Emotional literacy (the ability to name and recognise different emotions) is critical to thinking about our feelings and managing our reactions. It can also help us to better understand and be there for others.
This game builds emotional literacy by encouraging tamariki to think about, name and share different emotions. Away from this game, we can encourage students to share their emotions when telling stories and expressing themselves, and by noticing and recognising the emotions we see in stories and everyday life.
This activity can be easily adapted for ECE tamariki. We would suggest reducing the amount of faces/expressions from the worksheet to around four (perhaps 'happy', 'sad', 'angry' and 'worried'), and adding the remaining five faces and expressions over time.