Bring out the A3 colour wheel worksheets, and hold them up as you talk about each of the colours.
Blue - Kahurangi
So in Inside Out, blue was sad. Blue is associated with low mood and low energy. Can you tell me the names of some emotions we might relate to the colour blue? - Depressed, Sad, Tired
Green - Kākāriki
Joy has a green dress in Inside Out, but green is usually associated with feeling okay and calm. What other emotions can you think of that might be green? - Happy, Focussed, Ready to learn
Yellow - Kōwhai
Yellow is normally associated with ‘heightened’ emotions, so we’re feeling something and we’re really aware of it, but we’re staying in control (mostly!).
What emotions might be associated with yellow? - Worried, Frustrated, Wriggly
Red is associated with ‘big’ emotions and sometimes the emotion can feel like it can take control of us.
What emotions might be associated with red? - Anger, Rage, Frustration
Split the class into small groups and give them a set of the printed worksheets and one quarter of the colourwheel each - 4 groups will create one emotion colour-wheel, 8 groups will create two emotion colour-wheels.
Explain they’re each going to make a quarter of Emotional Colour Wheel, adding the appropriate emotions to each section of the wheel.
They will need to:
- Colour or paint their quarter.
- Choose the colour they think best applies to each emotions. Add colour to those they're confident about, and a star to any they're unsure of so they can discuss them with their broader 'team'.
- Add definitions for each of the emotions they'll be using inside of their quarter of colour
- And, cut everything out.
Once groups have completed the above, tape the quarters together to create the colour-wheel.
Suggest each group share the emotions they chose to add to their colour. Build a kōrero around any differences of opinions, and which emotions were challenging to choose a colour for.
Remind tamariki that many emotions can ‘travel’ across two colours, for example excitement may be yellow (mild excitement) or red (near uncontrollable excitement!).
Generally (and for your eyes only!), we’d expect the colours associated with each emotion to be similar to:
- BLUE - Depressed, Sad, Ngenge, Bored, Whakamā, Disappointed (can be to RED), Upset, Rejected, Devastated (can be RED too), Apprehensive
- GREEN - Happy, Focussed, Attentive, Ka pai, Calm, Satisfied, Curious, Friendly, Thoughtful, Sympathetic
- YELLOW - Energised, Restless, Worried, Excited, Surprised, Fearful, Embarrassed (can be RED too), Uncomfortable, Hohā, Spiteful (can be RED too), Love (can be RED too)
- RED - Angry, Enraged, Infuriated, Jealous, Disgusted, Anxious, Humiliated, Shocked, Overjoyed, Shame (can be BLUE too)
We recommend displaying the colour-wheels immediately, and adding an arrow ‘hand’ (printed on card from the worksheet) to each. Secure this with a pin so it can spin like a clock.
Reiterate that emotions can be stated as colours, for example "I was in a blue mood this morning but I'm feeling pretty green and ka pai now."
Explain that you might check in with how people are feeling using the colour wheel and if it’s too hard to talk (because sometimes it is) tamariki are welcome to let you know how they’re feeling, using the circle hand.