This is a great mental health resource for any age! It is a great way to remind yourself to check-in on your emotions everyday and it's also a fun tool for tracking trends in your emotions over time. The visual and craft dimensions of this activity also make it fantastic for teaching younger kids about emotions and coping skills!
- crayons or something else to color with (for b&w print version)
- Print out the craft template of choice.
- Color (if using the black and white version of the craft) and cut out the template pieces. All of the pieces are circles that are simple for young children to cut out, but if needed, adults can help or supervise younger children.
- Cut out the emotions of choice for each day. You can either cut out all of the emotions at once and keep them safe, or you can cut out each emotion a day at a time.
- Each day, decide which emotion you felt the most and best describes your feelings. These emotion wheels can be a very useful tool to help children understand which emotion they are feeling, so consider using these two resources together.
- Glue the emotion into the daily square on the mood chart. You can also keep these mood charts and label them with the dates to record your emotions over time. This may be especially interesting for children who love science, sort of a fun experiment to understand emotion trends over time!
- OPTIONAL: Try gluing the template onto cardboard to make it sturdy and then attachig it to a magnet or using Magnetic Printer Paper so that you can reuse the emotions and the mood chart each week. Having the mood chart on the fridge can be a great reminder to check-in with ourselves!
- The following links will take you to the template page. Follow the instructions to print your template of choice and then press the back button to return to this page.