. Each card includes a picture to help children visualize different ways to deal with different emotions.
Introduce the cards to your class, and then place them in a space where they are easy to access so that children can use them independently. You may want to include these in your classroom’s quiet space, or put them in an area of the room where students will not distract others as they use them.
I have also included cards with the visual cues on them so that children can match them as they calm down, or use these cards as they carry out each coping action (i.e. blowing on the picture of the candle).