Story Time: Feelings
This week in Storytime, we learned that “F” is for feelings. Sometimes children have a difficult time expressing or understanding their feelings. When you help them attach a color to a feeling, it helps them understand and how to deal with their emotions. Thankfully there are a lot children’s books to help. Try some of the titles below, or go to the online catalog and do a subject search for, “emotions juvenile fiction,” where you will find many, many stories about feelings.
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Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play
Helping your child put words to feelings develops vocabulary in a meaningful way. You can talk not only about your child’s feelings, but also about yours as well. Children can understand the words long before they can say them.
Ask your children to listen for words related to feelings as you read “Grumpy Gloria” by Anna Dewdney or other books with words that pertain to feelings. Then talk about how those feelings might be translated into a color.
I'm Feeling Macaroni and Cheese by Tina Gallo
Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley and Anne Miranda
I Love You! A Bushel and a Peck by Frank Loesser
Love grows between two ducklings as they bill and coo around the farmyard.
Weasel is Worried by Giara Gavin
When Weasel is caught in a storm, he builds a fortress to hide in. But then he meets Mole, who loves to play in the wind and splash in the rain. Wait to see if Weasel learns to overcome his fears and find joy, whatever the weather.
Grumpy Groundhog by Maureen Wright
Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays
Signing Song: Old McDonald Felt So Glad
(to tune of “Old MacDonald had a farm”)
Old MacDonald felt so glad (Happy)
And when he’s glad we sign it like this:
Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy
With a Happy Happy here and a Happy Happy there
Here a Happy, there a Happy everywhere a Happy Happy
Old MacDonald felt so glad.
Repeat this, substituting the following emotions and signs:
Grumpy = Grumpy
Sad = Sad
Silly = Silly
Crafts and Activities
Print out this coloring page activity!
Learn how to make colorful pasta necklaces.
Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson
A Little Book About Feelings by Abbie Schiller
From the award-winning Ruby’s Studio: the Feelings Show. Learn about feelings and how to express them.
The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions by Anna Llenas
Grumpy Gloria by Anna Dewdney
Family members try various ways to cheer up their grouchy bulldog.