Feelings cards; naming feelings

Social workers can use the Feelings Cards: Naming Feelings Poster in various ways to support children’s emotional development and enhance their understanding of feelings. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Individual Sessions: During one-on-one sessions, social workers can use the poster as a visual aid to help children identify and label their emotions. They can encourage the child to point to or describe the feeling they are experiencing, fostering self-expression and emotional awareness.
  2. Group Discussions: In group settings, social workers can facilitate discussions around the different feelings depicted on the poster. They can ask children to share experiences related to specific emotions and encourage open dialogue about how emotions can be expressed and managed.
  3. Feelings Identification: Social workers can use the poster to play games or activities where children match their own feelings to the corresponding facial expressions on the cards. This activity promotes empathy and helps children develop skills in recognizing and understanding others’ emotions.
  4. Role-Playing: Social workers can use the poster to create role-playing scenarios where children act out different emotions. This activity allows children to explore and understand various emotional states, develop empathy, and practice effective communication and problem-solving skills.
  5. Emotional Regulation Strategies: Social workers can discuss and teach children different strategies for managing their emotions. They can refer to the poster to identify specific feelings and explore coping techniques that align with each emotion.
  6. Emotional Check-Ins: Social workers can incorporate the poster into regular check-ins with children, asking them to point to or describe how they are feeling at that moment. This practice encourages self-reflection and opens up opportunities for deeper conversations about emotional well-being.