Communicating about our feelings can be a challenge! Helping children identify their emotions and naming their feelings is certainly an ongoing process. It can be an added obstacle for adults alike. Whether it is due to familial, cultural, or societal expectations of how we handle our emotions, it can be hard to clearly express how we feel.
To help introduce feelings to your children and in honor of Emotional Wellness Month, we put together a Feelings unit. Our hope is to help jumpstart conversations about our feelings (in English and Tagalog) through various activities.
Music is an engaging way to learn about concepts. Below is a lyrics sheet for the song “Kung Ikaw Ay Masaya” which is the Tagalog version of “If You’re Happy and You Know it.” It is a free download, so feel free to use it in your home/class.
Here is an overview of some of the activities we put together to talk about Feelings.
We read Masaya Ako!, a Tagalog/English board book by Yasmin Doctor. (We purchased a copy from Arkipelago Books).
We like the simple and bright pictures showing each emotion.
To take the concept further, we made a Feelings booklet where children are prompted to think about what their face looks like for each emotion. In addition to illustrating their facial expression, they can reflect on what/who makes them feel that way as well.
This Feelings Wheel is a handy visual to help children identify their emotions throughout the day. The English & Tagalog phrases on the side can also help be a starting prompt of naming their feeling.
Finally, we created a matching activity where children can mix and match the eyes and mouth to go with each feeling. See the video below for a quick peek at how it works.
Want to learn along with us? We have made these activities available in our Shop in both digital format for you to download and print at home AND also in physical format for us here at Fil-Am Learners to print, laminate the wheel, and prepare the magnets to send to you!
Digital copy – I don’t mind printing it myself
Physical copy of Carabao/Kalabaw– I would love the convenience of having it printed, prepped, and having the Carabao/Kalabaw Magnets!
Physical copy of Wolf/Lobo – I would love the convenience of having it printed, prepped, with the Wolf/Lobo Magnets